Free Computing Taster Course

This free one-hour session shows you what to expect from the full 12-week online Certificate in Science in Computing, a Government-funded programme starting in December.

Welcome to this one-hour taster session for the Certificate in Science in Computing with National College of Ireland. 

While the full 12-week online programme is aimed at beginners who have an interest in computing but are limited on time, this taster session will give you an idea of both the style of the pre-recorded videos and of the area of Java Programming. This will help you to make an informed decision as to whether or not this course is for you. 

The Certificate in Science in Computing is a Government-funded course that gives learners the flexibility to engage with recorded content outside of class time, which cuts down on scheduled evening hours and allows class times to be more practical. 

Jump right into watching the videos, send us a message using the form and register for one of our upcoming webinars below!

Note: We recommend undertaking this course on a laptop or desktop rather than on a phone. Coding needs a keyboard and the videos are best viewed in full screen.

Taster Course Videos

These videos are ideal for beginners who have an interest in computing and programming but have no or a low level of experience in these areas.

Introduction Video

Watch this video to get an overview of how the Certificate in Science in Computing works, and what to expect from this one-hour taster course.

Before we begin

Here's some important information to know before you start to code! 

Intro to Java Part 1

This video will introduce you to the theory of programming and what it all means.

Intro to Java Part 2

In this video, we start to get practical by writing our first piece of code. 


Please pick one of the projects below, each project should take around 15-20 minutes to complete. 

Project 1: Magic 8 Ball

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Project 2: Universal Measurement Converter

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 Project 3: Rock Paper Scissors Game

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Course Information Webinars

Get an in-depth look into our Skills Provision Courses.

Register for our course information webinars to get an overview of each of our Skills Provision Courses in Cybersecurity, Web Development and Computing. 

We'll be hosting webinars at both lunchtime and in the evening of Thursday 19th November. Choose to register for one of the below webinars:

You'll have a chance to ask questions about the courses, the eligibility criteria and the application process.

Have a question?

Submit your enquiry about the course content or applying for this programme via the form below and Sam Cogan, NCI's Online Academic Programme Supervisor who is featured in the videos, will respond.