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Certificate in Coding & Computational Thinking

Status: Open




1 Semester


Information Technology

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



The aim of this programme is to develop the knowledge, skill sets and competencies of participants who do not have a formal background in Computer Science to be able to deliver computing programmes in schools and computer clubs in an educational, fun and engaging way.

This course provides participants with the skills to teach coding and computational thinking using project based learning. More specifically, participants will be able to formulate computational problems logically, and to bring ideas through to successful completion by design and development of coding projects.

It provides exposure to a wide range of innovative open source technologies and resource packs; thus providing a cost effective and accessible deployment model for your school or club.

This core strands of this programme will include Web based games and applications, Mobile Design and Development concepts and an introduction to Electronic components.

This course addresses the learning outcomes of the new Junior Certificate Short Course in Computing as introduced by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). It enables teachers to deliver that programme within their schools, or to implement code clubs.

What are the entry requirements?

This programme is primarily aimed at teachers and those running computer clubs for children and teenagers. Candidates should hold an honours degree in a non-cognate discipline or approved equivalent qualification. Prospective participants who do not meet the entry requirements for the programme detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should apply to the Admissions Office for consideration.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

Coding and Computational Thinking     10 credits

This module will provide learners with the knowledge and skills to teach coding and computational thinking using project based learning techniques. The core strands of this module include problem solving, coding concepts and application development. 

An active approach to teaching and learning is employed.

On completion of this module, the participant will/should be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theory, concepts and methods pertaining to design and development of interactive applications

  • Apply computational logic and design practices to construct a software project through visual and/or text programming tools for web and mobile application deployment

  • Program and troubleshoot wearable devices using electronic kits and coding

  • Analyse and appraise emerging technologies, and in particular the wealth of widely available resources that can be employed in the classroom from technological, accessibility and cost perspectives.

  • Evaluate and employ appropriate problem solving strategies and techniques.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Special Purpose Award ‐ Certificate in Coding for Embedded Systems (Level 9 – 10 credit)

Certificate of Science in Computing - (Computer Science for Teachers) (Level 9 – 30 credit)

Postgraduate Diploma of Science in Computing - (Computer Science for Teachers) (Level 9 – 60 credit)

Master of Science in Computing - (Computer Science for Teachers) (Level 9 – 90 credit)

What are the career prospects?

This programme has been designed to facilitate teachers to upskill in a new cognate area in parallel with their teaching workload. The individual modules have been designed specifically with the teacher and their students in mind to ensure that the content, learning outcomes and assessment are appropriate and relevant to the educational context. The concept of the teacher as a researcher underpins every aspect of the programme, as teachers will be required to engage with emerging trends and best practice, from a subject content perspective as well as the incorporation of that content in the classroom.

More Information


Blended and online learning provides a flexible route of study for students, which enable various degrees of autonomy and self-regulation in the learning process. This programme will be delivered in a blended learning approach with a number of face to face workshops supplemented by weekly online content. The dates for Semester 1 workshops are Saturday 19th September, Saturday 17th October and Saturday 28th November 2020.


No examinations, all modules 100% Assessment


Certificate in Coding & Computational Thinking (Special Purpose Award, Level 9, 10 Credits)

Application Deadline

Friday 27th November 2020

For queries relating to the course contact

Pamela O'Brien

+353 504 28261



Instalment Plan

Instalment plans are available for students completing programmes of study for which the fees are €500 or higher and are a minimum of 10 weeks in duration.  If your programme of study meets this criteria and you are interested in setting up an instalment plan, please contact the Grants & Fees Office of LIT, to set-up an agreed, signed instalment plan.  The Grants & Fees Office can be contacted via email at or by telephone at 061 293366.  Please note that Instalment Plans must be in place before the commencement date of the programme and by the date indicated in your post-offer correspondence.