NCI’s Higher Certificate in Business Computing is an ideal starting point to your studies as it offers a clear path into the BSc (Hons) in Technology Management degree at National College of Ireland and other institutions.
This full-time course will also give you the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a professional career in the information and communications technology (ICT) and business sector in both Irish and multinational companies.
A student will possess the appropriate combination of conceptual and practical skills in the relevant technical subjects as well as a range of supporting application and business modules.
On completion of this two-year course, you will have highly valued expertise in software applications, software development, human resource management and marketing.
As a graduate of this computing course you will:
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
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 Business Computing at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Technical support roles require graduates to have a combination of knowledge in IT and business. The course will produce a graduate capable of entering the area of business/customer support within the ICT sector. In addition to having the required technical skills, graduates of this programme will also have knowledge in the areas of business skills (e.g. organisation behaviour, accounting and human resource management).
On completion of this programme, students will have gained the appropriate expertise in software applications with the necessary organisation and people skills required to work in a variety of jobs such as business computing support, ICT technician, application support, technical support engineer, business support executive/team leader, junior marketing associate, customer care executive, customer support, business support assistant and so on are working within companies including Google, Citi, Hertz, Dell, BNY Mellon, Electric Ireland, Hewlett Packard, OmniPay and Realex Payment. Roles are diverse and include sales, account management, fund accounting, data analysis and management information reporting.
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 Business Computing,
graduates can gain entry into year three
of the BSc (Honours) in Technology Management (subject to availability of
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. Applicants under 21 will be assessed based on Leaving Certificate or equivalent.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
As the College will follow Government health advice when we re-open for the 2020/21 academic year, some changes to previously advertised delivery methods during the first semester will include online delivery of classes, which will replace classroom delivery in part or to a greater extent, depending on the course.
As a result, the College has provided recommended minimum laptop specifications that will allow students to access all programmes necessary for them to attend classes online.
This course qualifies under the Free Fees Initiative and Student Grant Scheme.
The points for this course in 2019 were 233.
The CAO course code is NC104.