QQI Level 5

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the skills and understanding to install, configure and maintain computer systems. Learners will also learn about network and cloud systems. Learners will be suitable for employment in a range of sectors. Students can progress to the QQI Level 6 IT Systems course and to degrees in Computer Science and Network Engineering.

Principal areas of study

  • Computer Systems Hardware
  • Networking Essentials
  • Operating Systems
  • Maths for IT


  • Virtualisation Support
  • Programming and Design Principals
  • Communications
  • Work Studies
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Features of this course

  • Opportunities for students to apply for high quality work placement with industry partners
  • Networking for home and small business
  • Practical experience in computer and network maintenance
  • Access to industry standard software and networking hardware in a dedicated computer lab.



  • Network installation and maintenance in home computer usage and in small business networks.
  • IT Technician roles in large IT and service companies

Entry Requirements

All our classes are delivered in English.  If English is not your first language you may be able to avail of supports in advance of starting a full-time course.   We work in partnership with our colleagues in Adult Education Service who run an ESOL and preparation for college course(s) which you may be able to attend in advance of your full-time studies.If you have any questions, about these supports please email [email protected] 


This is an occupation in high demand, with strong employment growth, a high volume of vacancies and evidence that employers are having difficulties filling vacancies.