Higher Certificate in Engineering Software Design (Direct Entry)

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Software Design (Direct Entry)

Course Overview

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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.

This programme will be offered on a direct entry basis with registrations open from February each year.

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.

Listen: Dr Enda Fallon offers a fascinating insight into the cutting-edge courses on offer in the Department of Computer and Software Engineering and highlights the array of exciting career opportunities available to graduates.

Additional Information

This programme will be offered on a direct entry basis with registrations open from February each year.

Direct Entry: Interested parties should email slyons@ait.ie to request an application form. Applications close 27 September.

Course Details

Course Duration:
2 Year
Registration Closing Date:

Applications close 27 September. Application forms should be returned to admissions@ait.ie.

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Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Engineering
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Dept of Computer and Software Engineering
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Leaving Cert: Minimum grade O6/H7 in 5 subjects in the Leaving Cert.  Two of these subjects must be mathematics and a language (English or Irish) 

QQI: Any QQI Level 5 award is acceptable, however applicants are required to have one specified maths module (5N1833) or Maths for IT (5N18396) or Maths for STEM (5N0556) or alternatively have Leaving Cert Maths.

Mature: Mature applicants are not required to meet minimum entry requirements but must demonstrate ability to pursue and benefit from the course.  Knowledge and skills gained through experiential learning will be taken into account with regard to the course for which they have applied.  Such applicants are required to provide a CV and may be required to attend for interview at AIT as part of the selection process.

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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