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You need to work with people in the industry as knowledge is everything  - where to buy, who from, when etc. Health and safety courses and a pleasant manner and drive are also important.

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Business Information Systems

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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This programme aims to develop your understanding of the interaction between IT systems and business to prepare you for graduate positions in business operations and IT projects. 

Upon completion of this course, students will be capable of undertaking a wide range of administrative duties in modern technological offices.

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GA171 - Business Information Systems
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

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GA171 - Business Information Systems
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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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This qualification will enable graduates to gain employment in diverse roles within Business and IT areas to include but is not limited to:

  • IT / IS Business Analysts
  • Data Analysts
  • Systems Analysts
  • Web Developers
  • Applications support and testing

In the past, students from our Information Systems degree have gained employment with companies such as Hewlett Packard, SAP, Siemens, and Fidelity Ireland.

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