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CW207
Software Development

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
3 Years
Duration of course
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240

2017 Points

240

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Software is what allows a user to interact with a computer, and use it to perform tasks. This includes operating systems, internet browsers, office suites, and video games. Software development involves editing or writing new software, for a specific function.

This course shares a common first year with Computer Systems Management (CW217) and Computing (CW206), and may lead on to a Level 8 degree (CW238).

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CW207 - Software Development
IT Carlow

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CW207 - Software Development
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Graduates are qualified as Systems Programmers, Sales and Technical support personnel, Networking Programmers, Software Designers and Installation Engineers to name but a few. Graduates will be able to provide a full range of services either as part of a computer company or by setting up their own business.



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