Pre-Apprenticeship Software Development

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

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.


Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 Award 5M0529
September 2022 - May 2023
Course requirements
  • Applicants 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 a computer / laptop and Wi-Fi is desirable
Course modules


  • Fundamentals of Object Orientating Programming
  • Networking Essentials
  • Game Analysis and Design
  • Software Architecture
  • Maths for Information Technology
  • Work Experience / Personal and Professional Development
  • Communications
  • Database Methods
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)


Education 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 Advanced Certificate in Software Development in Rathmines College or through the CAO to Higher Education.

Work Experience

The Work Experience module will prepare students to go out to the workplace.

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.


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