Higher Certificate Science in Computing (with Options in Computer Applications, Commercial Programming, Computer Networking) CW206

  • NFQ Level 6
  • CW206
  • 20
  • 235
  • 2 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subjects
  • Enquiries

What is the Course about?

Computing is the study of how computers and computer systems work and how they are constructed and programmed. As computing increasingly impacts on every aspect of our lives, it is also becoming a more evolved and complex area. While computing may be of general interest to students, it’s often difficult to know which area of specialisation will be of most interest. This course has been designed to give students the broadest possible choice before choosing a specialisation.

Course Structure

This course provides a general overview of computing in Year 1 and includes modules in mathematics, programming, hardware, operating systems, networking and applications. In Year 2, students may choose to specialise in computer applications or programming.

Applications option: This option examines the assembly and secure administration of computer systems and networks and web development. Graduates of this option often go on to work in systems administration, IT support and networking.

Programming option: This involves the detailed analysis, design and programming of computer software. Graduates from this area go on to work as programmers in the world of business or as software support and sales representatives.

Is this course for you?

Are you curious about all kinds of technology? Do you dream of being the superhero who keeps vital networks safe? Or the software expert who makes the world a better place?

Would you like to gain highly-prized skills that are in demand across the globe? Do you want to keep the widest possible range of career options open to you? If so, then this is the course for you.

Special Features:

  • Year 1 of the course is examined on a continuous assessment basis with no end-of-year exams.
  • This course offers students the opportunity to study a broad range of computing subjects before they choose an area in which to specialise.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of the applications option may apply to proceed to Year 3 of the BSc in IT Management (CW217). Graduates of the programming option may apply to proceed to Year 3 of the BSc in Software Development (CW207) at Institute of Technology Carlow. Once graduates have completed their degree, they can also apply for an honours degree course in the area of their specialisation.

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What exemptions will I receive?

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What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

After this course, you will have a very broad range of skills. You may decide to continue up the ranks of academic achievement.


Or you may start your career story in one of the following areas:

  • Web Developer
  • Network Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Support

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Catherine Moloney
BSc (Hons)
E: catherine.moloney@itcarlow.ie