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Computers & Business Studies for Adults - FIT

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Mallow College of Further Education

Mallow College of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2468
QQI Award Code 5M2468 Business Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The course is aimed at mature students (over 21) who wish to acquire the confidence and skills to use computers and those seeking business and computer knowledge to return to the workforce. Students will be introduced to subjects that will provide them with essential skills for work in the business sector. Provided in association with F.I.T (Fast Track to IT), this course has a one year or two year option with full QQI Level 5 certification in year two.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Microsoft
Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Word Processing (MOS) Microsoft
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
PowerPoint
Communications 5N0690

Year 2:
Database Methods 5N0783
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Payroll Manual and Computerised 5N1546
Work Experience 5N1356
Text Production 5N1422
Work Experience 5N1356
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.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BBSAX 5M2468

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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.
Computers & ICT
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