QQI Level 5 Certificate: 5M17814

Course Objectives

This 1 year programme provides specific training for a career in the IT Industry. The programme prepares participants for careers in technical support and maintenance in the software industry.

Course Content

  • Distributed Systems
  • Maths for STEM
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Systems Hardware
  • Programming & Design Principles
  • ICT  Security Policy & Management
  • Networking Essentials
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Virtulisation Support
  • Work Experience
  • Customer Service

*Modules subject to change

Work Experience

Students must obtain 10 days work experience in a vocational related area. Garda Clearance maybe required for work experience.

Entry Requirements

Students should of Leaving Certificate or an equivalent standard of education. Portlaoise College also welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and may not require the above qualifications.


Certificate in Computer  Systems and Networks  QQI Level 5 Code 5M17814

Student Grants

Eligible students may apply for a Further Higher Education Grant or Back to Education Allowance.


• Institutes of Technology and other Colleges around the country may be offering opportunities for further studies. Please check with the individual Admissions Offices of any institution you are interested in attending or visit www.qqi.ie


Students may apply on-line from the 1st January 2015.
Facilities will be available in Portlaoise  College Institute of Further Education for students to apply on-line on Wednesday 28 January 2015 between 5pm and 8.00pm (Open Evening)

For further details, please contact

Mr Darren Stones
Portlaoise College,
Mountrath Road,
Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Tel: (057) 8621480 / 8621456
Email: dstones@portlaoisecollege.ie


Each PLC course is subject to availability. Laois & Offaly ETB reserves the right to cancel or discontinue courses.