Higher Certificate in Computing

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Points Required 254*
  • Course Code SG102
  • Award Higher Certificate
  • Duration 2

Course Summary


Computing is an exciting, fulfilling career choice. We do recognise however that it can be difficult to fully appreciate the differences between different computing programmes. We also believe that there is no better way to help you make that decision than by experiencing a range of computing modules. For this reason, all our CAO computing programmes share a common first year. These modules provide an excellent foundation to your further study but more importantly they help you confirm which programme is right for you.

The Higher Cert in Computing is a 2 year programme where you begin in this shared first year alongside all other computing students across our programmes. At the end of year one, we counsel you on your next step and offer the following programmes by way of follow-on:

After your 2nd year, you may choose to continue your study in that computer programme to acquire a Level 7 Ordinary degree or beyond, to a Level 8 programme (all but Games Development offer a Level 8 degree).

This is an extremely hands on degree with lots of time spent in computer labs creating programs and solving problems. The aim is to teach students how to use industry standard tools and techniques and then explain the concepts behind them. Creativity, problem solving, persistence and critical thinking are key skills which are developed during the course.

Our team of lecturers have students as their number one priority. Small class sizes and a hands-on approach means that help and guidance is available when needed.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The degree in computing allows students to complete a wide variety of computing modules in Year One and gives them a choice of modules in Years Two. Students may also choose to specialise in another discipline as mentioned above, due to the common first year.

YEAR ONE

Students take modules in Programming, Mathematics, Computer Systems and Networking, Web and App Design, User Experience, Personal Development and Internet of Things. This gives them a broad overview of computing and equips them to select their electives in future years.

YEAR TWO

Modules in Programming, Mathematics, Cloud Computing and Database Management. Students choose two electives each semester, from Networking or Software Development. The cloud computing module includes certification from Amazon Web Services.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:

Career Opportunities

A degree in computing offers countless employment opportunities both in Ireland and abroad. Recent government reports have highlighted a skills shortage in computing. This has resulted in an increase in graduate wages. The average graduate wage is now over €30k whilst some of our recent graduates have commanded wages of almost €45k.

Matthew McMeekin graduated from our BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure programme in 2019. Matthew now works for Amazon. "I met with Amazon at the IT Sligo Careers Fair. Shortly after this, I completed my application and received a job offer as a Graduate Cloud Support Associate before I had finished my studies. My starting salary was €44,600." 

Graduates can work as software developers, software quality assurance personnel, systems engineers, telecoms engineers, database developers and database administrators.

The course content has been designed to equip students with the technological skills employers are seeking. Our graduates are work ready. We have also listened to employers and incorporated soft skills such as team work, project management and presentation skills in our programme.

Further Study

Level 6 graduates may progress to a Level 7 Ordinary Degree. On completion of the Level 7 degree, graduates may progress to a Level 8 Honours Degree (all but Games Development offer a Level 8 degree).

We also offer a wide range of Level 9 and Level 10 postgraduate programmes.

Testimonials

Hear what graduates and employers have to say about Computing at IT Sligo.

Did you know?

All our Computing degrees have a common first year. Students study a wide range of computing modules to give them an understanding of all aspects of computing and the flexibility to change direction in year two if desired. Students can choose from Computing, Networks and Cloud Infrastructure, Software Development or Games Development

This is an extremely hands on programme with lots of time spent in computer labs creating programs and solving problems. The aim is to teach students how to use industry standard tools and techniques and then explain the concepts behind them. Creativity, problem solving, persistence and critical thinking are key skills which are developed during the course.

Our team of lecturers have students as their number one priority. Small class sizes and a hands-on approach means that help and guidance is available when needed.

Alumni

“Studying computer science is a great way to learn how to solve problems in a logical and innovative way and after doing placement in the industry I’ve realised that IT Sligo has taught me all the skills that will help me throughout my career. It’s amazing to see how much you can do with a single line of code. My final year project was a smart mirror that will show you more than just your reflection.”

Rubab Ramzan, BSc (Hons) in Computing graduate and Software Engineer with Overstock