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Full-time course
Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Information Technology

The overall aim of this programme leading to the (Major) award of Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Information Technology, is to provide its learners with the necessary theoretical and practical skills, knowledge and competence, to gain a comprehensive and specialised, strong foundation and understanding of the area of Computing in Information Technology. It is envisioned that graduates will be able to fulfil a wide range of entry-level roles within the industry, and/or engage in further study in a wide range of areas within Computing and Information Technology at Level 7 and Level 8, to further develop their careers.

This full-time programme is ideal for any learner with an interest and motivation to embark on a Computing career. It provides a strong introductory foundation to the more pertinent areas with the field of Computing and Information Technology. No pre-requisite knowledge of Computing and IT is required to commence this course, but any previous knowledge, skills or competence in the area would be advantageous.

This programme is delivered over 4 academic semesters, 2 academic years:

Semester 1

  • Computer Programming 1
  • Mathematical Problem Solving
  • Data Communications
  • Digital Technology & Learning
  • Computing Systems & Principles

Semester 2

  • Computer Programming 1 continued
  • Mathematical Problem Solving continued
  • Network Technology
  • Business Information Systems
  • Web Design

Semester 3

  • GUI Programming
  • Mobile Networking
  • Operating Systems
  • Databases
  • Web Development

Semester 4

  • Object Oriented Constructs
  • Systems Analysis & Design
  • Network Service Management & Virtualisation
  • Cloud Computing Fundamentals & Platforms
  • Project Skills

CCT will utilise a variety of assessment methods to help ensure that the learning outcomes of each subject will be achieved, for example, Written Examination compiled of long or short term essays, Objective Tests, Presentations, Group Projects, Practical Assignments, Oral Examinations and so on. Assessment will be continuous throughout each module, with final examinations administered in most of the modules.

This programme is validated and awarded by the Quality & Qualifications Ireland.

CCT constantly encourages feedback from its learners in a formal and informal basis. Learners have an opportunity to give informal and formal feedback on the college, programme, faculty, facilities, administration, student services and admissions and course induction through verification surveys, such as:

  • Learner Verification survey
  • Student Services and Support survey
  • Admissions and Course Induction survey.

CCT constantly encourages feedback from its learners in a formal and informal basis. Learners also receive ongoing feedback from their faculty on progress, in person, through Moodle, assessment correction, and at the end of each semester all learners receive module results, along with more detailed formal progress feedback.

As an independent institution, fees are payable. Fees may vary on whether you are living in Ireland or living abroad at the point of application. Please check our website for the full fees listing.

Medical insurance for Non-EU nationals is compulsory and as part of the Irish Student Visa requirements and can be arranged by CCT for an additional fee of EUR100 for 12 months.

Successful graduates of this programme, will be eligible to progress onto Level 7 of the NQF on a related programme, including the CCT Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (60 ECTS, Level 7). Graduates would also be considered for other graduate career opportunities in Ireland, with certain industry certifications embedded into this Level 6 academic programme.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

Find here about the requirements to apply to this course

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