QQI Level 5 - Computer Systems and Networks - Code 5M0536


1 year Full-time


This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to design, develop, secure and test digital systems components for computer network systems, including concepts such as the Internet of Things (IOT) and digital electronics for computing. Building upon their knowledge students will learn the most up to date electronics and digital controller systems (i.e. Arduino, Raspberry PI) to prepare them for a career in this growing area.

We are well known to employers, and many of our graduates have gone on to work in household name companies. Our employer engagement liaison reveals a need for IOT (Internet of Things) and digital systems awareness among systems engineers more generally.

The purpose of this course is to equip the learner with the fundamentals to install, configure and maintain computer systems and basic networks under supervision leading to employment in a range of sectors.  It also facilitates progression to further studies at Level 6.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent
  • Candidates would ideally need to have a minimum of a pass in Mathematics at Leaving Cert or its equivalent
  • For mature students, experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Programme of Study

Core Modules
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
Elective Modules
  • Computer System Hardware
  • Network Essentials
  • Math for IT
  • Operating System
  • Programming and Design Principals (Python for Data Analysis)
  • Virtualisation Support

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Experience

Two weeks’ work experience is incorporated into this course


On successful completion of this course students can progress to Computer Systems & Networks QQI Level 6 available in the College where they will expand their knowledge in the area of Internetworks, broadband and advanced operating systems, wireless networks, ISP technologies, multimedia technologies etc.

Graduates who achieve the required standard may also progress to further studies to Institutes of Technology and Universities.  Examples of progression courses include:

  • DIT, DT080 Network Technologies
  • IT Tallaght, TA312 Computing
  • IT Tallaght, TA313 IT Management