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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Computer Systems and Networks with Cyber Security

PLSS Code 413815 & 370139 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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This programme provides an opportunity to acquire skills for computer system configuration and maintenance in addition to studying the basis of Cyber Security.

Entry Requirements

In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.  Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications.  Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis.  The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses. 

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

What Will I Study?

  • Customer Service Level 5 (5N0972) QQI
  • Personal Professional Development (5N2985) QQI
  • Programming and Design Principles (5N2927) QQI
  • Computer Systems Hardware (5N0548) QQI
  • Maths for Information Technology (5N18396) QQI
  • Mobile Technologies (5N0580) QQI
  • Networking Essentials (5N2929) QQI

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Computer Systems and Networks 5M0536 NFQ Level 5 and ECDL Cyber Security

Career Opportunities and Progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit

Graduates have secured places in universities such as TU Dublin, DCU, UCD and Maynooth.

Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses -  visit for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

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   Routes for this Course


1 Year

Course Code

5411 and 5412

Why study Computing with Cyber Security at Colaiste Ide:

  • Build a strong broad foundation in Computing: course includes Mobile App Development(Android), Computer Programming (Java, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5/CSS), Virtual Machines / Operating Systems, Computer Networking and Computer Hardware.
  • Gain insight into hacking methods such as SQL injection and stealing of user credentials. Also, gain insight into resolving of such issues.
  • Access to latest software and technology.
  • Become more confident ahead of studying computing degree in ITB, NCI, etc (very significant issue considering very high dropout rate in computing degrees)
  • Consider implications with regard to college fees in having to repeat a year at 3rd level.
  • Establish if you truly want to pursue a computing career.  
  • Become more proficient with technologies in general.





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T 01 834 2333 / 01 834 2450 F 01 834 7242 E W

Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board