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Essential IT Skills for the Modern Office

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2102 CI061AA
QQI Award Code 5M2102 Business Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed with the needs of the adult learner in mind. It is designed to suit adults who may have been in the work force before but now need to update and develop new skills in the office administration area. It also suits adults who want to acquire computer skills for the first time. This course provides students with the necessary skills to work in the general office environment. The timetable for this course is family friendly.

What will you Study?

This course is designed with the needs of the adult learner in mind.  It is designed to suit adults who may have been in the work force before but now need to update and develop new skills in the office administration area. It also suits adults who want to acquire computer skills for the first time. This course provides students with the necessary skills to work in the general office environment.  The timetable for this course is family friendly. 

Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Accounting Manual and Computerised 5N1348
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Word Processing 5N1358
Text Production 5N1422
Database Methods 5N0783
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
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

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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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BBSXX 5M2102

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