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Cavan Institute

Computer Systems and Networks


Computer Systems and Networks

Entry Requirements

Students should have successfully completed an appropriate QQI Level 5 course such as Computer and Network Technician (Year 1), Software Development (Year 1), or Computer Games Programming or Design, all available at Cavan Institute. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet this entry requirement but can demonstrate relevant interest and experience.

Career Opportunities

There is a growing demand for computer technicians who can lead in a team environment, diagnose and solve server problems, as well as manage computer networks (security and performance). Students who complete this course successfully will be prepared for immediate entry into the employment market as computer and network technicians. Such staff are needed in many large companies with on-site IT maintenance staff, including PC manufacturing companies, as well as networking and maintenance companies.


Graduates are eligible to apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

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Course Fees


Course Content

QQI Level 6 Certificate in Computer Systems and Networks

  • Physical and Logical Networking

  • Systems Software

  • Information Technology Administration

  • Network Infrastructure

  • Virtualisation Support

  • Mathematics

  • Network Security

  • Communications

  • Work Experience

Students will also be given the opportunity to prepare for certification as a Cisco Certified Network Associate (at no additional cost).

About This Course

Participants will be trained on the client-server networked environment incorporating physical, virtual, on premise and cloud technologies. The Computer and Network Technician (Year 2) course provides comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications and services, with opportunities for hands-on practical experience and career skills development. The two year Computer and Network Technician programme is closely aligned to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) professional qualification. This is a global qualification recognised by the IT industry. Students who complete the two years will have gained a strong foundation to progress to full CCNA certification. In partnership with schools and organisations around the world, Cisco Networking Academy delivers a comprehensive learning experience to help students develop ICT skills for career opportunities, continuing education and globally recognised career certifications.

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