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Computing - Applied Computing

The Higher Diploma in Science in Applied Computing aims to provide a career route into the IT sector for graduates whose primary degree is in a discipline other than computing. The Institute of Technology, Tralee recognises the need to provide continuing professional development opportunities for graduates in the region.

The programme has been revised to meet the current needs of the ICT sector for graduates of cognate disciplines that require a conversion programme to allow them graduate entry level to the ICT sector. In one academic calendar year, this course will provide the non-IT graduate with core skills in the areas of software development, networks, web design, databases and software testing.

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from prospective students who have an honours degree (level 8). Applicants will be called for interview as part of the application process. The Institute’s policy in relation to non-standard applicants also applies.

In order to participate on a Springboard+ course you must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the four categories below and be resident in the state and also hold a valid PPSN.

1. The Unemployed
Be in receipt of one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection:

• Jobseekers Benefit
• Jobseekers Allowance
• One Parent Family
• Disability Allowance
• Qualified Adults of Working Age
• Carers Allowance
• Farm Assist/Fish Assist
• Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory or Non-contributory Pension
• Blind Pension
• Deserted Wives Allowance

There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. Participants in receipt of an eligible payment at the time the Springboard+ course commences are eligible to apply for a place on that course. However, providers will be required to give priority to applications from people who are long term unemployed
Be signing for social insurance contribution credits
Be previously self-employed
Be actively seeking employment

People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús 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.

2. Homemakers
Homemakers are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection but have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations and have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.

To be eligible the applicant must have been:
• A Homemaker for a minimum period of 12 months prior to their application and

• Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the fi ve years preceding their entry to the programme

• In addition the applicant will need to provide supporting documentation to support their status as a Homemaker. A form to complete this process is available at

It should be noted that acceptance on to a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DSP payments or childcare supports.

3. Formerly Self-employed
To be eligible those who are formerly selfemployed must provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Alternatively, you can swear a declaration stating that you are no longer self-employed.

4. The Employed
Applicants who are employed will need to meet the residency requirements, i.e. that the applicant has been ordinarily resident in an EU/ EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.

This category of applicant will also be required to provide a copy of their most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

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.

For the purposes of determining eligibility for Springboard+ the term unemployed also includes people who are on short term working and in receipt of a Jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection.

Further information on Springboard+ parttime courses and Department of Social Protection income support.

Participation on a Springboard+ course will not confer any entitlement to receive an income support payment from the Department of Social Protection. Participants who are in receipt of a Department of Social Protection income support payment may be able to retain such payments.

Through the Part-time Education Option (PTEO), jobseekers in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit or Jobseekers Allowance who wish to pursue a part-time day or evening course of education may retain their payment subject to continuing to meet the eligibility conditions, including being available for and genuinely seeking work. If a payment is due to cease prior to the end of a course, payment cannot be extended past the due cessation date.

The PTEO will continue to apply when a participant is undertaking a work placement of less than 6 months duration that is a specific component of a Springboard+ course.

Prior to commencing a Springboard+ course participants in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit or Jobseekers Allowance should contact their local social welfare office to make an application to retain their payment under the PTEO. The relevant Springboard+ PTEO 2017 form can be downloaded at The PTEO scheme does not involve any special payment. Signing-on arrangements continue to apply for PTEO claimants. Attendance on part-time courses is allowed on the clear understanding that availability for and genuinely seeking work opportunities must take precedence over course attendance, including attendance at any work placement component of a course, should a conflict arise.

Participants in receipt of other forms of income support payment from the Department of Social Protection must contact the appropriate scheme area in that Department to confirm if they may retain such payments while on the course. See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on for more information.


This course is delivered on a 1 year full-time basis and on a 2 year part-time basis. Delivery consists of a combination of lectures, practicals, tutorials, projects, presentations and speakers from industry. Students have access to state-of-the-art computer laboratories including specialist labs for multimedia, network administration, computer architecture, software development and software testing. All computing students have access to e-learning systems (Blackboard). The programme is comprised of two taught semesters followed by one semester in industry placement with a technology company.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Progression Opportunities
Master of Science in Computing by Research.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Department
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T : 353 (0) 66 7191701

Subjects taught

Database Concepts
Architecture, Operating Systems and Networking
Accelerated Object Oriented Programming 1
Software Engineering
Web Design
Accelerated Object Oriented Programming 2
ICT Enterprise Project
Object Oriented Analysis and Design
Object Oriented Software Testing
Six Month Internship

Application date

Application Closing Date: 1st September, 2017.

Course fee

This programme is supported by the HEA ICT Skills Initiative and fees do not apply for all suitably qualified and eligible applicants

Enrolment and start dates

Registration/Orientation: Friday 8th September, 2017

Apply on-line @

Course Commencement: Monday 11th September, 2017

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