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Sligo College of Further Education

Sligo College of Further Education


 
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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 full-time course aims to enable the learner to design, develop and test software components and systems in a workplace environment, working as a team member under supervision, while contributing to the workflow for the finished product and leading to employment in a range of sectors. This Course is designed to provide students with skills and training that will enable them to pursue a career in the computer industry and in particular, in the areas of computer programming and software development.

What will you Study?

Software Architecture 5N2772
Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming 5N0541
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Web Authoring 5N1910
Database Methods 5N0783

Optional Modules:
Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.
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

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5M0529

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Computers & ICT
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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