Software Development

ATU - Galway Campuses

Software Development

Higher Diploma in Science in Software Development - Level 8
• If you come from a non-computing background and wish to convert to a Software Programmer role.
• You can complete the course over 12 or 18 months.
• The course is fully ONLINE, with optional programming workshops once per month on a Friday evening.
• Includes a 3-6 month placement in an IT related role, or a placement equivalent.
• Up to 80% of those who completed this course in previous years obtained paid employment within three months of the course ending.

Course Details
This course provides you, as a Level 8 graduate, with an entry path into careers in computing and it includes a placement in the IT industry.

There is the assumption behind the course that Level 8 graduates from other disciplines will already have developed significant transferable skills in analysis, communications and independent learning and that graduates are in a position to quickly learn a focused subset of computing knowledge at Level 8.

The aim of this course is to provide you with this focused subset of knowledge and the requisite skills to apply it in a work environment.

The make up of this course is:
• Object Oriented Software Development (10 credits)
• Computer Architecture and Technology Convergence (5 credits)
• Network Technologies (5 credits)
• Database Design and Development (5 credits)
• Web Applications Development (5 credits)
• Agile Software Development (5 credits)
• Mobile Applications Development (5 credits)
• Operating Systems and Cloud Computing (5 credits)
• Advanced Object Oriented Software Development / Project (10 credits)
• Computational Thinking with Algorithms (5 credits)
• Work placement/ internship (15 credits)

Subjects taught

Year 1
Object Oriented Software Development
10 credits

Computer Architecture and Technology Convergence
5 credits

Network Technologies
5 credits

Database Design and Development
5 credits

Web Application Development
5 credits

Work Placement/ Internship
15 credits

Agile Software Development
5 credits

Mobile Applications Development
5 credits

Operating Systems and Cloud Computing
5 credits

Advanced Object Oriented Software Development / Project
10 credits

Computational Thinking with Algorithms
5 credits

Application dates

Applications on

Application Process:
Applications must be made through

The Springboard+ Programme is operated by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills and is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union under the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2021-2027.


2 years
Method of Delivery: Online
Mode of Study: Part Time
Work placement: Included

Delivery Method:
Fully online with recorded lectures, followed by online discussion groups with the lecturers.

Post Course Info

Job Opportunities
The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is an Honours Degree level graduate conversion award which gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds the skills and knowledge to start a career in the IT industry.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime,Blended

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