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IT Maintenance and Support (FIT)

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Cork College of Commerce

Cork College of Commerce
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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

Advances in computer technology continue to provide job opportunities for IT technicians skilled in the installation, repair and maintenance of IT equipment. This full time course is designed to provide the learner with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of PC systems including assembly, repair, software installation and IT technical support. This course is specifically aimed at those who are currently unemployed, seeking to retrain in order to re-enter the workforce.

What will you Study?

Operating Systems 5N2928
Networking Essentials 5N2929
Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Virtualisation Support 5N2434
Programming and Design Principles 5N2927
Database Methods 5N0783
MTA Networking Essentials 5N2929

Students will also be given the opportunity to complete the VCA6-DCV Exam
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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5M0536

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Related Career Sectors

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Computers & ICT
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