— because if it was easy, everyone would do it

  • Credits : John Sheehan and John Cottle

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.
― Harper Lee

Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.
― Mahatma Gandhi

Anti-social behaviour is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.
― Nikola Tesla

Coding is one of the highest art forms achieved by mankind; an idea - just an electrical impulse - is made real in an alternate electronic universe; the created idea however, does not have physical form, and yet can change the physical world; it cannot be touched, and yet may touch all mankind.

Subjects 2016-2017

Presently being updated
Subject Core Subject
(Must be passed to achieve full award)
Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
 (Based on the previous Computer Programming)
Software Architecture
 (see Computer Programming above)
Programming & Design PrinciplesYes
Work ExperienceYes
Mobile TechnologiesYes
... leading to ...
Software Development
Cert: 5M0529

Software Development FETAC/QQI level 5

This course seeks to provide participants with high levels of competence in the digital world, encouraging creative thought both on paper and online.

While we seek to prepare students for successful progression to 3rd level education, this course equally offers skills which no modern Irish worker should be without.

The computer is meant to be an enabling technology, facilitating the imagination in finding creative solutions to unexpected challenges. We seek to facilitate the student in achieving a set of software skills in excess of the standard, with a view to self reliance and independence of thought.

While this course is very much geared towards the student who has an interest and fascination with the computer itself, it will also provide the student with the problem-solving skills essential to function effectively in a changing office environment.

This course is a full-time course run by Templemore College of Further Education, the premier PLC centre in Tipperary. Students completing this course are eligble for reserved places and bonus points in LIT (Tipperary).

This course option leads to Certificate 5M0529, Software Development, the Information Technology.

Reading/viewing list

Much of the knowledge and skills required to be successful in IT are freely available to those who pick carefully from what's available on TV or in newpapers and magazines. Items will be added to this list as they're found. Please understand that knowledge about information, it's preparation, presentation, and use can be found in surprising places; not all of those places are modern, or obviously technical.



Getting your award

Component Certificate

A Component Certificate (formerly a Record of Achievement) is awarded to a learner who successfully completes one or more modules at any level, but does not have either:

Component Certificates are awarded for the achievement of individual areas of learning, which can stand alone or build towards the achievement of a full certificate. Components are of interest to employers because they name specific areas which can further inform their choice of candidate.

For further details please consult the publication FETAC (NCVA) Awards or visit www.fetac.ie.

Obtaining a Second FETAC Level 5 Certificate

Miscellaneous: Other links, subjects, CAO, HELS

Level 6: Networks & Software Systems


If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.
-Thomas Jefferson 1813.

Previous Years

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