Certificate in Computer Programming

Our Computer Programming and Software Development Courses are a excellent link between computer industry requirements and education progression to degree level.

Certificate in Computer Programming

This Level 5 Software Development course gives students an excellent grounding in computer programming. Students develop practical skills and can progress to our QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development. This Level 6 course has an advanced second year entry link with TU Dublin, NCI, and Griffith College. The Certificate in Computer Programming course also enables students to apply through the CAO directly to third level. This course has a high success rate in terms of students securing places in TU Dublin, NCI, Maynooth University, UCD and IADT.


Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 Award 5M0529
September 2022 - May 2023
Course requirements
  • Applicant should have Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent
  • Mathematics at ordinary level is desirable
  • Mature Applicants welcome
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry
  • Use of computer / laptop and Wi-Fi is desirable
Course modules
  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
  • Software Architecture
  • Maths for Information Technology
  • Communications
  • Work Experience / Personal and Professional Development
  • Networking
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Games Analysis Design
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)
Education Progression

QQI Level 5 Award holders progress to our QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development. This Level 6 course has advanced entry links with TU Dublin, NCI and Griffith College. Level 5 students may apply successfully through the CAO to third level colleges. The course has a high success rate in terms of students securing places on courses in TU Dublin, Maynooth University, UCD and IADT.

Work Experience

Work experience is an essential part of all our programmes. The College assists students in finding suitable work placements and monitors and assesses their performance in the work place.

Career Opportunites

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.


I learned so many programming languages, advanced tricks and techniques from my two years studying in the college when I completed the QQI Level 5 and 6. I am now in my final year of a Computer Science degree in NCI
Mariusz Kucharshi
Graduating from the QQI Level 5 course has made me feel more confident in Java, Object-Oriented Programming and ICT. I feel this will certainly help me in my future studies of computer science. From the first day in Rathmines College, staff were very supportive and always took their time to help the class. Lecturers have invested heavily into our academics. I am able to apply the learned skills into my personal projects and incorporate them in future professional projects. Small class based environment made it easy to focus on the studies and communicate with the teammates. Rathmines has a great social atmosphere, friendly staff makes this college glow with positive energy.
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