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Higher Certificate in Computing

Higher Certificate in Computing


Prepare for your career in one of the fastest growing industries in the world

This exciting Level 6 Higher Certificate teaches students about the latest technological developments in the IT industry and presents them with the opportunity to pursue a career in IT or progress onto a higher award in computing at Griffith College.

Why Study Computing at Griffith College?

Designed specifically with the needs of industry in mind, the Higher Certificate in Computing at Griffith College aims to equip students with the fundamentals of computer science. Delivered on a full-time basis, as a graduate of this course, you will:

  • Obtain highly sought after skills essential for a career in IT.
  • Fantastic job prospects with a 100% employment record from a sample of 35 graduates from our class of 2017
  • Obtain the necessary skills and academic requirements to further your studies with progression on to the BSc (Hons) in Computing Science at Griffith College.

Course Highlights

  • Small class sizes
  • Access to state of the art facilities
  • A dedicated experienced lecturing Team
  • Industry guest speakers

Intake Dates

  • This course will next commence September 2019.

Are you applying through the CAO?

Download our 2018 CAO Toolkit for everything you need to know about applying to the CAO!

What our students say

Course details
Core Subjects
Year One
  • Business Information Systems
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Programming
  • Client Side Web Development
  • Effective Learning and Development
  • Foundations of Computing
  • Systems Software
Year Two
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Linear Algebra
  • Operating System Design
  • Server Side Web Development
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Relational Databases
  • Systems Analysis and Design

Course Contacts

Dublin Campus
Limerick Campus
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

CAO application process - candidates are required to obtain 5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or another language) and maths (or equivalent).

For Mature, Advanced Entry and Part-Time students - please apply directly and a member of our admissions team will be in contact with you directly. Please see the ‘How to Apply’ tab for more information.

How to Apply

 Applicants under 23 years

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2018 must apply through the CAO system www.cao.ie. Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2018 applications.

Applicants over 23 years

Mature Students
Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2018 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website homepage. Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport.

English Language
If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 5,350.00


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 4,150.00


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 4,200.00


General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 9,400.00

Non-EU living Abroad: EUR 9,400.00

EU Living Abroad: EUR 6,350.00


Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 7,000.00

Non-EU living Abroad: EUR 8,000.00

EU living Abroad: EUR 6,000.00


Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 5,240.00

EU living Abroad: EUR 4,200.00

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]


2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Computing, graduates will have the opportunity to progress onto the BSc in Computing or the BSc (Hons) in Computing Science at Griffith College. To discuss the progression options available to you, please contact our admissions team.

Career Progression

On completion of the Higher Certificate in Computing, graduates will have gained invaluable technical skills crucial for a successful career in the ICT sector. Typical roles for our graduates include:

  • Software Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • IT Service Desk Analyst
  • Computer Technology consultant
  • Software Project Leader
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • IT Operations Manager
  • Systems Analyst



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