Springboard+ Initiative

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

We are delighted that you have chosen NCI for your Springboard course. On this page you will find everything you need in order to register as a student and prepare you for the commencement of your course.

Getting Started

Step 1 - Paying Your Fees


The Springboard+ and ICT Skills scheme allows for 100% funding of the tuition cost of these programmes if you fall into one of the below categories

  • Unemployed and in receipt of an eligible DEASP payment or signing for credits
  • Returners
  • Formerly self-employed (this being your most recent status)

For those in employment a student contribution fee is required. This is payable by the participant or their employer and must be paid in full by 13th March 2020.

Recent graduates who are unemployed are eligible to apply for one-year full-time and two-year part-time ICT Skills Conversion courses; however, they are liable for the 10% fee 

Action Item: Please review your Springboard application form, if you have indicated that you are in employment or if you are applying under the status student, then this 10% contribution fee is applicable. The course fees that are applicable are outlined below.

Please note: Documentation supporting your employment status was provided by you as part of the application process, however, please be advised that the HEA may request further proof confirming your continued eligibility which may be required at the time of course commencement. A change in your employment status from unemployed to employed will mean that a student contribution fee is applicable. 

  • Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics: €540
  • Higher Diploma in Science in Web Technologies: €540
  • Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Software or Cybersecurity): €540
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Data Analytics: €650
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Cybersecurity: €695
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing: €650

Payable by the student

An online payment link will open mid-February and students will be notified of this link once it is live and payment can then be made online. Please note that as a Springboard+ student you are permitted to start class before these fees are paid.

If your fees are being paid by your company you will need to complete a sponsorship form and return it to fees@ncirl.ie within 2 weeks of accepting your place on the course. When the form has been received, the company will be issued an invoice within 5 working days. Please note that as a Springboard+ student it is permitted to start classes before these fees are paid. 

Refund Policy

If a student withdraws before the commencement of the course the full amount that they have paid is refundable. No refund will be processed once the student commences the course the week beginning 20th January 2020.

Step 2 - Getting Your Login Details

You can set your login details using the Password Management section of the website.

Please select RESET PASSWORD (Springboard students do not need to select the 'REGISTER BUTTON'

The Setting your Password guide will give you a step-by-step guide of how to reset your password to allow you access to your NCI email account.

To reset your login details you will need your Student No. This number will be on the 'Confirmation of Enrolment' email that you will receive from NCI shortly after you accept your offer on the Springboard Courses Website.

Please note that you cannot proceed to Step 3 'Getting your student card' until you reset your login details first.

Step 3 - Getting Your Student Card

NCI offers a service which allows students to download a photo app to their smartphone or desktop/laptop to take their own Student Identification Photo. We will then use this photo to print your student card.  Please follow our step by step guide to downloading the app and then taking your student card photo (Please ensure that you complete Step 2 'Getting your login details' before downloading the app, you cannot do this step if you have not reset your login details)

Photos uploaded during the application process to your online Springboard account will not be used for your student card.

NOTE: Students need to submit their photos via the app by Friday 17th January. The Springboard team will then drop your card to one of your classes on the first night that the course commences. Please note if you are not in attendance the first night of class or if you upload your photo via the app after Friday 17th January your student card will be printed and left for collection at reception for the period of 1 week, after this all card will be posted out to your home address. 


Student cards for online courses will be posted out the week the course commences. 


Step 4 - Registration & Orientation


A registration form will be sent to your student email account in the days following your course acceptance on the Springboard website Please complete and return this form via email to the Springboard team at springboard@ncirl.ie . You will need your NCI student number and course name when completing this form. No action necessary until you receive this form. (Note: Please ensure that you have actioned Step 2 above in order to get access to your student email)


We understand that getting started in college can be a little daunting and finding the right information can sometimes be difficult; that’s why we are creating a handy orientation video just for you. This will be emailed to you just before you start. 

Please note that Springboard students are not required to attend the college in person before their first class. Registration and Orientation is conducted entirely online.

Step 5 - Your Timetable

All classes will start the week commencing the 20th January 2020.

You have already been provided with an indicative timetable for your course. However, please note that timetables are never confirmed until they are published on the NCI website. You will be able to view your timetable with relevant room allocation the 2 -3 days before classes commence: You can access your timetable online by using the dedicated timetable section of the website. Simply search for your course then choose your week & day range. 

Please check your timetables regularly as they can be subject to room changes.


For anyone who has enrolled on an online course, we will provide you with details in a separate email the week beginning 13th January as to how you can access your online class.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions related to Springboard+, take a look at our Springboard+ FAQs or our Springboard+ online courses FAQs for further information. 

Course start dates

Postgraduate Diploma Schedules

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Data Analytics
Classes start: 21/01/2020 18.00
Indicative Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 18.00 to 22.00 and every Saturday 09.00 - 18.00. Career Bridge classes will be delivered one day per week 17.00 - day to be confirmed

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Cybersecurity
Classes start: 21/01/2020 18.00
Indicative Schedule: Monday and Wednesday 18.00 to 22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00 - 16.00. Career Bridge classes will be delivered one day per week 17.00 - day to be confirmed.

Higher Diploma Schedules

Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics Classroom Delivery (1 Year) 
Classes start: W/B 21/01/2020 18.00
Indicative Schedule : Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 18.00 to 22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00 to 18.00.
Career Bridge will be delivered one day per week 17.00 start for both groups - day to be confirmed

Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics Online Delivery (1 Year)
Classes start: W/B 20/01/2020 18.00
Indicative Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 18.00 to 22.00 and a number of Saturdays.
Career Bridge will be scheduled in during the course and will have a 17.00 start (dates to be confirmed) 

Higher Diploma in Science in Web Technologies (Classroom Delivery)
Classes start: W/B 21/01/2020 18.00
Indicative Schedule 1 Year Classroom: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 18.00 to 22.00 and every Saturday 09.00 to 18.00.
Career Bridge classes will be delivered one day per week 17.00 start (day to be confirmed)

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Software Development Online Delivery (2 years)
Classes start: 21/01/2020 18.00
Indicative Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 18.00 - 22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00 - 18.00. 
Career Bridge online classes will be delivered one day per week 17.00 start (day to be confirmed)

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Software Development Classroom Delivery (1 year)
Classes start: 21/01/2020 18.00
Indicative Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 18.00 - 22.00 and every Saturday 09.00 - 18.00. 
Career Bridge classes will be delivered one day per week 17.00 start (day to be confirmed)


Essential information

IT Services - "How To" Videos

Course & Assignments

Programme Co-ordinators administer the daily management of all courses in the college.  The school administration offices are located in Room 3.03 on the 3rd floor.   Please follow signs provided.

The programme co-ordinators can help you with course information, queries around timetables and any issues or concerns you may have while completing your studies with NCI.  You will be assigned a specific programme co-ordinator depending on your course of study.

All students should enrol on the School of Business or School of Computing information page on Moodle. Here you will find all required details for your programme such as your Programme Director, Programme Co-ordinator, Continual Assessment schedule and Programme Handbook.

You can contact a Programme Co-ordinator by emailing:

School of Business - sobprogcoordinators@ncirl.ie

School of Computing – socschooloffice@ncirl.ie

Library Services

The Library – we have a range of services and all the information is just a click away from the front page of the college website.

The Library Essentials – starting out as a new student, the best place to find the information you need to know is our #10 Library Essentials guide.

Opening Hours & Access – take a look at when we’re open and how best to access the library.

Finding Books – once you start looking at your reading lists, you’ll need to know how to find a book in the library; this guide shows you how to do it.

Borrowing & Renewing Books – how you can borrow books, how they are renewed and how you can keep an eye on your library account.

Computers, Printing & Photocopying – all you need to know about using the PCs or your own devices in the library and how to use the printers and photocopiers.

Library Guides – instead of just searching the internet, we highly recommend you use our library guides to help you discover the best online resources for your course; you can access these guides here.

Discovery – another way of accessing the library’s online resources is by using the library search engine Discovery; this guide shows you how best to use it.

Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism – when writing your assignments, you will be asked to reference the information you use and avoid plagiarism; this guide helps you better understand what’s required.

Group Study Rooms – you can book the library’s group study rooms online, further details here.

Library Help Centre – you can get advice and assistance from the Library Help Centre to help you with your assignments and research; further details can be found here.

International Students – if you are an international student, you may find adjusting to college life a little more challenging; this guide is designed to help you make that adjustment.

Contact Us - As you begin your course, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help; drop into the library, call us on 01-4498590 or email us at library@ncirl.ie

Career Bridge

Important note: All Springboard students, regardless of employment status, are required to fill out the Career Bridge Registration which will be emailed to you at the start of Semester 1.

Embedded into each programme schedule, Career Bridge is delivered across all semesters for both online and face-to-face students and appears on final transcripts. Students are required to engage with Career Bridge by completing module assignments, attending classes and coaching sessions, and visiting relevant career events and career fairs both on and off campus at times that may be outside their timetable. Module assessments are practical and related to the students’ career aspirations.

Up to 86% of graduates from the 2017 cohort used their course, with the help of the Career Bridge module, to successfully change job roles. We work with industry partners and students who are unemployed or in unrelated work to identify suitable relevant employment/placement opportunities. We work proactively and collaboratively with students, through workshops and targeted interventions, to help them search for, identify and secure relevant employment or placement.

The reality is that placements, in today’s environment, are usually paid and lead to more permanent roles. Relevant Employment / Placement can be completed within the course timeline, generally 2nd or 3rd semester in a 1-year course, or commenced within 3 months of course completion.

If you have questions relating to Career Bridge, you can contact:  

Orla O'Sullivan - orla.osullivan@ncirl.ie

Support For You

In the Learning and Teaching Office you will find the Student Support team who are available to help you in a variety of areas. Through their “Getting to Grips” sessions, they will help you with academic support. You will also find the Disability Support service here who can provide learning, assistive technology, exam support and more.

If you need any help while in NCI drop into the Learning and Teaching Office beside reception, the team are always happy to offer a listening ear, have a chat or they can link you with the college counsellor and medical service.


Students' Union - Get Involved

The Students’ Union is your voice in the college. Whether it’s issues concerning your course or the college entertainments, student welfare, clubs & societies or entertainments, the Executive team represent all NCI students and provide support for any problems you face throughout your time here.

The SU space is one of the social hubs of college. A great place to relax, here you’ll find pool tables, games consoles, casual seating space and the Executive offices. Events are held throughout the year and all students are encouraged to get involved.

You can find out all about the SU on their website.

Academic Calendar

Have a look at the published Academic Calendar to assist you with your planning over the coming year