Six great reasons to consider this course
If you are a non-Computing graduate looking to make a change in your career-path, this part-time conversion programme will allow you build the skills necessary to enter the ICT sector.
It provides a general foundation in Software Development with an emphasis on Web development, User Experience (UX) and Software Testing.
It provides participants with up-to-date knowledge of the core elements of computing. Participants will be prepared for a career in computing - with a focus on quality assurance or software project management.
It produces graduates with much sought after skills in software testing, including test design techniques, test management, test tool evaluation and static analysis skills.
It aims to support graduates to pursue Foundation certification awarded by the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB). To facilitate this, the syllabus of the Software Testing module is consistent with the Foundation syllabus of the ISTQB.
It is also aimed at post-primary teachers who require the relevant Computer Science skills to teach the Leaving Certificate Computer Science curriculum, competently and confidently.
The aim of the programme is to provide re-skilling opportunities for level 8 graduates from non-Computing disciplines. Participants will develop up-to-date knowledge of the core elements of computing, preparing them for a career in business computing with a focus on quality assurance or software project management.
The programme is primarily aimed at level 8 graduates (both recently graduated and those with industry experience) from other sectors that wish to re-train so that they may gain employment within the software industry and be in a position to compete against other level 8 computing graduates for the broad range of computing opportunities available.
The programme takes an integrative approach, focusing on the synthesis of knowledge and practice from the business-related areas of the computing domain. The primary themes are to develop a thorough understanding of the foundational components of computing and then to obtain specialist knowledge in aspects of computing that will prepare participants for a career in software testing and quality assurance, user experience or project management.
The course will produce graduates with much sought after skills in software testing - covering both manual and automated testing and will prepare graduates to work as testers and QA specialists in any IT domain. Graduates can expect to find work as a 'software tester', 'QA consultant', 'agile tester', 'functional software tester'. Participants will also build valuable Web development and database skills.
This course will be of interest to non-Computing graduates hoping to pursue a career in the IT sector. It is a conversion programme building requisite skills, particularly in the fields of software development, web development and Software Testing.
It may also be of interest to current teachers interested in upskilling for teaching the Leaving Certificate Computer Science course. Teaching Council accreditation will need to be obtained separately on an individual basis.