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Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work.  They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.

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Office Administration with Reception Skills

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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Colaiste Ide 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

Students will acquire the necessary skills to become proficient in modern office technology and in addition acquire a minimum speed of 35 words per minute. The aim of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence required to carry out reception front office related tasks and operations while providing effective customer service in a range of organisations. They will also gain the knowledge and skills required for effective office administration.

What will you Study?

The aim of this course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence required to carry out reception front-office related operations, whilst achieving excellence in customer service across a range of industries. Students will acquire a proficiency in modern office technologies, and a minimum typing speed of 35 words per minute, enabling to carry out effective office administration.


Information and Administration 5N1389
Text Production 5N1422
Customer Service 5N0972
Database Methods 5N0783
Reception and Frontline Office Skills 5N1407
Work Experience 5N1356
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Word Processing 5N1358
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
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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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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