Students working at computers

Computing / Ríomhaireacht

Course Title: Higher Certificate in Science in Information Technology

2023 CAO Points: 232

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish


O6/H7 - English
F3/06/H7 - Irish

 Other Grade Requirements 

*Grade O5 in Maths is recommended but not a requirement 
QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award
Must include one of the following modules:
  • C20174
  • C20175
  • 5N1833
  • 5N18396
  • 5N0556
  • 5N0554
  • 6N3395
  • B20029
  • 5N2066
  • C20139
  • 4N2138
  • N33029
  • 5N16654
F2/O6/H7 in 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

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.

Course Description

This two-year Higher Certificate course gives you the essential Computing skills to start a career in industry. Software Development, Web Development, Scripting & OS, Cyber Security, Systems Analysis, Architecture & Networking, Software Quality & Test and are covered with mathematical foundations in Discrete Mathematics, Statistics & Management Science. You will have the foundations to start a career in career in this vital area that is so influencing the modern world.

You will have an opportunity to create team projects of a high standard which will be one of your personal portfolio pieces used in interviews. There is an option to change streams to your specialist stream of choice after Year 1.

Work Placement Information

If you choose to progress on to the add-on Bachelor's degree (Level 7), a six month work placement forms part of the course.

Graduate Job Titles:
Graduates have obtained roles as Web Developers, Junior Software Developers, Data Centre Technicians, Network Engineers, Technical Support Analysts, IT Technicians, SysOps Technicians.

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course.  For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub.  A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry is detailed on the CAO website

On completion of your Higher Certificate , you can continue into a choice of three specialisations - Software Development / IT Management / Cloud Computing or Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning. You may progress to either Bachelor's degree (Level 7) or Honours Bachelor's degree (Level 8)

TU Code



Level 6


Higher Certificate in Science


2 years

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