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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Moate Business College

Moate Business College


Business & Office Administration

Code:  5M1997
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Business & Office Administation - Download for more detailed information A4 Brochure for Business and office Level 5 fin.pdf


The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill, and competence to work independently and under supervision providing administration services and support in a range of office administration contexts and or to progress to further and or higher level studies

Students will attend work placement on a 'block release' basis. One of the great benefits of work placement is that it can lead to full-time employment.  Work placement is arranged in business firms or professional offices.


Text Production, Word Processing, Information and Administration, Business Administration Skills, Spreadsheets, Communications, Work Experience, Book keeping Manual and Computerised and Legal Practice and Procedures


This course provides the basis from which a student may further his/her studies. There is also a wide range of opportunities in the I.T. sector.  Other career opportunities include Office Work and Reception in the following areas: • County Councils • Health Boards • Solicitors and Accountants Offices • Banks • Schools • Medical Centres


Moate Business College 6M5013  Advanced Certificate in Administration Level 6

Athlone Institute of Technology AL650 Business   (Level 6) AL653 Office Management (Level 6) AL663 Business (Sport and Recreation) (Level 6) AL761 Hotel and Leisure Management (Level 7) AL850 Business  (Level 8) AL851 Business and Law  (Level 8) AL852 Accountancy (Level 8)

DCU DC111 Business Studies Level 8 DC230 Economics, Politics and Law Level 8 DC240 Marketing, Innovation and Technology Level 8    Carlow Institute of Technology CW006 Business Studies (Wexford) Level 6 CW018 Business (Wexford) Level 8 NUI Galway GY101 Arts – Joint Honours Degree Level 8 CW018 Business (Wexford) Level 8

University of Limerick LM022 Politics and International Relations Level 8

Dundalk Institute of Technology DK710 Business and Management Level 7 DK711 Business and Technology  Level 7 DK810 Accounting and Finance Level 8   DK816 Business Studies Level 8   

Maynooth University MH401 Finance Level 8 MH403 Accounting and Finance  Level 8 MH404 Business and Management Level 8

Dublin Institute of Technology DT303 Marketing Level 6 DT315 Business Studies Level 6 DT324 Business Management Level 6


On successful completion of the course, candidates who reach the required standard will receive the following award: • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business  Administration (5M2468) or • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Office Administration (5M1997)

Applications are especially welcome from mature students

GRANTS Moate Business College students are eligible under the same conditions that apply to any third level institution for the government paid maintenance grant.

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Mature Students

As more and more people are aiming to get back into the workforce. mature students are invited to apply to any of the courses on offer at the college.  To encourage participation by mature students, each applicant is assessed solely on the basis of an interview.  People who have been unemployed may avail of the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) and Back to Education Initiatives (BTEI), and study at MBC without losing social welfare benefits.

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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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