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 provide you with 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 databases. 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:
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 Computing at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The course also prepares students for industry-recognised certificates in leading technologies.
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 at National College of Ireland (subject to availability of places).
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 or Irish. A grade O6/H7 must be obtained in Mathematics.
Mature applicants, applicants with a disability or those applying through the DARE or HEAR access schemes 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.
NCI is prepared to adhere to Government directives for course delivery in September 2021. Investments have been made in technology for online learning, as well as campus enhancements if face-to-face classes are permissible.
If remote learning remains a feature of the course timetable, the College recommends the following laptop requirements for incoming students:
Intel 7th (or higher) generation processors (Core i-3, i-5, i-7,i-9-7x)
or AMD Ryzen 3rd generation processors, running at 2.0GHz and above (Intel Atom/Celeron or AMD Athlon/Sempron Processors may cost less, but may not meet your requirements)
Random Access Memory (RAM):
8 GB minimum
Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:
256 GB minimum
802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)
Direct X9 or later
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 10 Home/Pro
The points for this course in 2020 were 220.
The CAO course code is NC102.
This course qualifies under the Free Fees Initiative and Student Grant Scheme.