Springboard+ BSc (Hons) in Computing (Award Stage)

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Applications for this programme are now closed. 


Dublin Business School, in conjunction with Springboard+, have developed a part-time Level 8 programme leading to a BSc (Hons) in  Computing (Award Stage) award.

This is the Digital Age and Computer Science lies at the heart of the Digital World. Computer Science Professionals play an integral part in the shaping of the exciting digital world of today and will continue to play a key role in shaping the future world that you will work, play, communicate and live in. 

Computer Science provides you with expertise in a variety of exciting disciplines such as programming, networking, analytics, and cloud computing. One of the most important aspects of computer science is problem solving; an essential skill for life.  When you develop knowledge and skills in these areas you will belong to a group of talented people, with highly sought-after qualifications and competencies.

Why study Computer Science?

Computer Science qualifications are global, they have no boundaries. A degree in Computing will provide you with the opportunity to work in in a wide variety of sectors for companies at home and abroad. Future opportunities in computing are varied and with a computing degree your future in a creative, innovative industry is assured.

Aims & Objectives

• Display knowledge of hardware devices, software development, programming languages and communication mechanisms currently in use in a computing environment.

• Exhibit detailed knowledge and understanding of the nature of relevant theories, techniques, process and tools specifically available to professionals in the discipline of computing.

• Demonstrate knowledge and use of a range of fundamental computing methods and tools, and acquire related skills in emerging tools, trends and technologies with respect to computing.

• Apply analytical problem solving skills to solve complex problems through the use of suitable research and implementing standard techniques.

• Demonstrate comprehension of the trade-off involved in design choice, using appropriate skills diagnostics to display knowledge and understanding related to the implementation of computer-based systems.

• Work effectively both as an individual, and as a member of a development team.

• Be guided by the personal and professional requirement to identify knowledge gaps, undertake self-learning and lifelong learning to supplement existing skillsets.

Entry Requirements

This programme is aimed at those with an ICT Level 7 qualification such as Computing or Bachelor of Technology seeking ​to up-skill from a Level 7 to a Level 8, regardless of their employment status and whether or not in receipt of Social Welfare. Applications without this will be considered on the basis of approved prior experience and learning (RPL).


Course Content

Distributed Systems

Computer Security


Elective Modules

Choose one of the following:

Elective 1 - Data Analytics and Big Data

Data Mining and Analytics

Managing and Processing Big Data

Elective 2 - Software Development

Software Quality Assurance

UX and GUI Development

DBS Employability Pillar

In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Year 1

Learning to Learn

Communication For Personal Success

Communication For Personal Success

The DBS Employability Pillar, will demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and their applicability in ‘real-life’ situations, projects undertaken and how they are applied in different circumstances so that students can take ownership of your own career management. Students will be able to develop realistic career plans and initiate and sustain professional networks and relationships to encourage opportunities for employment and internships. Students will present themselves and their skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications, through effective job applications, CVs, interviews and voluntary activities. This will enable students to develop the necessary skills to compete effectively for a broad range of employment, postgraduate study options and innovative opportunities available to them and further develop lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

Teaching and Assessment

Throughout the programme, learners will experience a varied range of teaching and learning strategies. Modules will be delivered through a mix of lectures and hands on lab sessions, with tutorials in place to support where necessary. Emphasis will be placed on practical skills by allowing the students to examine problem descriptions and try possible solutions in lab scenarios. This teaching approach is reflected in the assessment of modules with a mixture of individual projects, lab based exams, group assignments, continuous assessments, reflective reports and group project work. These assessments will also be accompanied by end of year examinations.



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


Career Opportunities

The table below represents a selection of the roles available, classified according to the electives available on the programme.

Data Analytics & Big Data

Software Development

Data Administrator
Data Analyst
Database Engineer
Database Support Eng
Systems Engineer
Big Data Engineer
Data Architect
Business Intelligence Analyst
Database Developer
SQL Database Administrator
NoSQL DB Administrator
MySQL DB Administrator
SQL Analyst
Data Warehouse Engineer

Software Developer
Software Engineer
Software Test Engineer
Application Developer
User Experience Designer
Visual Designer
Development Engineer
UI / UX Designer
Java Developer
.NET Developer
Software Architect
QA Engineer / Test Developer
Software Tester



There is no requirement to be in receipt of Social Welfare payments to apply for this programme and applicants can be employed or unemployed to apply for this part-time programme.

Please note the following new eligibility terms which apply to all 2017 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 2017 (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 2017. 

  • Participants who enrolled in just one course, since the inception of Springboard+ in 2011, but did not complete, are eligible to apply in 2017, 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

Apply online via the Springboard portal.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Learners may also access this course on the basis of recognition of prior learning or by assessment of prior experiential learning/informal learning. 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, their ability to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills and a capacity to successfully participate in the programme.



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: 
Spring 2018
Award Level: 
Level​ ​​8 Major Award
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