Griffith College

Higher Certificate in Computing

Higher Certificate in Computing

Higher Certificate in Computing

Discover and study the full range of software development topics, preparing you for career opportunities in both Irish and multinational companies.

Cork: Full-Time
Dublin: Full-Time
Limerick: Full-Time
Higher Certificate in Computing
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:6
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration:2 years Full time

On this course, you’ll cover the full range of software development topics. You will have an opportunity to use what you learn by developing software systems by yourself and as part of a team.

The Level 6 Higher Certificate in Computing (QQI) is a 2 year full time or part time programme designed to meet the on-going industry demand of computer professionals.

Following successful completion of this Higher Certificate you may choose to transfer to the related degree course in Computing Science in Griffith College, where you may be granted an exemption from the first year of the programme.



This is a two year full time course.  Here is more detail on the modules covered in each year:

Year 1 Core Subjects
Semester 0
Business Information Systems
Computer Hardware
Computer Programming
Semester 1
Client Side Web Development
Effective Learning and Development
Foundations of Computing
Systems Software
Year 2 Core Subjects
Semester 2
Data Structures and Algorithms
Linear Algebra
Operating System Design
Server Side Web Development
Semester 1
Object Oriented Programming
Probability and Statistics
Relational Databases
Systems Analysis and Design
Entry Requirements
General Requirements

CAO application process - candidates are required to obtain 5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other 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.


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:

Please Note

A registration Fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

The tuition fees quoted below are tuition fees for Year 1 of the course only.

This charge is incurred to finance arrangements required under Part 6 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act, 2012 to ensure protection of enrolled learners.

Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5,200.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 6,000.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 9,400.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 9,400.00
Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 4,075.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5,600.00
Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 4,000.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 6,000.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 7,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 8,000.00
How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2016 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2016 applications.

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January, 2016 (Mature Students) or Part-Time Applicants must apply directlyMature students will be asked for a copy of their passport and applications should be made before the 21st September 2016. Part-time Applicants that are under 23 years on Jan 1st 2016 will be asked for a copy of their passport, Leaving Certificate results / FETAC qualifications or equivalent and must meet the minimum entry requirements for the programme.

When our Admissions team receive your application they will be in contact with you directly.

If you wish to apply for advanced entry onto the course, please apply directly and a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss your application.


Academic Progression: 

On completion of the Level 6 Higher Certificate, you may progress onto a range of Level 7 & 8 programmes on the National Qualifications Framework.

We offer further study options at Griffith College including a Level 7 BSc in Computing Science (QQI) and a Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Computing Science (QQI). You may transfer directly on to Year 2 of either of these degree programmes.



Career Progression: 

When you graduate with this Level 6 qualification, you’ll be ready to succeed as part of a business software development team or in the management of IT departments.

You will be able to select and apply the appropriate techniques to specific development projects and identify a wide range of techniques for software development.


Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.