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Level 5

Learning how to program can be difficult, especially in a large class. At BFEI, you can learn how to program in small class sizes where you are encouraged to ask questions and can learn the abstract concepts required to become a successful programmer. Learn the fundamentals of computer science including software development, software testing, web design, mobile technologies, and database design.

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Course Code CSC
Duration 1 Year
Number of Places 48
Contact Hours 22 hours
Days per WK 5 days

Is this course for you?

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?

What will I study?

The following modules are included on the course:

Year 1 Object Oriented Programming (Java) Software Architecture Web Design (HTML5 & CSS3) Spreadsheets Database Methods Maths Communications Work Experience

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.

Assessment and Certification

Learners who successfully complete all 8 subjects will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development (5M0529).

Career Opportunities

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


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:

*Leaving Certificate Mathematics is a pre-requisite

Check out more progression options by downloading the BFEI Progression Pathways Chart at

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