Software Development


One Year Full-time


Level 5 QQI Award in Software Development (5M0529)

Course Aims

These Pre University computer science courses 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, 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 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:
• Leaving Certificate Established/LCVP
• Leaving Certificate Applied
• Relevant QQI Level 4 Award
• Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

• Fundamentals of Object Oriented
• Software Architecture
• Programming and Design
• Database Methods
• Maths for Information Technology
• Networking Essentials
• Web Authoring
• Communications
• Work Experience

Other Certification

  • CompTIA Certification (Optional)


Progression Opportunities

DFEi:  Graduates may progress to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development at DFEi

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


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
Bachelor of Arts (MH101)
BSc in Computer Science and
Software Engineering (MH601/2)
BSc in Multimedia Mobile and
Web Development (MH601/2)
National University of Ireland Maynooth
BSc in Creative Media Technologies (DL835)
BSc in Creative Computing (DL836)
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design
and Technology
BSc in Computer Science (DT211/DT228)
Dublin Institute of 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

There are a number of possible job opportunities for learners with a solid programming background. The key areas of employment include: junior programmer, software developer, website, design/maintenance, IT user support technician, network administration and network security.