Training Course - Skills to Compete

Diploma in Full Stack Software Development

LOETB are delighted to be working with the Code Institute to offer the Diploma in Full Stack Software Development.

This is a globally recognised, accelerated qualification for those who want to start a career as a junior software developer.  Applicants complete a 5-day coding challenge and recruitment interview to assess their suitability.  This course is certified by Code Institute and credit-rated by Edinburgh Napier University.  It aligns to level 6 on the NQF and level 5 on the EQF.

This programme will be run in both an online and classroom environment.  The classroom portion will be based in Tullamore.  Our expected start date is October 12th and the programme will run for 20 weeks.  There is a strong focus on employment throughout the programme – potential learners should be willing to undertake intensive training during these 20 weeks – all of which will be heavily supported – and have a focus on gaining employment in the Industry.

This programme is fully funded and training allowances will be payable, where applicable.

What will I study?

  • HTML
  • CSS3
  • Javascript
  • Python
  • GitHub
  • Practical Python
  • Data Management
  • Bootstrap4
  • SQL, Heroku
  • MongoDBAtlas

Why should I take this course?

  • Unique training programme - guided by high level Industry Advisory Council
  • Excellent level of learner support
  • Accelerated - become a fully qualified software developer in 20 weeks
  • High graduate employment rate
  • Classroom, blended and online delivery

What are the entry requirements?

  • School Leaving Age (18+)
  • QQI Level 4 Major Award, Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Successful completion of the 5-day coding challenge
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Competent English (ESOL B1)
  • Genuine interest in software development
  • Access to a laptop and internet connection
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Mature applicant route available
  • Non-EU/E
  • EA applicants must have permission to work in Ireland

How To Apply

Click here or contact Yvonne Foy:

085 8773741
085 8075862



Do I have to be on a social welfare payment to do this course?

Not at all.  All of our employment-focused full-time day courses are fee-free and fully funded.  Places are subject to an admissions interview and our course capacity - which can be as low as 14 in some cases.


What's a course for employment?

Our employment-focused courses are full-time programmes focused on building knowledge, skill, and ability and essential qualifications to enter the jobs market.

Most have integrated work practice and/or industry placement.  Many include unique, professional micro-certifications which further increase your employability.

Our courses for employment are a great choice for those wishing to career change, reskill, upskill, or start your career.


What's the NFQ?

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a ten-level system (1–10) giving an academic or vocational value to qualifications obtained in Ireland.

Across the FET Service of LOETB – we offer programmes from Level 1 through to Level 6.

Our employment focused programmes are predominately L5 and L6 or their equivalent, very often supplemented with Industry recognised certification.


How do I apply?

Applications for all full-time programmes should be made through
Your application will be processed using FETCHCOURSES - the National FET Course Application System. If you haven't signed up for a FETCH account, you'll need to do this first.  It's free and a one-time setup.



FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications.

All new applicants must set up a free account on  You must use this to apply for all further education and training programmes anywhere in Ireland.

For existing FETCH COURSES account holders, login and apply as before.


I can't access my FETCH account

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone.  When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact us on 085 8075862.


What's the admissions interview about?

We use the admissions interview to ensure minimum entry requirements are met and to pre-screen applicants for work practice and/or industry placement. 

We also do admissions interviews where applicants don't meet the minimum entry criteria but feel they have enough experience to do successfully complete the course. 

In preparation for the interview, consider why you’ve applied for the course, know the modules and the overall award, what you need to learn, and how you plan to use your new skills. 

In cases where there is a high demand for a course, you need to do well at the interview to make it onto the class-list.


I did an admissions interview last year, do I need to do it again?

Yes, you do.  A lot can change in a year and we always like to catch up with you and see how we can help.


I've received a course offer. Is there any funding available?

If you are already on a qualifying DEASP payment, you can continue to receive this while on any of our courses for employment.  You must complete and sign an F103 form and bring it with you on the first day of the course.


I can't take up my place, can I defer?

If you can't take up your place, you should let our team know immediately, so we can offer your place to another applicant.

We don't have a deferral policy in place for employment-based courses.


I don't qualify for any grant or funding. What now?

Our courses for employment are free. If you can attend full time, you can apply for a place.  Despite not qualifying for funding or a grant, you may still get a travel payment (if you live more than 3 miles/5km away from the campus location) or an accommodation payment (if you live more than 20 miles / 32km away from the campus location).


I need to organise childcare, what are my options?

The NCS (National Childcare Scheme) is now in place and provides childcare supports for those on full-time education and training programmes.  Full details can be found on the webpage.

Get in touch with Offaly or Laois County Childcare Committees to discuss which childcare supports are available to you should you enroll on a full-time FET course.

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