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Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Office Administration / Reception


Course Code:  5M1997
Award Code(s):  5M1997
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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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, Civil Service, commercial and educational.

Modules such as text production, bookkeeping, payroll and office administration 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 for those who wish to progress onto DIFEs Level 6 Business programme.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Word Processing
Text Production
Work Experience
Information and Administration
Communications
Computer Applications
Medical Terminology
Customer Services
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Payroll (Manual & Computerised)
Bookkeeping (Manual & Computerised)

 

Important: 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.

 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Accounts Team Leader   Data Protection Officer  
Health & Safety Officer   Civil Service - Administrative Officer  
Civil Service - Executive Officer   Project Manager - Software Design  
Database Administrator   Personal Assistant  
Secretary   Front Office Junior Manager  
Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary   Archivist  
Payroll Manager   Wedding Planner  
Letting Agent / Landlord   Bank Official  
Medical Secretary   Receptionist - Hotel  
Travel Agency Manager   Conference & Banqueting/ Event Co-ordinator  
Hotel Sales & Marketing Manager   Spa Manager  
Baker/Confectioner   Hotel Rooms Division Manager  
Law Clerk   Legal Executive  
Pensions Adviser   Customs Officers  

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Clerical & Administration
Tourism & Hospitality
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on the Award Code below:

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5M1997