Software Development

(Level 5)


QQI Information Technology Level 5, Code 5M0529

City & Guilds: – Diploma for IT Practitioners in Software Development


This course provides an introduction to Software Development and provides an internationally recognised qualification. The course is innovative in its content, offering a combination of programming, theoretical and practical application skills. The aim of the course is to develop the participant’s working knowledge of designing, developing and maintaining software. The course has a strong practical flavour and allows participants gain a range of hands-on skills. The skills learned are transferable to other areas within the ICT industry.


Code Title
5N0541 Fundamentals of OO Programming
5N2772 Software Architecture
5N0783 Database Methods
5N2927 Programming and Design Principles
5N0580 Mobile Technologies
5N1910 Web Authoring
5N18396 Maths for IT
5N0690 Communications
5N1356 Work Experience
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Software Development Level 5


Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
Materials €70
QQI Fee €50
Student Services €250
Gov PLC Fee €200
TOTAL €570

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP or LCA) or equivalent

For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


Please note this is a collaborative course with FIT (Fastrack into Information Technology) and enrolment data will be shared with them solely for that purpose.

Preferably applicants are in receipt of a Social Welfare payment and may apply for VTOS or BTEA Applications will be canvassed through St. John’s Central College, FIT and directly through DSP and LES (Local Employment Services)


One-year full time/ Optional progression to Computers & Cyber Security QQI Level 6

Work Placement/Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a relevant location. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

Pre Tech Apprenticeship (FIT)

Software Development L5 is recognised by Fastrack into Information Technology (FIT) as a strong foundation for entry to the National Tech Apprenticeship programme. Candidates who have successfully completed this programme are welcome to apply and will be assessed by the FIT Registrar through the FIT Recognition of Prior Learning procedure. 

Education Progression Opportunities

UCC: CK101, CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK113, CK117, CK118, CK210, CK301, CK307,CK401

CIT: CR016; CR888; CR106; CR116; CR310; CR312

LIT: LC233; LC235; LC236; LC239; LC403

WIT: WD 151, WD153, WD155, WD161, WD 168


We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions.


Career Opportunities

Graduates have an excellent and adaptable skills set. Recent graduates are employed in web design, e-learning, 3D animation, architectural visualisation, lm post-production and video-game graphics. They work for a broad range of companies such as Framestore, Factory Media, M-I-E, SceneStealer, Jellyfish, Doodle Creative, Twitter, Red Man Media, Hopkins Communications and many more.