QQI Level 5 Software Development – Code 5M0529 - Also Microsoft Technology Associate


1 year Full-time

Course type


with Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)


Do you have a strong interest in IT, are you technically-minded, enjoy exploring gadgets, smart phones and Tablets?  Do you have an interest in developing apps to make mundane tasks easier, or creating entertaining applications?  Then this course might be for you!

The aim of this programme is to enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills required to develop apps for the mobile and traditional computing environments.  The course is ideally suited to applicants who wish to progress to Higher Education.

We are a registered Certiport Test Centre for the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification exams. Certifications currently offered in Introduction to Programming using Python and Introduction to Programming using Java.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Cert – Minimum C in Ordinary Maths.
  • Mature students are welcome

Programme of Study

Core Modules
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
Elective Modules
  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
  • Software Architecture
  • Programming and Design Principals
  • Math for IT
  • Web Authoring
  • Database Methods

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 progress to Computer Systems and Networks QQI Level 6 (CCNA), which in turn links to Year 2 of the DIT Network Technologies Degree.

Graduates who achieve the required standard may also progress to further studies to Institutes of Technology and Universities.  Examples of progression courses include:

  • DIT, DT211 Computer Science
  • IT Tallaght, TA312 Computing
  • IT Blanchardstown, BN013 Computing (Information Technology)
  • UCD, DN201 Computer Science