Higher Certificate in Engineering Computer Engineering (Direct Entry)

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Computer Engineering (Direct Entry)

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

Computer engineers play a vital role in the research, design, development and installation of the resulting hardware and software. Amongst the areas where electronics and computer engineers are employed are the mobile phone industry, gaming, medical devices and integrated circuit manufacturing.

This certificate will provide you with the education and training necessary for a career in the electronics, computer and software industry. You will develop the necessary theoretical knowledge in areas that are crucial to electronics and computer engineering. You will develop skills in electronics design, microcontrollers, fault-finding and problem-solving.

This programme will be offered on a direct entry basis with registrations open from February each year.

What will I experience?

AIT’s Faculty of Engineering and Informatics is housed in one of the most modern and well-equipped facilities of its kind in the country. Lecturers have extensive industry experience which enriches their teaching skills and competencies.

What do I do in first year?

  • Building and testing electronic circuits based on the Arduino microcontroller
  • Configuring small networks based on Cisco CCENT
  • How a computer works inside the box, based on CompTIA A+
  • Introduction to Java programming
  • Complete an electronic project
  • Computer Applications (Microsoft Office User System)
  • Mathematics
  • Communication skills (learning to learn, team work, collaboration, presentation skills)

Year 2 expands on the year 1 modules and incorporates a full year project.

Additional Information


As a graduate of the Higher Certificate in Engineering in Electronics and Computer Engineering, you are eligible to apply to Engineers Ireland to use the registered professional title of Engineering Technician.

This programme will be offered on a direct entry basis with registrations open from February each year.

Direct Entry: Interested parties should email slyons@ait.ie to request an application form. Applications close 27 September.

Course Details

Course Duration:
2 Year
Registration Closing Date:

Applications close 27 September. Application forms should be returned to admissions@ait.ie.

Download Application Form

Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Engineering
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Dept of Computer and Software Engineering
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Leaving Cert: Minimum grade O6/H7 in 5 subjects in the Leaving Cert.  Two of these subjects must be mathematics and a language (English or Irish) 

QQI: Any QQI Level 5 award is acceptable, however applicants are required to have one specified maths module (5N1833) or Maths for IT (5N18396) or Maths for STEM (5N0556) or alternatively have Leaving Cert Maths.

Mature: Mature applicants are not required to meet minimum entry requirements but must demonstrate ability to pursue and benefit from the course.  Knowledge and skills gained through experiential learning will be taken into account with regard to the course for which they have applied.  Such applicants are required to provide a CV and may be required to attend for interview at AIT as part of the selection process.


Engineers Ireland EngTech MIEI


Course Structure

Year 1

Computer Systems, Interface Electronics, Networks, Software Development, Mathematics, Electronics Workshop, Communications, Computer Applications

Year 2

​Electronics, Wireless LAN’s, Mathematics, Software Development, Engineering Economics, Communication Systems, Digital Electronics, Business Environment and Systems, Project

Careers & Opportunities

Further Study

Students who complete the higher certificate can transfer to year 3 of the BEng in Computer Engineering or the BEng in Electronic Communications.

Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering

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