• Code:5M0529
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development 
  • Duration: One Year, September to May


The overall aim of this one-year programme is to introduce the student to the areas of software, database and web development. It is aimed at students of Leaving Certificate standard and leads to a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development.

Programme of Study*

 The Computer Science Course consists of the following modules*:

  • Computer Programming
  • Software Architecture
  • Programming Design Principles
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Database Methods
  • Web Authoring
  • Mathematics

* Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements

It is desirable that students should be of Leaving Certificate Standard or have achieved an Applied Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Portlaoise Institute welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and do not require the above qualifications. 

All students are required to complete an assessment before commencing a Further Education course in Portlaoise Institute. This assessment confirms if the student has the required level of English and Maths (if applicable) to complete a Level 5 course. 

Career Opportunities

The ICT sector is booming at the moment.  As a result there is a shortage of Computer Science graduates in Ireland.  This course serves as an excellent springboard to a qualification and a career in the IT sector.

Higher Education Progression*

Here are examples of courses students can progress to based on successful completion: 

Examples of courses you can progress to:

CAO Code Course Title College NFQ Level
CW208 Computer Games Development          IT Carlow 8
CW238 Software Development      IT Carlow 8
CW227 Cybercrime and IT Security         IT Carlow 7
LC418 Computing - Games Design and Development        Limerick IT 8
LC236 Computing - Games Design and Development        Limerick IT 8

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Coordinator

Darren Stones, dstones@portlaoisecollege.ie

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