Computer Network Technician & Cybersecurity -North Strand Campus
Our Internship Partners:
The ‘Computer Network Technician & Cyber Security’ Internship programme includes IT Solutions company Onnec, Valeo Foods and Virtual Access. Our Onnec interns are on work placement every Monday and they have arranged trips for the whole class to visit cabling manufacturing facilities, data centres and global technology companies (Kedington and our 4 intern students upgraded the college Wifi – April 2019). Our Virtual Access interns complete their paid work during the summer months, while our Valeo Foods intern completes their paid internship each Wednesday.
Read the students comments:
“The Kedington Internship Program was the best work experience I could’ve hoped for. The Killester course tutor is the best teacher I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from. Future IT students, consider yourselves lucky!” .
“Killester College is fantastic. Having been apprehensive about returning to education after many years, I needn’t have worried. I find the tutors second to none and very supportive, helping my transition into a new career easier. I successfully gained an internship with UniCredit Bank Ireland, learning various I.T. administration roles and engaging with a highly skilled team of staff. Anyone considering a course in I.T. should choose Killester!“
Duration: 1 year
Year 1: QQI Level 5 Award in Computer Systems and Networks 5M0536
Year 1 also includes Fas/Solas Safe Pass and Manual Handling
Note: Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding
What will I study?
- Networking Essentials (CCNA Introduction to Networks)
- Computer Systems Hardware
- Operating Systems
- Programming and Design Principles (Python)
- Maths for IT
- Virtualisation Support
- ICT Security Policy & Management (Cisco CyberSecurity Essentials)
- Personal & Professional Development
Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally
How will I learn?
You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, laboratory practicals & independent study. Course work will consist of a combination of onsite & online learning. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year (Continuous Assessment). This course includes an extensive e-Learning programme designed by CISCO Systems to teach students networking skills. Students receive comprehensive preparation for the CISCO certification. Students will also be exposed to real-life data networking environments through guided tours of IT facilities. Tours in the past have included included St Vincents Hospital, ESB, Dublin Airport, OPW, ITB, DIT and the Dublin Convention Centre.
What we would like from you!
Familiarity in the use of software applications and an interest in the more technical aspects of IT i.e. networking. A level of Mathematics which equates to Leaving Certificate Ordinary level is also required. As this course has weekly online exams of a technical nature, a willingness to work hard and the ability to invest the time required, outside the classroom, to ensure success.
Surveys have shown serious and increasing shortages of Networking personnel in all developed countries, including Ireland. This course ensures excellent job opportunities in the ICT (Information & Communications Technology) industry. Students may progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme. Progression to DCU, TU, NCI etc Computing degrees. See what our Students say.
“Great College, Great Teachers and Great Atmosphere. I learned a lot of new material, gained practical hands-on knowledge and reviewed things that I already knew. The Computer Networks course is a very good option to prepare for Comptia A+ and N+ exams. It covers all Cisco CCENT material and these are the foundations of any IT job out there. Also this course is a gateway for 3rd level education. Would definitely recommend.” Artur Wachowski, graduated May 2016 (progressed to TU Blanch. to study Computer Science)
“I highly recommend the course because of the passionate and committed faculty in the Computing department, who are with you all the way during and after the course. The level of knowledge that you acquire from this course will provide you with the foundation to start your career or take your education even further in the field. After the course, I have been extremely fortunate to find a fantastic job where I put all of my college experience into practice with the IT Group! ” Mikola Bahily, graduated May 2009. (currently employed in IT sector)
- Applicants must have attained a Pass grade in Leaving Cert Ordinary Level Maths or equivalent
- Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning) They will also be asked to sit a short Maths test at application stage.
Note Students should note that some of the practical work on this course requires some physical effort. Consequently, students with any back problems or other injuries or conditions should discuss this matter with the course coordinator at enrolment.