Diploma in Software Quality Assurance

Predict human behaviour and potential flaws within software products

10 months, two evenings per week,
Start Date:
14th August 2023
Monday and Wednesday (Provisional)
Reference Code:
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Why Software QA?

This is a comprehensive and up-to-date program that provides extensive knowledge in the fields of manual and automatic software testing.

The course includes theoretical and practical content in software testing, addressing both in terms of conceptual and practical aspects.  The course includes exercises, exams, simulations and projects that train you to deal with real-life situations.

  • Ireland’s reputation as a center of Software excellence is unrivalled in Europe. It is home to over 900 software companies.
  • Ireland is the second largest exporter of computer and IT services in the world, with over 97% of domestic production sold in international markets. The sector accounts for over €50 billion of exports from Ireland each year.
  • Since technology has progressed at such a staggering pace in the last twenty years, software testers are in very high demand in many areas. This role accounts for 20% of jobs in the IT industry.
  • The growing popularity of test automation services is one of the major reasons for the software testing services market growth.
  • Based on article published in 2017, findings released by the Comtrade Digital Services, 57% of Irish companies that specialize in software development have a quality assurance team or even a specialist in-house.
  • Based on Article published in Irish Times in 2017, companies report shortages of those with expertise in software development, cloud, databases/big data, testing, security, technical support, networking and infrastructure.
The expertise of those within QA jobs can help to predict human behaviour and potential flaws within software products before it goes to market.

Course Details

Quality Assurance (QA) is one of the most important areas in the world of information systems development.  Against this background, the software testing profession has evolved to ensure that in the course of the system development, continuous work processes will be integrated that maintain stability and enable the evolving technology to function properly.

The work processes include: planning according to structured methodologies, working according to work procedures and integrating testing tools and their application to work processes.  It is important to implement these processes as part of an overall quality approach, as it ensures the survival and relevance of organizations in today's business environment. For this reason, the software testing profession has become one of the most sought-after professions in organizations.

Course Content

Introduction –

  • Knowledge of the computing world
  • Introduction to LINUX operating system
  • Communications and networks
  • Introduction to Information Systems

Manual QA –

  • Introduction to the world of software testing
  • Introduction to Software Quality Assurance
  • ALM and Software Testing
  • Types of testing
  • Software testing documents -the stages of the software testing process and its products
  • Adapting the testing methodology to the development methodology
  • Introduction to databases, use of assembly and database planning, SQL query writing
  • Using the Microsoft MTM Software Testing Tool
  • Web Testing
  • Cyber and software testing
  • Mobile Testing

Automation QA Master –

  • Object Oriented Programming and Java Language (Java Web & REST)
  • Introduction to Testing Automation
  • JUnit
  • CI - Testing Automation with Jenkins


The programme is assessed through a series of projects through the term.  

We also look at sample questions for the International Software Testing Qualifications Board, though Ibat College is not a test centre for ISTQB and passing the ISTQB exam is not a requirement for completing the programme.  

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Career Opportunities

Those who successfully complete the programme can explore related programmes in our Professional Diploma suite, or seek an industry position.

Entry Requirements

This diploma is suitable for you if you are interested in learning about, and using, computerised accounting and payroll systems. Numeracy and literacy skills are important to support your successful completion.

How to Apply

Click on ‘Enquire Now’ or ‘Apply Now’ to reserve your place or enquire more about this course.

You can also book a one to one with one of our course specialists by calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055  or emailing us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also have flexible payment plans, please ‘Enquire Now’ or call us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

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Digital Credentials
A Digital Certificate will be issued upon successful completion of several projects throughout the term covering each topic, including assessment relevant to the ISTQB, in addition, you will also receive a Digital Badge.

What is a Digital Badge?
A micro-credential is a compact credential that verifies the achievement of a skill or knowledge gained. A Digital Badge is a visual representation of having earned a micro-credential which can be shared on various online platforms to showcase the earner’s achievement.

Why have a Digital Badge?
Your Digital Badge and Certificate can be shared on social media channels such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Digital Badges can also be added to email signatures, displayed on resumes or added to recognised achievement platforms such as Badgr, Credly and OpenBadges. These are a great way to communicate your knowledge and skills, and highlight your commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Part-time Courses

IBAT offer a range of part time courses in the areas of Business, Management, Marketing, Finance and ICT.

Student Benefits

Discover the additional support services and facilities we have to help you thrive; from IT Labs, a Career Service, Networking Evenings and more..

On-Campus vs Online Study

You can attend lectures Online or On Campus, offering maximum flexibility with your time and how you learn.

Online Study

  • No geographic restrictions. Study wherever you are in the world
  • Lower fees and reduced costs on accommodation, transport etc
  • Flexible schedule and self-paced learning
  • Ideal for working professionals
  • Opportunity to interact with learners across the globe
  • Live sessions with mentors to address any student questions or queries
  • Access to all recorded sessions

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