Data Science is the study of information - where it comes from, what it tells us and how to turn it into a resource for business, government and social strategies. Data can be used to examine performance in key areas of a company, such as sales and marketing, operations, customer services and security, highlighting what’s most and least effective, and driving change based on evidence, rather than gut instinct.
NCI’s Higher Certificate in Data Science uses a blend of computer science and data science to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out data modelling, data management and data analysis activities, and to interpret and communicate that data to a variety of audiences. The programme will give you the mathematics, programming and problem-solving skills required to exploit data in addressing real-world problems. You will also develop your problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking and communication skills.
As a graduate of this course you will:
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
This undergraduate course is a two-year Higher Certificate. The course is run over four semesters with continuous assessment held throughout the course and examinations at the end of each semester.
On completion, you will receive a QQI Higher Certificate in Data Science at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
This course will be particularly appealing to students who are
unsure about enrolling in a degree programme initially and
see the Higher Certificate as a progression route to a degree at
a later stage. The course is for school leavers, mature students
and graduates of QQI level 5/6 programmes.
Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Data Science, graduates can gain entry directly into year three of the BSc (Hons) in Data Science at NCI. Graduates can also progress to other programmes at level 7 or level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications such as the BSc (Hons) in Computing, or the BSc (Hons) in Technology Management at National College of Ireland.
This course will equip you with the technical computer science and data science skills to build a successful career as a technician in the areas of computing, data management and data analysis.
According to a recent Higher Education Outcomes Report released by the CSO, ICT graduates receive the highest weekly earnings five years after graduating compared to other sectors based on the analysis of the destinations of students who graduated between 2010 and 2016.
Minimum entry requirements are a grade of O6/H7 or above in five subjects. A minimum of grade H5 must be obtained in Mathematics. A minimum of grade O6 must be obtained in English.
Mature applicants, applicants with a disability or those applying through the DARE or HEAR access schemes can find out more information on the application process.
NCI will be offering a mathematics qualifying exam for students who would like to pursue the Higher Certificate in Data Science. This provides prospective students a second chance or an alternative way to meet the required mathematics standard of H5 in Leaving Certificate Maths for the Higher Certificate in Data Science.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
NCI is prepared to adhere to Government directives for course delivery in September 2021. Investments have been made in technology for online learning, as well as campus enhancements if face-to-face classes are permissible.
If remote learning remains a feature of the course timetable, the College recommends the following laptop requirements for incoming students:
Intel 7th (or higher) generation processors (Core i-3, i-5, i-7,i-9-7x)
or AMD Ryzen 3rd generation processors, running at 2.0GHz and above (Intel Atom/Celeron or AMD Athlon/Sempron Processors may cost less, but may not meet your requirements)
Random Access Memory (RAM):
8 GB minimum
Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:
256 GB minimum
802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)
Direct X9 or later
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 10 Home/Pro
AQA: All qualified applicants. This means that any student who meets the minimum entry requirements for this course will be offered a place, regardless of their CAO points.
The CAO course code is NC105.
This course qualifies under the Free Fees Initiative and the Student Grant Scheme.
The fees for this course for international students is €5,500 per year.
For domestic students applying through the CAO, this course applies under the free fees initiative.