About This Program

If you wish to pursue a career in the ICT sector but graduated from a non-IT related discipline, then enrolling in this Applied Computing Technology Higher Diploma program will help you gain IT skills to break into the industry.

And why not switch careers if computing or information technology is already your hobby or interest? Or if you just want a more stable career?

The IT sector in Ireland (and in many countries as well) is booming and the demand for graduates outstrips the demand.  With a thriving tech sector, the ICT industry in Ireland is still thriving with approximately 75% of the industry employed in multinational companies.  And with an open economy and competitive tax incentives, Ireland has 8 out of 10 global IT companies with established presence in the country.

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Course Delivery

A typical five credit module includes:

  • two lecture hours per week
  • one to two hours practicals per week

You will be required to study on your own outside these regular hours.  Assessment may be a combination of:

  • End-of-year exams and;
  • Module assignments.

Careers

If you graduate from the Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology program, you can:

  • Continue to the MSc Computing Science program OR;
  • Exit and take up employment in areas such as:
    • Development.  Once you have gained sufficient work experience, you might go on to become a Senior Developer, Designer, Architect, Management;
    • Test / QA.  Once you have gained sufficient work experience, you may apply for positions leading to Test Automation, Business / Systems Analysis, Management;
    • Desktop/Helpdesk support.  With experience, you mY qualify for jobs leading to Network / Systems Admin, Cloud / Virtualization Engineer

There are a number of multi-national firms who have either established their global Head Quarters or European offices in Ireland.  These include:
Accenture, Aer Lingus, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Ireland, Cisco, BT Communications (Ireland) Limited, Cisco, CiTi-Technology, Cloudreach, Dell, Digital Turbine Asia Pacific, EMC, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, First Derivatives, Guidewire, IBM, Intel, Open Text, Paddy Power, Pilz, PWC, SAP Galway Transverse Technologies, Trend Micro, Uniwink, Version 1 (Software).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, you should have attained skills that are in demand by the IT sector.

This program provides you with an understanding of the principles of internet-based computer systems.  You will be equipped with a range of core IT skills, including:

  • Web design;
  • Web server configuration;
  • Managing and manipulating multimedia content;
  • Interfacing with databases and;
  • Working with common office software.

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Course Outline

Course Code : CK008

College : Science, Engineering and Food Science

Duration : 1 year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 8

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee

50

Total Cost - International Fees

18,000

The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

Therefore, when estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, insurance, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, health, books and materials.

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa or Education Counselor periodically for any changes.



Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is in September 2017.

The  next intake date is September 10, 2018.

IVC will be accepting applications only until MARCH 31, 2018.  This 5-month preparation period includes, among others:

  • Review by the UCC department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your education bond;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

It is important to apply early as this course may be over-subscribed. Please note the following protocol:

  • If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list. You will be given priority over later applicants.
  • If the course has not been filled in the first round, or by the first round waiting list or your application is successful, you will receive an offer or a conditional offer.
  • If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list.

View IMPORTANT INFORMATON about APPLYING for an Irish Student Visa

Make sure you apply early!  We allow two month to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation, insurance, pay your tuition fee, and process your education bond.  The next three months is reserved for the visa application process. 



Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement: Master Degree or Bachelor Degree from a Centre of Excellence or Prestigious University. If you did not graduate from a prestigious university, you will have to submit your credentials earlier for an extensive review.
  • If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): 6.5 Overall band score, 6.0 Minimum band per ability
    • TOEFL iBT: 90 Overall Score. Minimum scores of: 17 for Listening and Writing; 18 for Reading; 20 for Speaking;
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C;
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B;
    • Pearson PTE: 63 Minimum score, No section score below 59.

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If you did not meet the academic requirement or there is no equivalency for your country, let us know!  Send your inquiry HERE.

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

Why Study in University College Cork

Cork - the city that has it all!

The greater metropolitan area of Cork, Ireland's second largest city, has a population of almost 300,000.

Cork has a number of "sister cities" around the world; these include San Francisco, Shanghai, Rennes and Cologne. UCC receives many students from these cities who experience a warm and friendly welcome and a sense of being "home from home".

Cork City is a cosmopolitan modern city with all the advantages of a capital city with none of the disadvantages! It has the cafe, restaurant and nightlife culture of a vibrant European city while its inhabitants can still easily walk down its main street and bump into friends and acquaintances. The city is also the principal commercial and banking centre in the South of Ireland. It is a busy, thriving seaport and home to a large number of modern industries.

As a small city, everything is easily accessible and a full range of amenities, be they recreational, business, shopping or sport, abound in the city itself. Cork City however, does not stand isolated from its county - the largest in the country. Therefore, 'city and 'county' life merge effortlessly together bringing the beauty of County Cork, water sports and ourdoor pursuits right to your doorstep. According to National Geographic, you'll find one of the best walks in Cork!

UCC's main campus is within walking distance of this mass of activity and life. What's more with the beauty of its campus, UCC is considered not only a respected University but also one of the nicest 'gardens' belonging to Cork as a whole.  

Cork was also very proud to have been designated 'European Capital of Culture 2005', reflecting the strong tradition of music, art and theatre in the city.

Cork international airport is only 6 kilometres from the University. This allows for constant access to the international destinations and also highlights Cork itself as a globally attractive and exciting location.

UCC Facts and Figures.

If you intend to enroll in UCC especially in research, you would enjoy working with state of the art facilities and a hands-on approach to learning.  And as an applicant, you would be happy to know that UCC:

  • Offers a variety of programs, from undergraduate to Ph.D. courses - all for you to choose from;
  • Has more than 1,200 qualified academic faculty staff;
  • Ensures that students needs are looked after as UCC has a student union that acts as the representative body of the 15,000 plus students attending UCC. You will automatically be a member as your student levy will be part of your miscellaneous fees;
  • Has over 80 active societies and 50 different sports clubs.  There are also various clubs that center on a variety of activities such as academic, charitable, religious, creative arts as well as sports.  You'll never get bored and you'll enjoy opportunities to network;
  • Encourages its societies to engage in altruistic and humanitarian works such as raising funds for an orphanage in Cambodia and financial support for the Cork Hospitals Children's Club;
  • Established its own Accommodation and Student Activities Office that can provide you with advice and information on renting accommodation in Cork City;
  • Has impressive graduate statistics in that ninety percent (90%) of primary degree graduates are in employment or further study.

Students

Aside from stylishly-furnished rooms that can accommodate 1,200 students, you may want to consider studying in University College Cork for the following reasons:

  • Favorable student visa process;
  • The Republic of Ireland is an English-speaking country. There's no need to learn a new language;
  • It is the Gateway to Europe for leading global companies. In fact 8 out of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies are located in Cork;
  • Your needs and rights will be protected. UCC's International Office was ranked 1st in Ireland and 3rd in the world with a 944% satisfaction rating.  UCC offers one of the best student support and careers service;
  • It was the 1st university in the world to be awarded the international Green Flag;
  • It was voted "Safest Campus in Ireland" by international students;
  • 87% of UCC's graduate are in employment;
  • Your degree is respected and recognized as UCC belongs to the top 2% of research institutions in the world;
  • Everything you need is only minutes from Cork City Centre:  accommodation, library, green campus, shops, restaurants and art gallery!

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