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Software Development - Year 2

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Course overview

Course Code 6M0691 CI062SF
QQI Award Code 6M0691 Software Development
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The development of this course with its emphasis on software development (Java, Visual Basic) and web application development is in direct response to a continued shortage of skills in these expanding areas. The range of subjects studied reflects current employment demands and trends within the sector. The inclusion of subjects such as Web Authoring and Object Oriented Programming (using Java) should greatly enhance employment prospects in the ICT and eCommerce sectors.

What will you Study?

The course provides students with the opportunity to become skilled in the highly sought after art of computer programming. Participants will build on their existing knowledge of software development.
 
The main programming languages taught are Java and Visual Basic. On this course Java is used mainly to build mobile apps for the Android platform; VB is used to teach Graphical User Interface (GUI) programming. All programming is taught in a fun and interactive way and there is a strong emphasis on experiential learning with students learning by doing (rather than by observing).
 
The range of subjects on offer reflects the strong employment demands and trends that currently exist within the software sector. The inclusion of subjects such as Project Management, Mathematics, Communications and Software Architecture should greatly enhance employment prospects for successful graduates.
 
The course is delivered over 4 days per week giving students the opportunity to use the 5th weekday to gain relevant work experience. This opportunity has led to gainful employment for many students in the past.


Work Experience 6N1946

Communications 6N1950

Project Management 6N4090

Relational Database 6N4785

Systems Software 6N1411

Virtualisation Support 6N1294

Object Oriented Programming 6N2108

Web Development 6N1277

Graphical User Interface Programming 6N0736

Mobile Technologies 6N0734

Software Architecture 6N1449
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
6M0691

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Digital Media Content Manager   Animator  
Digital Media Designer   Data Steward / Data Manager  
Business Systems Service Technician   Data Scientist  
ICT Staff - EU   Network Administrator  
Web Editor   Web Designer / Developer  
Network Engineer   Software Production Co-ordinator  
Project Manager - Software Design   Data Control Clerk  
Data Entry Operator   Database Administrator  
Information Architect - IT   Multimedia Technical Manager  
App Developer - Android /iOS   Multimedia Designer  
Information Systems Manager   Computer / Software Sales Assistant  
IT Consultant   Multimedia Project Manager  
Games Programmer   Test Lead - Software  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   IT Security Specialist  
Software Developer / Architect   Data Analyst  
Big Data Specialist   Technical Architect - Data  
IT Project Manager   Computer Systems Analyst  
IT Manager   Forensic Computer Analyst  
Computer Hardware Engineer   Computer System Administrator  
Games Tester   Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician  
Computer Systems Technician   Computer Scientist  
Computer Programmer   Software Engineer  
Software Localisation Engineer / Tester   Data Change Agent  
Computer / IT Support Specialist   Computer Assembly Technician  
Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist   Computer Trainer / Instructor  
IT Trainer   Electronic Engineer  
Telecommunications Engineer    

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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