Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Springboard/online)

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Springboard/online)

Course Overview

  • 2

    Years P/T

  • 8


Why take this course?

Do you want a qualification in one of the fastest growing and well-paid industries? Perhaps you are working in IT and do not have an IT qualification. Or maybe you are working in a completely different field and want to make that move into IT. If so, this is the programme for you. Assuming no prior background knowledge of IT, this Level 8 qualification will give you a broad introduction to the key areas of IT including hardware, software, networking, programming and business analytics.

Application is via the Springboard site: https://springboardcourses.ie/

What will I experience?

This is a blended-learning programme, with the majority of classes being delivered live, two evenings per week. There are also the occasional (max 2-3 per semester) Saturday requirements, in addition to final exams in a number of modules that must be taken on-campus in AIT.

Classes are delivered via industry-standard software, ensuring that you can attend classes on your laptop, tablet or even mobile phone.

All are lecturers have extensive experience in industry and academia and are driven by one goal - your success.

Any software required for the course is provided free of charge.

Subjects covered include:

  • Object Oriented Software Development
  • Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks
  • Systems Analysis and Testing
  • Database Languages
  • Web and User Interface Design
  • Software Development Specialism (elective)
  • Business Analytics Specialism (elective)
  • Software Development Project (elective)
  • Business Analytics Project (elective)

(electives are subject to demand and student numbers)

What opportunities might it lead to?

According to the Central Statistics Office, the highest average weekly earnings in Ireland were in the Information and Communication sector - where graduates of this programme will end up being employed.

Holders of the qualification will normally be expected to progress into roles that are more IT/ICT based, such as technical support, application support, analytics, networking and junior system admin. They will also be suitable for vacancies in the smaller organisation where a broader base of knowledge and skills is required. The programme emphasises the importance of practical/project work across all modules, with group work being facilitated via software such as Moodle and Microsoft Teams.


As a graduate of this Level 8 programme, you are eligible to be considered for the Master of Data Analytics in AIT (also part-time, online) or any other Level 9 programme both here in AIT or in other institutions.

Additional Information


The programme follows the standard academic calendar, running from September to December and January to May each year, for two years.


Institute induction is on Saturday 21 September 2019 from 9.30am to 1.00pm. Attendance on that date is compulsory.

Contact details:

Janine King, Department of Lifelong Learning

Department of Lifelong Learning, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath.
090 6483050

Assessment Information

​Assessments are a combination of practical work, group work (facilitated by technology) and end of semester exams (take on-campus in AIT).

Course Details

Course Duration:
2 Years P/T
Course Commencement Date:

September 2020 - commencement of the programme is dependent on Springboard funding. Please check back in late May/early June for an update as to whether funding has been secured and consequently whether the programme is running or not.

Two Year P/T – Evenings 6.00pm to 10.00pm (Days to be determined) with some Saturdays

Course Award:
Higher Diploma
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Accounting & Business Computing, Dept of Lifelong Learning
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Students with a Level 8 honours degree in any discipline are eligible to apply to join this programme. Please note: a Level 8 Higher diploma does not meet these requirements.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Can you name an industry or workplace that does not use computer technology? This programme offers graduates a taste of a wide range of areas of IT, ensuring that they will find employment with any employer that has an IT department, small or large.

Work Placement

For those in employment, there is a work-based project at the end of the programme where students are asked to complete a project that is of benefit to not only them, but also their employers. For those not in employment, the college will do its utmost to secure a placement for such a project.

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