Software Development (Level 5)

This course provides a foundation for learners who wish to gain employment in the field of Computers or who wish to continue their studies and progress to Higher Education. The course is supported by F.I.T. (FastTrack to Information Technology), who provide supports such as CV writing and Interview Skills workshops along with mock interviews.


 Duration: One year, full time 


  • Fundamentals of Object-Oriented Programming 5N0541
  • Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
  • Mobile Technologies 5N0580
  • Software Architecture 5N2772
  • Web Authoring 5N1910
  • Word Processing 5N1358
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356


NFQ Level 5 award made by QQI 5M0529 Software Development

Career Options

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue various careers in the IT industry including Software Developer and Mobile App Developer. The option to pursue an Apprenticeship in a related area is also a possibility.

Third Level Progression

Software Development with Games Design allows wide progression into numerous Computing related degrees at Third Level. These include:
  • TU Dublin- Tallaght accept this course for all its Computing and Engineering related courses including Computing TU756, Cloud Computing TU865 and Computing with Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning TU862.
  • TU Dublin- Blanchardstown accept this course for a wide range of courses including Computing (Information Technology) TU860, Digital Forensics and Cyber Security TU863 and Computer Engineering in Mobile Systems TU807.
  • TU Dublin- Grangegorman offer a range of courses that follow on from this award including Game Design TU984 and Computer Science TU856.
  • UCD have a degree programme Computer Science DN201 which accepts this award.
  • Maynooth University: Robotics and Intelligent Devices MH306, Computer Science through Arts MH601 and Computer Science through Arts MH602.
There are many more opportunities for college progression.  Please contact with any queries.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, QQI Level 4 full major award or equivalent.
  • Work/life experience may be acceptable for mature students.
  • Students should be 16 years old or over at the start of the course.
  • Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject area and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Competent written and spoken English (CEFR B1 or higher).


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I was very fortunate to take part in the Erasmus program where I completed work experience with a company in Amsterdam. Overall I had a very good experience while studying at Greenhills College. The course was a good introduction to computing and provides a chance to advance yourself in different areas of the IT industry. I have completed a degree in TU-Tallaght thanks to Greenhills College.

Jonas Vingilys. B.Sc. in Computing, Technological University- Tallaght. 

I made life-long friends during the year and on Erasmus.

Ciara Brophy