Springboard+ Diploma in Big Data for Business

Springboard+ Diploma in Big Data for Business

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps
  • Apply
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Skills Ireland estimates that there will be a demand for Big Data/Analytics roles to the tune of 49,000-62,000 in Ireland by 2020. Vacancies hardest to fill will be, deep analytical talent, supporting technology and big data savvy roles.

In the EGFSN December 2018 report, "Digital Transformation: Assessing the Impact of Digitalisation on Ireland's workforce", big data and analytics are identified as the role of innovation accelerations. "The demand for data capturing, management and analysis technologies continues to increase with the growing digitalisation efforts in enterprises and the increasing number of data producers".

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, Amazon, 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.The proposed programme prepares participants by providing them with the skills and competencies required to work in a range of big data and analytics savvy roles. Specific skills that the participants will garner are -conceptual knowledge, quantitative and analytical skills -Business strategy and management skills -Project management -Social media technologies/Digital Media tools and of course Data management and analytics skills.

This is an innovative programme with an integrated delivery from end‐to‐end covering a range of Big Data topics. The programme aims to develop learners' knowledge of the theory and practice of Big Data for Business necessary for them to secure employment and perform in the areas of Data analytics in a broad range of commercial, industrial and public sector environments.

To encourage the learner’s development guest speakers from  industry, specifically from the ICT sector,  will be invited to participate in the delivery of each module.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme, applicants must hold a full Level 6 NFQ award or equivalent in any discipline.

For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants who do not have a Level 6 qualification may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.


Student Testimonial

"I studied previously at DBS. I completed an Advanced Diploma in project management. I was familiar with the campus and the springboard course I wanted to do - DBS satisfied the course material I was looking for. Definitely a smaller institution appeals to me.

The programme was well structured and very much hit the ground running. A wide variety of modules. It was a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals who were starting out on their data journey. A great mix of students from various backgrounds and experiences

I would have liked to have done more of the extracurricular activities. The DBS careers hub organised some great talks - I attended a few of those. Very interesting material and topics discussed. The supports are there to help, make use of them!                

I feel confident I can use my diploma to advance where I want to get to; a Data Analyst role in Tech or Pharma."

David Harrington
Diploma in Big Data for Business 





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 *Eligibility and entry requirements apply.

Course Content

Modules include:

  • Databases

  • Management

  • Maths and Statistics for Business

  • Communications for Personal Success

  • Information Systems and Databases

  • Digital Planning and Management

  • Data Visualisation and Big Data 

These modules cover the content required for Big Data Savvy Skills as outlined in the EGF.


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Typically, students will attend classes on two evenings per week from 6:15pm to 9:30pm. Calendars for this programme 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 students. 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 liaises with external partners to enhance career progression for its learners. 

DBS 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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People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the 2020/21 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements).  Note: For Stamp 4 holders or Stamp 4 EU FAM, residency will be calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.  Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration.

For the Diploma in Big Data for Business, 1 year full-time programme, the following categories are eligible to apply:


People in Employment

Please note that those in employment, under the Springboard+ 2020/21 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants.  The applicant must also meet the nationality/visa requirements and residency criteria, i.e. they must be able to demonstrate that they have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.  Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees.  Should your employer be paying your fees, please contact us and we can forward you a company sponsorship form in order to invoice to your employer.


A copy of a most recent payslip

Fees: The fee for the Diploma in Big Data for Business is 4,500, of which you pay 10% = €450


Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, have previous history of employment but may require upskilling or reskilling to transition back to the workforce.  Applicants must have been a homemaker or on other caring duties or economically dependent on a partner or spouse for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months.


Applicants must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to their status. A form to complete this process is available here.

It should be noted that acceptance onto a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.

Fees:    The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.


The Unemployed

Applicants must be in receipt of any of the following social welfare payments:

  • Jobseekers Benefit

  • Jobseekers Allowance

  • One Parent Family

  • Disability Allowance

  • Qualified Adults of Working Age

  • Carers Allowance

  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist

  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension

  • Blind Pension

  • Deserted Wives Allowance 

Please Note:  Those signing for social insurance contribution credits are also eligible to apply.


Most recent copy receipt of payment of any of the above categories.


A copy of a bank statement showing receipt of payments will suffice.  If this is provided, please ensure you redact your account number, BIC and IBAN but your name should remain visible.

Please Note:

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 one of the above payments 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.

Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.




Self-employed applicants are eligible to apply.


A letter from their accountant or relevant documentation from Revenue showing that they are self-employed in Ireland would suffice

Fees: The fee for the Diploma in Big Data for Business is €4,500, of which you pay 10% = €450

Previously Self-Employed and actively seeking employment

People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús 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 Case Officer, take up a Springboard+ course.


A letter/statement from Revenue confirming that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant.

Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.



Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)

Applicants in receipt of this payment are eligible to apply for this programme. It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant in receipt of a PUP payment to discuss retaining a DEASP payment with their case officer in their local INTREO office when their offer is accepted and before they complete first registration for the course through www.springboardcourses.ie


Proof of most recent payment


A copy of a bank statement showing receipt of payments will suffice.  If this is provided, please ensure you redact your account number, BIC and IBAN but your name should remain visible.

Fees:    The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.

NOTE: If your eligibility status changes prior to commencing the course, you will need to contact the admissions office to assess are you still eligible to enrol on the programme. Failure to do this may result in you losing your place on the programme.

Application Procedures


All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website. Please note that the documentation supporting the applicants status will be required as part of the application process. Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.

The following documents are required by DBS as part of the application process. When you apply through the Springboard+ website, a member of the DBS Admissions Team will be in touch in relation to requesting the following documents:

  • Academic Transcripts of results (this is a breakdown of each year, all the modules studied and all results achieved). If these transcripts are in a language other than English, we will require the originals together with official translated copies.

  • Proof of ID - Driver's Licence of Passport.

  • Proof of residency for all applicants for three of the last five years. This can be revenue documents, letter from DEASP office or letter from previous or current employer.

  • For Non-EU Applicants currently residing in Ireland, a copy of your Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Card or proof of residency is required to demonstrate that you have been residing in the EU for three of the last five years.

  • For applicants who do not hold the required qualification and are applying through APEL (Approved Prior Experiential Learning), a recently updated and detailed CV is required with education and work experience to date. In addition, a personal statement is required outlining your reasons for applying for the course and why you would be a suitable candidate. This should be in the format of a word document and have between 500 and 700 words.

  • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language Test such as IELTS, Cambridge, PTE, Duolingo, or DBS English Placement Test. Test certificates must be dated within the last two years.

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Next Steps

Application Procedure

Please apply online via the Springboard portal HERE.

Corporate Services

Did you know?  DBS now can meet with you and your company to discuss the Springboard+ Government funded programmes, to see if it could work as a learning & development solution for your organisation.  This is ideal for any size organisation in any industry based in Dublin and the surrounding counties that may want to invest in employees' professional development.

For more information on this new service or to arrange a meeting, please contact our Corporate Services Team on [email protected] or by telephone 01 417 7500.

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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)


Duration: 1 Academic Year  
Study Mode: 
Part-time / 2 evenings per week
Course Commencement Date:
March 2022
Award Level: Level 7 Special Purpose
ECTS Credits:
10% Contribution (if applicable): €450


We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2022. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 8:45am to 5:15pm