QQI Level 5 Software Development – Code 5M0529
1 year Full-time


Do you have an interest in developing apps to make mundane tasks easier, or creating entertaining applications?  Then this course might be for you! This course is ideal for applicants who wish to progress to Higher Education.

With the current skills shortage in the tech sector in Ireland, a career in Software Development is a good choice. The aim of this programme is to enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills required to develop applications using a variety of programming languages including Python, Java, Javascript and HTML. The course is supported by FIT (Fastrack to IT) who run CV preparation, LinkedIn and interview skills workshops for the students.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or its equivalent is advised
Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Leaving Cert – Minimum O4 in Ordinary Maths.

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
  • Software Architecture
  • Programming and Design Principals
  • Math for IT
  • Web Authoring
  • Database Methods

Core Modules

  • Communications
  • Work Experience
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Experience

Students are encouraged to acquire relevant work placement to enhance their programme of study.


On successful completion of this course students can apply through CAO to a number of Computer Science degree courses including:
University College Dublin UCD:
DN201 Computer Science
TU Dublin Grangegorman:
TU856 Computer Science, TU857 Computer Science (Infrastructure), TU858: Computer Science (International)
TU Dublin Tallaght:
TU859: Computing, TU861: Computing with Languages, TU862: Computing with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Dublin City University DCU:
DC121 Computing, DC123 Data Science
DL836: Creative Computing
Advanced Entry:
Alternatively, students may progress to Computer Science QQI Level 6, which in turn links to Year 2 of the following Degree programs:
  • TU856: Computer Science, TU Dublin Grangegorman
  • TU857: Computer Science (Infrastructure),  TU Dublin   Grangegorman
  • TU858: Computer Science (International), TU Dublin Grangegorman
  • DL836: Creative Computing, IADT


Andrzej Zero, Computer Science Level 5, currently studying Computer Science at TUD Tallaght.

“I would fully recommend the Computing Course at DCFE, I enjoyed every part of it. The teachers are very friendly, helpful and dedicated to their work. The course prepared me very well, and I was offered a place at university. The knowledge gained during the course made further studies easier and was applied to many of my university modules.”