• 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
  • IT & network support
  • Software/app development

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

Course Co-Ordinator

Paul Shortall

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