This course focuses on the key skills required to design, develop and test software that behaves reliably and efficiently. Students will learn the fundamentals of how to build commercially sound and robust applications using Java (with a choice to study Python). The student will also learn and apply modern software development methodologies, including Scrum and Kanban.

We have excellent progression opportunities to third level colleges (click on the Progressions tab on this page) and our students are also very much in demand by industry, with CoreHR committed to employing 4 of our graduates level 6 graduates this year.

  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming 5N0541 Programming using Java (IDE: Eclipse) to design, build, test (using TestNG) and deploy Object Oriented applications.
  • Software Architecture 5N2772 Techniques to build industry standard software using traditional SDLCs and Agile methodologies (including Scrum, Kanban and Extreme Programming). Create UML diagrams (including use-case and class diagrams), and auto-generate Java code within Eclipse.
  • Database Methods 5N0783 Use Microsoft Access to create a database with related tables, query that data, and produce meaningful reports. Free access to Office 365 or Programming and Design Principles 5N2927 Learn the fundamentals of programming including conditional statements, iteration and methods using Python (IDE: PyCharm), and the importance of programs being to industry standard at the front end and the back end.
  • Web Authoring 5N1910 Build professional websites using HTML and CSS.
  • Networking Essentials 5N2929 Connect digital devices using private, non-routable IPv4 addressing, and test connectivity using diagnostic tools. Build and deploy a LAN, and implement and manage network resources.
  • Maths for Information Technology 5N18396 Acquire mathematical skill in problem solving and mathematical investigations in the following areas: basic arithmetic and algebra, set theory and Boolean logic, functions and calculus , geometry and trigonometry, probability and statistics, and algorithms and computations.
  • Communications 5N0690 Development of interpersonal and other professional skills.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 Preparation for the work place, and a 2-week work placement in industry.

Leaving Certificate with at least a pass grade in mathematics or relevant computer experience. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement.

  • Two week work placement
  • Professional guest lectures
  • Site visits
  • Data Analytics workshop

Our students are very much in demand by industry with CoreHR committed to employing 4 of our level 6 graduates this year.

We have excellent progressions in education including:

  • CCOC: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development 6M0691
  • CIT: IT Management (CR310)
  • CIT: Software Development (CR106 and CR116)
  • Inholland (Haarlem, The Netherlands): Year 2 Information Technology and Year 2 Mathematical Engineering
  • UCC: BIS (CK203)
  • UCC: Computer Science (CK401)
  • UCC: Psychology and Computing (CK121)

Excellent progression opportunities to other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for details.

On successful completion of a full award, the student can apply for an entry level position as a programmer, an app developer, a website developer or a networks technician. The student is also very employable as a customer service operator, especially in the area of troubleshooting general computer problems.All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub. Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

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QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development 5M0529

€550 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €250). See Payment for details.


For years I thought further education wasn’t for me, I didn’t think I would have the skills or drive to succeed in college. Finding myself out of work, I decided to give it one last chance and return to education at the Cork College of Commerce to study Software Development. What struck me most about the college was the atmosphere the lecturers created. They were enthusiastic and genuinely wanted you to do well and in turn you wanted to do well too, it was invigorating. I actually began enjoying education for probably the first time in my life as I realised I could achieve something. I was given all the tools and support I needed to succeed. I am now studying Computer Science as a mature student in UCC and wouldn’t be here without their help

Sam O'Donovan, Computer Science, UCC

The breadth of topics covered in the ICT courses provide a solid grounding in IT and allow for students to be knowledgeable in the fundamentals of development, networking, systems admin and web design. The breadth of the courses certainly help clarify career paths. We continue to accept students from Cork College of Commerce and find them very well prepared for the expectations of employers in today’s market.

Anthony O'Callaghan, Flex Ltd.

My year at College of Commerce doing Software Development gave me an open path into Software Development and IT in general. They helped put me on the right career path. The lecturers were very helpful, and I was given all the necessary support to succeed and now I am doing an apprenticeship in Software Development and work for the HSE. I would recommend the College of Commerce for an IT career path start.

Nicole Miller, Software Developer, HSE

The Computer Science course in the College of Commerce appealed to me because the modules looked interesting and I would get a qualification after one year and could then seek employment or progress to further studies. Applying for the course was the best decision I made. The teachers on the course are great, they made classes interesting and cared about each student. I would thoroughly recommend the Computer Science to anyone interested in ultimately working in IT.

Margarita Tsekvava, Java Programmer