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An education in Mechanical Engineering would be preferable. I would advise them to get as much diverse work experiences as possible, even if these jobs are not engineering related.
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Computer Science

Course Code(s):  5M0529
QQI Award Code:  5M0529 Software Development
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0529
QQI Award Code 5M0529 Software Development
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one-year course in Computer Science is designed to enable students gain a broad understanding of Information Technology. It is aimed at students of Leaving Certificate standard and leads to a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development.

Students typically go on to further study in colleges such as Carlow and Athlone I.T. and in some cases set up their own web business or go onto direct employment.

What will you Study?

Computer Programming
Software Architecture 5N2772
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Database Methods 5N0783
Web Authoring 5N1910
Programming Design
Mathematics
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
5M0529

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