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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Development

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Our Bachelor of Science in Software Development will equip you with the range of skills required to become competent software developers. Modules for the first three years include a broad range of subjects and an industry work placement. Year 4 concentrates on state-of-the-art, high-level software development topics such as: secure app development, data science, distributed systems and an extensive project.

Students will complete the first two years in Portlaoise Institute, followed by Years 3 and 4 in South East Technological University (SETU), Kilkenny Road Campus, Carlow. You will be registered with SETU from Year 1, with access to the full range of services offered. Transport from Portlaoise to Carlow will be provided in Years 1 and 2 for any cross-campus workshops etc.

Special Features

  • Embedded Awards exist after successful completion of each year – see Accreditation
  • Dedicated software development laboratory for 3rd and 4th year SETU students sponsored by UNUM.
  • SETU’s final year industry showcase is attended by leading IT employers.
  • Active participation by students in national and international competitions. For example, SETU software development students were recently awarded 2nd place in FIWARE ‘Smart Society’ competition in Seville, winning €40,000 in prize money for their ‘My people Care’ project.
  • SETU maintains widespread collaborations with international third-level institution computing departments and has active research links with the Netherlands, France, China, Norway, Hungary and the UK.
  • The computing department in SETU’s Carlow campus continues to collaborate with many industry leaders in computing. For example, Intel sponsored the use of the Galileo development board and Quark chip at the University and this leading-edge technology was incorporated into several undergraduate and graduate research projects.

Entry Requirements & Eligibility

Prospective learners wishing to be accepted onto the programme must meet the following minimum entry criteria:

  • Leaving Certificate; 2H5 & 4O6/H7; English or Irish O6/H7; Mathematics O6/H7


  • Level 5 major award


  • Other qualifications equivalent to a major award at level 5 on the NFQ


For applicants whose first language is not English, the standard required of applicants is B2 (or equivalent) on Common European Framework of Reference CEFR for languages in writing, reading, listening and speaking. Evidence of achievement of this standard is necessary for entry to the programme.

Applications are welcome from individuals that do not meet the minimum entry requirement who are aged 21 years or over (at date of commencement of programme). Such an applicant will be assessed on their merits, taking into account their life experience, work or community experience, and recognition of prior learning.

Our Unified Tertiary Programmes aim to encourage the participation and success of students from sections of society under-represented in higher education, by offering degree programmes at a local level. In the event of over subscription to the programmes, priority will be given to applicants who most demonstrate local need. 


  • On successful completion of Year 1, Students will receive a SETU Certificate in Science in Computing (Component Award) 
  • On successful completion of Year 2, Students will receive the SETU Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Programming, Level 6, 120 ECTS Credits.
  • On successful completion of Year 3, Students will receive the SETU Bachelor of Science in Software Development, Level 7, 180 ECTS Credits.
  • On successful completion of Year 4, Students will receive the SETU Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Development, Level 8, 240 ECTS Credits.


  • Years 1 and 2
    Portlaoise Institute
    Mountrath Road,
  • Years 3 and 4
    SETU Carlow

    Kilkenny Road

Contact Details

Anne Marie Keane:
087 7971641

Sarah Sartori

SETU | Software Development Courses Ireland – CW238 (

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