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Jason Ruane

Computer Programmer


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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Grange Community College

Grange Community College


PC Networking & Maintenance

Code:  5M0536
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Further Information...

PC Maintenance - QQI Level 5 Certificate in ‘Computer Systems and Networks’ – 5M0536 & CompTIa A+

Core Elements
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • System Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Network Essentials
  • System Security
  • Virtualisation
  • Hardware Essentials


Minimum Entry Requirements

Some experience using computers. All applicants are interviewed


1 Year full time


Vtos eligibility applies


CompTIA A+ Certification (220-801) (220-802),

QQI Level 5 Certificate in ‘Computer Systems and Networks’ – 5M0536

Progression Routes

Once you’ve mastered the CompTIA A+, you may choose to specialise in a specific area such as networking, security, software technology, or hardware support, or progress to a 3rd level qualification.

Career Options

This course is aimed at people interested in a career in the IT industry.

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Progression Routes

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