Advanced Certificate in Software Development

Level 6 QQI Award


One Year


This course gives students the opportunity to further enhance their skills and competences in software development and information technology while providing them with the opportunity to join third level programmes in first or second year. The course will also enhance students’ skills and competences if they are seeking employment in the information technology sector. Students will learn how to plan, project management, design, code and roll-out software using a variety of software tools, methodologies, and databases and programming languages (Java, C#, SQL).  The course offers students the additional benefit of sitting the international recognised CompTia+ award. This course is supported by FIT (Fast Track into IT) which is a unique IT led initiative which gives students assistance to find employment in IT sector.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Level 5 QQI Award in Software Development or Information Technology or Electronic Technology
  • Other Relevant Level 5 QQI Award
  • Applications are welcome from learners with relevant experience in this area

Course Modules

  • Project Management
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Software Architecture
  • Graphical User Interface Programming
  • Web Development
  • Relational Database
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Communications
Module Information

Module Information

Advanced Certificate in Software Development

Level 6 QQI Award Software Development 6M0691

Course Content (Module Names and Codes)



1. Project Management 6N4090

This programme module aims to provide learners with a skill and competency in both the theory and practice of Project Management methodologies, incorporating the elements of soft and hard skills of project management. Building a project team, Project Initiation, Project Planning, Project Implementation, Project Review and Evaluation.  

Assessments: Assignment (30%), Collection of Work (70%).


2. Communications 6N1950

Level 6 Communications builds on the knowledge and skills gained in level 5 Communications. The learner is facilitated to gain the knowledge and skills to exercise personal autonomy in communicating verbally and nonverbally. There is an emphasis on understanding the requirements of the workplace and using excellent communication skills to maximise participation in personal and vocational life.

Assessment: Collection of Work (50%), Skills Demonstrations (50%).


3. Graphical User Interface Programming 6N0736

Develop good programming practices, understand the principles involved in Event Driven Programming and the design of Graphical User Interfaces, learn to design, code, test and deploy efficient practical applications.

Assessment: 2 Assignments (30% each), Examination (40%).


4. Software Architecture 6N1449

Analyse the software development lifecycle for a range of projects, explore various methodologies and use tools and techniques to design, improve and implement appropriate software based on specific requirements.

Assessment: Skills Demonstrations (60%), Examination (40%).


5. Relational Database 6N4785

The student must design and implement the RDM and use appropriate industry standard database tools to implement a system containing tables, queries & reports. Fundamentals include SQL, data normalisation (up to and including TNFing) and testing.

Assessment: Project (60%),  Written Examination (40%).


6. Personal and Professional Development 6N1949

This is not “life coaching” - however it is an opportunity to take stock and to evaluate your personal and professional goals. Through humorous workshops, lively group discussions and practical exercises we will shine a light on the following techniques: Stress Management, Conflict Management, Managing Change, Decision Making, Goal Setting, Delegation and Team Working.

Assessment: Collection of Work (research and practical exercises), Skills Demonstration (workshop participation).


7. Web Development 6N1277

The learner must design and develop a standards compliant website, using HTML, CSS and scripting languages to develop and maintain a secure website. The learner will develop, document their hosted website as part of the assessment process.

Assessment: Project (60%), Written Examination (40%).


8. Object Oriented Programming 6N2108

Students will develop Object Oriented programs using Java, investigating general trends in software engineering which lead to the need for and development of the object oriented programming paradigm. Exploring the concepts behind object oriented programming to include classes, objects, data abstraction, encapsulation, polymorphism and inheritance. Investigating a range of known class libraries, their applications and limitations. Students will devise objects and classes for specified problems employing object oriented programming methodologies

Assessment: Skills Demonstration (60%), Examination (40%)



  • Level 6 QQI Award Software Development (6M0691)
  • CompTIA Certification (Optional)

Progression Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Progression Examples

BSc in Computer Science (DN201)

University College Dublin

BSc in Computer Science (DT211/DT228)

Dublin Institute of Technology

BSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering (MH601/2)

BSc in Multimedia Mobile and Web Development (MH601/MH602)

National University of Ireland Maynooth

BSc in Business Computing (AL750) - Advanced entry into 2nd Year

Athlone Institute of Technology

BSc in Creative Computing (DL836) - Advanced entry into 2nd Year

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

Career Paths

Graduates with a solid programming background have a wide range of career opportunities such as: junior programmer, software developer, website design and maintenance, IT support, Network administration and security.

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Derek Winters

2017 graduate. Now working in Accenture.
"I came to DFEi as a mature student having worked in construction. During my first year in DFEi I discovered I had a talent for computer programming.  I took it upon myself to go beyond the scope of…

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Derek Winters

2017 graduate. Now working in Accenture.
"I came to DFEi as a mature student having worked in construction. During my first year in DFEi I discovered I had a talent for computer programming.  I took it upon myself to go beyond the scope of the course and teach myself other languages that are sought after by industry. The teachers encouraged me all the way. I am now looking forward to starting my new career in software development."

Course Coordinator

Shane McGovern

Shane McGovern

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