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Computing for Business

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

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Within this suite of programmes, you will be provided with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of computing, information technology and related business functions.

You will gain a critical understanding of the strategies and methodologies used in providing computerised solutions to a range of business-related problems. High-level computer languages, modern business software packages, computer hardware and operating systems are covered within the curriculum.

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AL657 - Computing for Business
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AL657 - Computing for Business
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The need for graduates with business-related computer knowledge and skills and a background business qualification continues to be strong. You may expect to find employment at supervisory/operational level in different sectors of the computing, electronic business and ICT sectors, including: software development, e-business, computer networking, database design, system support and computer sales. Employment in general business represents a further option as the basis for a potential career.


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