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Computer Networks with Software (QQI Level 5)

In this one year full-time programme in Computer Networks with Software you will learn about the latest operating systems, computer hardware, software development and networking technologies, coupled with hands on practical experience. In addition, you will gain a strong foundation in cyber security. Students will also have the opportunity to work with staff from the Department of Computer and Software Engineering at Athlone IT, to design and build programmable robots, which can be controlled using mobile apps. This LOETB-AIT collaboration promotes problem-based learning while enabling the students to experience the creativity and innovation of a rapidly evolving sector.

  • Computer Systems Hardware
  • Networking Essentials
  • Operating Systems
  • ICT Security Policy and Management (Cyber Security)
  • Programming and Design Principles
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Experience
  • Mathematics for Information Technology

Modules are subject to change.

Leaving Certificate or QQI Level 4, or equivalent standard of education. All applicants are subject to an interview and an online assessment.

Links to Third Level Courses

Technological University of the Shannon (TUS),  Athlone 

AL701  Computer Engineering with Network Infrastructure (Level 7)

AL704  Computer Engineering (Level 7)

AL705 Software Design (Mobile Apps and Connected Devices) (Level 7)

South East Technological University (SETU), Carlow 

CW207  Software Development (Level 7)

CW227  Cybercrime & IT Security (Level 7)

CW248   Information Technology Management (Level 8)

CW258  Cybercrime & IT Security (Level 8)

Technological University Dublin (TU), Dublin

TU701  Automation Engineering (Level 7)

TU710  Engineering Reliability Management (Level)

TU716  Networking Technologies (Level 7)

TU863  Digital Forensics and Cyber Security (Level 8)

Maynooth University


MH109  Media Studies (Level 8)

MH306  Robotics & Intelligent Devices (Level 8)

MH601  Computer Science through Arts (Level 8)

University College

Dublin (UCD)

DN201  Computer Science (Level 8)

DN520  Arts (Level 8)

Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Galway

GA570  Software and Electronic Engineering (Level 7)

GA775  Computing in Software Development (Level 7)

GA788  Computing & Digital Media (Level 8)

GA580  Software & Electronic Engineering (Level 8)

National University of Ireland (NUIG), Galway



Technological University of Shannon (TUS), Limerick

GY133  Education Computer Science & Mathematics  (Level 8)

GY350  Computer Science & Information Technology (Level 8)


LC234  Immersive Digital Media & Spatial Computing (Level 8) LC236  Internet Systems Development (Level 8)

Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application or

For further information, please Elaine Sheridan on 057 9349471 or email

€50 QQI Level 5 Certification Fee –   Medical Card holders or those in receipt of a Social Welfare payment are exempt from this Certification Fee.

VTOS: If you are over 21 years of age, are unemployed and have been getting certain social welfare payments for at least 6 months you can apply for the Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme (VTOS). Successful applicants can receive a VTOS payment for the duration of the course, instead of their social welfare payment. Small meal and travel allowances may also apply


Course Details

Code: 5M0536

Award Title: QQI Level 5 – Certification in Computer Systems and Networks

Duration: One year, September 12th, 2022 to May 26th, 2023.

Hotel & RestaurantThursday April 15th, available from 4pm onwards

SportsThursday April 15th, available from 4pm onwards

BusinessThursday April 15th, available from 4pm onwards

Applied Social Studies with SNAWednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Early Childhood Care & EducationWednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Nursing Wednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Healthcare SupportWednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Computer Networks with SoftwareTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Sustainable Construction TechnologyTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Engineering TechnologyTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Applied ScienceTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards