This course is designed to further a student’s learning in designing, developing, integrating and testing software, using GUI Programming, Object Oriented Programming, HTML, CSS and WordPress. The student will learn how to produce commercially viable software, by learning and applying modern software development methodologies and modelling tools. The student will also learn key skills in project management and leadership. Classroom work will be complemented with relevant work placement, one day a week.

Though a lot of our students progress to CIT and other third level colleges to pursue a degree, our students are very much in demand by industry with CoreHR committed to employing 4 of our graduates this year.

  • Graphical User Interface Programming (Java) 6N0736 Learn how to use controls to build industry-standard GUI apps and how to connect to a database at the back-end of a Java app, and extract data from the database into the app.
  • Software Architecture 6N1449 Understand the techniques and roles involved in traditional and Agile SDLCs to build information systems and analyse projects. Create structural and behavioural type diagrams through Unified Modelling Language (UML), and gain knowledge on how visual modelling has greatly aided software design. Learners will also create object‐oriented code, based on UML Class and Object diagrams (using the Eclipse Marketplace) and sketch diagrams using
  • Project Management 6N4090 Master the essential skills and tools of Project Management by learning how to integrate its 5 process groups following the PMBOK guidelines. Learn how to use Ms Project to schedule your project & also create WBS diagrams. Complete assignments as part of this course to demonstrate your skills.
  • Object Oriented Programming (C++) 6N2108 Build Object Oriented programs (IDE: Code::Blocks) using objects, classes, constructors, operator overloading and inheritance.
  • Relational Database 6N4785 This module uses a database management system (DBMS) to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to design, analyse and implement a relational database and to understand database concepts and terminology.  Learn how to use MS SQL Server.
  • Leadership 6N2191 Gain practical experience in implementing leadership skills including problem solving, strategic analysis and planning, effective communication skills and conducting meetings appropriately. Learn how to manage projects and tasks resulting in effective team performance and incorporating handling group dynamics, group roles, conflict resolution, diversity, teamwork and motivation
  • Work Experience 6N1946 Plan an prepare effectively for work placement. Learn how to present a professional CV and personal statement. Hone your interview skills, and examine your employability skills. Work placement is one day a week (120 hours).
  • Frontline Technical Support Skills 6N2056 Frontline Technical Support gives learners the knowledge to operate effectively in a technical support call centre environment (using Spiceworks). Use CISCO’s Packet Tracer and TeamViewer to troubleshoot and resolve customer telecommunications queries and network issues.

Additional Workshops/Training

  • Data Analytics Workshop: This workshop gives learners an overview of data analytics and actionable recommendations, including planning for a bigger focus on Data Analysis as they continue their studies. The workshop examines the essential techniques and methodologies used to gather and assess data and help learners to identify future career paths in Data Analytics. By the end of the workshop each learner will know what Big Data is and identify examples of Big Data in IT.  They will understand the essential techniques and methodologies used to gather and assess data.
  • STEM Aspire Mentorship Programme (for female students), run by Dell EMC: DELL EMC and VMware invite our female students to participate in workshops that will help them progress along their chosen IT path. Each participant is assigned a mentor who provides continued support, engagement and encouragement to facilitate a student in achieving their IT career goal.

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development 5M0529 / QQI Certificate in Computer Systems and Networks 5M0536 (or equivalent).

An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview.

Though a lot of our students progress to CIT and other third level colleges to pursue a degree, our students are very much in demand by industry with CoreHR committed to employing 4 of our graduates this year.

Excellent progression opportunities including:

  • CIT (Year 2): Computing CR016 (Level 7), Software Development CR106 (Level 8), Software Development and Computer Networking CR116 (Level 8), IT Support CR888 (Level 7), IT Management CR310 (Level 8).
  • UCC: Computer Science CK401 (Level 8).
  • Inholland (Haarlem, The Netherlands)

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.

Career Opportunities: On successful completion of this award, the student can apply for a position as a junior programmer, a junior website developer, a junior computer technician (in the hardware and networking areas) or a project manager. The student is also in a strong position to apply for an apprenticeship with some of the big companies in the Computer Science area, including VMware and Dell EMC.

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.

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €580 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €280). See Payment for details.
  • Certification: QQI Level 6 Certificate in Software Development 6M0691
  • Work Experience: Students will undertake work experience one day per week in a computer company for the duration of the course, which they organise themselves.
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I decided to study at Cork College of Commerce as I didn’t want to commit to a four-year course and the course specifications really interested me. I chose Computer Science and loved it so much that I decided to do the Level 6 Advanced Software Development course afterward. I really enjoyed both years and found the continuous assessment took off a lot of the pressure for the end of year exams. The teachers were so accommodating- often doing extra classes with me to ensure I understood the work. I’ve gained so much experience and great contacts through college meet-ups and guest speakers. Highly recommend!

Rachel Caplice

My time at the Cork College of Commerce was very enjoyable and I made many friends. All of the course subjects are relevant to my current position as a Software Developer (with Customer Support) in Neon Communication Solutions. The lecturers in the college are great, have a broad knowledge of their subject areas, are very encouraging and provided me with a very sound knowledge of the areas that I am working in.

Anthony Hanley, Neon Communication, Software Development and Customer Support

I enrolled in College of Commerce in September 2011 doing a Computer Science Level 5 FETAC course and then the following year, I completed the Level 6 Computer Science course. The lecturers and staff members passion and devotion towards their students and their willingness to devote extra time to explain fundamentals in detail were an essential to my success at the college. I am now fully graduated from CIT with a 1st Class Honours degree in Computing.

Ricardo Varanda, Cloud Developer for Trend Micro

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

Having attended CCOC I felt it gave me a solid grounding in a diverse range of topics within IT, this diversity helped me to understand the area of IT I would like to pursue and ultimately shaped my career. The work experience arranged by CCOC during my course kick-started my career and I will be forever thankful to the dedicated team. I would highly recommend Cork College of Commerce to any prospective student looking for a start in an information technology career

Anthony O Callaghan, Director, Global BI Solution Centre