This course provides the student with the core skills required in the computer science industry and prepares the student for a career demanding specialist knowledge of programming, networking, how to provide virtual support (both locally and in the cloud) and how to troubleshoot hardware issues.

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Duration

1 year

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Certification

QQI Certificate in Computer Systems and Networks 5M0536

VCA6-DCV exams (optional)

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Course Fees

600 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €250)

MTA and VCA6-DCV exams incur extra cost

Email/Contact

Maura O’Halloran

mohalloran@ccoc.ie

Tel: (021) 4223834

 

  • Operating Systems 5N2928
  • Networking Essentials 5N2929
  • Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548
  • Virtualisation Support 5N2434
  • Programming and Design Principles 5N2927
  • Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
  • Database Methods 5N0783
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Students will also be given the opportunity to complete the VCA6-DCV   Exam

 

Leaving Certificate with at least a pass grade in mathematics or relevant computer experience. For mature applicants experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

  • Two week work placement
  • Professional guest lecturers
  • Site visits
  • Access to  VCA6-DCV exams
  • Common Purpose PitstopLeadership Programme for selected students

 

CCOC QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development 6M0691

Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for details.

On successful completion of a full award, the student can apply for an entry level position as a programmer, a computer technician or provide virtual support for cloud computing. The student is also very employable as an IT support operator, especially in the area of troubleshooting general software, hardware and networking problems.

All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub. Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

Being seriously dyslexic and also having been out of education for years, the idea of going back into education was scary. I did not believe that I had the skills and knowledge requirements to cope with this course. Once I started college, I surprised myself with the abilities I did not realise I had. The course had a fantastic structure and I was able to keep up with the college assignments. I felt confident handing my work up. This was down to the teachers always willing to go the extra mile for their students.

I graduated this course with all distinctions and I am now attending Limerick University doing a level 8 course. The College of Commerce helped me achieve this goal, and it was truly worth it, as I thought this would have never been possible. I truly believe I will have a promising future in a career which would not been possible without the level 5 Computer Science course.

I could not highly recommend this course more.

Jamie McLoughlin

Computer Science, UL

I enrolled in College of Commerce in September 2011 doing a Computer Science Level 5 FETAC course and then the following year, I completed the Level 6 Computer Science course. The lecturers and staff members passion and devotion towards their students and their willingness to devote extra time to explain fundamentals in detail were an essential  to my success at the college. I am now fully graduated from CIT with a 1st Class Honours degree in Computing.

Ricardo Varanda

Cloud Developer for Trend Micro

The Computer Science course in the College of Commerce appealed to me because the modules looked interesting and I would get a qualification after one year and could then seek employment or progress to further studies. Applying for the course was the best decision I made.  The teachers on the course are great, they made classes interesting and cared about each student. I would thoroughly recommend the Computer Science to anyone interested in ultimately working in IT.”

Margarita Tsekvava

Java Programmer