Pre-University Computing

Course Aim

Pre-University Computing students gain a blend of skills that is essential in supporting, developing and maintaining IT infrastructure. This course includes a broad range of concepts in IT including; programming, software applications, web design and networks. This equips the learner with the necessary skills and knowledge required to progress to a degree programme in this area.


Learners will complete a combination of the following:

  • Mobile Technologies
  • Computer Programming
  • Software Architecture
  • Maths for IT
  • Work Experience
  • Database Methods
  • Web Authoring
  • Computer Systems Hardware
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Desktop Publishing


Qualification Obtained

QQI Level 5 Major Award (5M0529) in Software Development


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

DKIT | Computing| Level 8
AIT | Software Design with Mobile Apps and Connected Devices | Level 8
NUI Galway | Education (Computer Science & Mathematical Studies)| Level 8
Maynooth University | Robotics & Intelligent Devices | Level 8
TU Dublin | Computer Science | Level 8
UCC | Business Information Systems| Level 8
UCC | Computer Science | Level 8
UCD | Computer Science | Level 8

Career Prospects

Following the successful completion of the Pre-UniversityComputing programme, you may progress to a degree which can lead to a career in:

Software Engineering | Networking | IT & Cyber Security | Cloud Computing | Web Development | IT Consultancy | Mobile App Development | Robotics



2020-21 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 7th September 2020. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after Friday 2nd October 2020. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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