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Software Development

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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One of the benefits of this degree is that it has a broad range of modules. The main focus of the degree is programming, so you will learn languages such as Python, Java, C, JavaScript and PHP. You will also learn about databases (where and how data is stored), operating systems, object-oriented programming, application development, software testing and many more topics. It teaches students to take a concept for an application from a drawing to a fully functioning application. Elective modules throughout the programme allow the student to specialise in particular areas of their choice e.g. mobile applications, web development, and web security. You will complete projects on your own and in groups throughout the degree, which will prepare you for working in industry.

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CR106 - Software Development
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CR106 - Software Development
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Essential Module Requirements:
Distinctions in 3 modules and a Merit in one from the following: C20174 or C20175 or C20139 or 5N1833 or 5N2066 or 6N3395 or 5N0556 or 5N18396 or LC Maths (OB3/HD3 or better)

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You will have career opportunities in Cork, Ireland and abroad, with large multinationals (such as IBM, EMC, Intel, Tyco), and also with smaller Irish companies. Other graduates have taken jobs within large IT departments in companies within the Chemical, Pharmaceutical or Food Industry. Graduates have also moved into roles in System Administration and Software Testing. A percentage of graduates from the programme chose to take up jobs in the Software Industry abroad. Software Development graduates work in a diverse range of roles.
Potential Areas of Employment
• Software Developer
• Web Developer
• Software Testing

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