• Code: NC
  • Certification: QQI Level 6 Award in Computer Systems and Networks (6M0695)
  • Duration: One Year


There is increased demand for IT professional who design, implement and troubleshoot computer networks. This new advanced certificate course is designed to provide the necessary skills to meet this need. Focusing on a higher level of IT specialist skills in the area of network design, installation, configuration and administration, as well as how they can be applied in modern technologies. The nature of computer networking demands that network specialists are problem solvers with excellent attention to detail plus have skills in coding and mobile technology development. Suitably qualified graduates may apply via the CAO onto an undergraduate degree programme in a range of third level institutions.

Programme of Study
  • Physical and Logical Networking 
  • Systems Software 
  • Mobile Technologies & App Development
  • Graphical User Interface Programming 
  • Information Technology Administration 
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Mathematics

     Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or its equivalent plus a FETAC Level 5 course qualification in Computers & Network Systems. Applications from mature learners who do not match these requirements but with comprehensive relevant experience in the area will be considered. Places are offered following a successful interview.

Higher Education Progression*

IMPORTANT: As this is a new awards all existing progression pathways via the CAO and Higher Ed Links schemes should be confirmed with the Higher Level institutions listed below 


  • BSc Computing (DT211)  
  • BSc Networking Technologies (DT080)

IT Carlow: 

  • BSc Computer Games Development (CW208)

IT Tallaght:

  •  BSc Computing (TA312)

IT Blanchardstown: 

  • BSc in Information Technology (BN013) 

Important: Please check compulsory course requirements relating to the number of Distinctions and Maths qualifications necessary in each college. Direct entry into second year may be offered by some 3rd level colleges to students who have met course specific requirements.

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Where are they now?

Liviu Runcan

Certificates awarded while in BIFE

2015 - 2016 Computer Systems & Networks QQI level 5.

2016 - 2017 Computer Systems & Networks QQI level 6.

 Let me start by saying that signing up to BIFE (Computing courses level5/6), was the best decision I ever took.  It opened so many doors for me, and literally changed my life. I am now working for a National Award Winning Telecoms company, and I couldn’t be happier.   I am currently working for Goldfish Telecoms (within their IT Technical department), which is an Irish-owned cloud telecoms company that provides VoIP services to businesses across Ireland and abroad.  I cannot express my gratitude enough to all the teachers at BIFE, they were always very supportive and helpful.

 Due to my academic performances obtained at BIFE during these two years, I can now apply to almost any 3rd level institution and will be pursuing a Bs’c Degree in Computer Science (part-time) while working.  “Thank you BIFE”,

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