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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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Sales & Marketing

Course Code(s):  5M2102
QQI Award Code:  5M2102 Business Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Crumlin College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2102
QQI Award Code 5M2102 Business Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year Course concentrates on providing the practical specialist skills required for a successful career as a customer service provider or company sales representative. Students will gain an extensive knowledge of selling techniques, marketing theory and practice, information technology and the business environment in which the industry operates.

Through our work experience programme, students will have the opportunity to develop effective customer care skills, selling techniques and marketing practice.

What will you Study?

Web Authoring 5N1910
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
The Internet 5N1611
Principles and Practice of Selling 5N2062
Marketing Practice 5N1400
Customer Service 5N0972
Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Database Methods 5N0783
Word Processing 5N1358
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

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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.
Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Sales, Retail & Purchasing
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