Springboard+ Initiative

Springboard+ Student Registration

New Springboard+ students can find information related to registration and orientation here.

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.

Important Course Information 

Course Start Dates and Indicative

For programmes described as Online / Blended, the programme will be delivered online with opportunities for classroom-based learning and interactions at certain pre-scheduled times.

For programmes that have self-paced learning hours attributed. These are online directed learning course; meaning that time will be split between live online classroom sessions and tutorials/ videos on the College’s e-learning system. This split allows for class time to be interactive, practical, and focused, with theory-based content being covered outside of class time with self-paced tutorials/videos, and practical content being covered in live online classes with support from lecturers and lab assistants. The self-paced hours will not show up on your timetable.

Career Bridge classes will be delivered one day per week in Semester 2 from 17.00 to 18.00. Day to be confirmed.

Higher Diploma Programmes

Course

Indicative Schedule

Classes Start

Mode of Study & Location

Duration

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Software Development (2 year  Blended / Online Directed E-Learning)

Monday & Wednesday 18:00 – 22:00. There will also be up to three hours self-directed learning through the college e-learning system.

26/09/2022

Part Time

Online - Blended

2 years, 4 semesters. Sep to Dec 2022, Jan to May 2023, Sep to Dec 2023 and Jan to May 2024 

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Software Development) 1 Year Online / Blended)

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 18.00 - 22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00 - 18.00.

26/09/2022

Full-Time

Online - Blended

1 year, 3 semesters. Sep to Dec 2022, Jan to May 2023, May to Aug 2023 

Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics (2 Year Blended / Online Directed E-Learning).

Monday and Wednesday 18.00 - 22.00. There will also be up to three hours self-directed learning through the college e-learning system.

26/09/2022

Part- Time

Online - Blended

2 years, 4 semesters. Sep to Dec 2022, Jan to May 2023, Sep to Dec 2023, Jan to May 2024

Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics (1 Year Blended / Online Directed E-Learning)

Tuesday & Thursday 18.00 - 22.00.  There will also be up to four and a half hours self-directed learning through the college e-learning system.

26/09/2022

Full-Time

Online - Blended

1 year, 3 semesters. Sep to Dec 2022, Jan to May 2023, May to Aug 2023  


Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Blockchain (1 Year Blended / Online Directed E-Learning)

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 18.00 - 22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00 - 18.00. 
26/09/2022

Full-Time

Online - Blended

 1 year, 3 semesters. Sep to Dec 2022, Jan to May 2023, May to Aug 2023  
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Web Development (1 Year Blended / Online Directed E-Learning)
Monday & Wednesday 18.00 - 22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00 - 18.00. There will also be up to five hours of self-directed e-learning content.
26/09/2022 Full-Time
Online - Blended
1 year, 3 semesters. Sep to Dec 2022, Jan to May 2023, May to Aug 2023   

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning) (1 Year Online Blended)

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 18.00 - 22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00 - 18.00.

26/09/2022

Full-Time

Online - Blended

1 year, 3 semesters. Sep to Dec 2022, Jan to May 2023, May to Aug 2023 

Postgraduate Diploma Programmes

Course

Indicative Schedule

Classes Start

Mode of Study & Location

Duration

Postgraduate Diploma in Data Analytics (1 Year Blended / Online Directed E-Learning)

Monday & Wednesday  18.00 - 22.00. There will also be four hours of self-directed e-learning content.

26/09/2022

Part-Time

Online Blended

1 year, 3 semesters. Sep to Dec 2022, Jan to May 2023, May to August 2023 

Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity (1 Year Blended / Online Directed E-Learning)

Monday & Wednesday 18.00 - 22.00.There will also be four hours of self-directed e-learning content. 

26/09/2022

Part- Time

Online Blended

1 year, 3 semesters. Sep to Dec 2022, Jan to May 2023, May to August 2023 

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Artificial Intelligence (1 Year Blended / Online) Mondays & Wednesdays 18.00 - 22.00 
and a number of Thursdays 18.00 - 22.00.
26/09/2022

Part- Time

Online Blended)

 1 year, 3 semesters. Sep to Dec 2022, Jan to May 2023, May to August 2023 

Certificate in Computing

Course

Indicative Schedule

Classes Start

Mode of Study & Location

Duration

Certificate in Computing (Blended / Online Directed E-Learning)

Tuesday & Thursday 18.00 - 22.00. There will also be three hours self-paced learning per week on NCI’s Learning Platform. (This is a fully online learning course)

26/09/2022

Part- Time

Online

1 semester, Sep to Dec 2022

Work Placement

Active engagement with your Work Placement Advisor is essential as placements are subject to application and interview process. Relevant Employment/Placement can be undertaken within the course timeline or commenced within 3 months of course completion. In order for our Career’s team to determine if work placement is applicable to you (depending on your employment status and the job position that you hold) you will need to register for the Career Bridge module on Moodle in September when you start. No action necessary at this time.

Attendance

Attendance at all classes is compulsory and is electronically monitored

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)
  • Working Family Payment*
*If you are in-receipt of the Working Family Payment or on a Community Employment Scheme, your fees will be covered in full, regardless of the course NFQ Level, but you should discuss your intention to take a Springboard+ course with your DSP case officer before applying.
 

A student contribution fee of 10% of total course fee is applicable if you are in employment.  More information can be found in Step 1 below about how to pay your fees.

Recent graduates who are unemployed are eligible to enrol on the one-year full-time programmes and two-year part-time programmes but they are liable for the 10% contribution fee.  Any subsequent costs such as travel and course materials must be borne by the participant. 

Course

Fee

Postgraduate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence

€650

Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity 

€695


Postgraduate Diploma in Data Analytics
 
€650

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Software Development 1 Year

€540

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Software Development 2 Year  

€540


Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Web Development 
                 
€540

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Blockchain
 
€540

Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics - 1 Year

€540

Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics - 2 Year Online 

€540

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning 1 Year  Online 

€540

Certificate in Computing

€198

This course and funding for it is guaranteed for the original duration of the course only.

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.

Continued Eligibility for Funding: Please note that documentation supporting an applicant’s status will be required as part of the application process. Further proof confirming an applicant’s continued eligibility will also be required at the time of course commencement. Please note you will be asked to reverify your status and provide updated verification at the time of course commencement before activating your Springboard+ funding. If it becomes apparent at this point that you are not eligible for a Springboard+ course we will not be able to draw down funding from the HEA on your behalf. In addition, if your employment status/social welfare payment changes from the point of application to course commencement we advise that you declare this to the Springboard team as a matter of priority who will need to reassess your funding eligibility.

DEASP Information

Eligible DEASP clients who are accepted on a course should immediately contact their local social welfare office.

HCI Pillar 1 / ICT Conversion Courses (Higher Diploma programmes): 

Our 1 year Higher Diploma programmes are classed as full time mode of study run in the evening and those who secure a place on a 1 year Higher Diploma course must transfer to 'Back to Education Allowance' (BTEA). It is the responsibility of the applicant in receipt of a DEASP payment to discuss transferring to BTEA payment with their case officer in their local INTREO office when their offer is accepted and before they complete first registration for the course through www.springboardcourses.ie. The 10% course fee will be waived for applicants in receipt of BTEA. You must be in receipt of BTEA at the time of course commencement to be eligible for funding.

Two Year Part-time Courses: 

If you are in receipt of a DEASP payment (including Farm Assist and Qualified Adults of Working Age) or signing for Social Insurance Contribution Credits you are not eligible for the two-year ICT Conversion Courses. Please also see Springboard+ Participant Eligibility

Level 9 Postgraduate Courses & Certificate Courses

In regards to our part time courses (Postgraduate courses and Certificate Course) prior to commencing a Springboard+ course participants in receipt of Job Seekers payment should contact their local social welfare office to make an application to retain their payment under the PTEO. The relevant Springboard+ PTEO 2022 form can be downloaded here. Please do not return this form to NCI. Participants in receipt of other forms of income support payment other than Job Seekers must contact their local Intreo Office to confirm if they may retain such payments while enrolled on a Springboard+ course.

Please note that to participate in NFQ Level 9 (postgraduate) course, a period of at least one year must have elapsed since completing a full-time undergraduate degree course leading to a major award at level 8 on the NFQ.

Even though these courses are open to applicants irrespective of their employment status the HEA requests that we must prioritize those in receipt of a social protection payment and those classified as ‘returners’ to upskill or reskill and re-enter the workforce by providing places free of charge. As places on Springboard+ courses are limited, the unemployed will always take priority over others

Restrictions Regarding Previous Applicants: 

For more information click here. Please also see Springboard+ Participant Eligibility

2021 & 2022 graduates 

An applicant can apply under the status ‘recent graduate’ if they have completed the academic part of their full-time undergraduate NFQ Level 8 degree (3 or 4 year course) within the 12 months prior to the start of a Springboard+ course. For HCI courses those who wish to apply under the status of recent graduate must hold a level 8 honours degree and have graduated no earlier than January 1st 2021. These applicants have to pay 10% of the course fee and would not be able to retain any benefit for the duration of the course.

BYOD Information

Please note that certain courses (particularly ICT courses) may have specific laptop requirements. You are asked to consult your course information page where any further requirements will be specified. Please note these are recommendations and should be seen as guidelines only.

It is recommended that your laptop should have:

Processor:

  • 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 Gigabytes minimum

Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:

  • 256 Gigabytes minimum

Wireless Card:

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability
    (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)

Graphics Card:

  • Direct X9 or later

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 10 Pro

Student Laptop Fund

The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has allocated funding for a grant to support disadvantaged students in the higher education sector in accessing ICT devices.

This, cash limited, grant will allow NCI to provide eligible students with a laptop to assist them in completing their chosen course. Visit our Laptop Loan Scheme page for further details. 

Any queries around this should be directed to laptopfund@ncirl.ie.
 


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)
  • Working Family Payment*
*If you are in-receipt of the Working Family Payment or on a Community Employment Scheme, your fees will be covered in full, regardless of the course NFQ Level, but you should discuss your intention to take a Springboard+ course with your DSP case officer before applying.
 

*Note; In order to receive 100% funding, you must fall into one of these categories upon course commencement. The Springboard office will be contacting students to ensure the employment/unemployment status upon application remains the same at course commencement.

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 18th November 2022.

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 will be provided by you as part of the application process, however, please be advised that the HEA will request further proof confirming your continued eligibility 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. 
 

Payable by the Student

An online payment link will open in October for students who are commencing Springboard+ courses in September.  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. Once the link opens please follow the instructions on the below link regards to paying your fee. 

Link: Pay My Fees
 
Employer-Sponsored

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 26th September 2022.

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 Number. This number will be on the 'Confirmation of Enrolment' email that you will receive from NCI when you registered on our college system no sooner than 2 weeks (for the unemployed) and 6 weeks (for the employed)  prior to the course start date.

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 smart phone or desktop/laptop and take their own Student Identification Photo. This photo will then be used to print your student card.

New students must submit their ID photo via the app in order to receive their student card. Please follow our step by step guide to downloading the app and taking your student card photo. 

Student cards will be posted to students shortly after the commencement of their course subject. 

(Please note photos uploaded during the application process will not be used for your student card).

Step 4 - Registration & Orientation

A registration email will be sent to your student email once you are a fully registered student with NCI.  You will need your NCI student number and course name when completing the HEA Equal Access Survey - details of this survey are outlined on the registration email. Please complete this survey as part of your registration, the link to the survey is here (Note: Please ensure that you have actioned Step 2 above in order to get access to your student email)

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

Orientation

Your Orientation Session:

If you were not able to make Orientation or have recently applied, you can watch this video.

  • Please watch the short overview video: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams
  • Download & install the Microsoft Teams App to your PC prior to your orientation session - Download Microsoft Teams * please note the use of mobile devices is not recommended
  • Login to the Microsoft Teams App using your NCI username & Password. Please note your username format should be x12345678@student.ncirl.ie
  • During your orientation session you will be required to use a webcam and microphone
  • It is recommended to use headphones during the session as it reduces audio feedback.

For any questions on your orientation please email orientation@ncirl.ie.

All dates could be subject to change. Timetables will be made available from the Timetable section of the website in September, so please ensure you check your timetable to confirm the date, time and location of your first class.

Course Orientation Date Orientation Time
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing - Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning - HDAIML_SEPBL 21st Sept 2022 5pm
Join the Session
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing -Blockchain - HDBC_SEPBL 21st Sept 2022 5pm
Join the Session
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing - Software Development - HDSDEV_SEPBL_YR1 & HDSDEV_SEP 21st Sept 2022 5pm
Join the Session
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing - Web Development - HDWD_SEPBL 21st Sept 2022 5pm
Join the Session
Certificate in Computing - CIC_SEPBL 21st Sept 2022 6pm
Join the Session
Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics - HDSDA_SEPBL_YR1 & HDSDA_SEP 21st Sept 2022 6pm
Join the Session
Postgraduate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence PGDAI_SEP 22nd Sept 2022 6pm
Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity - Evening - PGDCYB_SEP22 22nd Sept 2022 6pm
Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Data Analytics - PGDDA_SEP 22nd Sept 2022 6pm

 

Step 5 - Your Timetable

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 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.

Step 6 - Your Online Classroom

In order to access your online classroom please follow the steps below. This guide is for Windows 10 users. A mac guide will be available shortly

Download Teams

Please follow the steps below or watch the informational video which will go through some handy hints and tips.

  • Follow the steps below;
    • You do this opening your browser and searching for "Microsoft teams download"
    • Click into the Microsoft link
    • Click the "Download for desktop" option
    • Click "Download Teams"
    • Once the application is downloaded and installed you will need to login using your NCI username (e.g. x12345678@student.ncirl.ie) and password. To set your logins please refer to Step 2 above.
  • Next you need to check your timetable to see what lecture is scheduled. 
  • Then go to Teams and click on the Calendar icon
  • You should see your class has been scheduled and you will be able to join by clicking into the event and pressing "Join".

Step 7 - Returning to Campus

NCI staff, in collaboration with representatives from the Students' Union, have put together a protocol for students ahead of your return to campus. The document outlines the measures the college has put in place for your safety and it is a requirement that you read through the protocol before returning to campus. 

Return to Campus Safety Protocol for Students (PDF 676KB)

It is mandatory for students to complete a COVID-19 Questionnaire and to receive a response confirming that you may return to campus. You may be asked to show this email confirmation at the entrance of the College. If you receive an email saying that you must not attend a campus, be assured that the COVID Manager will contact you within 48 hours to explain why or to better understand your circumstances.

Please check out our Covid-19 update page where we will regularly post information about the return to campus. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the Springboard website for funding eligibility rules https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility and for a list of FAQs please visit https://springboardcourses.ie/faq

For upcoming open evening please register on https://www.ncirl.ie/Events


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.

Programme Co-ordinators can be contacted by submitting a request to Academic Operations on the NCI Support Hub.

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 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.

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 Online Resources – instead of just searching the internet, we highly recommend you use the library's online resources to help you discover the best information for your assignments.

Discovery – another way of accessing the library’s online resources is by using the library search engine Discovery.

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.

Academic Integrity – check out our guide on academic integrity to get a better understanding of your lecturers’ expectations for your assignments.

Library Help Centre – you can get advice and assistance from the Library Help Centre to help you with your assignments and research.

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

Part of the success of your Springboard course to meet your career goals is the Career Bridge module which is integrated into your programme. 

Practical career management classes take place in your 2nd Semester one day a week between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

In addition, employer events relevant to your course and career are organised throughout the year of your studies. This module is designed to complement the technical skills of your course and provide you with the skills employers seek such as identifying your strengths and addressing skills gaps, developing your online and offline brand, networking effectively and managing your career path. 
 

What Career Bridge will offer you:
• Individualised career counselling and development. 
• Individualised, strategic career planning addressing advancement and transition. 
• Professionalised, targeted CVs and high impact applications. 
• Expert interview coaching. 
• Career networking and personal branding strategies. 
• Practical skills workshops and one to one consultations. 
• Online effective career resources available 24/7. 
• Access to the NCI Weekly Vacancy newsletter and the LinkedIn Group Tech Network  for Students and Graduates for jobs and events.

The NCI Career Development and Employability office works in partnership with employers to support students  in both identifying and achieving their future ambitions. 

Our career service has won the National AHECS award  for Employability for 5 out of the last 9 years. 


The partnerships with employers are in the form of: 
• Interview marathons 
• Sector-specific mock interviews with key employers 
• Targeted On-Campus Careers Fair 
• Alumni networking events 
• Technical and whiteboard simulations 
• Employer presentations 
• Skill- and competency-focused workshops
 

Career Bridge, similar to the other modules on the programme, will have learning outcomes relevant to your career aspirations.
 

Employment and Placement 
We work proactively and collaboratively with you and industry partners to obtain relevant employment during or within 3 months of completing your course. A graduate or entry level position, or indeed relevant employment 
acts as the work placement requirement. If a work placement is required, your Careers Advisor will actively support you in identifying a suitable work placement through your network.

Active engagement with your Careers Advisor and with the Career Bridge module markedly increases the likelihood of a successful career transition or progression. We look forward to working with you to realise your career goal.

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

Siobhan Mockler - siobhan.mockler@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. For more information please visit https://www.ncirl.ie/Students/Student-Services/Support-Services

If you are having a tough time and need someone to talk to, please contact the following services / helplines: 

  • Hanover Medical 01 675 0040 
  • Out of hours Doctor 1850 224 477 (DDoc) / 01 454 5607 (Dub Doc) 
  • Aware 1800 804 848 
  • Samaritans 116 123 or Text 087 260 9090 
  • Pieta House 1800 247 247 
  • Samaritans 116 123 or Text 087 260 9090 
  • Pieta House 1800 247 247 

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