Diploma in Software Quality Assurance

Predict human behaviour and potential flaws within software products

10 months, two evenings per week,
Start Date:
23rd March 2022
Wednesday & Thursday (Provisional)
Reference Code:
Normal Price:
Online: €5000
On-Campus: €5500

This course is starting in March 2022

Apply now to reserve your place!

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 Overview

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.

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).

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


Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.

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 course is intended for those with no computing background who want to integrate as software testers in organsations.  However, applicants should have a high level of technical literacy and evidence of willingness to integrate into the world of computing.   

How to Apply

Don’t miss out because you’re unsure.

You can contact or apply to us directly using the the "Contact Us" or "Apply Online" options below, this will reserve your place and also give us the key details to start your application, a member of our admissions team will then contact you with further details, or alternatively you can simply "Ask us a Question" using the form below.

You can also "Book a One-to-One" with one of our course specialists who will provide you with additional guidance on your application, you can set up a meeting by:

  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
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We also have flexible payment plans, please contact 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.

We look forward to meeting you.

IBAT is now offering 100% interactive learning via virtual classrooms, all at an affordable price. We’re adapting along with the rest of the world, to the new normal. With an increasing shift towards online learning and as jobs become harder to find, now is the time to take initiative and upskill by gaining a diploma from the comfort of your own home.

Benefit from live sessions with our expert tutors who are teaching in real-time and can therefore engage with you directly. Seize this opportunity to boost your prospects and stay ahead of the competition. 

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