QQI Level 5 – Computer Systems and Networks – Code 5M0536
1 year Full-time


If you have a strong interest in IT, enjoy exploring gadgets, smart phones, and tablets, and are technically-minded, our Digital Systems Engineering course might be for you! This hands-on course aims to provide students with the opportunity to design, develop, secure, and test IT systems components for computer network systems. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers, and many have gone on to work for household name companies.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent is advised, with a minimum of a pass in Mathematics at Leaving Cert or its equivalent preferable. Mature students with work/life experience will also be considered in lieu of formal education.

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Computer System Hardware
  • network-esentials
  • Math for IT
  • Programming and Design Principals (Python for Data Analysis)
  • Virtualisation Support
  • Operating System

Core Modules

  • Communications
  • Work Experience
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Experience

Two weeks’ work experience is incorporated into this course

Career Opportunities

The purpose of this course is to equip learners with the fundamentals to install, configure, and maintain computer systems and basic networks under supervision, leading to employment in a range of sectors. Our graduates are well-prepared for junior positions in IT and computer networking, with opportunities for advancement and further education. Employers often provide training for new entrants to develop their skills further.


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

We know that our Digital Systems Engineering course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a successful career in IT and computer networking.