Course Details

1 Year
NFQ Level 8
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.
Application Deadline:


Name: Springboard+

Brief Description

Commencing in January 2022, the Certificate in Computing for Secure Mobile Applications gives potential and current ICT professionals the fundamental skills and knowledge to develop web and mobile applications.

On successful completion of this programme, graduates will have the skills, knowledge and abilities to:

- develop stand-alone applications (primarily in Java)

 - develop web-based application (primarily using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, AJAX, ASP.NET, C# and MS-SQL Server)

- develop mobile applications to the level where they can contribute effectively to a development team.

The course content will address the ICT skills shortages in particular by developing learners’ knowledge and skills, in programming mobile and web-based applications at a level that will allow them to act in the role of mobile or web app developer.

The delivery mechanism for this programme will be via the blended learning model successfully used by UL on its professional education programmes. Blended learning combines the use of an online Learning Management System (LMS) with a scheduled series of module workshops/tutorials throughout the semester. This award builds on the HCI UL@Work ‘eTivity driven’ model to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved. The engagement model is based on an 8-week delivery window with a 10-12 study hour per week commitment being necessary. Programme e-moderators are trained to work with students who have existing commitments.

The programme will run over one calendar year, giving sufficient time to develop practice-based skills through assignment work. A college project with industry input will allow the graduates to put together a portfolio of the skills developed to show potential or current employers.

In addition, modules on Learning to Learn and Career Development will support the learning journey and job readiness of graduates to pursue their ICT career

Semester 1- Spring 

ET4014 Data Security

CE4702 Computer Software: programming module this ensures that all students are brought to a common base

ED5042 Mobile Application Development: standalone Android Development module


CA4003 Career Development: Job Readiness and employability skills

CE3002 Learning How to Learn: Online Learning and remote working skills

Semester 2- Autumn

ED5031 Software Engineering: requirements analysis development for enterprise level engineering applications.



The principal entry requirement for the course is a Level 7 ordinary degree, at minimum second class honours (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent), in a relevant engineering, computing, mathematics, science or technology discipline.

Applicants that do not meet the standard qualification requirement but with significant relevant experience in the computing/technology sector will be considered under the University policy that allows for the recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning; non-accredited personal and professional education as well as work based training. Such applicants will be requested to provide a portfolio of their previous relevant work which might suggest that they are capable of successfully completing the course.

The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants so that the course admission team are satisfied that they have the requisite ability in Mathematics and Computing to derive benefit from this course and to satisfy the programme outcomes.       

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Required Documents for UL application:

Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)

- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.

- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE)  or project work (applies to some courses only). 

- Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self employed, returners. Acceptable documents for proof of status can be found here

- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:

  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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The fee for this programme is €2950

Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria under Springboard+ can qualify for 90% or 100% funding subject to the availability of places.



All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

Unemployed and Returner participants

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.


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Please note that Fees are subject to review

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.