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Higher National Certificate in Computing

Higher National Certificate in Computing


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

The Higher National Certificate in Computing provides learners with work-related skills, an appreciation of industry requirements and knowledge and understanding of Computing used in Industry today. 

Why Study Computing at Griffith College?

The course has been designed to provide education and vocational training in the areas of Database Design, Security, networks principals and programming. It delivers knowledge and skills in a broad range of specialist disciplines and is suited to those who would like a career in the computing industry. It is also suited to those that wish to improve their own career opportunities of those who are currently working in computing environment that seek career progression and also those who would like to pursue a career in the computing in the industries located in Limerick and the surrounding areas.

  • Develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of specialist disciplines for a successful career in IT.
  • Fantastic job prospects and career progression 
  • Obtain the necessary skills and academic requirements to progression on to one of our Certificate, Diploma or Degree Courses in Computing.

Why Study Computing at Griffith College?

Course details
Data Analytics

Data is everywhere in the world. Without knowing how to interpret this data it would be difficult to understand its meaning or make use of the data to increase the productivity of an organisation. Data analytics is a range of processes that converts data into actionable insight using a range of statistical techniques. Data analytics is a relatively new term – it is an overarching term for all decision support and problem-solving techniques. Most of the time the term ‘data analytics’ and ‘business analytics’ are used interchangeably.

This unit will introduce the theoretical foundation of data analytics and a range of data analytic processes and techniques to provide hands-on experience for enhancing students’ skills.

Maths for Computing

This unit introduces students to the mathematical principles and theory that underpin the computing curriculum. Through a series of case studies, scenarios and task-based assessments students will explore number theory within a variety of scenarios; use applicable probability theory; apply geometrical and vector methodology; and finally evaluate problems concerning differential and integral calculus.

Among the topics included in this unit are: prime number theory, sequences and series, probability theory, geometry, differential calculus and integral calculus.

Managing a Successful Computing Project

The project brief will be set by the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of computing in the context of a business environment.


The aim of this unit is to provide students with knowledge of security, associated risks and how security breaches impact on business continuity. Students will examine security measures involving access authorisation, regulation of use, implementing contingency plans and devising security policies and procedures.  This unit introduces students to the detection of threats and vulnerabilities in physical and IT security, and how to manage risks relating to organisational security.

Database Design & Development

Organisations depend on their databases to provide information essential for their day-to-day operations and to help them take advantage of today's rapidly growing and maturing e-commerce opportunities. An understanding of database tools and technologies is an essential skill for designing and developing systems to support them.

Database systems continue to demand more complex data structures and interfaces, as applications get increasingly sophisticated. Most organisations collect and store large volumes of data, either on their own systems or in the cloud, and this data is used not just for the operational running of their business but also mined for other more intelligent and complex applications. Databases stand as the back-end of most systems used by organisations for their operations.


The aim of this unit is to provide students with wider background knowledge of computer networking essentials, how they operate, protocols, standards, security considerations and the prototypes associated with a range of networking technologies.


Programming involves describing processes and procedures which are derived from algorithms. The ability to program is what sets apart a developer and an end user.  Typically the role of the developer is to instruct a device (such as a computer) to carry out instructions; the instructions are known as source code and is written in a language that is converted into something the device can understand. The device executes the instructions it is given.

Professional Practice

The need to be effective as a communicator, critical thinker, analyser, team worker and interpreter is essential. Within the workplace these skills are needed on a daily basis to show proficiency in designated tasks as part of a job role. The development of academic competence, and also the continuation of life-long learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD), is required to ensure that individuals have a valued set of interpersonal skills that can be applied to any situation or environment.

Course Contacts

Limerick Campus
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • Eligibility for this programme are in line with the normal entry requirements for this level i.e. Candidates with Leaving Certification qualifications or higher who would be in a position to benefit from and succeed in constituent modules of the Programme.
  • Pass Maths and English.
  • Mature applicants with qualifications and experience deemed equivalent by the College’s BTEC approved ROL and RPEL Policies.
  • Applicants employed or qualified through apprenticeships/trade/craft qualification may also be eligible for this course based on their industry experience.

How to Apply​

Directly through the Springboard website.



Springboard applicants' fees are fully covered. For more information click here

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

This course can be used as an entry level to allow students to progress and gain entry onto other Certificate, Diploma or Degree Courses in Computing.


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