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Business Computing with Programming - Advanced

Course Code(s):  6M4985
QQI Award Code:  6M4985 Business
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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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.

What will you Study?

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.

Work Experience 6N1946
Image Processing 5N1292
Web Authoring 6N2532
Spreadsheets 6N4089
Business Management 6N4310
Relational Databases 6N4785
Word Processing 6N4977
Customer Service 6N0697
Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming 6N17776
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

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

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BALBX 6M4985

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Customs Officers    

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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