Higher Certificate in Engineering Software Design

Course Overview

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  • 6


  • AL600

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Software Development is an enormous growth area in ICT engineering. Over 900 software companies are currently in operation in Ireland employing more than 24,000 people. Students of our software design programmes are provided with the skills necessary to thrive and innovate in this exciting industry. Our strong links with the industry leaders enable us to provide you with a state-of-the-art degree which enables you to be relevant in your career from the word go.

This level 6 programme has mandatory and elective modules in the following areas of software design:

  • Cloud computing,
  • VR and Gaming,
  • Mobile apps and connected devices.

What will I experience?

AIT’s Faculty of Engineering and Informatics is housed in one of the most modern and well-equipped facilities of its kind in the country. The structure of this programme allows you to experience core aspects of software development while allowing you to choose your specialisation entering second year. Lecturers have extensive industry experience which enriches their teaching skills and competencies. You will be part of an exciting software development environment, with advanced research and strong links to industry.

Course Details

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

Grade O6 at ordinary level in 5 subjects in the Leaving Certificate exam. Two of these subjects must be mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

QQI: Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable. Applicants to this programme are required, however, to have one specified mathematics module included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Mathematics. Refer to the QQI/ FETAC Information listed under Student Resources on the CAO website for the list of accepted mathematics modules for AL600.

Course Structure

Year 1

Digital Media, Software Development, Web Development, Game Development, Mobile Apps and Connected Devices, Agile Methodologies, Communications, Computer Applications, Mathematics for Software Design.

Year 2

Agile Methodologies, Mathematics for Software Design, Software Development, Databases, Networks, Group Project.

  • Choose from Web Development, Game Development, Connected Devices,
  • Choose from Game Al and Physics, Web Development, Mobile Application Development,
  • Choose from Software Development for Gaming / for Cloud / for Connected Devices.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Students graduating from this course will be in a position to take up careers as game developers, software designers, database programmers and administrators, and technical salespersons. Employers include: Ericsson, Valeo, Cisco, Avaya (Nortel), SAP, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Riverdeep, as well as financial institutions and SMEs.

Further Study

Graduates are eligible to apply to join a follow on software development level 7 programme at AIT or an appropriate ordinary degree programmes at other third level institutions.

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