Pre Apprenticeship Software Development

AWARD: QQI Level 5 Award 5M0529

DURATION: One year full time

Pre Apprenticeship Software Development

This Pre Apprenticeship Software Development QQI Level 5 Computer Programming course gives students an excellent grounding in computer programming C++ and Java and Game Design.  Students develop practical skills and can progress to our QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development.  

The programme will consist of 4 terms. In Terms 2 and 4 learners will go out on work experience one day a week and attend college 4 days. Term 3 consists of a 12 week work placement in a relevant workplace.  Learners will participate effectively in work experience, will work independently while under general direction, meet deadlines, observe good timekeeping, presentation, communication, ahderence to health, safety and other relevant regulations.  They will demonstrate personal, interpersonal and technological communication skills.

Course Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate standard of education, Mathematics at ordinary level is desirable.
  • Mature Applicants welcome.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry.
  • All applicants will be interviewed.
Work Experience

The Work Experience module will prepare students to go out to the workplace. Learners will plan and prepare compiling personal and vocational skills, prepare a personal career plan, generate a CV and Personal Statement, write a letter of application, prepare and practice interview skills as well as develop skills in job finding strategies.  Group and individual appointments will be made with the Career Guidance Counsellors. Students will complete a 12 week work placement in a relevant workplace.  Learners will participate effectively in work experience, will work independently while under general direction, meet deadlines, observe good timekeeping, presentation, communication, ahderence to health, safety and other relevant regulations.  They will demonstrate personal, interpersonal and technological communication skills.

Course Modules
  • Fundamentals of Object Orientating Programming 5N0541
  • Networking Essentials 5N2929
  • Operating Systems 5N2928
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Game Analysis and Design 5N1651
  • Software Archicture 5N2772
  • Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
  • Communications 5N0690
Educational Progression

Learners can progress to one of the FIT (Fastrack to Information Technology) ICT Apprenticeships. Learners who complete the course may also access a QQI Level 6 Course in Rathmines College or through the CAO to Higher Education.

Award

Software Development QQI Level 5 Award 5M0529

Career Opportunities

The ICT sector is booming at the moment.  As a result there is a shortage of Computer Science graduates in Ireland.  This course serves as an excellent springboard to a qualification and a career in the IT sector.

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