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Banking, Insurance and IT for the Financial Sector

Course Code(s):  5M1997 CI061BI
QQI Award Code:  5M1997 Office Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1997 CI061BI
QQI Award Code 5M1997 Office Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with a broad and balanced skills base to enable them to work in an administrative area in any business sector. The financial services sector is a highly complex and heavily regulated sector within the Irish economy.

The specialist modules in this course provide students with an insight into this sector including the organisation structures, the regulatory environment and roles and responsibilities of the key players. These specialist modules will complement the core modules in the course and prepare students for employment within the financial services sector.

What will you Study?

Text Production 5N1422
Information and Administration 5N1389
Word Processing 5N1358
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Insurance and Banking Studies 5N2427
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Database Methods 5N0783
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
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

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

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.
Business Analyst   Management Consultant  
Financial Adviser   Financial Trader  
Management Associate   Economist / Economist EU  
Financial Manager - EU   Software Production Co-ordinator  
Project Manager - Software Design   Web Designer / Developer  
Database Administrator   Information Architect - IT  
Network Administrator   Web Editor  
Network Engineer   Multimedia Producer  
Games Designer   IT Consultant  
Multimedia Project Manager   Technical Sales Representative  
IT Salesperson   Computer Systems Sales Manager  
Information Systems Manager   Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist  
Games Tester   Computer Programmer  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Technical Architect - Data  
Big Data Specialist   Games Programmer  
Test Lead - Software   Computer Systems Analyst  
Data Analyst   IT Manager  
IT Project Manager   Data Change Agent  
IT Team Leader   Financial Analyst  
Reinsurance Technician   Underwriter - Insurance (Standard)  
Fund Accountant   Actuary  
Bank / Financial Manager    Fund Administrator  
Insurance Loss Assessor   Insurance Loss Adjuster  
Insurance Claims Handler / Investigator   Bank Official  
Underwriter - Insurance (Technical)    Commercial Banking Officer  
Investment Banker   Pension Fund Manager  
Recruitment Team Leader   Insurance Broker  
Building Society Manager   Fund Supervisor  
Commodity Broker   Investment Fund Manager  
Corporate Sales Manager   Fund Manager  
Risk Analyst   Special Investigations Analyst  
Customer Service Representative   Client Relations Manager  
Auditor   Accounting Technician  
Tax Accountant   Accounts Administrator  
Debt Collector   Stockbroker  
Financial Controller    

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.
Banking, Insurance & Financial Services
Computers & ICT
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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