Further and Higher Education Courses Relating to Computer Science

Courses in Computer Science

There are a wide variety of courses available in the Computers & ICT sector. These courses are offered at different levels depending on the amount of preparation and knowledge/skills required for the job.


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Further Education and Training

Further Education and Training or FET, offers a wide variety of life-long education options to anyone over 16. FET includes apprenticeships, traineeships, Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses, community and adult education as well as core literacy and numeracy services.


An apprenticeship is an opportunity to earn a salary as an employee while gaining valuable knowledge and skills. You will learn both on-the-job and in a college setting while being paid throughout.

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What ICT apprenticeships are there?

There are four ICT apprenticeships for school leavers, they are:

Each of these apprenticeships lead to a QQI qualification on the NFQ and enable you to work and develop your career. To become a tech apprentice, you have a Leaving Certificate with pass grades in at least five Ordinary level subjects (including Maths and English) or a 06/H7 or higher in the Leaving Certificate in five or more subjects. Leaving Certificate Computer Science is an excellent subject for this course and career path.

Tech companies recruit apprentices for the 2-year apprenticeship training programmes in software development, network engineering and cybersecurity leading to an L6 QQI Advanced Certificate.

To become a telecommunication and data network technician you do a two-year apprenticeship, leading to a QQI Level 6 Higher Certificate in Telecommunications and Data Network Engineering.

Read about this apprenticeship here.

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Read Alina’s story about her software development apprenticeship and Dawn’s story about her network engineer apprenticeship.

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