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Information Technology

Course Code(s):  5M0529 OFIT
QQI Award Code:  5M0529 Software Development
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0529 OFIT
QQI Award Code 5M0529 Software Development
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one-year course has been specifically designed to prepare students for employment in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector particularly in the areas of IT Technicians, Web Developers, Technical Support personnel etc. Students completing this course will be prepared for a variety of positions within their chosen area or will be able to progress to the Advanced Certificate in Networks and Software Systems (Level 6) or to Higher Education.

What will you Study?

Computer Architecture and Systems
Computer Programming
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Database Methods 5N0783
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Web Authoring 5N1910
Networking Essentials 5N2929
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
5M0529

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Related Career Sectors

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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