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Cavan Institute

Computer and Network Technician


Computer and Network Technician

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Career Opportunities

Over the past decade there has been a sharp increase in the demand for IT professionals in Ireland and abroad. Most of the world's major multinational, high-tech companies have bases in Ireland. These companies include Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, eBay, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Salesforce, SAP AG, Symantec and Twitter. These companies, and 1000s of smaller indigenous companies, have a constant need to hire graduates and experienced IT professionals. The computer and network technician courses at Cavan Institute put you on this career path. Jobs for graduates with a degree in an IT discipline are virtually guaranteed.


Within Cavan Institute: 

Students who successfully complete this course in Computer and Network Technician (Year 1) meet the entry requirements for two level 6 courses offered at Cavan Institute, Computer and Network Technician (Year 2) and Software Development (Year 2). 


Graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Higher Education Institutions (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

  • Computing - ATU Sligo   

  • Computer Science - DCU 

  • Computing Systems & Operations - DKIT 

  • Arts - Computer Science - Maynooth University 

  • Computing - Network Technologies - TUD Blanchardstown

Course Fees


Course Content

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Computer Systems and Networks

  • Computer Systems Hardware 

  • Networking Essentials 

  • Operating Systems 

  • Programming and Design Principles 

  • Maths for Information Technology 

  • Virtualisation Support 

  • ICT Security Policy and Management 

  • Communications 

  • Work Experience

Students will also be given the opportunity to prepare for and achieve certification in CompTIA exams (at no additional cost).

About This Course

Students are given the opportunity to identify the components of a computer and learn how they work. As part of this course students, will be required to assemble and disassemble a personal computer (PC), troubleshoot PC hardware and software problems, and build and maintain a peer-to-peer local area network. Throughout the course there is a focus on the development of 'soft skills' such as problem solving, communications and team working. All subjects are taught in a career-focused and interactive way.

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