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Course Details

Higher Certificate in Science in Computer Systems Management

Course code: BN026 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature Grounds
Duration: 2 years part time (4 semesters)
NFQ level: 6
Fee: €2,300 per year
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6pm - 10pm
Award title: Higher Certificate in Science
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6
Awarding Body: ITB Transfer and Progression:
BN311 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Information Security & Digital Forensics


Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a pass in five subjects (ordinary level) in the Leaving Certificate, to include Mathematics and English or Irish, or an equivalent qualification.

The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC level 5 or 6 awards is any full award and this FETAC award must include Mathematics (C20139) or Mathematics for Computing (C20175) or Mathematics for Engineering (C20174) Mature applicants (i.e. those who are aged 23 years or more on January 1st in the year of entry) applying for the first level of programmes are exempt from this requirement.


This course is designed to produce graduates with the skills required to operate as a first line information technology support person in a wide range of industry and business environments. The course comprises both taught modules and credits for relevant work experience.


The course will be offered over 2 years in four semesters. Delivery of course content will be through a combination of lectures and self-study learning material. There is also a strong emphasis on practical work across all modules. Students will attend ITB three nights per week each semester.


On successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Science in Computer Systems Management (NFQ level 6), students are eligible to progress on to the Bachelor of Science in Information Security & Digital Forensics (NFQ Level 7).

Course Content

Year 1 Year 2
  • Computer Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Networks 1
  • Software Development 1
  • Introduction to Web Development
  • Software Development 2


  • Computer Networks 2
  • Software Development 3
  • Web and Social Media for Enterprise
  • Mathematics
  • Databases
  • Web Applications


Computer Systems

This module aims to educate the student in the installation, configuration, troubleshooting and fault diagnosis/reporting associated with modern personal computer motherboard/peripherals and device driver software.

Operating Systems

The aim of operating systems 1 is to introduce the student to the basics of operating systems and systems administration. Operating systems 2 extends the concepts from operating systems 1 to multi-user and network based operating systems.

Computer Networks

The aim of these modules is to give the student an overview of computer networking technologies and standards. Networks 2 follows on from Networks 1 to extend the student’s knowledge of computer networking technologies and standards, and to develop network design skills.

Software Development

The aim of these modules is to develop the students’ ability to solve problems in a structured way using basic programming techniques. Software Development 2 follows from Software Development 1, and aims to further develop programming skills and an understanding of data structures, algorithms and their applications.


This module follows on from the relational database section of the Computer Applications module. It is designed to equip the student with the skills required to work with a relational database in a multi-user environment.


This module is designed to provide the student with the basic mathematical concepts and tools required for information technology.


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What our students say...

Pearse Lynch

"The college is fun and I'm really happy with the course, the fact that there is a lot of practical in it and not all just theory… the practicals are very good – it's very hands on."

Pearse Lynch,
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