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


Currently there is a global shortage of individuals with data analytics talent and trends forecast a continuing strong demand for data analytics and related skills across the economy. Companies envisage that they will continue to need to recruit both experienced individuals and new graduates in these areas in the future. This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to understand and design data science components in computer systems. Building upon their knowledge students will learn the most up to date software to prepare them for a career in this growing area.

We are well known to employers, and many of our graduates have gone on to work in household name companies.

Entry Requirements          

  • Leaving Cert or its equivalent is advised
  • An O4 in ordinary maths at Leaving Cert level is preferable.
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
  • Software Architecture
  • Maths for Information Technology
  • Programming and Design Principals (Python for Data Analysis)
  • Database Methods
  • Statistics

Core Modules

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

Work Experience

There is a minimum of two weeks’ work experience placement included in this course.


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