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I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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Business Studies

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2102 CI061BS
QQI Award Code 5M2102 Business Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to give students an indepth knowledge of concepts relevant to the business world with an emphasis on accounting, administration, marketing and computing. It is ideal for students who wish to pursue further studies in Business Studies at level 6 or higher.
This one year course prepares students for employment in the business, finance and IT sector. The course is designed for those who wish to gain advanced knowledge, skills and competence in general business subjects, such as management, finance, law and marketing. 

What will you Study?

Communications (5N0690)
Bookkeeping Manual & Computerised (5N1354)
Business Administration Skills (5N1610)
Marketing Practice (5N1400)
Spreadsheet Methods (5N1977)
Accounting Manual & Computerised (5N1348)
Business Law (5N2091)
Applied Economics (5N1350)
Word Processing (5N1358)







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

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