Advanced Certificate in Software Development


One Year Full-time


Level 6 QQI Award in Software Development (6M0691)

Course Aims

This Pre-University computer science course provide an opportunity to train for a rewarding career in the IT industry. Learners will develop the skills to be able to design, create and maintain websites, databases and computer networks, as well as the fundamentals of computer programming using C++, C#, PHP, Javascript and Visual Basic using Visual Studio, software architecture and technical support. These courses are supported by FIT (Fast Track into IT) which is a unique IT led initiative that offers learners the opportunity to acquire essential skills to gain employment in the thriving IT sector. Learners are given training training in job interview techniques and CV preparation. Visits to companies are also organised with a view to possible internships.

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Level 5 QQI Award in Software Development or Information Technology or Electronic Technology
• Other Relevant Level 5 QQI Award
• Applications are welcome from learners with relevant experience in this area


Course Modules

• Project Management
• Object Orientated Programming
• Software Architecture
• Graphical User Interface Programming
• Multimedia Technology
• Web Development
• Relational Database
• Personal and Professional Development
• Communications

Other Certification

  • CompTIA Certification (Optional)


Progression Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.


Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links Scheme

BSc in Computer Science (DN201)
University College Dublin
BSc in Computer Science
Dublin Institute of Technology
BSc in Computer Science
and Software Engineering
BSc in Multimedia Mobile
and Web Development
National University of Ireland Maynooth
BSc in Business Computing (AL750)
Advanced entry into 2nd Year
Athlone Institute of Technology
BSc in Creative Computing (DL836)
Advanced entry into 2nd Year
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design
and Technology


For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution

Career Paths

Graduates may find employment in OnLine Retailing, Website Development, Site Maintenance, Software Development, Computer Programming, Networking Sales, IT operations Technicians, IT User Support Technicians, Network Administration and Network Security.