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Springboard+/HCI 2024

The Springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free and funded courses at certificate, degree, and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

Whether you are seeking to change careers, want to upskill, or need to retrain, ATU’s expert lecturers, support staff, and innovative online course delivery, will ensure you succeed.

Springboard+/HCI 2024 is now open for applications

See below for the full list of 2024 funded courses available from ATU Donegal:

Department of Computing

Course title Award Level Delivery Springboard+ course Link (APPLY NOW)
Supply Chain Analytics Postgraduate Diploma 9 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/13684
Digital Skills Certificate 6 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14001
Contemporary Software Development Bachelor of Science (Hons)  8 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14000
Computing in Cloud Technologies Postgraduate Diploma 9 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14006
Computing in Cybersecurity Postgraduate Diploma 9 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14007
Computing in DevOps Postgraduate Diploma 9 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14008
Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Postgraduate Diploma 9 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14005
Applied Data Technologies Diploma 7 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14002
Computing (ICT - 1 year) Higher Diploma 8 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14003
Computing (ICT - 2 year) Higher Diploma 8 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14004

Department of Civil Engineering and Construction

Course title Award Level Delivery Springboard+ course Link (APPLY NOW)
Fire Safety Engineering Bachelor of Science (Hons) 8 Blended https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14009
Revit & 4D BIM (Jan start) Certificate 7 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14013
Construction Contracts Management Bachelor of Science (Hons) 8 Blended https://springboardcourses.ie/details/13700

Department of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering

Course title Award Level Delivery Springboard+ course Link (APPLY NOW)
Electric Vehicle Technology Bachelor of Science 7 Blended https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14010

Department of Business

Course title Award Level Delivery Springboard+ course Link (APPLY NOW)
Management & Leadership Sept Certificate 7 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14012

Department of Tourism & Sport

Course title Award Level Delivery Springboard+ course Link (APPLY NOW)
Culinary Skills Certificate 6 On-Campus https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14011
Social Media & Web Marketing for the Tourism Sector  Certificate 7 Online https://springboardcourses.ie/details/14014

Springboard+/HCI Application Process

Complete and submit Self-Declaration and application.

Academic Assessment:
The application moves to pending and goes for Academic Assessment. If successful, the applicant will be moved to ‘successful’ and a provisional offer is made. If unsuccessful, the applicant is moved to ‘unsuccessful’.

Complete and submit Self-Declaration and application.

Provisional offers must be accepted by the deadline specified. Applications move to accepted on acceptance of the offer.

Complete and submit Self-Declaration and application.

Applicants with provisional offers will be prompted to upload their eligibility documentary evidence under each of the eligibility criteria. Documentation upload will open 6 weeks prior to course commencement. Evidence of Employment/Self-Employment, must be no older than six weeks from date of course commencement. Evidence of Unemployment should be no more than two weeks from date of course commencement. ATU Donegal will review and verify documentary evidence submitted to ensure that it meets the standard required and that it does not fall outside the permitted timeframes.


Applicant will be moved to ‘enrolled’ on successful fulfilment of the Springboard eligibility check.

To see all ATU courses and information click here

How to Apply

All applications must be made through the Springboard website www.springboardcourses.ie

Fees & Funding

All applicants hoping to avail of Springboard funding must apply through the Springboard website. Unemployed participants continue to receive 100% funding while those in employment will receive 100% funding for programmes at level 6 and 90% funding for programmes from level 7 to level 9.

Am I eligible?

Springboard+ applicants must meet all residency and nationality/visa requirements, including the applicant has been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.

  • Returners – Those who have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.
  • People in Employment – A 10% course fee contribution for Level 7, 8, and 9 courses is applicable for employed participants. This is payable directly to the provider.
  • The Unemployed or formerly Self Employed – May apply to all courses with the exception of the two-year part-time ICT conversion courses. Unemployed applicants will also be required to meet additional criteria.

Further details are available: springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

If you have further questions, please contact the relevant campus below. ATU Donegal – springboard.donegal@atu.ie