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Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Software Development) - ICT SKILLS/SPRINGBOARD+

Discipline: Computer Science and Applied Physics

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Online delivery

Entry Requirements: Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8)

Places: 50


Free to Unemployed applicants. €750 for Employed applicants

Why Study?

A 12 or 18 month conversion course

  • If you come from a non-computing background and wish to convert to a Software Programmer role.
  • You can complete the course over 12 or 18 months. 
  • The course is fully ONLINE, with optional programming workshops once per month on a Friday evening.
  • Includes a 3-6 month placement in an IT related role, or a placement equivalent.
  • Up to 80% of those who completed this course in previous years obtained paid employment within three months of the course ending.

Programme Modules

This course provides you, as a Level 8 graduate, with an entry path into careers in computing and it includes a placement in the IT industry.

There is the assumption behind the course that Level 8 graduates from other disciplines will already have developed significant transferable skills in analysis, communications and independent learning and that graduates are in a position to quickly learn a focused subset of computing knowledge at Level 8.

The aim of this course is to provide you with this focused subset of knowledge and the requisite skills to apply it in a work environment.

The make up of this course is:

Learning Outcomes: 

You will be able to:
◾Design and develop software applications using an OO Language
◾Carry out OO analyses using UML
◾Design and implement relational schema and query such schema
◾Use appropriate data structures and algorithms
◾Contextualise information and computing systems knowledge in a work environment
◾Demonstrate an understanding of Computer Architecture
◾Explain the role and nature of Operating Systems
◾Apply good user interface design principles
◾Critically evaluate design and implementation issues in the specialised area.
◾Integrate advanced theoretical knowledge and solve complex problems in new, ill-defined or unfamiliar domains, and/or domains at the forefront of learning.

Career Opportunities

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is an Honours Degree level graduate conversion award which gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds the skills and knowledge to start a career in the IT industry. 

Essential Information: 


To apply go to


To complete your application process you must upload (not email) the following:

  1. A scanned copy of your EU Passport, or a scanned copy of your non-EU Passport with a copy of your Stamp 4 visas since January 2017 
  2. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A copy of your Level 8 Degree/ Major Award or highest other qualification. Translated if not in English.
  4. One of the following:
  • A scanned copy of a recent payslip if employed showing your PPSN, OR
  • A scanned copy of a recent payment slip if in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/ benefit, OR 
  • A copy of a recent Bank Statement showing receipt of a different, eligible, Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection, OR
  • A letter from your Accountant confirming that are Self-employed, OR
  • An Affidavit signed by you and the appropriate third-party confirming that you are a Homemaker.


There are two options (full-time and part-time) as follows:

Full-time Mode: (January – December 2021) For unemployed candidates who need to complete the course in 12 months to qualify for BTEA
Semester 1: Modules: 1 – 5 [30 credits]
Semester 2: Modules: 6 – 10 [30 credits]

Part-time Mode: (January 2020 – May 2021): For employed candidates
Semester 1 (Jan - May 2021): Modules: 1, 2, and 3 [20 credits]
Semester 2 (Sep - Dec 2021): Modules: 4, 5 and 6 [20 credits]
Semester 3 (Jan - May 2022): Modules: 7, 8, 9 and 10 [20 credits]


Delivery Mode:

Fully online, attendance at GMIT is not required.


Eligibility criteria: 

Department of Education & Skills:

  • You must have a full NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree (or equivalent if earned outside the EU, see
  • RPL applications will be considered from those holding a Level 7 degree who have 3 years working experience.

See the eligibility section of for the full eligiblity criteria.

The Springboard+ Programme is operated by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills and is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union under the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020.

Contact Us

Peter Butler
Graduate & Professional Development
Dublin Road

Tel: +353 (0)85 805 3691



Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.