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Networks & Software Systems

Course Code(s):  6M0695 CE02
QQI Award Code:  6M0695 Computer Systems and Networks
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 6M0695 CE02
QQI Award Code 6M0695 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This Advanced Certificate course covers a wide range of modules which have been developed through industry experience and combine theory and lab practicals to promote a professional approach and expand knowledge relevant to the IT industry, while also providing a core understanding essential for anyone wishing to progress to third level degree courses.

The combination of modules studied enables the learner to acquire a broad spectrum of skills, from maintenance of networks to software systems, preparing them for employment in the rapidly expanding IT sector. Learners study a wide range of subjects relevant to the IT sector and Tech industry, enabling progression to software development, systems maintenance, network development and maintenance, cloud computing and virtualisation. This Advanced Certificate course will offer you a range of choices for your future career.

What will you Study?

Physical and Logical Networking
Systems Software
Information Technology
Administration
Network Infrastructure
Network Security
Mobile Technologies
Virtualisation Support
Communications
Work Experience

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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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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