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Office Administration

Course Code(s):  5M2105
QQI Award Code:  5M2105 Retail Practice
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Dunboyne College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2105
QQI Award Code 5M2105 Retail Practice
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year business course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in administration and reception. Opportunities arise in a wide variety of different office environments including legal, medical, and civil service, commercial and educational.

Modules such as text production, reception, information and administration etc. provide graduates with essential skills required by busy office environments. This course also provides an excellent foundation for those wishing to pursue degree programmes in institutes of technology and universities or to obtain a place on Level 6 business programmes

What will you Study?

Information and Administration 5N1389
Communications 5N0690
Reception and Frontline Office Skills 5N1407
Work Experience 5N1356
Text Production 5N1422
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Database Methods 5N0783
Word Processing 5N1358
The Internet 5N1611
Information and Communication Skills
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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BROXX 5M2105

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