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My advice would be that if you are not afraid of hard work that construction can be a very rewarding industry. It is a constantly changing industry which is interesting to work in.

To be a QS the main values would be to be interested in dealing with financial data and be happy to work as part of a team. Having an interest in construction generally outside of the commercials will also help as it keeps you interested in the projects you are working on apart from what they cost.
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Business Studies

Course Code(s):  5M2102 BS
QQI Award Code:  5M2102 Business Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This course gives learners an awareness of the business environment, equips them with necessary office skills and a thorough knowledge of the computer application packages used in the modern office including Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher, Sage Micropay and Sage 50.

What will you Study?

Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Accounting (Manual and Computerised)
Payroll Manual and Computerised 5N1546
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
or Database Methods 5N0783
Word Processing 5N1358
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Communications 5N0690
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
BBSXX 5M2102

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Sample Careers

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Data Protection Officer   Chartered Secretary  
Accounts Team Leader   Data Steward / Data Manager  
Management Associate   Managing Director  
Management Consultant   Project Manager  
Arts agent / Promoter   Recruitment Consultant  
Company Secretary   Hotel General Manager  
Financial Trader   Financial Adviser  
Industrial Relations Officer   Charity Officer  
Business Adviser   General Manager  
Operations Research Analyst   Economist / Economist EU  
Occupational Psychologist   Human Resources / Personnel Manager  
Staff Relations Official   Personnel Officer  
Personnel Manager    Human Resources Business Partner / HRBP  
Equality Officer   HR Director - Human Resources  
Hospitality Manager   Human Resources Assistant - EU  
Information Architect - IT   Information Systems Manager  
IT Consultant   Data Analyst  
Big Data Specialist   Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist  
Computer Systems Analyst   Data Change Agent  
Archivist   Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary  
Secretary   Payroll Manager  
Front Office Junior Manager   Personal Assistant  
Wedding Planner   Letting Agent / Landlord  
School Principal   Music Manager  
Bank / Financial Manager    Recruitment Team Leader  
Risk Analyst   Travel Agency Manager  
Restaurant / Catering Manager   Call Centre Manager  
Retail Manager   Area Sales Manager  
Department Manager   Procurement Officer / Buyer  
Distribution Manager   Accountant  
Management Accountant   Taxation Consultant  
Accounts Assistant   Facilitator  

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.
Business Organisation & Management
Clerical & Administration
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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