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Computer Networks with Software (QQI Level 5)

In this full-time one-year 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 Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) to participate in projects involving the real-world applications of the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, Machine Learning and Data Analytics. This LOETB-TUS collaboration promotes problem-based learning while enabling the students to experience the creativity and innovation of a rapidly evolving sector.

Apprenticeship links are available in the areas of Cyber Security Associate, Network Engineering Associate, Software Developer Associate and Telecommunications & Data Network Technician.

Click here for further information on Tech Apprenticeships.

  • 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

Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), Limerick 

US711  Computer Engineering with Network Infrastructure (Level 7)

US714  Computer Engineering (Level 7)

US715   Software Design (Mobile Apps and Connected Devices) (Level 7)

US825  Immersive Digital Media & Spatial Computing (Level 8), Limerick

US820  Software Development (Level 8), Limerick

Technological University Dublin (TU)

TU701  Automation Engineering (Level 7)

TU716  Networking Technologies (Level 7)

TU863  Digital Forensics and Cyber Security (Level 8)

TU857  Computer Science (Infrastructure) (Level 8)

South East Technological University (SETU)

SE603   Software Development (Level 7)

SE606  Cybercrime & IT Security (Level 8)

SE601   Information Technology Management (Level 8)

SE616  Computing Applications or Programming (Level 6)

Maynooth University


MH109  Media Studies (Level 8)

MH306  Robotics & Intelligent Devices (Level 8)

MH601  Computer Science through Arts (Level 8)

Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Galway 

AU542  Software and Electronic Engineering (Level 7)

AU576  Computing in Software Development (Level 7)

AU677  Computing & Digital Media (Level 8)

AU642  Software & Electronic Engineering (Level 8)

University of  Galway

GY133  Education Computer Science & Mathematics  (Level 8)

GY350  Computer Science & Information Technology (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 contact Elaine on 057 9349424 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 2024 to May  2025