Advanced Certificate in Computing and Electronic Technology

Level 6 QQI Award


One Year


This course gives students the opportunity to further enhance their skills in electronics and information technology while providing them with the opportunity to join third level programmes in first or second year. The course will also enhance students’ skills and competences if they are seeking employment in these sectors. Students will learn electrical principals, instrumentation     and robotics, windows programming and networking and further extend their knowledge in electronics. The course offers students the additional benefit of sitting the international recognised CompTia+ award. This course is supported by FIT (Fast Track into IT) which is a unique IT led initiative which gives students assistance to find employment in IT sector.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Level 5 QQI Award in Information Technology or Electronic Technology
  • Other relevant Level 5 QQI Award
  • Applications are welcome from students with relevant experience in this area

Course Modules

  • Advanced Analogue Electronics
  • Advanced Digital Electronics
  • Electrical Principals
  • Instrumentation and Robotics
  • Microprocessors
  • Networks
  • Windows
  • Programming
  • Communications
  • Mathematics (Optional)
Module Information

Module Information

QQI - Electronic Technology Level 6 (CETXX) - Duration 1 Year - Class Code: CE6


1. Analogue Electronics

This module is designed to give the learner the knowledge and skills of Analogue Electronics at level 6. Such as operational amplifiers and the use of active and passive components e.g. transistors, resistors, capacitors, regulators, diodes etc.

Assessment: 2 Projects 60%, Written exam 40%.


2. Digital Electronics

This module is designed to enable the learner to develop an understanding of the function of 2-state Digital Electronics and the role of Integrated Circuits in modern devices, at level 6 and to develop more sophisticated circuits.

Assessment: 2 Assignments 60%, Written exam 40%.


3. Microprocessors

The module is designed to give the learner an understanding of the processes involved in programming microprocessor based systems. The module gives the learner an understanding of programming languages such as python to program raspberry PI’s. The learner garners a knowledge of number systems used by microprocessors such as binary, hexadecimal and floating point numbers.

Assessment: 5 Skills Tests 50%, Written Exam 50%.


4. Electrical Principles

This module is a statement of the standards to be achieved to gain a QQI credit in Electrical Principles at Level 6. It is a mandatory module in Advanced Certificate in Electronic Technology. This module is designed to allow the learner to acquire the knowledge and understanding to investigate and predict how electromagnetic devices and electrical circuits operate. It also gives the learner a grounding in Electrical theory for use at third level in such scientific areas as magnetism and atomic theory as they relates to electronics and electricity.

Assessment: 5 Skills Tests 50%, Written Exam 50%.


5. Communications

Explores the role of communication in human interaction in theory and practice. The learner is facilitated to gain the knowledge and skills to exercise personal autonomy in communicating verbally and nonverbally. There is an emphasis on understanding the requirements of the workplace and using excellent communication skills to maximise participation in personal and vocational life.

Assessment: portfolio of written work (65%) and oral skills (35%).


6. Mathematics

Acquire mathematical skills in problem solving and mathematical investigations in the following areas: mathematical modelling, statistics and probability, graphing functions, differential and integral calculus, complex numbers and trigonometry.

Assessments: 2 assignments (30% each) and 1 exam (40%).


7. Windows Programming

Develop good programming practices, understand the principles involved in Event Driven Programming and the design of Graphical User Interfaces, acquire the skills necessary to be able to programme in a Windows environment.

Assessments: 2 Assignments (30% each) and exam (40%)


8. Networking

This module is a statement of the standards to be achieved to gain a QQI credit in Networks at Level 6. It is a mandatory module for the Advanced Certificate in Networks and Software Systems. The module is designed to provide the learner with a knowledge and understanding of networks, allowing them to set up and manage a networks system of computers.It is a module designed to give students a good grounding in all aspects of networking, such as server 2008 R2 and in networking equipment such as servers, switches, hubs and in cabling inc. Cat 6 and fibre.

Assessment: 6 skills Tests 5 marks each equal to 30 %, Project 30 % , Written Exam 40 % 9.


Instrumentation & Robotics

This module is about using software to control hardware. Learners will be introduced to hardware, to instrumentation and to the Microcontroller. The learner then moves to writing, simulating and testing programs on a PC before uploading them to the microcontroller. The student will then set about designing, implementing and uploading software to control an electric motor.

Assessment: There are 4 Skills Tests (40%), a Project (30%) and a written exam (30%).


  • Level 6 QQI Award Electronic Technology (CETXX)
  • CompTIA Certification (Optional)

Progression Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.  

Progression Examples

BSc in Computing (TA322)

Institute of Technology Tallaght

BEng in Computer Engineering in Mobile Systems (BN117)

Blanchardstown Institute of Technology

BSc in Creative Media Technologies (DL835) - Advanced entry into 2nd Year

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

Career Paths

Graduates have a wide range of career opportunities such as: network support, software development, electronic service technician, test and repair technician, electronic and computer engineering, access control installation.


Aaron Birmingham

2017 graduate. Now studying Business Computing in DIT.
"Prior to DFEi I had done eBusiness level 5. I always liked learning computing so I decided to do the level 6 software development course. On this course I like how the modules…

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Aaron Birmingham

2017 graduate. Now studying Business Computing in DIT.
"Prior to DFEi I had done eBusiness level 5. I always liked learning computing so I decided to do the level 6 software development course. On this course I like how the modules integrated together. If you were doing one project in programming you could use that information in your project management assignment. I am now doing Business Computing in DIT. Most of the modules are a step up from what I was learning in DFEi. Studying in DFEi gave me a solid platform to go on to third level."

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Philip Thompson

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