Pre-University Programming & Software Development 5M0529

This one year full-time course aims to enable the learner to design, develop and test software components and systems in a workplace environment, working as a team member under supervision, while contributing to the workflow for the finished product and leading to employment in a range of sectors.

This Course is designed to

Provide students with skills and training that will enable them to pursue a career in the computer industry and in particular, in the areas of computer programming and software development.

Course Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent
  • Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here

Course Content

  • Software Architecture 5N2772
  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming 5N0541
  • Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
  • Web Authoring 5N1910
  • Database Methods 5N0783

Optional Modules

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths (5N1833) as an extra module.


QQI Level 5 Award in Software Development (5M17817)

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in the following areas become accessible through the progression routes from this course to third-level colleges. Requirements for progression may change or new progression paths become available. Modules may also need to change to facilitate learner needs.

  • Software Development
  • Computer Programming
  • System Maintenance and Design
  • Technical Support
  • Business Computing

Progression to Higher Education

The following are the most relevant courses:

ATU - Sligo

Please note that all QQI Further Education graduates who hold a major Level 5 or Level 6 award are eligible to apply for any ATU Sligo programme through the CAO system.

ATU - Letterkenny

ATU - Galway


  • There are no fees to study this course


    This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

For More Information

    Phone 071-9145480 or email [email protected]

Please Note

    A new national Common Awards System (CAS) is being introduced by QQI for Further Education and Training programmes. SCFE reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.