The software industry is strong, providing specialist employment, with Ireland an important centre for localisation. The majority of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ireland is from the US, amounting to over 600 companies employing 100,000 people.
The Irish technology sector remains buoyant with Google, Facebook, Microsoft and eBay all having a major presence here. At IT Sligo our objective is to equip our graduates with the skills to seek employment in this level of business. We constantly re-assess course content to keep apace of emerging platforms and industry trends. You will undertake a work placement in the third year.
This programme takes into account the specific requirements of the global software industry and what it expects from graduates.
Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:
- Download Entry requirements for just Level 8 programmes
- Download Entry requirements for all programmes
This programme is offered currently only for advanced entry to Year 4. You will need a Level 7 in a Software Development programme or cognate area. Alternatively, we can process advanced entry in some case through an examination of your experiential learning.
The software industry is exceptionally strong in Ireland, providing a significant number of employment opportunities in a wide variety of organisation. The opportunities are with both indigenous Irish companies and large multinational organisations and not only in what you would call “tech” companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook. All sectors require software professionals and there are many opportunities in traditional sectors such as finance, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, health and service industries.
The outlook is positive. Morgan McKinley report demand for software developers shows “no sign of slowing down”. It continues: “Over the past 12 months salaries have increased across the majority of areas particularly in the development space.”
There are many progression routes into the software industry. Future career paths could include software testing, software engineer, web developer, application developer, mobile app developer, games developer, systems analyst, project manager.
Students are well positioned to progress to Master's study.
Clive Foley, CTO and co-founder of Plynk.io - a money messaging app - presides over the largest private equity investment in an indigenous Irish company and his company's pending roll-out throughout Europe. Clive studied Software at IT Sligo and can still be seen about taking some classes.
|Introduction to Programming 1||10|
|Internet of Things||05|
|Operating Systems & Networks||05|
|Introduction to Programming 2||10|
|Web Design Fundamentals||05|
|Client Side Scripting||05|
|Object Oriented Programming||05|
|Web Design and Development||05|
|Introduction to Database Technology||05|
|Object Oriented Development||05|
|Web Programming 1||05|
|Software Quality and Testing||05|
|Introduction to Database management||05|
|Introduction to Cloud Computing||05|
|Rich Application Development 301||05|
|Mobile Application Development||05|
|Software Project Management||05|
|Web Programming 2||05|
|Open Stack Development||05|
|Rich Application Development 302||05|
|Strategic Technology Management||05|
|Secure Software Development||05|
|User Experience (UX)||05|
|Software Application Security Testing [E]||05|
|Advanced Database Concepts [E]||05|
[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.