Course Outline:

This course aims to equip the learner with the fundamentals to install, configure and maintain computer systems and basic networks. The programme facilitates learning that is vocationally specific in nature and flexible in structure so that the learner has the maximum opportunity to improve his/her specialised academic and vocational literacy, numerical, ICT and planning skills. There is a growing need and demand for qualified IT professionals. This course will give you the skill, knowledge and competence required in the Networking sector. Successful students will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Computer Systems & Networks. All students complete a two week work experience placement as part of their studies on this course.

  • Physical and Logical Networking 6N2093
  • Systems Software 6N1411
  • Information Technology Administration 6N0735
  • Network Infrastructure 6N0733
  • Communications 6N1950 or Customer Service 5N0972
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Mathematics 6N3395
  • Digital Compliance 6N1272

Entry Requirements:

  • A relevant QQI/FETAC Level 5 course must be completed in this area
  • Mature students (age 23+) welcome
  • Interview


There are no fees to study this course.

Detailed Course Outline:

Physical & Logical Networking:

To enable students to design, implement and maintain physical and logical networks based on a comprehensive knowledge of data transmission in terms of network models, protocols and services.

Systems Software:

To enable students to demonstrate knowledge of the capabilities and characteristics of a range of operating systems – their principles, goals, implementation, features, functionality and scalability.

Information Technology Administration:

To give students the knowledge, skill and competence to specify, manage and upgrade a diverse computer network.

Network Infrastructure:

To enable students to design, create and maintain a variety of topological solutions for computer and storage networks based on a comprehensive understanding of essential infrastructural networking components and concepts.

Virtualisation Support:

To enable the student to participate in the implementation and maintenance of a virtualised infrastructure. Distributed Systems: To enable students to analyse and evaluate distributed algorithms taking into account requirements, performance, reliability and security.

Mobile Technologies:

To enable students to configure, utilise and maintain mainstream mobile technologies and associated devices.

Work Experience:

Complete a 2 week hands on placement in an area of your choosing related to Advanced Computer Systems & Networking.


Develop skills needed in the workplace including IT skills, team working skills as well as research and writing skills.


To enable students to apply and transfer a broad range of mathematical theories and concepts to a wide variety of concepts.

Digital Compliance:

To equip the learner with the
knowledge, skill and competence to ensure that an organisation
complies with legal and ethical requirements in an ICT context

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