Computer Systems and Networks (Pre-Tech Apprenticeship)(Level 5)


This course gives students the practical skills necessary for a career in the I.T. industry. This course is run in conjunction with F.I.T. (FastTrack to Information Technology), who provides supports such as Mock Interviews and a Company visit to students during the year.


One year, full time.


  • Computer Systems and Hardware (5N0548)
  • Operating Systems (5N2928)
  • Networking Essentials (5N2929)
  • Programming and Design Principles (5N2927)
  • Maths for Information Technology (5N18396)
  • Mobile Technologies (5N0580)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Communications (5N0690)


NFQ Level 5 award made by QQI 5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks

Career Options:

Students may find employment in the I.T. industry. They may wish to proceed to the COMPTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) course at Greenhills College, the ICT Associate Apprenticeship Programme through FIT or to Third Level via the Higher Education Links Scheme.

Third Level Progression:

Computer Systems and Networks allows wide progression into numerous Computing related degrees at Third Level.

  • TU Dublin- Tallaght accept this course for all its Computing and Engineering related courses including Computing TU756
  • TU Dublin- Grangegorman offer a range of courses that follow on from this award.

There are many more opportunities for progression to Third Level.

Please contact with any queries.

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, QQI Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Work/life experience is acceptable for mature students.

Students should be 16 years or over at the start of the course.

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