Computing - Software Development - ICT Skills - Conversion Course - Galway

This course provides an entry path for Level 8 graduates in other numerate disciplines to enter 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 this focused subset of knowledge and the requisite skills to apply it in a work environment.

The learning outcomes for the course are that students will able to:

Design and develop software applications using an OO Language

Carry out OO analyses using UML

Design and implement relational schema and query such schema

Use appropriate data structures and algorithms

Contextualise information and computing systems knowledge in a work environment

Demonstrate an understanding of Computer Architecture

Explain the role and nature of Operating Systems

Apply good user interface design principles

Critically evaluate design and implementation issues in the specialised area.

Integrate advanced theoretical knowledge and solve complex problems in new, ill-defined or unfamiliar domains, and/or domains at the forefront of learning.

Entry requirements

Eligibility criteria:

Department of Education & Skills:

You must have a full NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree (or equivalent if earned outside the EU, see

RPL applications will be considered form those holding a Level 7 who have significant working experience which would match the learning outcomes of a Level 8.

Department of Social Protection:

If you are employed you can undertake either the 12 months or 18 month version of this course without paying any fees.

If you are unemployed and wish to undertake the 12 month version of the course, you must be in receipt of Back To Education Allowance.

To qualify for Back to Education Allowance you must be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/ Benefit for at least nine of the previous twelve months. Unemployed people in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/ Benefit are NOT permitted to undertake the 18 month version of the course, but unemployed people in receipt of One Parent Family or Disability Allowance are permitted to undertake the 18 month version of the course. Applicants who are previously self-employed and/or signing for social welfare credits are eligible to apply but are not eligible for a payment under the BTEA scheme. See

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 Euroepan Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020.


Students 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.

There are two options (full-time and part-time) as follows:

Full-time Mode: (January – December 2019):
Semester 1: Modules: 1 – 5 [30 credits]
Semester 2: Modules: 6 – 10 [30 credits]

Part-time Mode: (January 2019 – May 2012):
Semester 1 (Jan - May 2018): Modules: 1, 2, and 3 [20 credits]
Semester 2 (Sep - Dec 2018): Modules: 4, 5 and 6 [20 credits]
Semester 3 (Jan - May 2019): Modules: 7, 8, 9 and 10 [20 credits]

Delivery Mode:

Fully Online. It is anticipated that a number of optional on campus workshops at GMIT, Galway will take place each term; approximately three per term on Friday afternoons.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Peter Butler
Tel: +353 (0)91 742328

Subjects taught

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)

Application date

Enrolment and start dates

Full-time Mode: (January – December 2019)
Part-time Mode: (January 2019 – May 2012)

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