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4 Years
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Marketing covers everything from company culture and philisophy through to market research, new business/product development, advertising and promotion, PR (public or press relations), and all of the sales functions. It is the process by which a company decides what it will sell, to whom, when and how it will sell.

This course offers a combination of business with a high level competence in marketing and e-business.

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From College Website...
DK812 - Marketing
Dundalk IT

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DK812 - Marketing
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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3 Distinctions

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Graduates of Marketing develop rewarding careers. The skills aquired during your time with us enable you to adjust and adapt to the rapidly changing marketplace. You will be well poistioned to take up available opportunities - perhaps you want to set up your own business?  This programme is just right for you. In recent years our graduates have been very successful in gaining employment at home and abroad.

We have extensive links with industry in Ireland and abroad. We also have developed relationships with colleges all over the EU, USA, Australia, China and more. You have the opportunity to visit some of these places. You will also interact using available technology, with student and enterprise from these countries. The focus is upon equipping you with the skills required in this global marketplace.

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