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Computing - ICT Skills Conversion

What is this programme about?
The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is designed for graduates of non-computing disciplines. It equips successful participants with a range of core IT skills, which open career routes in the vibrant Information Technology (IT) sector. This programme has two streams, namely:

• Systems and IT Services
• Software Development for Games and Apps.

Year 1 modules are shared by both streams. Year 2 modules differentiate the two streams and allow participants to specialise in a manner that develops their interests and career aspirations. A three month work placement concludes Year 2 of both streams.

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
Systems and IT Services Stream Organisations with IT departments are many and varied, so graduates of this stream may find suitable career opportunities in an SME, a government department, or multinational corporation. There are many career paths available to graduates of this stream including careers as Web Developers, Network Administrators and IT Consultants.

Software Development for Games and Apps Stream
The games industry is a multi-billion euro industry and it is expected to increase even more over the next few years. There are excellent employment opportunities for Computer Game Programmers to find work with game publishers or game development studios at home and abroad. Students will also be able to fulfil any roles normally filled by graduates of Computing or Software Engineering degrees if they so wish.

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from those with Honours Degree (Level 8) or equivalent. Applicants may be called for interview.

Careers or further progression

Follow On Study Opportunities
Postgraduate study at either Masters or Doctoral Level in IT Carlow including the MSc in IT Management.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?

Indicative Course Content
Year 1
Object Oriented Software Development
Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks
Systems Analysis and Testing
Information Systems
Web and UI Design

Year 2
Stream: Systems and IT Services
Network and Systems Management
Computer Networks
Work Placement

Year 2
Stream: Software Development for Games and Apps
Software Development for Apps
Object-Oriented Software Development for Games
Work Placement


Awarded By IT Carlow

Special Features Of The Course
Suitable for graduates of non-computing disciplines. Includes a three month work placement in the vibrant IT sector.

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