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


There is increased demand for IT professionals who design, implement and  troubleshoot computer networks. This 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.  You will also acquire the skills to identify security threats and apply appropriate  mitigation strategies. The nature of computer networking demands that network  specialists are problem solvers with excellent attention to detail as well as having  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
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Information Technology Administration
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Mathematics
  • Security
Entry Requirements

One of the following

  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five  06/H7’s or combination of five 06/  H7’s) or its equivalent with relevant  experience and minimum entry  requirement Ordinary Level Maths  Extenuating circumstances may be  considered
  • Applicants with an appropriate qualification at QQI Level 5
  • Applications from mature learners  who do not match these requirements  but with comprehensive relevant  experience in the area will be  considered
Career Opportunities

This course offers a range of skills in networking, programming, app development and operating systems. These are areas that are experiencing skill shortages. Graduates will be equipped with a skill set that will enable them to seek employment or successfully progress to higher education.

Higher Education Progression*

Examples of some of the potential courses include: 


  • Computer Science (DN201) Information and Communications Studies (DN520) 

TU Dublin:

  • TU655 – Learn and Work course
  • Advanced entry - TU860 - Computing – BSc in Information Technology
  • Advanced entry - TU863 - Computing – BSc in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity 
  • TU756 - BSc in Computing 
  • TU856 - BSc in Computer Science

Waterford I.T: 

Advanced Entry to: 

  • WD151 – BSc in Software Systems Development 
  • WD153 – BSC in Multimedia Applications Development 
  • WD155 – BSc in Information Technology 

Carlow I.T.: 

Advanced Entry to: 

  • CW207 – BSc in Software Development 
  • CW217 – BSc in I.T. Development 

Dun Laoghaire IADT: 

Advanced Entry to: 

  • DL 836 - BSc in Creative Computing 

*This is a selection of some of the available progression paths. 

Course Co-Ordinator

Paul Shortall

Where are they now?

Certificates awarded while in BIFE:

2015 - 2016 Computer Systems & Networks

QQI level 5.

2016 - 2017 Computer Systems & Networks

QQI level 6.

"Signing up to BIFE (Computing courses  level5/6), was the best decision I ever  took. It opened so many doors for me  and I am now working for a National  Award Winning Telecoms company. 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 Bsc Degree in Computer  Science (part-time) while working." - Liviu Runcan

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