Springboard+ Diploma in Big Data for Business

Springboard+ Diploma in Big Data for Business

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps
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The Springboard 2019/20 brochure is available here for download.


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.

Corporate Services

Did you know? DBS would love to meet with you and your company to discuss the Springboard+ Government funded programmes initiative.

DBS offers a range of Springboard+ programmes designed to meet the skills need of employers and the country. These programmes could provide your employees with the relevant skills to grow and develop into the next few years and beyond.

For more information on this new service or to arrange a meeting, please contact our Corporate Services Team on admissions@dbs.ie or by telephone 01 417 7500.

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

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Course Content

Modules within this programme include:

• 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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People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the 2019/20academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):

  • People in employment

    Please note that under the Springboard+ 2019/20 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. These fees can be paid by either the applicant or their employer, should the employer sponsor the applicant. Should you require a company sponsorship form for invoicing please let us know.

    Therefore the below fees will be applied to your application, should your application be successful, for this course:

    Diploma in Big Data for Business - Course fee is €4,500, of which you pay 10% = €450

    NOTE: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your Springboard+ programme.

  • Returners (Formerly referred to as Homemakers)

    Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. Course specific criteria may also apply.

  • The unemployed or formerly self-employed

Courses are fully funded for these applicants. All courses are open to this category of applicants, with the exception of the two-year part-time ICT conversion courses which are not open to those in receipt of Jobseekers-related payments.

All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website. Please note that 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.

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.

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 admissions@dbs.ie or by telephone 01 417 7500.

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Course overview


Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
1 Academic Year
Study Mode: 
Course Commencement Date:
March 2020
Award Level: 
Level 7 Special Purpose Award
ECTS Credits:

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    We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our admissions team for more information

    Email: admissions@dbs.ie
    Phone: 01 417 7500
    Opening times:
    Monday to Friday: 8:45am to 5:15pm