Computer Systems & Software, Advanced Certificate

QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development – 6M0691.

New for 2018/19: To prepare students progressing from level 5 with employable skills and further experience in server administration, networking, web, database, and solutions development. Students progressing to higher education will go with a firm skill base and improved confidence and experience.

Extend your skill-set in networking and in software development at QQI level 6 – whether your level award 5 is in computing and networks or in software development we’ve designed this course to facilitate either.

Explore the world of graphical Windows programming with, object-oriented code with Python, modern Agile software project development and project planning, and SQL database, with the technical backup of excellent networks skills.

Level 6 computing at Mallow College is your opportunity to develop your qualifications and experience in your own familiar and friendly environment before you decide to move on to Level 7 and 8 at the institutes of technology or university – or to apply to get that job in IT.

Our world, our new smart economy, is already entirely reliant on IT and on quality IT trained professionals. You’re getting into an industry with a continuing shortage of skilled staff – across a wide range of fields, from technical writing, to networking, to being part of a software testing or development team, to customer IT support, IT management, consultancy, or to finally breaking out and starting your own enterprise, large or small.

The first college in the country to offer QQI courses using Linux and opensource software – giving our students an extra edge with hands-on experience of industry standard Linux system administration from day one. Read more …

2018/19 Applications are now open, and free. CAO points not required. Grant and Social Welfare funding available. To apply online now for September you will just need to provide two essential pieces of information: your email address and your PPS number. Look for this course under Information Technology.

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Career Prospects

  • Database/programming intern. +
  • Independent program/app development. +
  • IT project and programme managers. +
  • Programmers and software development professionals. +
  • Software development teamwork. +

Course Contents

Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.


One year. Full-time. Class timetables to follow in September, and subject to change. See calendar for term holidays.


30 full-time day students will travel, fully-funded, with Erasmus+ to another European country for 2 weeks. Find out more and apply.

Entry Requirements

  • CAO points not required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an interview. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • For entry to Level 6 a full QQI Level 5 Award in a complementary area is required.


Work Experience

Work experience is an integral part of this course. The dates and duration will be specified by the College in September.


Use you full level 5 and level 6 QQI awards to apply for entry into year one or year two or computing degrees across Ireland. For more links and detailed information on how to use your Mallow College qualification go to

A full QQI award achieves a maximum of 390 points for CAO.


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