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Computer Science

Introduction

Computer Science Course - Dublin

At BFEI located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer a one year, QQI Level 5 Computer Science course.

Are you a logical thinker? Are you interested in finding out how computer software works? Are you interested in a career in Ireland’s expanding computing industry? Are you looking for an alternative pathway to a degree in computer science? This computer science course may be the course for you. You will learn the fundamentals of computer science including 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

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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 for IT
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Database Methods (SQL)
  • Web Authoring (HTML, CSS3 & Dreamweaver)
  • 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
  • Office 365 Licences are provided free of charge for use on personal devices.
  • 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

“I was uncertain of my college choice after the Leaving Cert and took the Computer Science Course offered by BFEI and truthfully, it was the best decision I have ever made.  My experience in BFEI was unimaginable.  The lecturers were passionate, professional, and pleasant to be around with.  The small class sizes helped students connect more with their lecturers.  The subjects given were practical and helped me build a foundation before going to do Computer Science at TUD.  Due to COVID-19, online classes can be very difficult as a first year, but thanks to my previous knowledge from studying in BFEI, I was able to apply my skills onto my projects without worry.  While at BFEI, I took part in the Erasmus+ Program for Work Experience.  I went to Utrecht, Netherlands with 9 other students and it was the most memorable trip I have ever experienced.  Not only was I able to expand my knowledge and improve my skills while working abroad, but also gained many precious memories for the future. It was an amazing way to connect with new people and associate with a company that I could possibly work with again in the future”. 

- Jaycel Estrellado, Computer Science Graduate, 2020 -

Support Elements
  • In conjunction with an external Government agency FIT (Fast Track into Information Technology), BFEI offers participants the opportunity to do practice interviews with industry specialists
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation is provided by the BFEI Guidance and Career Service.
  • eLearning platform Moodle
  • 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

PROGRESSION TO FURTHER STUDIES

If you are interested in doing further study to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

BSc in Computer Science University College Dublin - www.ucd.ie

BSc in Computer Science Technological University Dublin [City] - www.tudublin.ie

BSc (Hons) in Computing Technological University Dublin [Tallaght] - www.tudublin.ie

Check out the updated BFEI CAO Progression Pathways Chart with new progression options included for TCD, NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick.  CAO data shows that many BFEI graduates from 2019/2020 secured excellent CAO offers.

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 Certificates

​You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Application Process

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available.  Apply on-line for free.

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

For further information on this course contact: office@bfei.ie

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