Computer Science

Certificate in Computer Science

Leading to a full award at QQI Level 5 Computer Science 5M0536

In this course, students gain an in-depth knowledge of computer hardware installation, upgrading and maintenance, network basics, installation and maintenance, software installation and maintenance, the use of software applications. 

This course would be of interest to anyone wishing to expand their IT Skills or beginning a career in PC maintenance. The course would also benefit those considering entering third level education in computer science. 

Programme Objectives:

Gain an introduction to the area of Computer Systems and Networking
Gain the knowledge and skills to be able to install, repair and troubleshoot basic computer and computer network issues. 
Learn to communicate effectively using written, oral and non-verbal methods 
Develop creative and problem solving skills 
Give yourself the opportunity to progress further education and related springboard and third level courses. 
Gain a valuable nationally recognised qualification. 

Course Structure and Duration

Course Type: Part Time
Duration: 2 years 
Days: Monday and Wednesday Evenings 
Time: 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm. 

Course Fees 

The course is free to participants who are early school leavers or those who are currently unemployed, or who are on a very low income. 


All applicants are interviewed to help them choose the right programme and level of course. An interview also allows us to make sure that any appropriate resources and supports are provided to learners, when the place is accepted. 

Places are allocated based on successfully meeting the eligibility criteria, learner need, learner suitability for the programme and places available. 

Please contact: 

Anne McGrath
VTOS/BTEI Co-ordinator West Wicklow,
Blessington Further Education Centre,
Mobile: 086 8503833
Phone: 045 851490