NCI’s Higher Certificate in Computing is an ideal starting point to your studies as it offers a clear path into the computing degrees at National College of Ireland and other institutions.
This full-time course will also give you all the skills you need to pursue a career in the information and communications technology industry. On completion of this two-year course, you will have highly valued expertise in hardware, software applications, software development, operating systems and telecommunications. It is a fantastic foundation on which to build your career in the dynamic world of information technology.
As a graduate of this computing course you will:
This course will be particularly appealing
to students who are unsure about
enrolling in a degree programme initially
and see the Higher Certificate as a
progression route to a degree at a later
stage. The course is for school leavers,
mature students and graduates of QQI
level 5/6 programmes.
Minimum entry requirements are a grade O6/H7 or above in five subjects. A minimum of grade O6/H7 must be obtained in English. A grade O6/H7 must be obtained in Mathematics.
Mature applicants, applicants with a disability or those applying through DARE or HEAR can find out more information on the application process.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
This is a two-year higher certificate in NCI’s School of Computing. 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 QQI Higher Certificate in Science in Computing Applications and Support at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The course also prepares students for industry-recognised certificates in leading technologies.
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
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.
According to a recent Higher Education Outcomes Report released by the CSO, ICT graduates receive the highest weekly earnings five years after graduating compared to other sectors based on the analysis of the destinations of students who graduated between 2010 and 2016.
Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Computing, graduates can gain entry into year three of the BSc (Honours) in Computing (subject to availability of places).
This course qualifies under the Free Fees Initiative and Student Grant Scheme.
The points for this course in 2018 were 234.
The CAO course code is NC102.