Springboard+ Certificate in Cloud Platform Development

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps




Download the March 2019 timetable here.

Dublin Business School, in conjunction with Springboard+, have developed a part-time Level 7 Special Purpose Award programme leading to a Certificate in Cloud Platform Development.

This is an innovative programme with an integrated delivery from end‐to‐end covering a range of cloud platform development skills applicable to the ICT and other sectors. The programme aims to develop learners' knowledge of the theory and practice of web development, databases and cloud application design, development and deployment through Platform-as-a Service (PaaS) providers necessary for them to secure employment and perform in the area of cloud platform development in a broad range of commercial, industrial and public sector environments. Graduates will possess focused knowledge and specific practical skills in Cloud Platform Development.

The programme incorporates Personal & Professional Development (PPD) within modules to enhance the student’s employability, which will enable them to integrate seamlessly into an organisation by addressing skills such as leadership, self‐management and teamwork that are essential in the area of Cloud Platform Development.

The programme has been developed to ensure that participants are developing sustainable skills and knowledge that underpin Cloud Platform Development.

Specifically, the programme aims:

• To develop knowledge and practical skills in web development and databases

• To appraise cloud platform environments and subsequently design, plan and implement cloud migration strategies

• To evaluate, implement and deploy applications on cloud platforms.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme applicants must be holders of a Level 6 NFQ award or equivalent. Applications without this will be considered on the basis of approved prior experience and learning (RPL).

Applicants for this programme are required to have a good level of digital literacy and may be telephone interviewed at application stage by the programme leader.

At a minimum they should: 

1. Have a good working knowledge of computers, Windows OS and file managers 

2. Be comfortable using the Internet and Internet browsers on a range of devices

3. Be familiar working with online applications such as Office 365 and Google Docs (including online storage e.g. Dropbox).

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.



Course Content

Modules within this programme include:

  • Web Development I

  • Web Development II

  • Database Design and Cloud Technologies

  • Cloud Design and Development

  • Cloud Platform Development


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

Course work is broken down into the following components:

  • Assignment

  • Practical Work

  • Presentation, Individual and Group

  • Reflection

  • In Class Tests and MCQs

  • Poster presentation

  • Analysis of Case Studies



Career Opportunities

Across recruitment, agencies and website based recruitment sites there are currently numerous employment opportunities for those with knowledge and skills in the area of cloud platform development. As the skill set acquired by the graduate is not sector specific it widens the opportunities that present themselves.

DBS fully recognises the importance of job readiness to the Springboard participant and since 2013 has put in place 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 and feedback, review of experience and progress, and 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 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. 



People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the 2018/19 academic 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+ 2018/19 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:

    Certificate in Cloud Platform Development - Course fee is €3,200, of which you pay 10% = €320

    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.

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. 



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

Course Overview 2019

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Duration: 1 Academic Year
Study Mode: Part-time
Course Commencement Date: March 2019
Award Level:
Level 7 Special Purpose Award
ECTS Credits: 40

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    We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2019. Contact our admissions team for more information

    Email: admissions@dbs.ie
    Phone: 01 417 7500
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