• Code: NB
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Award Computer Systems and Networks (5M0536)
  • 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 Design & Principles
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Computer Systems Hardware
  • Networking Essentials
  • Operating Systems
  • Maths for Information Technology
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

     Components 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
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a Merit profile 
  • QQI Level 4 Certificate with Distinction profile 
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places offered following successful interview.

Career Opportunities

This course offers a range of skills in
computer and networks maintenance,
programming, app development and
operating systems. These are areas that
are experiencing skill shortages.

Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:
Computing Systems and Networks QQI
Level 6 (6M0695)
• TU Dublin:
BSc in Computer Science (DT211)
BSc in Networking Technologies
BSc in Computing (TA322)
BSc in IT Management (TA323)
BSc in Creative Computing (DL836)
• IT Carlow:
Computing Systems Management
Computer Science UCA (DN201)
Science UCA (DN200)
Please note that the courses listed above
are only a select few, many other courses
can be entered using this FETAC award,
please visit www.careersportal.ie for more.

Course Co-Ordinator

Paul Shortall

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