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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Office Administration & IT Skills

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

Sancta Maria College
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Course overview

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

Course Description

The aim of this one year training programme is to prepare participants for work in the growing area of Office Administration and Information Technology.

This course is designed primarily for adults who wish to acquire / update computer skills or retrain in modern office technology.

What will you Study?

Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Customer Service 5N0972
Word Processing 5N1358
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Book keeping Manual and Computerised
Legal Practice
Marketing Practice 5N1400
Communications 5N0690
Digital Photography 5N1270
Work Preparation/Work Experience 5N1356
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
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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Related Career Sectors

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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