IT/Computing & Design

Computer Systems and Networks Level 5
Software Development Level 5
Gaming, Animation & Motion Graphics Level 5
Computer Systems and Networks Level 6 (Advanced)
Computer Systems and Networks Level 5

5M0536
Level 5

Programme Aim:

This course aims to provide students with skills and training that will enable them to pursue a career in the computer industry and in particular, in the areas of networking with particular emphasis on ‘Mobile’ Technologies.  Information Technology is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Irish Economy, with particular growth in the field of computer-based services and software development. The versatility of this course will enable students to enter any field eg. IT, Finance, Education or the Public Service. Successful students will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Computer Systems & Networks. All students complete a two week work experience placement as part of their studies on this course.

A minimum of 8 modules must be completed for certification made up of mandatory and electives, see opposite list.  Choice of modules is decided by CCFE and subject to annual staffing/college resources.

Progression/Career Opportunities:

This course is a good introduction to Computer Systems and Networks and a great starting point for anyone interested in a career in the IT Support area. The versatility of the course will enable students to enter a variety of field’s eg Information Technology Industry, Public Service, Private Sector, Local Authorities or Banking and Finance. Alternatively graduates may choose to progress to related courses at 3rd Level colleges.

Employment opportunities include:  Technical Support, Networking, Computer Manufacturing, Customer Support, Computer Sales or Marketing.

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP or Leaving Cert Applied
  • A relevant QQI/FETAC Level 4 qualification
  • Mature students (age 23+) welcome
  • Interview

Duration:

This is a one-year full time course and runs from September to May.

Typical Programme Modules

  • Maths for Information Technology 5M0529
  • Communications 5N0690 or Customer Service 5N0972
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Operating Systems 5M0529
  • Programming and Design Principles 5N2927
  • ICT Security Policy and Management 5N0583
  • Mobile Technologies 5M0529
  • Computer Systems and Hardware 5M0536
  • Networking Essentials 5M0536
Software Development Level 5

Typical Programme Modules

  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming 5N0541
  • Software Architecture 5N2772
  • Maths for Information Technology 5M0529
  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Communications 5N0690 or Customer Service 5N0972

  • Operating Systems 5M0529

  • Programming & Design Principles 5N2927

  • Visualisation Support 5M0536

  • Networking Essentials 5M0536

  • ICT Security Policy & Management 5M0536

5M0529
Level 5

Programme Aim:

This course aims to provide students with the skills and training to enable them to pursue a career in the computer industry and in particular, in the areas of Computer Programming (Learning to Code) and Software Development with particular emphasis on ‘Cloud’ Computing. Information Technology is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Irish Economy, with particular growth in the field of computer-based services and Software Development. Successful students will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development. All students complete a two week work experience placement as part of their studies on this course.

A minimum of 8 modules must be completed for certification made up of mandatory and electives, see opposite list.  Choice of modules is decided by CCFE and subject to annual staffing/college resources.

Progression/Career Opportunities:

This course is a good introduction to Software Development – it allows students to undertake further studies or gain employment in the following fields: Graduates may choose to apply through the CAO System for related Degree programmes at Level 7 and 8 in Institutes of Technology and Universities all over Ireland.

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP/Leaving Cert Applied
  • A relevant FETAC/QQI Level 4 qualification
  • Ideally, candidates would have attained a pass in Mathematics at Ordinary Level in Leaving Certificate.
  • Mature students (age 23+) welcome
  • Interview

 

Duration:

This a one-year full time course and runs from September to May.

Gaming, Animation & Motion Graphics Level 5

5M2146
Level 5

Programme Aim:

Graphic and Web Design is the foundation of the multimedia industry which is at the forefront of today’s Technological Industry. Companies see the importance of marketing and branding; be it in printable or digital form. Social Media has become many companies main form of advertising and promotion which requires design elements and animated interaction to attract potential markets and retain the interest of existing clients. Motion Graphics and Virtual Reality features are today’s fundamental digital effects that can transform a company’s branding successfully. This course will enable students to gain the knowledge, experience and design skills required to work in the Digital Design Industry. Successful students will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Multimedia Production. All students complete a two week work experience placement as part of their studies on this course.

A minimum of 8 modules must be completed for certification made up of mandatory and electives, see opposite list.  Choice of modules is decided by CCFE and subject to annual staffing/college resources.

Progression/Career Opportunities:

Successful graduates of this course may choose to progress to Institutes of Technology/University to pursue a wide variety of related degree programmes throughout the country.  Students can apply through the CAO system for entry into degree courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme. This course also provides students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to seek employment as a Junior Designer or Freelance Designer in the Marketing and Advertising sector.

Entry requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP or Leaving Cert Applied
  • A FETAC Level 4 qualification
  • Mature students (age 23+) welcome
  • Interview
Additional/Specific Subject Requirements for this courses

Must be creative and have an interest in design. Basic computer skills required.

Duration:

This is a one-year full time course and runs from September to May.

Typical Programme Modules

  • Multimedia Authoring 5N1299
  • Multimedia Project Development 5N1300

  • Design Skills 5N0784

  • Games Analysis Design 5M0529

  • Digital Photography 5N1270

  • Graphic Design Skills 5N1978

  • Image Processing 5N1292

  • Web Authoring 5N1910

  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Communications 5N0690 or Customer Service 5N0972

Computer Systems and Networks Level 6 (Advanced)

6M0695
Level 6

Programme Aim:

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.

A minimum of 8 modules must be completed for certification made up of mandatory and electives, see opposite list.  Choice of modules is decided by CCFE and subject to annual staffing/college resources.

Progression/Career Opportunities

For information on all relevant Higher Education links visit:
www.qqi.ie, www.cao.ie and the websites of the relevant Higher Education Institutions.
It is advisable that applicants confirm linked awards, module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admissions Officer of the relevant Higher Education body.

Entry requirements

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

Additional/Specific Subject Requirements/Competencies for this course if any:

Ideally, entrants should have experience and proficiency in programming and mathematics at a level equivalent to NFQ level 5.

Duration:

This is a one-year full time course and runs from September to May.

Typical Programme Modules

  • Physical and Logical Networking 6N2093
  • Systems Software 6N1411
  • Information Technology Administration 6N0735

  • Network Infrastructure 6N0733

  • Communications 6N1950 or Customer Service 5N0972

  • Work Experience 6N1946

  • Virtualisation Support 6N1294
  • Distributed Systems 6N0856
  • Mobile Technologies 6N0734
  • Mathematics 6N3395
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