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Business Administration - Office Technology

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Galway Community College

Galway Community College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2468
QQI Award Code 5M2468 Business Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

To provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of information and communications technology and practical typing and audio secretarial skills required in the performance of a broad range of administrative, secretarial and organizational tasks. Excellent career opportunities and further education advancements for successful graduates.

What will you Study?

Audio Transcription 5N1549
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Communications 5N0690
Database Methods 5N0783
Text Production 5N1422
Word Processing 5N1358
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
BBSAX 5M2468

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