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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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Information Technology

Course Code(s):  5M0536 CE01
QQI Award Code:  5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0536 CE01
QQI Award Code 5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course will equip the learner with the fundamental skills to install, configure and maintain computer systems and basic networks leading to a range of employment opportunities or progression to further studies at Level 6 and/or Level 7.

On This Course Learners Will Become Familiar With The Design, installation and maintenance of computer equipment and networks. Learners will also have the opportunity to attain COMPTIA A+ certification, in addition to their QQI Award.

What will you Study?

Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548
Networking Essentials 5N2929
Operating Systems 5N2928
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
Programming and Design Principles 5N2927
ICT Security Policy and Management
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356

Additional Modules:
COMPTIA A+ 901 Essentials
COMPTIA A+ 902 IT Technician
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

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

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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5M0536

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