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The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

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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Business Administration

Course Code(s):  6M5013
QQI Award Code:  6M5013 Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 6M5013
QQI Award Code 6M5013 Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This advanced, 1 year programme has been developed to enable the learner to acquire the required knowledge, skill and competence to work independently or in a supervisory capacity in an administrative role in the private, public or voluntary sector and or to progress to higher education or training.
Learners who successfully complete the programme will develop their knowledge and understanding of the IT management process and acquire the skills necessary to function as productive users of computer systems.

What will you Study?

Administration practice
Work experience
Communications
Word processing
Spreadsheet methods
Customer service
Book keeping
Payroll
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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BAXXX 6M5013

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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