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.

Semester 1 modules are shared by both streams. Semester 2 modules differentiate the two streams and allow participants to specialise in a manner that develops their interests and career aspirations. A 3 month work placement concludes Semester 2 of both streams.

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?
Graduates of this course will be able to apply knowledge of proven and emerging protocols, methods and tools of software engineering, computer networking, information systems and systems management in the development and management of IT systems and services.

Special features of this programme
This programme is suitable for graduates of non-computing disciplines.

It also includes a 3-month work placement in the vibrant IT sector.

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from those with Honours Degree (Level 8) or equivalent qualification in a cognate discipline. Applicants will be called for interview as part of the application process.

For further information on the programme, available grants and on how to apply, go to the Study section of the IT Carlow website:

• Jobseekers
• Returners
• Those in employment


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Potential employment opportunities
Systems and IT Services Stream
There are many career paths available to graduates of this stream ranging from careers as Web Developers to Network Administrators to IT Consultants and many careers in between!

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 multi-national corporation.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates of this programme can progress to postgraduate study at either Masters or Doctoral level in Institute of Technology Carlow, including the MSc in IT Management.

Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities in both Ireland and abroad upon successful completion of this programme.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Semester 1
• Object-Oriented Software Development
• Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks
• Systems Analysis and Testing
• Information Systems
• Web and UI Design

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


What is Springboard+?
Springboard+ is a government initiative offering Higher Education courses to eligible individuals - for FREE - at Certificate, Degree, Higher Diploma and Masters Levels which lead to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

Springboard provides free upskilling in higher education in areas of identified skills need. The initiative's primary target group has been unemployed people with a previous history of employment. In 2014, Springboard incorporated ICT Skills Conversion courses (i.e. Springboard+), some of which are open to applicants regardless of their employment status.

Who is Eligible? All courses are open to eligible applicants irrespective of their employment status.

There are three categories of applicant:
1. Those in receipt of an eligible Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) payment and the previously self-employed;

2. Returners seeking to re-enter the workforce;

3. People in employment seeking to reskill or upskill.

People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús; JobBridge or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Case Officer, take up a Springboard course.

To participate in a NFQ Level 9 (Post Graduate) course, a period of at least one-year must have elapsed since completing a full time undergraduate degree course leading to a major award at Level 8 on the NFQ.

Proof of Eligibility
Applicants will also be required to provide evidence that they meet the eligibility criteria for the Springboard Initiative.

• Those in receipt of a qualifying Department of Social Protection will be required to provide evidence of this payment.

• Returners will be required to provide a letter/statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their status as a homemaker.

• Those in employment will be required to provide a copy of their most recent P60 or a letter from their current employer to confirm their employment.

Further information on eligibility is available on

Application date

How To Apply for a Springboard Course
Springboard applications are made online at

To make an application you will need to complete a short registration process and then fill out an online application form. It is important that you fill out the online application form as fully and completely as you can in order to make a valid application and in order to best make your case for a place.

What happens after that? Following the closing date Institute of Technology Carlow will process the applications. Applicants may be shortlisted on the basis of the evidence in the application and any further supporting documents supplied. It is therefore important that you complete the online application form accurately and fully and supply scanned copies of supporting documentation as below.

Shortlisted candidates may be called for a brief interview. Successful candidates will get an offer of a place by e-mail and courses will begin in September. Further detailed information will be supplied during the application/offer process.

Supporting Documentation
Entry requirements for courses are set out in the course description on - these entry requirements will require you to supply evidence of your previous education and qualifications. It is important that you support your application with electronic/scanned copies of supporting documents – where required - such as:

• An up-to-date CV
• Scanned copies of all of your official educational qualification parchments
• Scanned copies of all of your official educational transcripts clearing showing the results you achieved in each subject/module.
• Scanned copies of all of your employment references

Queries can be directed to

Course fee

For employed participants on courses at NFQ Level 7, 8 or 9, 90% of the course fee is paid by the HEA. Participants will be liable for the remaining 10% fee. Fees will be due once a place has been accepted. Level 6 courses are free to all eligible participants.

Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation
Saturday 1st September 2018.

Courses Commence
Monday 10th September 2018.

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