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Computer Systems & Networks

Course Code(s):  5M0536
QQI Award Code:  5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0536
QQI Award Code 5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The course is designed to provide the learner with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of computer systems, hardware and software maintenance, networking, virtualisation and mobile technologies. The learner will acquire the skills to design, deploy and secure client/server computer networks based on wired and wireless technologies. A key feature of this course is the use of diagnostics, simulation and forensics in developing the learnerís problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.

What will you Study?

PC Maintenance - QQI Level 5 Certificate in ‘Computer Systems and Networks’ – 5M0536 & CompTIa A+

Core Elements
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • System Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Network Essentials
  • System Security
  • Virtualisation
  • Hardware Essentials

 

Minimum Entry Requirements

Some experience using computers. All applicants are interviewed

Duration

1 Year full time

Fees

Vtos eligibility applies

Certification

CompTIA A+ Certification (220-801) (220-802),

QQI Level 5 Certificate in ‘Computer Systems and Networks’ – 5M0536

Progression Routes

Once you’ve mastered the CompTIA A+, you may choose to specialise in a specific area such as networking, security, software technology, or hardware support, or progress to a 3rd level qualification.

Career Options

This course is aimed at people interested in a career in the IT industry.

Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548
Operating Systems 5N2928
Network Essentials
Virtualisation Support 5N2434
ICT Security Policy and Management
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
5M0536

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