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Computing - Networking Technologies (Learn and Work)Ríomhaireacht - Teicneolaíochtaí Líonraithe (Foghlaim agus Oibrigh)

Course Title: Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Networking Technologies

Note: Direct Application to TU Dublin in 2024 - Closed for Applications

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Leaving Cert
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Minimum Grade in


Eng OR Irish



QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award
Must include a pass in 1 of the following:
  • Mathematics (C20139)
  • Mathematics (5N1833)
  • Mathematics (6N3395)
  • Mathematics for Computing (C20175)
  • Mathematics for Engineering (C20174)
  • Maths for Information Technology (5N18396)
  • LC maths

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (i.e. those who are aged 23 years or more on 1st January in the year of entry) will be assessed based on their application, CV and interview. Mature applicants are not required to meet the leaving certificate or QQI requirements above. Please apply online and we will be in touch. 

Additional Requirements
  1. Undertake an Interview with the course team
  2. Email your CV to registration.blanchardstown@tudublin.ie with the subject line Learn and Work Applicant CV
International Applicants

This course is not open to applicants from outside the EU due to visa requirements which are not supported by this course.

This is a sample timetable for Year 1, Semester 1 which gives an indication of class contact hours. Timetables are subject to change.  Up to date timetables will be provided on commencement. 


Course Description

What is…Learn+Work?

Learn+Work course is a professional traineeship course providing a pipeline of skilled in-demand work-ready talent into STEM industries through industry partnership.

  • Learn+Work courses blend the strength of a university education with an apprenticeship-style work placement. This course is designed specifically to create work-ready university graduates in the shortest possible time-frame.
  • Each year Learn+Work students spend 5 months in fulltime study and then 7 months on placement with a company 4 days per week, returning to university 1 day per week during term time. Students are paid while on placement. 
  • As a result this is an intensive course, that runs 12 months each year, instead of the standard 9 months, so students do not get the traditional summer break while on this course, but they are entitled to annual leave days on a pro-rata basis while on work placement.

This Learn+Work course is designed for trainee network technicians and engineers, and was developed in response to the industry’s growing need for people who can design, install, and maintain computer systems. This course will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to avail of the numerous job opportunities in the ICT and Networking field.

You’ll enjoy a mix of theory and practical learning, including sessions in our laboratories equipped with real-world equipment and software used in industry.

Course Structure:

Tu655 programme structure

Professional Accreditation

You can also avail of the opportunity to gain Industry Certified Awards, including;

  • Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Linux Professional Institute (LPIC-1)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Expert Server Infrastructure (MCSE)
  • VMWare Certified Associate – Cloud (VCA-Cloud)
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IT Requirements

A MEDIUM spec (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. Be able to use Wi-fi and camera to attend online classes, use other software such as SPSS, Adobe Connect, Minitab, Maple, so needs more RAM, SSD, etc.)

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Network Technician working in industries such as:

  • Networking
  • Data Centers
  • Cloud-Based Disciplines
  • Cyber Security

Graduate Employers:

  • Eir
  • Vodafone
  • Citrix
  • Cisco
  • Liberty IT
  • Equinix
  • Microsoft

Learn and Work programmes involve a large degree of work-based learning. Applicants should be able to verify their eligibility to legally work in Ireland. This course is not open to applicants from outside the EU due to visa requirements which are not supported by this course.

Our industry partners hire and mentor our Learn+Work students 7 months each year so that they have the relevant experience, skills and competencies required to work full-time in the industry and high-tech companies after graduation.

Industry partners where our students are on work placement:

  • Auxilion
  • Citrix
  • Concern
  • Eir
  • Emerald Park
  • Equinix
  • Fujifilm
  • Lantech
  • Liberty IT
  • Macro Evolution Services
  • Microsoft
  • MJ Flood
  • Netspeed
  • TU Dublin
  • The Collaboratory
  • Viatel
  • Vodafone
  • WiLine

List of Employers offering Work Placement on the Learn & Work programme



I chose this course because it gives you both the knowledge to work in IT and also a work placement where you can enhance your skills. Going into the work placement was a bit daunting but everyone was really nice and helpful and I settled in straight away. It has given me the hands on experience needed to go into a career in IT. I know IT is seen as a male dominated industry but if you are passionate and dedicated you will succeed.  

Jane Johnson, Year 2

What our industry partners say...

The course has enabled eir Business to build the right skills, competencies and loyalty in a low risk way to ensure we develop a talented candidate who will strive within eir.” – Adam Williams, Head of Service Design & Assurance, eir Business, eir

“At Citrix we have engaged with several different apprenticeship courses in the past and we definitely feel that the Learn+Work Course has had the most success in producing Work ready candidates for the Tech sector.

Kevin Macken, Lead Manager, Technical Support, Citrix Systems Ireland

On successful completion, you’re eligible for Year 3 of TU765 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security.

TU Code



Level 6


Higher Certificate in Science


2 years

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EU Fees

Progression Options

Years 1 & 2
Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Networking Technologies
Year 3
TU765 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security (Level 7)
TU766 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Cloud Networking Technologies (Level 7)