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Cavan Institute
Computer and Network Technician Year 1

Technology is part of how we live and work now. This Computer and Network Technician course (Year 1) is designed to give each student a firm foundation in the skills required to work as a computer and network technician.

Computer and Network Technician Year 1


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.

Further Study

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 Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility 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.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Computer Systems and Networks


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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


Work Experience

Students will also be given the opportunity to prepare for and achieve certification in the Microsoft Technical Associate Networking Fundamentals exam (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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