Higher Certificate in Computing CW046

  • NFQ Level 6
  • CW046
  • 20
  • 181
  • 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. As computing now impacts on every aspect of our lives, it is also becoming an increasingly evolved and dynamic career choice.

This course has been designed to give the learners a broad introduction to a range of fundamental computing subject areas.

The course provides a general overview of computing in Year 1 and includes modules such as: Programming, Hardware, Operating Systems, Networking 1 and Mathematics. In Year 2 learners specialise in an 'Applications' options with modules in Web Programming and Databases. Secure Systems Administration and Networking 2. Over the duration of the course learners also have modules in Applications and Interpersonal Skills, Business Management and a Group Project.

Special Features:

  • A practical focus across all modules, where students will follow a 'learning by doing' approach.
  • Year 1 is examined on a continuous assessment basis, with no end-to-year exams.
  • Students will have access to a range of equipment including lab workstations, printers, servers, networking equipment, Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi's and tablets.
  • Students will gain valuable experience working as part of a team developing web-based business applications.
  • Computing is a dynamic and evolving discipline with exciting possibilities in areas such as cloud computing, social media, sports analytics, robotics and healthcare.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates can proceed to a range of intermediate employment positions including systems administration, web development, technical support, network engineer, technical sales management roles.

What exemptions will I receive?




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

Graduates can apply to proceed to Year 3 of the BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing and Digital Innovation or to the Level 7 BSc in IT Management (CW217) at Institute of Technology Carlow. Once graduates have successfully completed this, they can also apply for Year 4 of the Level 8 BSc (Honours) in IT Management (CW248).

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a key growth sector for Ireland and the availability of highly skilled IT Professionals has attracted many high profile organisations to invest in Ireland. This course provides graduates with a range of immediate employment opportunities in the IT sector.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 O6/H7

Subjects required:

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

For Further Information Contact

Programme Directors
Lorraine Galvin BSc (Hons), MSc, PG Cert
E: lorraine.galvin@itcarlow.ie

Michael Gleeson BSc (Hons), MSc, PG Dip
E: michael.gleeson@itcarlow.ie