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The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Business Studies - Accounting & Finance

Course Code(s):  5M2102 CI061BF
QQI Award Code:  5M2102 Business Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2102 CI061BF
QQI Award Code 5M2102 Business Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to help students develop the essential accounting and financial knowledge and skills which form the basis for a career in industry, commerce or the public service.

The course comprises both theoretical and practical modules, and students will gain an understanding of both manual and integrated accounting software. There is a focus in this course on the functional areas of accounting, finance and business and the factors which influence business success.

What will you Study?

Accounting - Manual and Computerised 5N1348
Applied Economics 5N1350
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Business Law 5N2091
Statistics 5N2066
Taxation 5N1421
Financial Services 5N1383
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
BBSXX 5M2102

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Further Research

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Brand Manager - Marketing   Social Media Specialist  
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Business Consultant   Data Steward / Data Manager  
Chartered Secretary   Accounts Team Leader  
Management Associate   Business Adviser  
General Manager   Charity Officer  
Company Secretary   Recruitment Consultant  
Project Manager   Arts agent / Promoter  
Managing Director   Management Consultant  
Industrial Relations Officer   Financial Adviser  
Financial Trader   Hotel General Manager  
Change Manager   Economist / Economist EU  
Occupational Psychologist   Operations Research Analyst  
Hospitality Manager   HR Director - Human Resources  
Personnel Manager    Personnel Officer  
Equality Officer   Human Resources Business Partner / HRBP  
Staff Relations Official   Human Resources / Personnel 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 & Business Management
Clerical & Administration
Accountancy & Taxation
Banking, Insurance & Financial Services
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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