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Course Details

Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Networking Technologies

Course code: BN031 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates
  • Mature Applicants


Duration: 2 years
NFQ level: 6
Method of application:                               Direct to TU Dublin
Award title: Higher Certificate in Science
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6
Awarding Body:                  Technological University Dublin Transfer and Progression : BN311 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Digital Forensics & Cyber Security


What is the Learn and Work Programme?


In response to demands from the ICT Sector and increasing interest in technology programmes amongst school leavers and mature students, Learn and Work is a new programme for trainee network engineers.

The Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Networking Technologies is the first programme in the Learn and Work suite. This innovative third level programme has been designed with industry, combining in-company placement with the required skills and competencies for today's high-tech companies.

The Learn and Work programme will create a connection between the student's academic life and the world of work.

The Learn and Work programme is supported by ICT Ireland Skillnet.


Benefits of Learn and Work Programme

  • Achieve a third level qualification
  • Gain valuable skills that employers want
  • Learn through hands on experience
  • Avail of progression routes to degree programmes
  • Enjoy a new model of learning


Career Opportunities

Graduates will gain skills in Computer Systems, Network Engineering, Infrastructure, Networking, Virtualisation, Operating Systems, IT Security and Project Management. Each of these skills can be built upon through further study and/or industry certification.

The programme prepares candidates for careers in becoming a Network Engineer, Networking, Data Centre and Cloud based disciplines.


Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants will require a grade O6/H7 in five subjects, these subjects must include Maths and English or Irish.

The minimum entry requirements for graduates of QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) level 5 or 6 awards is any full award. This award must include Mathematics (C20139) or Mathematics for Computing (C20175) or Mathematics for Engineering (C20174) or Mathematics (5N1833)

Mature applicants (i.e. those who are aged 23 years or more on January 1st in the year of entry) applying for the programme are exempt from this requirement.


In addition to the minimum entry requirements, applicants are required to

  1. Submit a Curriculum Vitae
  2. Attend and successfully complete an Aptitude test
  3. Attend and successfully complete an interview
  4. Attend screening for company interviews
  5. Attend scheduled company interviews
  6. Successful candidates will be awarded a place on the Programme


Work Placement and Course Schedule

TU Dublin will endeavour to find suitable work placements for all students. Students may organise their own placements but the employer must be approved by TU Dublin.

Year 1: Four months full time study and eight months with employer, attending one day per week in college.

Year 2: Four months in college and eight months with your employer attending college one day per week.  Successful candidates must be available for all training and work sessions.


Course Content

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Computer Systems Infrastructure
  • Business Communications
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • System Administration
Semester 2
  • Applied Learning in the Workplace
  • Scaling and Connecting Networks
Year 2
Semester 3
  • Network Security
  • Virtualisation Technologies
  • Server Administration
  • Mathematics for Computing
Semester 4
  • Work Based Learning & Project

The structure combines accredited academic modules with the knowledge required for the following eight Industry Certified awards* :

  • CompTIA A+
  • Linux Professional Institute (LPIC-1)
  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
  • Cisco Certified Networking Associate
  • VMware Certified Associate – Cloud (VCA-Cloud)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Expert Server Infrastructure (MCSE)
  • CompTIA Security+


* The programme gives students the knowledge required to gain these certifications; however it is the students own responsibility to take the exam required for the certification itself.  TU Dublin will facilitate this; one attempt at the certification is available to the student at no extra cost.

Technology Ireland Skillnet

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This course is part-funded by Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet under the Training Networks Programme of Skillnets and by member companies. Skillnets is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills. For further information see


Fees, Grants and Company Payment Information

Fees for this course are covered by Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet. This applies to entrants in September 2019, subject to confirmation of renewal of funding from Skillnets.

Students on this programme will be registered as full time students. Full-time students may be eligible to make an application to SUSI for a maintenance grant. Please go to to check eligibility. You do not need to have accepted a place in college to apply for a student grant.

Trainees on this course who secure work placement may receive a subsistence payment


Back to Education Allowance

The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) allows qualifying persons to return to full-time education in approved courses while continuing to get income support.

How to Apply: All information in respect of the BTEA is available from the Department of Social Protection at: or


For further information on fees and grants click here


Got a query? Get in touch with our Marketing team on 01 885 1530 or email

If you are a company interested in Learn & Work contact Mark Keyes on 01 885 1035 or by email at

What our partners say...

Learn and Work

"Damovo has identified the Learn and Work programme as a perfect fit to enable us to develop the right competence and skills through this accredited programme. Damovo are confident that the students will achieve the required skills to quickly become valuable and productive members of our operations team ."

Bernard Hickey,
Operations and Service Delivery Manager, Damovo Ireland.

"We believe it's a win-win situation becasue students get the opportunity to grow, learn and build a portfolio, while we get to avail of the best staff in the business" Patrick Cotter,               CEO Fleet Connect

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