Springboard+ Diploma in Big Data for Business

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps
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**Courses have now started, we are no longer accepting applications.**


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Dublin Business School, in conjunction with Springboard+, have developed a part-time Level 7 Special Purpose Award programme leading to a Diploma in Big Data for Business.  

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 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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Entry Requirements

Holders of a Level 6 NFQ award or equivalent OR Applications without this will be considered on the basis of approved prior experience and learning (RPL). 

Priority will be given to business, maths, science, engineering,management graduates.


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Course Content

• Databases

• Data Visualisation and Big Data

• Information Systems and Databases 

• Maths and Statistics for Business

• Management 

• Digital Marketing and Management 

• Communication for Personal Success

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The course duration is one Academic Year. Typically students attend classes on two evenings per week. 

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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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Springboard+ Spring 2018 Eligibility criteria for participants

Unemployed with a previous history of employment 

Actively seeking employment


Satisfy one of the following three criteria:

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 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 OR

  • Be signing for social insurance contribution credits OR

  • Be previously self-employed OR

  • Be classified as a Homemaker (with a previous history of employment)

A homemaker is classified as a person not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection that have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations and have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.

Homemakers seeking to apply in 2018 will be required to verify their status as a homemaker.

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.

Please note the following new eligibility terms which apply to all 2018 applicants:

  • Those who have completed a Springboard+ course within the past two years (i.e. graduated from a 2015 or 2016 Springboard+ call course ) are not eligible to apply in 2018 (unless the participant is seeking to progress their qualification level in the same discipline, e.g. level 7 to level 8). 

  • Participants who enrolled in more than one Springboard+ course since the inception of Springboard in 2011, and did not complete any course, are not eligible to apply in 2018. 

  • Participants who enrolled in just one course, since the inception of Springboard+ in 2011, but did not complete, are eligible to apply in 2018, but will be required to meet all eligibility criteria as outlined below.

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

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 Registrar. 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.

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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: 
W/C March 20th 2018 
Award Level: 
Level 7 Special Purpose Award
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    Email: admissions@dbs.ie
    Phone: 01 417 7500
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