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


Computer science requires skills that are in-demand in practically every industry in today’s technology-dependent world. This course is suitable for students who are looking for a career with a comprehensive grounding in computing. It will develop your knowledge and skills in programming, mobile app development as well as computer systems and architecture, operating systems and networking technologies. Assessment will be through continuous assessment and end of year examinations.

Students wishing to acquire a higher level of professional technical skills can avail of progression routes onto our Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Computing Systems & Networks or alternatively suitably qualified graduates may apply via the CAO onto an undergraduate degree programme in a range of third level institutions.

Programme of Study
  • Programming and Design Principles
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Computer Systems Hardware
  • Networking Essentials
  • Operating Systems
  • Maths for Information Technology
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

     Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/H7’s) or its equivalent with minimum entry requirement Ordinary Level Maths Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • QQI Level 4 Award with a distinction profile
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications
Higher Education Progression*


  • Computing Systems and Networks QQI Level 6 (6M0695)


  • BSc in Computer Science (DT211)
  • BSc in Networking Technologies (DT080)


  • BSc in Creative Computing (DL836)

IT Tallaght:

  • BSc in Computing (TA322)
  • BSc in IT Management (TA323)

IT Carlow:

  • Computing Systems Management (CW248)

*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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