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Computer Science

Introduction

Are you looking for an alternative pathway to a degree in computer science? Are you interested in a career in Ireland’s expanding computing industry? The computer science course in BFEI may be the course for you. You will learn the fundamentals of computer science including computer programming, software development, software testing, web design and database design.

“The Computer Science Course at BFEI is the perfect stepping stone between school and college. The lecturers were passionate, helpful and friendly and I found the subjects & projects very practical which has set me up well for either a job in the future or going on to 3rd level education. The BFEI Computer Science course has helped me progress to the degree in Computer Science in UCD through the Higher Education links scheme. This proves that hard work and a passion for the subject opens up the possibility of progressing on to do a degree. The Computer Science course at BFEI has definitely given me the skills and the confidence to do well in UCD and to follow a career in Computer Science in the future.” 

Niall McGurk,   BFEI Computer Science Graduate 2016/2017     UCD Student 2017/2018

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have the necessary skills to secure employment in computer programming or in other roles in small to medium sized companies. This course offers school leavers considering a career in computer science the opportunity to progress to further studies.

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in the IT industry including:
• Programming
• Web Design
• Localisation
• Database Administrator

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Object Oriented Programming (Java)
  • Software Architecture
  • Maths
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Database Methods
  • Web Authoring
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Learners will gain the knowledge and skill to:
  • Understand programming concepts
  • Apply software design principles
  • Write computer programs using Java
  • Create and maintain databases
  • Plan, design and build websites
  • Course Code

  • CSC
  • Duration

  • 1 year – full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 30
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 20 approx
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days
Testimonial

"Having completed my Leaving Certificate in St Tiernan’s Community School, I decided to do the Computer Science course in order to gain the necessary certification to progress to a degree course in Computer Science. During the year, I studied computer programming, web authoring along with several other subjects. I found the material challenging and rewarding. I applied for entry to a degree in Computer Science in UCD and I was accepted on the basis of the results I had achieved on this course.” Adam Freeman

“Being from The Netherlands, I did not have the necessary qualifications to enter third level education directly. I decided to do a Computer Science course at BFEI to gain the necessary skills and certifications. The course itself was very rewarding. After completing this course I was accepted into UCD for further studies.” Mathijs Wagemaker

- Mathijs Wagemaker, Computer Science Graduate, 2015 and Adam Freeman, Computer Science Graduate, 2014 -

Support Elements
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation
  • eLearning
  • Seminars on current and emerging technologies such as cloud computing,the internet of things, big data and 3d technologies will be delivered.
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI.
  • Assessment is based on a combination of project work submitted during the year and exams.
  • Learners who successfully complete all 8 subjects will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development (5M0529).

 

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Progression

Students may apply through the CAO for entry to degree courses via the Higher Education Links Scheme. The following are some of the courses that can be applied for upon successful completion of the Computer Science course at BFEI:

Entry is based upon a competitive assessment of results. 

Further information on the Higher Education Links Scheme can be found on the following web pages:

https://qhelp.qqi.ie/learners/higher-education-links-scheme/

https://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=scoring&s=fetac

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA

Applicants should have achieved five passes OR five O6/H7s OR a combination of five O6/H7s OR have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile.

  • Others including Mature Students

If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed individually.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs and registration details.

Fees

At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.

Contact

Further information on the course is available from Frank Griffin (IT Department Head), email address: fgriffin@bfei.ie

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