Some of the streams in this course are being offered free of charge under the Springboard+ initiative. More information below.
The course will teach you the computing
fundamentals, complemented with
detailed knowledge, problem-solving
and specialised technical skills required
for designing, developing and deploying
The course offers specialisations
in the second semester to choose from.
The streams are Mobile Application
Development, Mobile Cloud Gaming
Software Development, Cloud Computing,
Computing Infrastructure and Internet of
Things. The stream element is a focused
set of modules to bring you quickly to the
industry entry standard for the chosen
The Software Development stream offers
learners detailed knowledge, problem-solving
and technical skills in the area
of software development using Java
programming language and the Ruby on
The Cloud Computing stream provides a
rigorous yet highly-practical education
in the core topics of Cloud Computing
including business, technical (SaaS:
Software as a Service) and legal aspects
of Cloud Computing in order to enable
graduates to succeed in the competitive
labour market place.
The Internet of Things stream will offer students an in-depth knowledge of the rapidly expanding area of IoT technologies. Students will develop analysis, investigation, requirements elicitation, problem-solving, and team work skills.
This course will appeal to graduates with a
level 8 degree from different backgrounds
who would wish to change their non-ICT
qualification into the computer science
field through a level 8 award in computing.
It will also appeal to technical and
non-technical professionals who would
like to upgrade their skills in one of the
specialisations provided by this course,
helping them to progress faster in their
employment or to apply the knowledge in
their current role.
The Higher Diploma in Science in
Computing is awarded by QQI at level 8 on
the National Framework of Qualifications.
Students who successfully complete this
course may be eligible to progress to a
major award at level 9 on the NFQ.
As graduates from other disciplines and
with work experience, learners will have
life skills and experiences that that they
will bring with them on the programme
and into a new subject domain. Therefore,
they are eligible for a number of roles.
They could work in positions that are in
line with their skills but in the lCT sector, or
apply lCT knowledge gained through this
programme to their current role.
Graduates may also avail of entry-level
lCT-related positions, depending on
the selected stream, such as mobile
application or designer/developer, cloud
solutions developer, cloud technician,
software developer, system and network
administrator and IT infrastructure
implementation, installation, support and
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
A level 8 degree or its equivalent in a
non-cognate discipline. Non-standard
applications will be also considered on an
individual basis. The college operates a
Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning
(RPEL) scheme meaning applicants who do
not meet the normal academic requirements
may be considered based on relevant work and
other experience. This may be assessed using
a portfolio of learning, demonstration of work
produced and interview.
The course will be assessed with a blend of
continuous assessments and/or project work and
exams. This varies between modules but typically
assessment is split 60:40 between exams and
continuous assessment. Please note that in some
instances exams may take place in the daytime.
Three evenings per week
18.00 - 22.00 and every
Saturday 09.00 - 17.00.
1 year; 3 semesters.
The course fee is €4,500.
(Fees revised annually)
You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.
National College of Ireland is now offering a limited number of free
fee places under the Springboard+ initiative. All of these courses are
free of charge to eligible participants.
The Higher Diploma in Computing is being offered under this initiative for the following streams only:
These courses are free to applicants who meet the academic requirements regardless of your employment status.
To find out if you're eligible visit www.springboardcourses.ie. To apply go to the links above.
The fee for this course for international students is €12,000.
Find out more about studying here as an international student.
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