(LYIT) Department of Computing – CAO Programmes and Postgraduate Programme Opportunities for Teachers/EducatorsLetterkenny IT

Letterkenny Institute of Technology Department of Computing offers exciting, innovative and engaging CAO programmes, as well as a vast suite of Masters and Postgraduate programmes, some of which are ideal for teachers interested in developing a career in Computer Science education. The Department recorded it’s highest full-time students numbers in 2020 and building on this growth is one of the main focuses of the department. Outlined below are some updates that may be of interest to you, your students, and your colleagues.


UPDATE 1: NEW BSc (Hons) Degree in Computer Science – Available on the CAO


In 2020, LYIT launched a new fast-track three-year honours degree in Computer Science. This programme is available on the CAO. The programme is open to students who have completed the Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject; a GCE in Computing, or a QQI FET Level 5 award in Computing. This is a broad-based computing course which covers a full range of core topics including Programming, Databases, Networking, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and much more. At the end of this programme, graduates might consider a career in Computer Science education, a career as an IT Consultant, a career as an IT Manager, the opportunities are endless. For full details on this programme read the programme brochure attached. This unique fast-track honours degree is designed to attract students with a strong interest in Computing.

  • CAO CODE LY748 – BSc (Hons) in Computer Science – a fast track 3-year honours degree. For further programme detail click HERE


UPDATE 2: Dept. of Computing CAO Programmes


The Dept. of Computing offers 6 CAO programmes, ranging from Level 8 Honours degree and Level 7 Bachelor degree options. Find out more below:

  • CAO Code LY708: BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing – This level 8 programme is designed to give the graduate experience, whilst offering a wide range of fundamental computing skills from computer programming to computer architecture, programming to data analytics, this broad computing degree provides exciting graduate opportunities.   For further programme detail click HERE  
  • CAO CODE LY738: BSc (Hons) in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence – This four-year honours degree programme focuses on Data Science with AI – the future of IT and business decision making. Students will learn how data can provide competitive advantages over rival organisations and result in business benefits, such as more effective marketing and increased revenue. For further programme detail click HERE
  • CAO Code LY707: BSc in Computer Games Development – a three-year bachelor degree designed to give students the skills and knowledge to embark on a successful career in the games industry – one of the most dynamic and cutting-edge industries in the world today. For further programme detail click HERE
  • CAO Code LY717: BSc in Computing – a three-year bachelor degree that provides students with a strong core set of competencies in general computing – the kind of skills that are typically required across all aspects of the industry. For further programme detail click HERE
  • CAO Code LY737: BSc in Computer Security & Digital Forensics – a three-year bachelor degree equips students with the skills, methods and techniques that apply in Computer Security and Digital Forensics. It’s an exciting field at the forefront of technology security. For further programme detail click HERE

UPDATE 3: Postgraduate Computing Programmes for Teachers/Educators


​The Department of Computing offers a significant number of Postgraduate programmes, some of which are geared towards teachers and educators. I have highlighted the programmes available from the Department of Computing that may be of interest to you. If you wish to find out more about any of these programmes, don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or [email protected]


Certificate in Computer Science Education (Funding Available for this Programme in the July Stimulus Provision)

This course will prepare learners for a career as a computer science educator within formal educational contexts but also in industrial contexts. This course will provide educators with the skills required to create curriculum and/or instruct students in the areas of modern technologies, computer programming, security and technology ethics/law. The course fee is only €280 and the programme is run by the Department of Computing a LYIT. If you are interested in finding out more about this programme click on the link below:



Higher Diploma in Computing for Educators

This HDip programme for educators is a ‘60 credit’ Level 8 course. The programme consists of six ‘10 credit’ certificates; four mandatory modules, and two elective modules that students can opt for during the programme. Educators can take as many, or as few of the certificates available, but by completing all ’60 credits’ students can convert their certificates into the HDip in Science in Computing for Educators.  If you have already taken some of the ’10 credit’ certificates in this programme then you can proceed on with the other certificates and work towards gaining this HDip qualification. The certificates have been carefully crafted to ensure that educators will be given opportunity to gain proficiency and to derive tangible elements for their own classrooms. The programme has been designed to suit the ever-evolving ICT curriculum in education, and aims to support educators and teachers from the primary, post-primary and further education sectors. For further programme detail click below:



MSc in Computer Science Education Research

The MSc in Computer Science Education Research programme prepares learners for a career as a computer science educator at primary, post-primary, and Further Education levels. This Master’s degree in computer science education will provide educators with the skills to create curriculum and instruct students in the areas of modern technologies, computer programming, security and technology ethics. Course content for the MSc in Computer Science Education Research degree is research based and infuses best practices in computer science education.For further programme detail click below:


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