Bachelor of Science Software Development CW207

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW207
  • 25
  • 251
  • 3 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • 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.

The course equips students with the skills required to work in a diverse range of areas within software development and support. Students follow our ‘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. The course 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 courses with leading national and international companies.
  • Institute of Technology Carlow’s final year industry showcase is attended by leading IT employers.
  • Active participation by students in national and international competitions. Institute of Technology 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.
  • Institute of Technology 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.
  • Institute of Technology 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 Institute of Technology Carlow.
  • Exit Award: Higher Certificate in Computing (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates will also be eligible to proceed to the BSc (Honours) in Software Development at Institute of Technology Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?




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

After completing this course, graduates will be able to join the growing and vibrant software industry in Ireland or abroad with large multinationals or smaller companies in a variety of roles, including: software developer, software tester and mobile or web developer. Graduates have found employment with leading organisations, including: UNUM, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, HP, DoneDeal, AOL and Amazon.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7


For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dr Chris Meudec
BSc,(Hons), MA(TL), PhD, French Maitrise