Computer Science - ICT Skills Conversion Course

The ONLINE Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science is a 24-month ICT Conversion Course designed to allow honours graduates from non-computing disciplines to acquire the industry-relevant ICT and software development skills, expertise and practical experience required to become suitable candidates for employment in the ICT domain in general and in software development in particular.

The dedicated ICTSkills/Springboard Work Placement Coordinator, Joan Mangan, works with ICTSkills students and employers from the outset of the course in order to match all students with productive and fulfilling work placement experience. In the ICT industry work placements frequently lead to job offers and that has very much been our experience.

Please see more information on ICTSkills Work Placement here.

Placement Coordinator: Joan Mangan
Tel: +353 51 302 849

Postal Address:
Work Placement Coordinator (A03)
School of Education & Lifelong Learning
Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road, Waterford.

Entry requirements

Academic Eligibility
To be eligible for an ICT skills conversion course a person must meet the residency and nationality criteria, be suitably qualified and hold a Level 8 Degree in a cognate discipline.

Applicants who do not currently meet the academic entry requirements may wish to consider using WIT's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism. The Springboard RPL form is available at
Please complete the form electronically and submit by email along with all supporting documentation such as education and training certificates etc.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT's English Language Requirements for details.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Semester 1
Orientation Day on site in WIT
Programming(10 credits)
Web Development (5 credits)
Summer School module (5 credits) including optional onsite day at WIT

Semester 2
Computer Systems (5 credits)
Computer Networks (5 credits)
Project Proposal element (5 credits) of the Project/Placement including optional onsite day at WIT

Year 2
Semester 3
Enterprise Service Development (10 credits)
Developer Operations (5 credits)
Project Prototype element (5 credits) of the Project/Placement including optional onsite day at WIT

Semester 4
Mobile App Development (10 credits)
EITHER Industry-Based Project Implementation and Report (20 credits)
OR Work Placement and Report (20 Credits)


2 years part-time



Enrolment dates

Eligible applicants may apply via Springboard
Please see for full information

Start Date: Mid-January 2019.

Post Course Info

The ICTSkills course is tailored to produce the programmers and software developers that are in very high demand across multiple sectors:
•Software Development
•Financial Services
•Online retailers / publishers / services providers / customer support services
•Manufacturing / Logistics / Industrial Control and Automation
•Advertising & Media
•Enterprise Software Services

Specific skills areas:
•Developer Operations
•IT Administration & Management
•Web Development
•Systems Administration
•Technical Support

Sample job title:
•Software Developer
•DevOps Administrator
•System Administrator
•Support Engineer
•Web Designer / Developer
•Business Systems Analyst

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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