Networks & Cyber Security

(Level 5)


QQI Computer System & Networks Level 5, Code 5M0536


This course covers contemporary areas of Computer Networking and Information Security. Networking trains the student in all aspects of networks from Ethernet to Internet Protocol through to the configuration of Cisco network routers.

Information Security involves the securing of desktop computers and Networks from cyber attack, using current best practice to install and configure firewalls, Intrusion Detections Systems and anti malware software. The course also covers auditing and forensics.


Code Title
5N2928 Operating systems
5N2434 Virtualisation Support
5N0548 Computer Systems Hardware
5N2929 Networking Essentials
5N2927 Programming and Design Principles
5N1910 Web Authoring
5N0541 Fundamentals of OO Programming
5N18396 Maths for IT
5N0690 Communications
5N1356 Work Experience
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Computers Cyber Security L5


Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
Materials €70
QQI Fee €50
Student Services €250
Gov PLC Fee €200
TOTAL €570

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP or LCA) or equivalent.

For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Please note this is a collaborative course with FIT (Fastrack into Information Technology) and enrolment data will be shared with them solely for that purpose.

Preferably applicants are in receipt of a Social Welfare payment and may apply for VTOS or BTEA Applications will be canvassed through St. John’s Central College, FIT and directly through DSP and LES (Local Employment Services).


One-year full time progressing to Computers & Cyber Security QQI Level 6.

Work Placement/Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a relevant location. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

Pre Tech Apprenticeship (FIT)

Networks & Cyber Security L5 is recognised by Fastrack into Information Technology (FIT) as a strong foundation for entry to the National Tech Apprenticeship programme. Candidates who have successfully completed this programme are welcome to apply and will be assessed by the FIT Registrar through the FIT Recognition of Prior Learning procedure. 

Education Progression Opportunities

UCC: CK101, CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK113, CK117, CK118, CK210, CK301, CK307, CK401

CIT: CR016; CR888; CR106; CR116; CR310; CR312

LIT: LC233; LC235; LC236; LC239; LC403

Tralee IT: BSC Information Technology Support/ BSC (Hons) Computer Services Management

WIT: WD 151, WD155, WD161, WD197

We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions.

Career Opportunities

Students gain skills that enable them to go into Industry and to install, configure and administer computer networks. Students also gain skills to go into the Web Design industry as highly skilled professionals equipped with skills to use the latest technology on the Internet.