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Westport College of Further Education

Westport College of Further Education

Office Administration


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

 
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Description...
This course primarily focuses on preparation for work in an office environment, but many students use it as a stepping stone for entry to third level courses in the areas of business, computers and accountancy.

Work placement is a mandatory element to the course and allows students to gain up to 3 weeks experience in a busy office environment. Some students also use this course as useful preparation for subsequent third level studies.

 

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.

Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Database Methods 5N0783
Information & Administration 5N1389
Text Production 5N1422
Word Processing 5N1358
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Web Authoring 5N1910
Communications
Work Experience
Each student will develop their job seeking skills to secure a minimum 2 weeks work placement within an office environment. Students will be trained in CV preparation and interview skills, and will be required to research employment legislation as part of their assessments. They will also be required to undertake a career investigation in their vocational award area. Many students secure full time employment with their work experience employer at the end of their course based on their performances during their placement, and many employers use our College as a 'recruitment agency' when seeking competent administrative staff.

 

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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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.

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