We are delighted that you have chosen NCI to pursue your education goals. On this page you will find everything you need in order to register as a student and prepare you for the commencement of your course.

Skillnet Ireland is the national agency dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland. Their mission is to facilitate increased participation in enterprise training and workforce learning within Ireland’s small and medium enterprises (SME).


Getting Started

Step 1 - Paying Your Fees

In order to be a registered student of the National College of Ireland, you must pay your course fees. 

Skillnet Funded Students

These must be paid directly to ICT Skillnet or IFS Skillnet depending on which course you have signed up for. Detailed instructions will have been sent to you by Skillnet. 

Once you have paid your fee, please email admissions@ncirl.ie with your proof of payment. You will not pay any deposit, registration cost or fees to National College of Ireland

  • The Certificate in Emerging Digital Technologies is part funded by Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet. 
  • The Data Governance & CyberSecurity programme is part funded by IFS Skillnet.

Self Funded Students

If you are not being funded by Skillnet and are self-funding this course yourself, this can be completed in a number of ways;

1.       Pay 100% of your course fee: As your course is less than 13 weeks in duration you must pay 100% of the course fee before the course commences. 

Fees can be paid over the phone by calling 1850 221 721 and picking option 3. Payments can be made using a debit or credit card. The College does not accept cash on the premises or American Express. If payment is made over the phone, a receipt will be sent out within 5 working days. 

 2.       Employer Sponsorship/Funding: If you are in receipt of funding for your course please complete the Sponsorship Form and return to fees@ncirl.ie. Please ensure you confirm the amount you will be funded for on this form. The sponsorship form must arrive at least 5 days in advance of your course commencing to ensure you are registered on the course.

 

 

Step 2 - Log In Details

Before commencing your course you first need to login to your NCI account and set your password.

You do this on the Password Management section of the website.

The Setting your Password  guide will give you a step-by-step guide through this process.

Step 3 - Get Your Student Card

NCI offers a service which allows students to download a photo app to their smart phone or desktop/laptop and take their own Student Identification Photo. This photo will then be used to print your student card.

New students must submit their ID photo via the app in order to receive their student card. 

To print your student card, the college requires a passport style photograph. Please follow our step by step guide to downloading the app and taking your student card photo. 

(Please note photos uploaded during the application process will not be used for your student card).

Please note that due to current government guidelines and level 5 restrictions, there will be a delay in the printing and distribution of student cards. A further update on the distribution of student cards will be published over the coming weeks. 

Step 4 - Your Timetable

Timetables will be available 2 weeks before class commencement.

Once published, timetables will be available from the timetable section of the website. On this site, you will also find guides on how to use generate your timetable and how to use the timetable app. 

Step 5 - Your Online Classroom

To access your online classroom, please read the instructions below. This guide is for Windows 10 users. A mac guide will be available shortly.

Students are also advised to watch the informational video which will go through some handy hints and tips.
  • Download Teams by following these steps;
    • Open your browser and search for "Microsoft teams download"
    • Click into the Microsoft link
    • Click the "Download for Desktop" option
    • Click "Download Teams"
    • Once the application is downloaded and installed you will need to login using your NCI username (e.g. x12345678@student.ncirl.ie) and password. To set your logins please refer to Step 2 above.
  • Next you need to check your timetable to see what lecture is scheduled. 
  • Then go to Teams and click on the Calendar icon
  • You should see your class has been scheduled and you will be able to join by clicking into the event and pressing "Join".

Troubleshooting

Q. What if there is no learning event scheduled in Teams or Outlook?

A.   IT Support have provided step by step guide to assist you in setting up your lectures in Teams. 

You may have registered with the College after your learning event was set up and cannot see a scheduled event in Teams or Outlook.  This is nothing to worry about it, simply watch the instructional video on syncing your lecture calendar. 

Please be aware when doing the above the sync is not immediate, it will take a couple of hours for your events to show in your calendar. Please ensure you complete the above in enough time BEFORE your lecture is due to commence. 

Q. The course commences today and I have only registered yesterday or today. 

A. Part time students who are registered or pre-registered 48 hours before the course commences should be able to see their learning events by following the steps above. Unfortunately if you register later than that, you may not be able to access your learning event. 

You can access a recording of your missed learning event once your access has been enabled. 

Q. I have been told my class will not be using Teams

A. Some specific classes will be using Adobe Connect. These classes will be contacted directly by the School of Computing with further information. 

Step 6 - Returning to Campus

NCI staff, in collaboration with representatives from the Students' Union, have put together a protocol for students ahead of your return to campus. The document outlines the measures the college has put in place for your safety and it is a requirement that you read through the protocol before returning to campus. 

Return to Campus Safety Protocol for Students (PDF 676KB)

It is mandatory for students to complete a COVID-19 Questionnaire and to receive a response confirming that you may return to campus. You may be asked to show this email confirmation at the entrance of the College. If you receive an email saying that you must not attend a campus, be assured that the COVID Manager will contact you within 48 hours to explain why or to better understand your circumstances.


Orientation and Start Dates

Part-Time Certificates

Orientation

You will shortly receive an email with further information on your Orientation which will commence the 20th May.
 
Dates and times for  20th May 2021 orientation. 
Certificate in Emerging Digital Technologies Orientation link
Data Governance and Cybersecurity Orientation link
 

Please watch the short overview video: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams your Orientation Session:


  • Download & install the Microsoft Teams App to your PC prior to your orientation session - Download Microsoft Teams
    * please note the use of mobile devices is not recommended

  • Login to the Microsoft Teams App using your NCI username & Password. Please note your username format should be x12345678@student.ncirl.ie

  • During your orientation session you may be required to use a webcam and microphone

  • It is recommended to use headphones during the session as it reduces audio feedback.

For any questions on your orientation please email orientation@ncirl.ie.

 

Course Start Date

Please find below indicative start dates. All dates are subject to change. Timetables will be made available from the Timetable section of the website in January, so please ensure you check your timetable to confirm the date and time of your first class. 

Course Start Date Indicative Schedule
Certificate in Emerging Digital Technologies Tues 1st June, 6p.m. Tuesdays 18.00 - 22.00. This programme also includes 2 hours of self-paced learning.
Data Governance and CyberSecurity Tues 1st June, 6p.m. Tuesdays 18.00 - 20.00. This programme also includes 2 hours of self-paced learning.

Essential Information

Recommended Laptop Specifications

IT Services - "How To" Videos

Course & Assignments

Programme Co-ordinators administer the daily management of all courses in the college.  The school administration offices are located in Room 3.03 on the 3rd floor.   Please follow the signs provided.

The programme coordinators can help you with course information, queries around timetables and any issues or concerns you may have while completing your studies with NCI.  You will be assigned a specific programme coordinator depending on your course of study.

All students should enrol in the School of Business or School of Computing information page on Moodle. Here you will find all required details for your programme such as your Programme Director, Programme Co-ordinator, Continual Assessment schedule and Programme Handbook.

You can contact a Programme Co-ordinator by emailing:

School of Business - SOBoffice@ncirl.ie

School of Computing – SOCoffice@ncirl.ie

Library Services

The Library– we have a range of services and all the information is just a click away from the front page of the college website.

The Library Essentials – starting out as a new student, the best place to find the information you need to know is our #10 Library Essentials guide.

Opening Hours & Access – take a look at when we’re open and how best to access the library.

Finding Books – once you start looking at your reading lists, you’ll need to know how to find a book in the library; this guide shows you how to do it.

Borrowing & Renewing Books – how you can borrow books, how they are renewed and how you can keep an eye on your library account.

Computers, Printing & Photocopying – all you need to know about using the PCs or your own devices in the library and how to use the printers and photocopiers.

Library Guides – instead of just searching the internet, we highly recommend you use our library guides to help you discover the best online resources for your course; you can access these guides here.

Discovery – another way of accessing the library’s online resources is by using the library search engine Discovery; this guide shows you how best to use it.

Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism – when writing your assignments, you will be asked to reference the information you use and avoid plagiarism; this guide helps you better understand what’s required.

Group Study Rooms – you can book the library’s group study rooms online, further details here.

Library Help Centre –you can get advice and assistance from the Library Help Centre to help you with your assignments and research; further details can be found here.

International Students – if you are an international student, you may find adjusting to college life a little more challenging; this guide is designed to help you make that adjustment.

Contact Us - As you begin your course, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help; drop into the library, call us on 01-4498590 or email us at library@ncirl.ie

Support For You

In the Learning and Teaching Office you will find the Student Support team who are available to help you in a variety of areas. Through their “Getting to Grips” sessions, they will help you with academic support. You will also find the Disability Support service here who can provide learning, assistive technology, exam support and more.

If you need any help while in NCI drop into the Learning and Teaching Office beside reception, the team are always happy to offer a listening ear, have a chat or they can link you with the college counsellor and medical service.

 

Students Union - Get Involved

The Students’ Union is your voice in the college. Whether it’s issues concerning your course or the college entertainments, student welfare, clubs & societies or entertainments, the Executive team represent all NCI students and provide support for any problems you face throughout your time here.

The SU space is one of the social hubs of college. A great place to relax, here you’ll find pool tables, games consoles, casual seating space and the Executive offices. Events are held throughout the year and all students are encouraged to get involved.

You can find out all about the SU on their website.

Academic Calendar

Have a look at the published Academic Calendar to assist you with your planning over the coming year

HEA Data Collection Notice

NCI is required to collect data from students, and pass this data to the Higher Education Authority in order for them to perform their statutory functions under the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971. Students are advised to consult the Student Collection Notice published here for further information. 

The Equal Access Survey is an annual voluntary survey of first year full-time and part-time undergraduate new entrants to Higher Education Authority (HEA) funded colleges. The Equal Access Survey is conducted by NCI and data from the survey is returned to the HEA for analysis purposes. Information from the HEA regarding the survey can be accessed here