Higher Certificate in Engineering Software Design

Course Overview

  • 6


  • AL600

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

The European Commission estimates that Europe could face an 800,000 person ICT skills shortage by 2020. The shortage of talent in ICT is a global problem. This is due to unprecedented growth and innovation in the sector. The greatest need within ICT in Ireland is for professionals with experience as: software engineers and programmers, with programming ability in Java, JavaScript, C#, C, C++, .Net, SQL, Perl, Ruby, and Python.

According to the Irish Examiner in the last year alone, demand for IT skills grew by 15% and there simply isn’t a sufficient pool of indigenous talent to meet this demand. This skills shortage has become increasingly acute as more and more tech companies expand their operations in Ireland. There are currently over 4,500 difficult to fill vacancies in the sector, with a particular demand for software developers and programmers, mobile technology application programmers, IT project managers with technical backgrounds.

Course Details

CAO Course Code:
Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Engineering
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Dept of Electronics & Informatics
Minimum Entry Requirements:

5 subjects in the Leaving Certificate

Mathematics at O6/H7

English or Irish at 06/H7

QQI: Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable. Applicants to this programme are required, however, to have the module mathematics (5N1833) or Computational Methods and Problem-solving (5N0554) or Maths for IT (5N18396) or Maths for STEM (5N0556) or included in their award or have Leaving Certificate mathematics.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

According to Irelands Skills Strategy 2025 there are skills shortages for professionals and associate professionals across sectors in many areas of ICT. The shortage of ICT talent is potentially significant for a number of sectors where ICT skills are needed, in particular software development. Ireland is likely to face an average increase in demand for high-level ICT skills of around 5% a year with the employment of ICT professionals anticipated to rise to just over 91,000. Globally, the sector is in the midst of a disruptive growth and innovation phase. This includes the adoption of cloud computing, the penetration of mobile devices and technologies and the Internet of things. This disruptive change presents challenges in terms of the supply of ICT talent. However, the opportunities are enormous for those countries that respond best in meeting these new skills needs.

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