Pre-University Networking Technologies


Pre-University Networking Technologies 

Are you looking for an alternative pathway to a degree in Networking Technologies?

The Pre University Networking Technologies course in BFEI will teach you how to build and configure computer networks, you will also acquire the skills to identify security threats and deploy appropriate mitigation strategies.

The course prepares students for the QQI Level 5 certificate in Computer Systems and Networks (5M0536). This certification can be used to apply for a place through the CAO on a related degree course, including the following:

DT080 Networking Technologies in Technological University Dublin City Campus 

DT211 Computer Science (Infrastructure) in Technological University Dublin City Campus 

DN201 Computer Science In University College Dublin

BN103 Business and Information Technology in Technological University Blanchardstown Campus 

BN104 Computing (Information Technology) in Technological University Blanchardstown Campus 

"I found this course to be a great stepping stone to the career I wished to pursue." Pierce Galligan

"This is a very hands-on course." Matthew Shanley

"The facilities and equipment in BFEI are of a high standard." Jean Maltese

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in the IT industry including:

• Technical Support Specialist

• Field Service Technician

• IT Security Technician

• Help-desk Technician

Course Structure

  • QQI Computer Systems and Networks:
    • Computer Systems Hardware. Understand, build and maintain computer systems.
    • Operating Systems. Install, configure, utilise and maintain computer operating systems.
    • Networking Essentials.  Support the operation of typical computer networks. Implement and maintain common network configurations.
    • Distributed Sytems. Learn the fundamentals of distributed systemts and how they can be deployed.
    • Virtualisation. Participate in the implementation and maintenance of a virtualised computers and networks. 
    • Maths. Apply a range of mathematical skills and tools related to working with computer systems and networks.
    • Communications. Acquire the competence to communicate verbally and non-verbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related tasks.
    • Work Experience. Participate in a workplace for a minimum of two weeks, carrying out work-related tasks independently and while under general direction. 
  • Cyber Security Essentails. Develop an understanding of cybercrime, security principles, technologies, and procedures used to defend networks. Certified by Cisco.
Core Elements
  • QQI Certificate in Computer systems and Networks
  • Computer Systems Hardware
  • Operating Systems
  • Networking Essentials
  • Distributed Systems
  • Virtualisation
  • Maths for IT
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Cyber Security Essentials
  • Course Code

  • PUNT
  • Duration

  • 1 Year - Full Time September to May
  • Number of Contact Hours per Week

  • 20 Approx
  • Timetable Contact

  • 5 Days
Assessment and certification

This course is certified by QQI and Cisco.
QQI assessment is based on a combination of project work submitted during the year and exams.
On successful completion of this course, learners will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Computer Systems and Networks (5M0536) and CISCO Cyber Security Esssentials.
Further details on the QQI award are available from the QQI website:
Further details on the Cyber Security Essentials certification are available from


Students may apply through the CAO system for entry to degree courses via the Higher Education Links Scheme. The following are some of the courses that can be applied for upon successful completion of the Computer Networks and IT Security course at BFEI:

  • Technological University Dublin (
    • Networking Technologies degree, 
    • BTech (Ord) Networking Technologies
    • Computer Science International
    • BTech, (Ord), Networking Technologies
    • Civil Engineering degree
    • Aviation Technology degree
    • Computer Science degree
  • University College Dublin (
    • Computer Science degree
    • Arts

Entry requirements:

Leaving Certificate
You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

Mature Applicants
Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.


Application Process:

Students apply for a place on the course via the BFEI website,

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available.  Apply on-line for free.

A non-refundable acceptance fee of €40 must be paid to accept a place.

Registration/Induction will take place at the end of September 2020, further details will be issued in due course.



Acceptance fee: €40. Payable within two weeks of receiving offer of place.

Course commence costs, payable in September:

Registration fee: €150
PLC Government levy: €200
QQI Exam Fees: €50
Books and materials: €50

Medical card holders are exepmpt from the following fees: PLC Government levy (€200), QQI Exam Fees: (€50).

Students on VTOS, BTEA or in receipt or grants may also be exempt from fees listed above. Further details are available here:


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