Certificate in Software Development

The software industry is strong, providing specialist employment, with Ireland an important centre for localisation. The majority of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ireland is from the US, amounting to over 600 companies employing 100,000 people.

The Irish technology sector remains buoyant with Google, Facebook, Microsoft and eBay all having a major presence here. At IT Sligo our objective is to equip our graduates with the skills to seek employment in this level of business. We constantly re-assess course content to keep apace of emerging platforms and industry trends. You will undertake a work placement in the third year.

This programme takes into account the specific requirements of the global software industry and what it expects from graduates.

Learn more computing in general at IT Sligo or the 2 year online BSc (Hons) Software Development programme.

This programme is funded under the Springboard initiative. If you are unemployed, you may be entitled to free fees for this programme under this initiative. If this programme is funded you will find it and be able to submit an application on the Springboard site at www.springboardcourses.ie



At IT Sligo our objective is to equip our graduates with the skills to seek employment in this exciting area. We constantly re-assess course content to keep apace of emerging platforms and industry trends.

Some of the subject areas you will cover include advanced programming, machine learning, artificial intelligence, security, and user experience.

The programme focus is on the design and development of software. Specifically, you'll learn secure software development techniques, significant Amazon AWS exposure (leading to certification), data analytics and UX design.

This programme is of particular interest to those with a past Level 7 in Software Development who seek to further their career by attaining a Level 8 qualification.

Note, you can also take this programme online and part-time 1 year.

Application Closing Date : 30th August 2019

Computing & Electronic Eng NA Certificate

*New Common Points Scale

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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

You will need a Level 7 in a Software Development programme or cognate area. Alternatively, we can process advanced entry in some case through an examination of your experiential learning.

Career Opportunities

The software industry is exceptionally strong in Ireland, providing a significant number of employment opportunities in a wide variety of organisation. The opportunities are with both indigenous Irish companies and large multinational organisations and not only in what you would call “tech” companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook. All sectors require software professionals and there are many opportunities in traditional sectors such as finance, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, health and service industries.

The outlook is positive. Morgan McKinley report demand for software developers shows “no sign of slowing down”. It continues: “Over the past 12 months salaries have increased across the majority of areas particularly in the development space.”

There are many progression routes into the software industry. Future career paths could include software testing, software engineer, web developer, application developer, mobile app developer, games developer, systems analyst, project manager.

What are my further study opportunities?

Students are well positioned to progress to a full Level 8 Honours degree and then to Master's study. This programme can be used to gain exemptions towards the full Honours degree and is available online at IT Sligo.

What subjects will I study?


Joe Dunleavy: I am from Sligo and studied computer science in IT Sligo successfully qualifying with a Bsc. in Computing in 2002. I started my career in Microsoft in Dublin before spending some time in a tech start up at Sligo IT. After that I moved to Letterkenny where I currently head up our disruptive technology innovation office in Pramerica. I have been with Pramerica now for 13 years and in that time I had an international rotation for 3 years with my family to the US with our parent company Prudential in 2012.
Sligo IT was a great place to study. I made great friends there, learned critical skills to help me to have a rewarding career in technology and I had many great nights out and laughs along the way in my time there.


Clive Foley, CTO and co-founder of Plynk.io - a money messaging app - presides over the largest private equity investment in an indigenous Irish company and his company's pending roll-out throughout Europe. Clive studied Software at IT Sligo and teaches/guest lectures occasionally.

Programme Fees

Springboard Fees

Fee €3,500

FREE for those classified as unemployed.

Fee for employed participants €350 (10% of fees)

Who do I contact?

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510

E: admissions@itsligo.ie
W: www.itsligo.ie/cee