Springboard+ Diploma in Big Data for Business

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps
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N.B: This programme is now full


Big Data is one of the fastest growing areas of computing and Ireland has become the European data centre location of choice for world leaders including IBM, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, MSN and Adobe, and is now poised to become a global cloud centre of excellence. The management of data is big business now, and it will continue to grow as long as more and more devices, technologies and services harvest more and more information from society. This programme prepares participants by providing them with the skills and competencies required to work in a range of big data and analytics savvy roles.

This programme and has been designed to meet the skills needs as outlined in the FORFAS/EGFSN 2014 report, "Assessing the demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills, 2013-2020 and in particular addressing the requirements to develop skills and competences in Big Data and Analytics Savvy.

Government’s policy into the medium-term is for Ireland to become a leading country in Europe for big data and analytics. This would require achieving the scale of the ambition as set out in the high growth Scenario in this study. Under this Scenario, 21,000 potential job vacancies could arise from expansion and replacement demand in the period up to 2020 - comprising 3,630 for deep analytical roles and 17,470 for big data savvy roles. According to the McKinsey Global report, “Demand for data savvy professionals is projected to rise to 4 million positions by 2018. Demand could outstrip supply by 1.5 million by 2018” ​

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All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS (http://www.dbs.ie/terms-and-conditions) and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

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​Course Content

• Databases

• Data Management and Analytics

• Information Systems and Databases 

• Maths and Statistics for Business

• Management 

• Digital Planning and Management 

• Communication for Personal Success

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The course duration is one Academic Year ​beginning in March 2017. Typically students will attend classes on two evenings per week. Course timetables will be available in due course. 

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Career Opportunities

Upon Completion of the programme graduates would typically take up roles as:

• Business Analysts

• Data Governance Manager

• Data warehouse architects

• Data Analysts

• Functional Managers

• CIO's

• Market research analysts

DBS fully recognises the importance of job readiness to the Springboard participant and has put in place since 2013 an integrated and comprehensive Personal and Professional Development Service titled Jump Start Your Career. This intensive programme covers every aspect of the job hunting process and has greatly assisted Springboard participants with their job search activities and preparation for employment. All initiatives under the programme focus on facilitating the transition from higher education to employment. 

A suite of careers motivation, self-confidence and job ready workshops will be delivered and timetabled for programme participants. Additional sessions will be scheduled to include:

- CV Preparation, Interview Skills & Techniques & Job searching tools
- One-to-One sessions
- Individual coaching & feedback, Review of experience and progress & Candidate/Employment matching process.

Out of hours one-to-one consultations, with evening appointments, will also be offered to programme participants who are unable to attend during the day.

DBS will offer strong assessment processes and feedback tools to assist in one-to-one sessions in training on behavioural competencies style, career match aptitudes that will enhance significantly the career guidance, personal development, employer engagement and interview skills in order to maximise the work placement and employment opportunities. Significant emphasis will be placed on building communication and interpersonal confidence and skills to demonstrate own value to employer. Each participant will have access to a careers coach/mentor to support the candidate/placement matching and placement process with potential employers.

DBS also provides extensive networking opportunities for Springboard students and also liaises with external partners to enhance career progression for its learners. 
DBS also has extensive engagement with industry and in addition to companies who have pledged interests of placements, it has over 1,150 employers on its database and active engagement with 2,727 DBS Alumni all of whom are being contacted to offer work experience opportunities to Springboard Students. 

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Holders of a Level 8 NFQ award or equivalent OR Applications without this will be considered on the basis of approved prior experience and learning (APEL). 
Priority will be given to business, maths, science, engineering,management graduates.

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).Learners may also access this programme on the basis of recognition of prior learning or by assessment of prior experiential 
learning/informal learning. Such applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis. The process is implemented within the relevant school, by the relevant Head of School/Department or nominee, and is overseen by the Director of Academic Affairs. For this particular programme applicants will be considered on a case by case basis based upon their educational record, work experience and a capacity to successfully participate in the programme.

Springboard+ Spring 2017 Eligibility criteria for participants

To be eligible for a place on a Springboard+ programme a person must be:

•Unemployed with a previous history of employment

• Actively seeking employment

Satisfy one of the following three criteria:

1. Be in receipt of one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection:

Jobseekers Benefit, Jobseekers Allowance, One Parent Family, Disability Allowance, Qualified Adults of Working Age, Carers Allowance, Farm Assist/Fish Assist, Widow(er) s Contributory or Non-contributory Pension, Blind Pension, Deserted Wives Allowance.

There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. Participants in receipt of an eligible payment at the time the Springboard+ course commences are eligible to apply for a place on that course. However, providers will be required to give priority to applications from people who are long term unemployed


2. Be signing for social insurance contribution credits OR

3. Be previously self-employed

People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tus; JobBridge or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard+ and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Facilitator, take up a Springboard+ course.

Full details of eligibility criteria are available under the ‘Am I eligible’ section on the Springboard+ website www.springboardcourses.ie

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Next Steps

Apply online via the Springboard portal here.

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Course overview


Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
​​​1 ​Academic Year
Study Mode: 
Course Commencement Date: 
​​​March 2017
Award Level: 
Level​ ​​7 Special Purpose Award
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    We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2017. Contact our admissions team for more information

    Email: admissions@dbs.ie
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