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Office Administration

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

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

Course Description

This one year course leads to the Office Administration Level 5 Award. Learners gain the skills and Competencies to perform the administrative functions of the modern office. It has a very practical focus with emphasis on office computer applications such as: Spreadsheet methods, database methods and manual and computerised Bookkeeping to name but a few.

What will you Study?

Word Processing 5N1358
Text Production 5N1422
Information and Administration 5N1389
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Manual and Computerised Payroll
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BBSSX 5M1997

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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