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.


Duration: One year, full time


  • Computer Systems and Hardware 5N0548
  • Mobile Technologies 5N0580
  • Operating Systems 5N2928
  • Networking Essentials 5N2929
  • Programming and Design Principles 5N2927
  • Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
  • 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 ICT Associate Apprenticeship Programme through FIT or 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, Cloud Computing TU865 and Computing with Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning TU862.
  • TU Dublin- Blanchardstown accept this course for a wide range of courses including Computing (Information Technology) TU860, Digital Forensics and Cyber Security TU863 and Computer Engineering in Mobile Systems TU807.
  • UCD have a degree programme Computer Science DN201 which accepts this award.
There are many more opportunities for college progression.
Please contact with any queries.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, QQI Level 4 full major award or equivalent.
  • Work/life experience may be acceptable for mature students.
  • Students should be 16 years old or over at the start of the course.
  • Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject area and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Competent written and spoken English (CEFR B1 or higher).


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After Greenhills, I completed a level 7 Computer Networking degree at DIT (now TUD – Networking Technologies, my Comptia Network+, A+ and CCNA.  I’m starting a job with RCSI as a Network Administrator. I am very thankful for the help and guidance that the teachers gave and I won’t forget Greenhills for putting me in the right direction.

Ross Mc Grane. (Class of 2018). Level 7 Degree in Computer Networking, Technological University Dublin.