Higher Certificate Science in Computing (with Options in Computer Applications, Commercial Programming, Computer Networking) CW206

  • NFQ Level 6
  • CW206
  • 20
  • 285
  • 2 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subjects
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What is the Course about?

Computing is the study of how computers and computer systems work and how they are constructed and programmed. As computing increasingly impacts on every aspect of our lives, it is also becoming a more evolved and complex area. While computing may be of general interest to students, it’s often difficult to know which area of specialisation will be of most interest. This programme has been designed to give students the broadest possible choice before choosing a specialisation.  

Special Features:

  • Year 1 of the programme is examined on a continuous assessment basis with no end-of-year exams.
  • This programme has been designed to give students the broadest possible choice before a specialised area is chosen.
  • Students taking the Applications and Programming options gain valuable experience of working as part of a team developing web-based business applications.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of the Applications option may apply to proceed to Year 3 of the BSc in IT Management (CW217). Graduates of the Programming option may apply to proceed to Year 3 of the BSc in Software Development (CW207) at IT Carlow. Once graduates have completed their degree, they can also apply for an Honours degree programme in the area of their specialisation.

What exemptions will I receive?

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What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

This two-year programme provides a general overview of computing in Year 1 and includes modules such as Mathematics, Programming, Hardware, Operating Systems, Networking and Applications. In Year 2, students may choose to specialise in Computer Applications or Programming.
Applications option: This option examines the assembly and secure administration of computer systems and networks and web development. Graduates of this option often go on to work in systems administration, IT support and networking.

Programming option: This involves the detailed analysis, design and programming of computer software. Graduates from this area go on to work as programmers in the world of business or as software support and sales representatives.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better. 

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better. 
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed. 

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Catherine Moloney, BSc (Honours)
E: catherine.moloney@itcarlow.ie