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 and networking. The student will learn how to upgrade hardware, and how to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues. The student will also examine the back-end of an Operating System, including configuration and fault management.

We have excellent progression opportunities to third level colleges (click on the Progressions tab on this page) and our students are also very much in demand by industry, with CoreHR committed to employing 4 of our level 6 graduates this year.

  • Operating Systems 5N2928 Install and configure a desktop Operating System, and use system utilities to manage faults, system components, and directories. Configure disk partitions, set a multi-boot and learn how to eliminate possible threats to your system.
  • Networking Essentials 5N2929 Connect digital devices using private, non-routable IPv4 addressing, and test connectivity using diagnostic tools. Build and deploy a LAN, and implement and manage network resources.
  • Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548 Examine the different types of computers currently available. Explore the inside of a computer, and learn about CPUs, storage, memory and more, and how all these interact. Learn how to troubleshoot, and to improve a computer’s performance.
  • Virtualisation Support 5N2434 Construct and configure virtual components and networks, including client and server virtualisation.
  • Programming and Design Principles 5N2927 Learn the fundamentals of programming including conditional statements, iterations and methods, using Java (IDE: Eclipse), and the importance of programs being to industry standard at the front end and the back end. Use TestNG to test applications.
  • Maths for Information Technology 5N18396 Acquire mathematical skill in problem solving and mathematical investigations in the following areas: basic arithmetic and algebra, set theory and Boolean logic, functions and calculus , geometry and trigonometry, probability and statistics, and algorithms and computations.
  • Communications 5N0690 Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practice employability skills with a view to future planning. Students will go on a 2-week work placement.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to sit the VMware Certified Associate – Digital Business Transformation (VCA-DBT) exam (optional).

Additional Training/Workshops

  • Data Analytics
  • Data Protection
  • STEM Aspire Mentorship Programme (for female students), run by Dell EMC

Leaving Certificate with at least a pass grade in mathematics or relevant computer experience. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Cert requirement.

All applicants are interviewed. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.

Our students are very much in demand by industry with CoreHR committed to employing 4 of our level 6 graduates this year.

We also have excellent progressions in education including:

  • CCOC: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development (6M0691)
  • CIT: IT Management (CR310)
  • CIT: Software Development (CR106 and CR116)
  • Inholland (Haarlem, The Netherlands): Year 2 Information Technology and Year 2 Mathematical Engineering
  • UCC: BIS (CK203)
  • UCC: Computer Science (CK401)
  • UCC: Psychology and Computing (CK121)

Excellent progression opportunities to 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.

  • Duration: September to May.
  • Fees: €550 including QQI examination fees. Medical card holders exempt from €250. See Payment for details.
  • Certification: QQI Certificate in Computer Systems and Networks (5M0536)
  • Work Experience: Students will undertake a block work placement of 2 weeks in the IT area.
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Last year I did QQI Level 5 Certificate in Office Administration, Medical and Dental Receptionist. I found the College of Commerce most welcoming and the teachers so helpful and encouraging. I gained confidence in myself as a person and found the whole experience helped me in my future career.

Breda Barry, Medical and Dental Receptionist

My experience in the Cork College of Commerce was welcoming and professional. I received excellent tuition and there was a very good support structure. I developed a good exam technique and acquired practical skills which are essential for the modern office. I found the staff to be encouraging, supportive, motivating and caring. My colleagues were also helpful and supportive throughout the course. I am currently employed by the HSE and am happy and confident in my work place. Everything I learned in Essential IT for the Office is relevant for my job on a day-to-day basis.

Sarah RYan, Essential IT for the Office

I was a student of Level 5 Reception and Customer Care. It was a wonderful course where I gained much confidence.The Cork College of Commerce opened up new paths and the experience was invaluable. Overall I would say that the Cork College of Commerce was a wonderful College.

Laura Kirwan, Reception and Customer Care