Pre-Apprenticeship in Software Development

QQI Level 5

The pre-apprenticeship in software development program will equip students with a grounding in software development and the associated technologies, as well as the necessary skills and learning to progress onto the FIT apprentice in Software Development.

Principal areas of study

  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
  • Maths for information Technology
  • Work Experience
  • Web Authoring
  • Software Architecture
  • Operating Systems
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Computer Systems Hardware
  • Communications

This is an occupation in high demand, with strong employment growth, a high volume of vacancies and evidence that employers are having difficulties filling vacancies.


Features of this course

  • Focused employability workshops with an expert from FIT.
  • Work in a dedicated software lab
  • Skilled tutors with industry experience
  • Optional access to Microsoft certifications at no extra cost


  • The ICT Associate Apprenticeship is the new National Apprenticeship programme for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s buoyant IT sector. FIT is the national coordinator for Level 6 Tech Apprenticeships. The programme enables participants to “earn while they learn” in leading tech companies. To avail of this opportunity, students opt for the Level 5 Pre Tech apprenticeship course in Liberties College. Upon completion, they are eligible to apply for a two year apprenticeship with a tech company.
  • Under the scheme, a number of approved tech companies recruit apprentices on a two year apprenticeship programme.  Candidates can expect to earn a wage starting at €250 per week during their training.
    • 1-6 Months     – Apprentices attend full-time off-the-job training and development
    • 7-12 Months   – On-the-job and off-the-job training and development (3 days work /2 days off-the-job training and development)
    • 19-24 Months – On-the-job and off-the-job training and development (4 days work / 1 day off-the-job training and development)

Entry Requirements

  • General College Entry Requirements
  • This course is suitable for mature students
  • An interview will be required for all candidates.  The programme seeks motivated tech enthusiasts with an aptitude and positive attitude to work in the ICT sector.
  • Some candidates may qualify for grants such as BTEI, VTOS or SUSI.
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