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Communication and team skills are probably the most important aspect overlooked.

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General Studies and Information Technology

Course Code(s):  5M3114
QQI Award Code:  5M3114 General Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Technical Institute

Galway Technical Institute
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3114
QQI Award Code 5M3114 General Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The overall aim of the programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to build their knowledge, skill and competence in IT and offer a general preparation for the workplace or further academic studies.

Students will acquire a broad range of knowledge in software applications and also develop key skills for research and inquiry.

What will you Study?

Research and Study Skills 5N3113
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Database Methods 5N0783
Information and Communication Systems 5N1952
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
The Internet 5N1611
Word Processing 5N1358
Mathematics 5N1833
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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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
ELAXX 5M3114

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Sample Careers

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Database Administrator   Project Manager - Software Design  
Archivist   Secretary  
Medical Secretary   Law Clerk  

Related Career Sectors

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.