This course focuses on the key skills required to design, develop and test software that behaves reliably and efficiently. Students will learn the fundamentals of how to build commercially sound and robust applications using Java and Python and will learn how to create web sites using HTML and CSS. The student will learn the basics of networking and will also learn and apply modern software development methodologies. Students will participate in site visits. This course prepares the student for a career demanding specialist knowledge of programming and networking and serves well for a career in the computer science industry and is equally successful as a pre university course as many of our students progress.

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I would like take a moment and thank all my CCOC teachers for brilliant guidance through my studies on the Software Development course. As a result of the course, I got an entry level job in ICT in PFH at Little Island, starting as an IT Support Engineer for HSE users. It is a good entry level job to industry and It will help me to build my career in ICT.  I can use the skills and knowledge gained from the core computing modules and  I absolutely benefitted from the Communication and Work Experience module. Notes and drills from these modules helped me at my interview where I got really positive feedback from PFH. Our class group made a good team and as teamworking is a fundamental part of working in IT, it was great to practice it in the college (even we might not know we are doing that in our time).

I am really grateful for the hard work of all the staff in CCOC and wouldn’t change anything about my CCOC experience.

Jiri Zeman, PFH

I recently finished my final year of CIT, graduating with a level 8 degree in Software Development. As I have finally reached the end of the road, I just wanted to say a huge thanks to the staff at the College of Commerce because I feel like if it wasn’t for starting the long road to becoming a Software Developer in the College of Commerce, I don’t think I would have taken to it the way I did. My time in CCoC was extremely enjoyable and it was an excellent environment to begin learning the foundations of software development and it’s all down to the teachers being excellent at their jobs and creating a great environment to learn and just making it a great place to enjoy the experience of learning new things.

Cian Neally, Level 8 Software Development, CIT

For years I thought further education wasn’t for me, I didn’t think I would have the skills or drive to succeed in college. Finding myself out of work, I decided to give it one last chance and return to education at the Cork College of Commerce to study Software Development. What struck me most about the college was the atmosphere the lecturers created. They were enthusiastic and genuinely wanted you to do well and in turn you wanted to do well too, it was invigorating. I actually began enjoying education for probably the first time in my life as I realised I could achieve something. I was given all the tools and support I needed to succeed. I am now studying Computer Science as a mature student in UCC and wouldn’t be here without their help

Sam O'Donovan, Computer Science, UCC

My year at College of Commerce doing Software Development gave me an open path into Software Development and IT in general. They helped put me on the right career path. The lecturers were very helpful, and I was given all the necessary support to succeed and now I am doing an apprenticeship in Software Development and work for the HSE. I would recommend the College of Commerce for an IT career path start.

Nicole Miller, Software Developer, HSE

I enjoyed my two years doing QQI level 5 and 6 Computer Science and Software Development in the Cork College of Commerce. I met some great people and learned valuable skills that I am able to directly apply to my work at Practice Evolve.

Cian Hartigan, Practice Evolve

The Computer Science course in the College of Commerce appealed to me because the modules looked interesting and I would get a qualification after one year and could then seek employment or progress to further studies. Applying for the course was the best decision I made. The teachers on the course are great, they made classes interesting and cared about each student. I would thoroughly recommend the Computer Science to anyone interested in ultimately working in IT.

Margarita Tsekvava, Java Programmer