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Higher Certificate in Science in Computing Applications and Business Support National College of Ireland




Course info


NCI’s Higher Certificate in Computing is an ideal starting point to your studies as it offers a clear path into the computing degrees at National College of Ireland and other institutions.

About this Course

This full-time course will also give you all the skills you need to pursue a career in the information and communications technology industry. On completion of this two-year course, you will have highly valued expertise in hardware, software applications, software development, operating systems and telecommunications. It is a fantastic foundation on which to build your career in the dynamic world of information technology.

As a graduate of this computing course you will:

  • Understand the essentials of business and information technology.
  • Design and create fully functioning websites as well as multimedia applications.
  • Install and configure computer networks, software and hardware.
  • Have a detailed knowledge of the theory and practice of application development and support including the essentials of hardware, software, operating systems and networking.
  • Have the ability to act as a technical support person.

Who is the course for?

This course will be particularly appealing to students who are unsure about enrolling in a degree programme initially and see the Higher Certificate as a progression route to a degree at a later stage. The course is for school leavers, mature students and graduates of QQI level 5/6 programmes.

Course Structure and Award

This is a two-year higher certificate in NCI’s School of Computing. The course is run over four semesters with continuous assessment held throughout the course and examinations at the end of each semester. On completion, you will receive a QQI Higher Certificate in Science in Computing Applications and Support at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The course also prepares students for industry-recognised certificates in leading technologies.

Career Prospects

There has been significant growth in information technology in Ireland and there is a current shortage of IT graduates. This course will equip you with the technical knowledge and business skills to build a successful career in information technology, specifically in a technical support role.

Further Study Options

Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Computing, graduates can gain entry into year three of the BSc (Honours) in Computing (subject to availability of places).

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Higher Certificate in Science in Computing Applications and Business Support.

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees

€9,000.00 (6,97,378) per year


Sep, Jan


National College of Ireland

Mayor Street,




Republic of Ireland

Entry requirement for international students

Minimum entry requirements are a grade O6/H7 or above in five subjects. A minimum of grade O6/H7 must be obtained in English. A grade O6/H7 must be obtained in Mathematics.

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