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We asked Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Keith Hayes

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Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2067
QQI Award Code 5M2067 Information Processing
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This QQI Level 5 course enables students to become proficient in a wide range of computer skills. The course can help students secure employment in the computer industry or progress to courses in Computer Studies in Third Level Education.

What will you Study?

Database Methods 5N0783
Information and Communication Systems 5N1952
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Manual and Computerised Accounts
Web Authoring 5N1910
Word Processing 5N1358
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
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
BIPXX 5M2067

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Further Research

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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   Civil Service - Clerical Officer  
Secretary / Administrative Assistant - EU   Civil Service - Executive Officer  
Civil Service - Administrative Officer   Network Engineer  
Data Control Clerk   Web Designer / Developer  
Web Editor   Network Administrator  
Software Production Co-ordinator   Project Manager - Software Design  
Information Architect - IT   Data Entry Operator  
Database Administrator   Multimedia Project Manager  
Information Systems Manager   Games Tester  
Technical Architect - Data   Games Programmer  
Computer Programmer   Forensic Computer Analyst  
Computer Systems Analyst   Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist  
Test Lead - Software   Data Analyst  
Big Data Specialist   Data Change Agent  
Clerical Assistant   Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary  
Freight Forwarder / Clerk   Payroll Manager  
Archivist   Wages / Payroll Clerk  
Secretary   Bookkeeper / Financial Administrator  
Front Office Junior Manager   Office Administrator  
Office Receptionist   Personal Assistant  
Wedding Planner   Letting Agent / Landlord  
Post Office - Customer Service Agent   Clerk (General)  
Bank Official   Medical Secretary  
Legal Secretary   Legal Executive  
Law Clerk   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)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.