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Business Computing with Programming - Advanced

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Course overview

Course Code 6M4985
QQI Award Code 6M4985 Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year level 6 award is aimed at candidates who already have experience and understanding of computers or who currently hold a suitable Level 5 award. The overall aim of the programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to acquire a specialised knowledge of business, computing and programming. The course also offers an opportunity for direct entry into the second year of degree programmes in Institutes of Technology.

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN BUSINESS COMPUTING (6M4985)

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This award is aimed at candidates who already have a good knowledge and understanding of Information and Communications Technology and wish to extend their skills and capililities in this area. 

On completion of the course students would have an extensive knowledge of applications such as Image Processing, Database, Spreadsheets, Word Processing, presentations and much more.

COURSE CONTENT

Image Processing, Web Authoring, Spreadsheets, Business Management, Related Databases, Word Processing, Customer Service, Professional Presentations and Work Experience.

WORKSHOPS

Workshops which will be run as part of the course include Games Studies, Photoshop, Systems Support and CV Preparation

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

This award is aimed at candidates who already have a knowledge and understanding of Information Technology and wish to extend their skills and capabilities in this area. It is expected that students attending the course would have a QQI level 5 award in Information Processing or equivalent

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Administrative positions in the following areas: County Council, Health Boards, Solicitors Office, Banks, Schools Information technology and computer maintenance and Database administration.  

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION FROM THIS COURSE

Athlone Institute of Technology AL650 Higher Certificate in Business (Level 6) AL653 Higher Certificate in Office Management (Level 6) AL657 Higher Certificate in Computing for Business  (Level 6) AL655 Higher Certificate in Business in Social Media Marketing (Level 6) AL705 BSc Software Development (Mobile Apps and Connected Devices)

Limerick Institute of Technology LC231 Business Technology (Information Systems)  (Level 8) LC232 Higher Certificate in Business Computing (Level 6)

Sligo Institute of Technology SG539 BB in Digital Media Marketing (Level 7)

GMIT GA776 Business Computing and Digital Media (Level 7)

Letterkenny Institute of Technology LY117 Administration and Information Technology (Level 7) LY717 Computing (Level 7)

CERTIFICATION

• MBC Advanced Certificate in Business and Computer Applications

GRANTS Moate Business College students are eligible under the same conditions that apply to any third level institution for the government paid maintenance grant.

Apply to S.U.S.I on www.studentfinance.ie

MATURE STUDENTS

As more and more people are aiming to get back into the workforce, mature students are invited to apply to any of the courses on offer at the college.  To encourage participation by mature students, each applicant is assessed solely on the basis of an interview.  People who have been unemployed may avail of the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) and Back to Education Initiatives (BTEI), and study at MBC without losing social welfare benefits.

What will you Study?

Business Management (6N4310)
Customer Service (6N0697)
Web Authoring (6N2532)
Spreadsheets (6N4089)
Word Processing (6N4977)
Relational Database (6N4785)










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Progression to CAO Courses

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BALBX 6M4985

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Accounts Team Leader   Health & Safety Officer  
Data Protection Officer   Secretary / Administrative Assistant - EU  
Civil Service - Clerical Officer   Civil Service - Executive Officer  
Civil Service - Administrative Officer   Database Administrator  
Web Editor   Network Engineer  
Web Designer / Developer   Project Manager - Software Design  
Data Entry Operator   Data Control Clerk  
Network Administrator   Information Architect - IT  
Software Production Co-ordinator   App Developer - Android /iOS  
Multimedia Designer   Multimedia Technical Manager  
Multimedia Project Manager   Information Systems Manager  
Computer / Software Sales Assistant   IT Consultant  
Games Tester   Software Developer / Architect  
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician   Computer Scientist  
Technical Architect - Data   Big Data Specialist  
Games Programmer   IT Security Specialist  
Test Lead - Software   Data Analyst  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   Forensic Computer Analyst  
Computer Systems Analyst   Computer Programmer  
Computer Systems Technician   Computer System Administrator  
Computer Hardware Engineer   IT Manager  
IT Project Manager   Software Engineer  
Software Localisation Engineer / Tester   Computer / IT Support Specialist  
Computer Assembly Technician   Cloud Specialist  
Data Change Agent   Computer Trainer / Instructor  
Bookkeeper / Financial Administrator   Freight Forwarder / Clerk  
Personal Assistant   Front Office Junior Manager  
Wages / Payroll Clerk   Office Receptionist  
Archivist   Office Administrator  
Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary   Secretary  
Clerical Assistant   Payroll Manager  
Letting Agent / Landlord   Wedding Planner  
Clerk (General)   Post Office - Customer Service Agent  
Bank Official   Medical Secretary  
Law Clerk   Legal Executive  
Legal Secretary   Pensions Adviser  
Library/Information Assistant   Airport Check-in Agent  
Customs Officers   Credit Controllers  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Clerical & Administration
Computers & ICT
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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