Certificate in Digital Transversal Skills

CCT College Dublin

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Program Overview

The Certificate in Digital Transversal Skills has been designed to provide learners with the core digital and soft skills required now and for the workplace of the future. This is also an ideal foundation programme which can prepare graduates to access higher education programmes from level 7 on the Irish NFQ, broadly in Business, ICT and Computing fields.

The programme is designed for learners seeking to develop their knowledge, skills and competence in the area of Digital Skills and Transversal Skill that are fundamental in today’s modern work environments. This special purpose programme is designed to produce graduates with the attributes required of a Digitally Skilled employee today, and the ability to continue to develop knowledge, skill and competence to remain competitive and employable in an ever-advancing sector. The Certificate also provides learners in a related industry, and those seeking employment within the IT field, a greater opportunity to advance and/or specialise their education.

On successful completion of the course, learners will be awarded a 60 ECTS Special Purpose Award at Level 6 of the Irish NFQ. The qualification will also enable graduates to access further studies in a wide variety of disciplines including ICT.

The programme comprises classroom and laboratory learning as well as interactive workshops. This is carried out within an industry focused environment. Industry-initiated real-world problems will be provided by our industry supporters (including Microsoft Ireland and it’s partner network of 1000+ companies) and used as the context for planning and designing assessment solutions, as well as being an aid for problem solving sessions. The incorporated learning from all modules aims to produce industry-ready graduates and learners who are prepared for academic progression in this fast developing discipline.

Modules include Digital Age Literacy, High Productivity, Office Applications, Effective Communications, Acting Autonomously, Inventive Thinking, Professional Development and Legal, Ethical and Privacy Issues. The transferable and transversal skills that will be developed by the learners on this programme include critical analysis, advanced evaluation, self-analysis and personal reflection, problem solving, communication skills, written communication skills, time management, team/group work management and professionalism.

This is a one year full-time Certificate programme with contact hours delivered during the day. Learners can complete the programme over 1 calendar year, comprising 2 semesters.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Digital Age Literacy

The module explores numeracy to ensure the learner has a proficient mathematical level necessary to function and achieve goals. Scientific Literacy explores scientific concepts and processes required for decision making, while Economic Literacy looks at economic problems with consideration for cost versus benefit analysis. Technological Literacy is an examination of modern technology and its purpose, function and efficiency within various contexts. Visual Literacy examines the use of modern digital media and how it can be used to advance thinking, communication and learning. Information Literacy provides the skills to evaluate information across a range of media, and to use this information effectively in a variety of contexts.

High Productivity

This module will provide learners with an ability to produce high-quality products, these products include persuasive communications in a variety of media (print, video, web, verbal presentation), synthesis of resources into more useable forms (graphics, simulations), or refinement of questions that build upon what is known to advance one’s own and others’ understanding.

Office Applications

The learner will acquire practical skills to create a variety of business documents using professional word processors, to design spreadsheets, including graphs and charts for quality output production, to build databases for small business needs, to produce effective and dynamic professional presentations for static displays and interactive audience settings, and to manage a modern email communication suite.

Effective Communications

This module covers a number of areas relevant to collaborative working environments, and the tools and approaches for effective team building and collaboration, and the development of interpersonal skills within these contexts. The module also discusses the social and civic responsibility of technology use, and interactive communication using contemporary tools, transmission and processes.

Acting Autonomously

This module will provide the learner with the ability to identify patterns within a system, to consider action and identify direct and indirect consequences of actions. The learner will acquire key skills to define projects, to prioritise and refine goals, to monitor progress and to reflect on previous decisions and their consequences. These skills will directly translate to the workplace as there is always a measure of autonomy and initiative expected of an individual or team member.

Inventive Thinking

To facilitate inventive thinking, this module will examine adaptability and managing complexity – with a focus on modifying one’s thinking. The module will also cover self direction, curiosity, creativity, risk taking and high-order thinking for problem-solving contexts

Professional Development

The module will outline how to set achievable goals for future careers, to examine individual strengths, aptitudes and potential, and to make informed decisions about future plans. In addition, the module will cover strategies for reflection, personal learning and continuing professional development, and the use of various social networking tools for showcasing professionalism.

Legal, Ethical and Privacy Issues

This module explores ethical guidelines through various codes of practice, and professional expectations as a technology user. The privacy aspects and regulations of cyberspace, content and harvested data and hosted systems are examined. In addition, IT Governance for strategic industry and IT alignment is discussed with various case studies used as a reference point. The module also addresses consultancy practice and service level agreement structure and management.

CCT College Dublin has identified entry criteria and processes that will enable it to determine an applicant’s potential to succeed on the proposed programme.

The minimum requirements for general learning are the ability to communicate effectively in writing – produce written summaries, reports, discussions and projects on academic and or applied matters, along with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Admission will be through:

  • evidence of prior learning, including experiential learning,


  • possession of an NFQ level 5 award, including leaving certificate, FET award, or equivalent.

Applicants may also be invited to participate an admissions interview.

CCT College Dublin is committed to providing equal access to education and equal opportunities for mature students. Students who are 23 years of age or older on 1st January
of the year of application can apply directly to CCT for entry to CCT programmes.

Mature applicants are not required to evidence attainment of the academic qualifications required of school leavers. They must, however, evidence their potential to succeed through demonstration of their ability to pursue the programme at the applicable NFQ level and benefit from the programme of study in question. The ability to produce written summaries, discussions and projects on academic and applied matters will be important.

Evidence may be provided through:

  • Prior study and qualifications, including CPD, short courses and professional awards as well as NFQ awards
  • Work experience and achievements
  • Other experiential learning obtained through volunteering or non-employment experience
  • Successful completion of an entry assessment set by the College
  • A combination of the above

Applicants whose first language is not English, must present English Language proficiency level evidence. English language competency required for entry must be equal to or greater than B2 in the CERFL. English language credentials endorsed by other systems (viz. IELTS, TOEFL, Duolingo, Cambridge etc.) will be assessed to ensure they meet this minimum standard.

Full-time – €4,500 per year

Full-time Non EU Offshore – €7,990

The National Skills Strategy 2025 emphasises that improved digital skills will be vital for Ireland’s future, not just in higher-end dedicated ICT jobs but also more widely, as a basic core competence in the digital economy. In addition to obtaining the core digital skills required for the workplace, learners will also develop their communication and analytical skills in particular, their ability to analyse, evaluate, problem-solve, plan and manage projects. Throughout the programme they will also engage in self-evaluation and personal reflection tasks.

Graduates of this programme will be qualified to fill professional roles that require digital transversal skills in a variety of industries, and to progress beyond these roles by developing the knowledge, skills and competencies skills learned in the programme curriculum. The graduate will also be prepared to pursue further academic studies at NFQ level 6 or above. In addition to their academic programme studies, learners will also have the option of obtaining Microsoft industry professional certification such as Azure Cloud Fundamentals.



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