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Networking Technician - CISCO Certified

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 purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the skills and understanding to install, configure and maintain computer systems and basic network and cloud systems leading to employment in a range of sectors. It also facilitates progression in education including to further education or training at Level 6 and Degrees in Computer Science and Network Engineering.

What will you Study?

Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548
Networking Essentials 5N2929
Operating Systems 5N2928
Maths for Computers/Computational Methods and Problem Solving
Virtualisation Support 5N2434
rogramming and Design Principals
Communications 5N0690
Work Studies
Routing and Switching Technologies
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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
5M0536

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

Further Research

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Computers & ICT
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.