Diploma in Software Quality Assurance

Predict human behaviour and potential flaws within software products

10 months, two evenings per week,
Start Date:
23rd Sept (Online)
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Why Software QA?

This is a comprehensive and up-to-date program that provides extensive skills and knowledge development in the fields of manual and automatic software testing.  It includes both theoretical and practical content in software testing, using focused exercises, simulations and projects that train you to deal with real-life situations.

  • Ireland’s reputation in the tech industry is unrivalled, with 16 of the top 20 global tech companies and the top 3 enterprise software providers based here (IDA).
  • 106,000+ people are employed in the ICT industry in Ireland (IDA) making the country a centre of software excellence, unrivalled in Europe.
  • Given the prevalence of computing technology in the country, software testers are in very high demand. Employment for software developers, quality assurance analysts and testers to grow is expected to grow 22% from 2019 to 2029 (Indeed), this pace is faster than any other occupation.
  • The expertise of those within QA jobs can help to identify existing and potential flaws in a product before it goes to market, avoiding the inevitable costly embarrassments later on.

Course Details

Software Quality Assurance (QA) and the software testing profession has evolved with the rapid growth in the rise of technology. Continuous work processes are integrated into software development processes to 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 organisations.

Course Content


  • 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 & Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • Cyber and software testing
  • Mobile Testing
  • Software Testing & Resource Estimation

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

Time is given in the programme to consider Software Career Path Options, and there is a Software Industry expert presentation to help with queries on this also. 

Also, 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 gaining practical knowledge in the fields of manual and automatic software testing.

How to Apply

Click on ‘Find out More’ or ‘Book 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 ‘Find out More’ 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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