This course will give you expertise in hardware, software applications, software development, operating systems and telecommunications. It will equip you with all the skills you need to pursue a career in the information and communications technology industry. This course also gives you a clear path into the computing degrees at NCI and other institutions.
As a graduate of this course you will:
- Understand the essentials of business and information technology.
- Design and create fully functioning websites as well as multimedia applications.
- Install and configure computer networks, software and hardware.
- Have a detailed knowledge of the theory and practice of application development and support including the essentials of hardware, software, operating systems and networking.
- Have an ability to act as a technical support person.
Course Structure and Award
This is a two year Higher Certificate. The course is run over four semesters with continuous assessment held throughout the course and examinations at the end of each semester. On completion you will receive a HETAC Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Applications and Support at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
There has been significant growth in information technology in Ireland and there is a current shortage of IT graduates. This course will equip you with the technical knowledge and business skills to build a successful career in information technology, specifically in a technical support role.
Further Study Options
Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Computing, graduates can gain entry into year 3 of the BSc (Hons) in Computing or BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems or year 2 of the BA (Ord) in Management of Technology in Business (subject to availability of places).
Who is the Course for?
The course is for school leavers, mature students and graduates of FETAC level 5/6 programmes.
Minimum entry requirements are a grade D3 or above (Higher or Ordinary level) in five subjects. A minimum of grade D3 (Higher or Ordinary level) must be obtained in English & Mathematics. Mature applicants, applicants with a disability or those applying through the DARE or HEAR access schemes should consult our DARE and HEAR webpage.
This course qualifies under the Free Fees Initiative, Higher Education Grants Scheme and the VEC Scholarship Scheme.
View our Module Descriptor for more information on the modules in this course
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