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Essential Reception & Office Skills

Course Code(s):  5M1997 SG
QQI Award Code:  5M1997 Office Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This one-year QQI Level 5 certificate course is designed to provide students with the secretarial skills and knowledge essential within office environments. The course offers opportunities for students to specialise in all aspects of secretarial and administration duties relevant to employers needs including reception and customer service. It caters for those at entry level or those wishing to upskill and/or change career. You will develop your general office skills and become technically proficient within the secretarial environment. The course enables learners to progress directly into employment.

What will you Study?

Information and Administration 5N1389
Word Processing 5N1358
Text Production 5N1422
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Reception and Frontline Office Skills 5N1407
Customer Service 5N0972
Audio Transcription 5N1549
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

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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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

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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