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Marketing - Public Relations & Web Design

Course Code(s):  5M2102
QQI Award Code:  5M2102 Business Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Community College

Galway Community College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2102
QQI Award Code 5M2102 Business Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course gives students the essential skills required to develop a career in PR or Marketing and to enhance their knowledge in other career areas such as customer service and web development.

The mix of theory and practical learning allows the student to gain the knowledge required to perform the duties of a Marketing assistant or PR practitioner, from writing press releases and designing newsletters to engaging in social media and online PR. Software used includes MS word, MS Access, QuarkXpress, Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

What will you Study?

Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Customer Service 5N0972
Database Methods 5N0783
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Marketing Practice 5N1400
Public Relations 5N1405
Web Authoring 5N1910
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BBSXX 5M2102

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Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
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