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Office Administration & Secretarial Studies

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Castlebar College of Further Education

Castlebar College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1997
QQI Award Code 5M1997 Office Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to equip students with the necessary Office Skills and knowledge of computer Applications used. In the administrative workplace. Learners will develop proficiency in Word Processing, Transcription, Letter Writing, Dealing with Telephone and E-mail Enquiries, Creating And Maintaining Filing Systems, Keeping Diaries and Arranging Meetings/appointments. This course also suits Learners who wish to defer their College Place for a year and acquire good It skills to assist them in their future studies. All students complete a 2 week work experience placement as part of their studies on this course.

What will you Study?

Word Processing 5N1358
Text Production 5N1422
Audio Transcription 5N1549
Database Methods 5N0783
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Payroll Manual and Computerised 5N1546
Information and Administration 5N1389
Customer Service
Work Experience 5N1356
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BBSSX 5M1997

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