New Directions IT Skills Development

(Level 4)-Part time


QQI Information and Communications Technology Skills Level 4, Code 4M0855


The modern world runs on technology. This programme aims to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and competence to work under supervision providing assistance and support within a variety of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) settings. Programme content includes the use of a range of digital media technologies, use of ICT applications and packages, as well as communication skills, work experience and application of mathematical skills. The programme is also suited to those seeking to progress to higher levels of training and education in ICT.


Code Title
4N1112 Computer Applications
4N1125 Information Technology Skills
4N1858 Digital Media Technology
4N1854 Desktop Publishing
4N1989 Customer Services
4N1987 Mathematics
4N0689 Communications
4N1168 Work Experience
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Software Development Level 5

Special Features

  • Parent friendly hours
  • Retention of Social Welfare Payments and Benefits. e.g. Job Seekers Allowance, One Parent Family Payment, Medical
    Card, Rent Allowance.
  • No fees for those on Social Welfare Payments/Benefits or holders of medical cards or dependants of those in receipt of Social Welfare Payments/Benefits or holders of medical cards.
  • Educational, career and personal guidance.
  • The opportunity to undertake work experience and apply new skills in the work environment.

Course Coordinator

Suzanne Hanley


Entry Requirements

Interested in learning and developing new skills
Able to commit to regular attendance (5 mornings)
Open to all levels of education but especially suited to those who did not fully complete their secondary education
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to sit an English test




The New Directions Course is run in co-operation with the Cork Education and Training Board – St. John’s Central College, the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and through the Local Employment Service (LES).
For an Application Form/Information Brochure contact St John’s Central College, your local LES Office or Job Facilitations Office-DSP.


Students may progress to a range of existing Level 5 Business and Computing courses including Applied Computer Training Level 5.  Additionally, following the successful completion of Level 5 course, students may apply to a range of Higher Education Institutions through th Higher Education Links Schemes.

Job Opportunities

ICT and Business is the backbone of many industries – health, transport, finance, media and manufacturing – so the skills you’ll learn will be highly valued by employers.