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Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Longford College of Further Education

Longford 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 Level 5 QQI programme will provide you with the general business skills you need to get an administration job in any public or private business setting. During the course our teachers will give you a thorough understanding of the public and private business sectors. When you have completed your studies you will be superbly equipped to apply for a clerical job or engage in further studies with us such as our QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business. The modules on this course will contain a mix of theory and practical computer subjects to give students the opportunities to gain confidence and invaluable skills necessary for the modern workplace. We would envisage that this course will attract school leavers who have an interest in the business field but are unsure of which business area (Human Resource, Marketing, Accounting, and Sales) to pursue their degree in.

What will you Study?

Marketing Practice 5N1400
Work Experience 5N1356
Book Keeping Manual and Computerised
Accounting Manual and Computerised 5N1348
Information and Administration 5N1389
Customer Service 5N0972
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Database Methods 5N0783
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
BBSXX 5M2102

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

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.
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Data Protection Officer   Business Analyst  
Business Consultant   Accounts Team Leader  
Project Manager   Recruitment Consultant  
General Manager   Company Secretary  
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Management Associate   Business Adviser  
Managing Director   Management Consultant  
Financial Trader   Industrial Relations Officer  
Hotel General Manager   Financial Adviser  
Occupational Psychologist   Operations Research Analyst  
Economist / Economist EU   Equality Officer  
Human Resources Business Partner / HRBP   HR Director - Human Resources  
Staff Relations Official   Hospitality Manager  
Human Resources / Personnel Manager   Personnel Officer  
Personnel Manager    Human Resources Assistant - EU  
Information Architect - IT   IT Consultant  
Information Systems Manager   Data Analyst  
Computer Systems Analyst   Big Data Specialist  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   Data Change Agent  
Office Administrator   Wages / Payroll Clerk  
Clerical Assistant   Office Receptionist  
Secretary   Front Office Junior Manager  
Bookkeeper / Financial Administrator   Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary  
Archivist   Personal Assistant  
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Wedding Planner   Letting Agent / Landlord  
School Principal   Music Manager  
Bank / Financial Manager    Recruitment Team Leader  
Risk Analyst   Travel Agency Manager  
Restaurant / Catering Manager   Retail Manager  
Procurement Officer / Buyer   Department Manager  
Area Sales Manager   Call Centre Manager  
Distribution Manager   Accountant  
Management Accountant   Accounts Assistant  
Taxation Consultant   Facilitator  

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.
Business Organisation & Management
Clerical & Administration
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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