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Liam Dowling

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

St. Michael's House

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Liam Dowling

Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.

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Course Code(s):  5M1997
QQI Award Code:  5M1997 Office Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1997
QQI Award Code 5M1997 Office Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course equips the student with the skills to work in all aspects of a fully computerised office. It is the perfect course for the absolute beginner and for the improver alike. Students are introduced to all necessary software: Microsoft Office, Computerised Accounts (SAGE 50 & TAS books) and Payroll Software (Quick Pay), Internet & Email etc.

The course also includes the European Computer Driving Licence as an introduction and with the FETAC Level 5 also offers ECDL advanced. If you want to master Information Technology, build on the skills that you have already or just want a Comprehensive Business Qualification as a stepping stone to further study, the Business Studies course is the one for you.

What will you Study?

E-Business Studies
The Internet 5N1611
Web Authoring 5N1910
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Book-keeping Manual and Computerised
Payroll Manual and Computerised 5N1546
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Text Production 5N1422
ECDL Modules
Internet and Email
File Management
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Database Methods
Word Processing 5N1358
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Theory
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
BBSSX 5M1997

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Further Research

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Information Processing - ECDL McEgan College 
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Business Studies - Access to Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE 
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Business - Advanced Mallow College of Further Education 
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Office Administration Kinsale College of Further Education 
Computing & eBusiness - Advanced St. John's Central College 
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Advanced ICT - Administration McEgan College 
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Business Studies 2 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE 
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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.
Clerical & Administration
Business Organisation & Business Management
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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