Advances in computer technology continue to provide job opportunities for IT technicians skilled in the installation, repair and maintenance of IT equipment. This full time course is designed to provide the learner with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of PC systems including assembly, repair, software installation and IT technical support. This course is specifically aimed at those who are currently unemployed, seeking to retrain in order to re-enter the workforce.




1 year



QQI Level 5 Certificate in Computer Systems and Networks 5M0536


Course Fees

€250 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €250)
VCA6-DCV exam will incur extra cost


Judy Sexton

Tel: (021) 4223836

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


Long term unemployed with no previous educational qualification higher than FETAC/QQI Level 4; applicants should be aged 21 and over and in receipt of social welfare payment. Applications through FIT at (021)2307088, or contact your Local Employment Network (LES).   Application can also be made directly to the college, through the college website.

  • Two week work placement
  • Site visits
  • Professional guest lecturers
  • Common Purpose Pitstop Leadership Programme for selected students.
  • Ongoing mentoring by FIT personnel
  • FIT employment supports – CV workshops, interview skills, mock interviews.



CCOC Advanced Certificate in Software Engineering 6M17816
Great 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.


The dual nature of this course (hardware and software), opens many employment opportunities for students. Graduates are well placed to take up positions in IT repair outlets, and in the IT departments of many organisations. Graduates can also apply for internship programmes. 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. 


“Having attended CCOC I felt it gave me a solid grounding in a diverse range of topics within IT, this diversity helped me to understand the area of IT I would like to pursue and ultimately shaped my career. The work experience arranged by CCOC during my course kick-started my career and I will be forever thankful to the dedicated team. I would highly recommend Cork College of Commerce to any prospective student looking for a start in an information technology career.”


Anthony O Callaghan

Director, Global BI Solution Centre

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