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Pre-University Data Analytics

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QQI Level 5 Award in Software Development 5M0529                               Duration: 1 year

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Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding


Data analysts pull data from huge databases then gather and organise this data to provide information which can be used by businesses to make informed decisions.  Over the past number of years, there has been an enormous increase in the amount of data being collected resulting in a worldwide shortage of data analysts.  Data analytics is currently one of the top ten in demand jobs is set to continue to be as more and more organisations start working with big data. This course will give students a good foundation in data analytics and offer students progression to study data analytics to University degree level.

What will I study?

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Programming and Design Principles (Python for Data Analysis)
  • Database Methods
  • Software Architecture
  • Maths for Stem
  • Statistics
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based learning and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year. Course work will consist of a combination of onsite & online learning.

How will I be assessed?

A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year(Continuous Assessment). On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.

What we would like from you!

  • Familiarity with the use of software applications and an interest in IT
  • A willingness to work hard and invest time outside class to ensure success

Career/Progression Opportunities

Students may also progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

    • DC123 Data Science DCU
    • DC120 Computing for Business DCU
    • DC121 Computer Science DCU
    • DC241 Digital Business & Innovation DCU
    • DK823 Mathematics & Data Science Dundalk IT
    • NC025 Data Science NCI
    • TU856 Computer Science TU
    • DN201 Computer Science UCD
    • Colleges nationwide

Click this course code 5M0529 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with. You can also select “any award” in the same search box and this will return all courses open to students who have successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course.

Entry Requirements

A student over 16 yrs seeking entry to this programme does not need a previous formal qualification.  However, the student must demonstrate at interview the capacity to successfully participate on this programme. Should the student have previous qualifications, one of the following may be advantageous for admission to the programme:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA
  • QQI Level 4 Award
  • Applicants must have attained a Pass grade in Leaving Cert Ordinary Level Maths or equivalent
  • Students who have/are taking LCA or Leaving Certificate Foundation Maths must sit a short Maths test in Killester College as part of the Application process.
  • Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered  (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning). They will also be asked to sit a short Maths test at application stage.


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