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:
• Design and create fully functioning
websites as well as multimedia
• Install and configure computer
networks, software and hardware.
• Have a detailed knowledge of the
theory and practice of application
development and support including
the essentials of hardware, software,
operating systems and networking.
• Have the ability to act as a technical
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
Mature applicants, applicants with a disability or those applying through DARE or HEAR can find out more information on the application process.
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.
Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Computing, graduates can gain entry into year three of the BSc (Honours) in Computing or the BSc (Honours) in Business Information Systems at National College of Ireland (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.
The fee for this course for international students is €9,000 per year.
Find out more about studying here as an international student.
For domestic students applying through the CAO, this course is available under the free fees initiative.