Springboard+ Certificate in Cloud Platform Development

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




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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 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. 

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).


Course Content

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. 



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.

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

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. 

The evaluation of experiential learning will be determined on a case by case basis. RPL candidates will be required to complete the application form and provide detailed written evidence regarding prior experiental learning against entry criteria. In such instances a subject matter expert from the Programme Team will assess the application and ensure cognate mapping to the programme. An interview with the candidate will then be required to establish suitability for the programme. 



Next Steps

Apply online via the Springboard portal here.




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Course overview

Course Overview 2018

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Duration: 1 Academic Year
Study Mode: Part-time
Course Commenc​ement Date: ​​W/C March 20th 2018 
Award Level:
Level ​​​7 Special Purpose Award
ECTS Credits: ​​40

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