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 year-end, we counsel you on your next step and offer the following programmes by way of follow-on:

  • H. Cert App Design & User Experience (UX)
  • H. Cert Computing (Smart Technologies)
  • H. Cert Software Development
  • H. Cert Computer Networks and Cloud Computing
  • H. Cert Games Development

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.


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.


Hear what some of our graduates 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, Games Development, Smart Technologies or App Design and User Experience.