Study all the essentials of computing and software, as well as key areas in mathematics, a major project and a six month placement in industry. Acquire hands-on programming skills and advanced problem solving techniques in our new dedicated computer science building (Eolas). You will study another Science subject or Critical Skills with Computer Science and Mathematics in first year.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.
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|Note: Information for 2019 Entry|
|Old Code||New Code||Award Title|
|CNSSX||Networks and Software Systems|
|5M0536||Computer Systems and Networks|
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
A work placement and an Erasmus study abroad year are offered to students (subject to availability).
Computing, programming and software skills are in high demand, therefore career opportunities are many and varied, and include work in areas such as graphical interface design, medical imaging, video-based information systems, multimedia systems development, electronic publishing, computer-assisted translation, e-learning systems development, games development, website design and development, and software development.
Graduates also pursue careers in non-computing industries, such as financial services, business and administration, health services, and the automobile and aeronautics sectors.