Bachelor of Science Software Development CW207

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW207
  • 25
  • 330
  • 3 Years
  • Overview
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  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
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What is the Course about?

Software development is the set of activities that results in software products. Software is everywhere in our lives: from mobile phones to business systems and cloud based services. Software developers work in collaborative teams to solve real problems.

This three-year programme equips students with the skills required to work in a diverse range of areas within software development and support. Students follow our new ‘learning by doing’ model in first year with continuous assessment replacing final exams. Modules include a broad range of subjects including: programming; operating systems; networking; computer hardware; web; mobile and cloud programming; computer architecture; software engineering and an industry work placement. This programme offers flexibility for students with an early exit after Year 2 with a Higher Certificate in Computing award (NFQ 6).

Special Features:

  • Dedicated software development laboratory for 3rd Year students sponsored by UNUM, providing a real-world working environment.
  • Work placements are offered as part of all undergraduate programmes with leading national and international companies. 
  • IT Carlow’s final year industry showcase is attended by leading IT employers.  
  • Active participation by students in national and international competitions. IT Carlow students were recently awarded 2nd place in FIWARE ‘Smart Society’ competition in Seville, winning €40,000 in prize money for their ‘My People Care’ project.
  • IT Carlow maintains an international perspective through widespread collaborations with international third level institution computing departments and has active research links with the Netherlands, France, China, Norway, Hungary and the UK.
  • IT Carlow maintain close relations with leading industry players such as Intel and UNUM. The collaboration with Intel has resulted in its sponsorship of the Galileo development board and Quark chip at the institute and this leading edge technology is now central to several undergraduate and graduate research projects at IT Carlow.
  • Exit Award: Higher Certificate in Computing (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of this programme will be eligible to proceed to the BSc (Honours) in Software Development at IT Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

This programme can lead to a range of IT careers including systems programmers, IT service managers, network programmers, software designers and installation engineers. Graduates have found employment with leading organisations including UNUM, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, HP, DoneDeal and AOL.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better. 

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better. 
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed. 

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Chris Meudec, BSc, PhD