Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, recently announced a number of free and subsidised higher education places under the Jobs Stimulus package to help get people back to work, upskill workers and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of COVID-19.

We are delighted that you have chosen NCI for your Skills Provision , funded course. 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.


Important Course Information


Course Start Dates and Indicative Schedule

Higher Diploma Programmes

Course

Indicative Schedule

Classes Start

Mode of Study & Location

Duration

H. Dip in Science in Computing (Web Development Blended Online)

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 18.00 - 22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00 - 18.00.

26/01/2020

Full Time

Blended Online

1 year, 3 Semesters ; Jan to April 2021, May to August 2021 & September to December 2021

H. Dip in Science in Computing (Cybersecurity Blended Online)

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 18.00 - 22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00 - 18.00.

26/01/2020

Full-Time

Blended Online

1 year, 3 Semesters ; Jan to April 2021, May to August 2021 & September to December 2021

Certificate in Computing

Course

Indicative Schedule

Classes Start

Mode of Study & Location

Duration

Certificate in Computing - Blended Online

FEB Start
Tuesday and Thursday 18.00 - 22.00 There will also be three hours self-paced learning per week on NCI’s Learning Platform.  This will not appear on your timetable.  23/02/2021

Part- Time

Online

This course is one semester.

*The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing courses will be delivered fully online in the first semester, some in-class delivery may be offered in later semesters subject to public health advice. The Certificate course will be delivered fully online for its duration. 

Attendance

Attendance at all classes is compulsory and is electronically monitored

Fees

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Both the Web Development & Cybersecurity streams) falls under the Postgraduate Skills Provision. The Certificate in Science in Computing falls under the Modular Skills Provision.

The Postgraduate Skills Provision allows for 100% funding of the tuition cost of these programmes if you fall into one of the below categories;

• Returners

• Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) or Jobseekers payment

For those in employment, graduates or formerly self-employed a student contribution fee of 10% (€594) is required.

The Modular Skills Provision allows for 100% funding of the tuition cost of these programmes if you fall into one of the below categories;

• Unemployed and in receipt of an eligible DEASP payment or signing for credits

• Returners

• Previously Self-Employed

• Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)

For those in employment or Graduates a student contribution fee of 10% (€198) is required.

A member of the admissions team will contact you after course commencement to ask you to complete an online form to confirm your intent to remain enrolled on the course with NCI and this will then activate the first portion of your Skills Provision funding for Semester 1. The same process may apply again in Semester 2. The final % of the programme fee is paid on successful completion of the programme.

Whether you are being 100% funded or 90% funded depending on your employment status at the time of course commencement, this funding will be paid in instalments to the National College of Ireland.

The HEA stipulates that courses and funding are guaranteed from your course commencement date for the duration of your programme only.

Continued Eligibility for Funding: Documentation supporting your employment status was provided by you as part of the application process, however, further proof confirming your continued eligibility will also be required at the time of course commencement. Please note you will be asked to reverify your status and provide updated verification of status upon commencement of your programme. Please note, if your employment status/social welfare payment changes from the point of application to course commencement we advise that you declare this to the admissions team as a matter of priority who will then reassess your funding eligibility. Please note that a change in your employment status from unemployed to employed will mean that a student contribution fee is applicable. If it becomes apparent at the point of this registration process you are not eligible for a Skills Provision course we will not be able to draw down funding from the HEA on your behalf.

Student Laptop Fund

Laptop Fund

As part of the package of COVID supports for higher and further education institutions, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has allocated funding for a once-off COVID-19 grant to support disadvantaged students in the higher education sector in accessing ICT devices. 

This, cash limited, grant will allow NCI to provide eligible students with a laptop to assist them in completing their chosen course. Further details including eligibility criteria and application guidelines can be found here

Any queries around this should be directed to laptopfund@ncirl.ie.
Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by 25th January 2021 
 

DEASP Information

It is very important that Eligible DEASP clients who are accepted on a Skills Provision course immediately contact their local social welfare office to inform them that they have been accepted and seek advice on what this means for their DEASP payment.

People in receipt of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)  or Job seekers can apply for Postgraduate Skills Provision programmes (Higher Diploma in Computing (Web Development & Cybersecurity stream) & Modular Skills Provision (Certificate in Computing). The fee will be waived for these applicants. It is however the responsibility of the applicant in receipt of a PUP/Job Seekers payment to discuss retaining a DEASP payment with their case officer in their local INTREO office when their offer is accepted and before course commencement.

Skills Provision programmes: Courses are open to both the employed and the unemployed (Job Seekers & Pandemic Unemployment Payments (PUP) , however NCI must prioritize those in receipt of a social protection payment and those as ‘returners’ so that they can upskill and reskill and re-enter the workforce. Therefore, a number of places will be reserved for these on our Skills Provision Programmes. 

Restrictions Regarding Previous Applicants on Grant Funded Programmes including Springboard+, Skills Provision Programmes;

Learners can only be registered on one publicly funded higher education course whether that be Springboard+, HCI Pillar 1 or July Stimulus Postgraduate or Modular courses.  Learners are not permitted to be registered on two courses in the one academic year.  In the case of modular courses applicants can register on multiple modular courses as long as they don't exceed 30 credits.

Note that NCI's general advice for all students it is not recommended that students are not registered on more than one programme at a time and students are specifically not allowed to be registered on more than one NCI programme.

Eligibility criteria for Skills Provision programmes can be found Here

Continued Eligibility for Funding: Documentation supporting your employment status was provided by you as part of the application process, however, further proof confirming your continued eligibility will also be required at the time of course commencement. Please note you will be asked to reverify your status and provide updated verification of status upon commencement of your programme. Please note, if your employment status/social welfare payment changes from the point of application to course commencement we advise that you declare this to the admissions team as a matter of priority who will then reassess your funding eligibility. Please note that a change in your employment status from unemployed to employed will mean that a student contribution fee is applicable. If it becomes apparent at the point of this registration process you are not eligible for a Skills Provision course we will not be able to draw down funding from the HEA on your behalf.

BYOD Information

Students of online/blended courses at the National College of Ireland are required to have the following equipment in order to effectively participate in an online classroom:

Please note that certain courses (particularly ICT courses) may have specific laptop requirements. You are asked to consult your course information page where any further requirements will be specified. Please note these are recommendations and should be seen as guidelines only.

It is recommended that your laptop should have:

Processor:

  • 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 Gigabytes minimum

Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:

  • 256 Gigabytes minimum

Wireless Card:

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability
    (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)

Graphics Card:

  • Direct X9 or later

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 10 Pro
 
Additional System Requirements
  • ​Microphone
    • Any microphone is acceptable, provided the audio is clear. Most laptops have an inbuilt microphone which is perfectly acceptable, however occasionally an external mic is necessary.
    • ​You may test your microphone’s compatibility with your browser here: https://www.onlinemictest.com/
 
  • ​Headphones
    • Headphones are strongly recommended to avoid echo while using the microphone

 

  • External Webcam
    • ​External Webcams (USB cable) are required in order to authenticate yourself for examination purposes. Onboard webcams, ie webcams built into the laptop are not appropriate for examination authentication. Webcams are not required for day to day classes.

Getting Started

Step 1 - Paying Your Fees

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Both the Web Development & Cybersecurity streams) falls under the Postgraduate Skills Provision. The Certificate in Science in Computing falls under the Modular Skills Provision.

The Postgraduate Skills Provision allows for 100% funding of the tuition cost of these programmes if you fall into one of the below categories;

• Returners

• Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) or Jobseekers payment

For those in employment , graduates or formerly self-employed a student contribution fee of 10% (€594) is required.

The Modular Skills Provision allows for 100% funding of the tuition cost of these programmes if you fall into one of the below categories;

• Unemployed and in receipt of an eligible DEASP payment or signing for credits

• Returners

• Previously Self-Employed

• Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)

For those in employment or graduates a student contribution fee of 10% (€198) is required.

*Note; In order to receive 100% funding, you must fall into one of these categories upon course commencement. The Springboard office will be contacting students to ensure the employment/unemployment status upon application remains the same at course commencement.


For those required to pay a student contribution (breakdown above). This is payable by the participant or their employer and must be paid in full by 19th March 2021.

Payable by the student

An online payment link will open mid-February and students will be notified of this link once it is live and payment can then be made online. Please note that as a Skills Provision student you are permitted to start class before these fees are paid.
 
Employer-Sponsored

If your fees are being paid by your company you will need to complete a sponsorship form and return it to fees@ncirl.ie within 2 weeks of accepting your place on the course. When the form has been received, the company will be issued an invoice within 5 working days. Please note that as a Skills Provision student it is permitted to start classes before these fees are paid. 

Refund Policy

If a student withdraws before the commencement of the course the full amount that they have paid is refundable. No refund will be processed once the student commences the course the week beginning 25th January 2021.

Please note: Documentation supporting your employment status will be provided by you as part of the application process, however, please be advised that the HEA will request further proof confirming your continued eligibility at the time of course commencement. A change in your employment status from unemployed to employed will mean that a student contribution fee is applicable. 

Step 2 - Getting Your Login Details

You can set your login details using the Password Management section of the website.

Please select RESET PASSWORD (Springboard students do not need to select the 'REGISTER BUTTON'

The Setting your Password guide will give you a step-by-step guide of how to reset your password to allow you access to your NCI email account.

To reset your login details you will need your Student No. This number will be on the 'Confirmation of Enrolment' email that you will receive from NCI shortly after you accept your offer on the Springboard Courses Website.

Please note that you cannot proceed to Step 3 'Getting your student card' until you reset your login details first.

Step 3 - Getting 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).

Students commencing courses in December 2020/January 2021 will receive their student cards after course commencement.

Step 4 - Registration & Orientation

Please complete the NCI Registration Online Form. You will need your NCI student number and Course Name when completing this form, the details of both are available on the top of this email. Please ensure you complete this by 5pm on Monday 1st February 2021. Once you have completed this online form, you do not need to attend a registration session onsite, you are proceeding straight to class upon course commencement.

Please note that Skills Provision students are not required to attend the college in person before their first class. Registration and Orientation is conducted online.

Orientation

Your Orientation Session:

Please find link below to Orientation if you were not able to make Orientation or have recently applied 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDeWL3ucBy8&feature=youtu.be

  • Please watch the short overview video: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams

  • 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 will 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.

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, time and location of your first class.

Course Orientation Date
H.Dip in Computing (Cyber Security) 1 Yr Blended Online 19/01/2021
H.Dip in Computing (Web Development) 1 Yr Blended Online 19/01/2021

Step 5 - Your Timetable

You have already been provided with an indicative timetable for your course. However, please note that timetables are never confirmed until they are published on the NCI website. You will be able to view your timetable with relevant room allocation the 2 -3 days before classes commence: You can access your timetable online by using the dedicated timetable section of the website. Simply search for your course then choose your week & day range. 

Please check your timetables regularly as they can be subject to room changes.

Step 6 - Your Online Classroom

In order to access your online classroom please follow the steps below. This guide is for Windows 10 users. A mac guide will be available shortly

Download Teams

Please follow the steps below or watch the informational video which will go through some handy hints and tips.
  • Follow the steps below;
    • You do this opening your browser and searching 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 1 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. 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 will be able to see their learning events. 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 7 - 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.


Essential information

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 signs provided.

The programme co-ordinators 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 co-ordinator depending on your course of study.

All students should enrol on 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