Course Outline:

Students on this course will learn how to design and maintain their own website, operate a payroll system, set up and manage a computerised accounting system, participate on a two week work placement in a business of their choice, learn to communicate effectively within the business environment, produce quality business documents, create and modify spreadsheets using a wide range of advanced spreadsheet features and gain an in depth understanding of the role and function of management. Successful students will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business. All students complete a two week work experience placement as part of their studies on this course.

  • Word Processing 6N4977
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Payroll Manual & Computerised 6N4005
  • Computerised Accounts 6N3911
  • Business Management 6N4310
  • Web Authoring 6N2532
  • Spreadsheets 6N4089
  • Communications 6N1950 or Customer Service 5N0972

Entry Requirements:

  • A QQI/FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Office Administration (5M1997) or equivalent
  • Mature students (age 23+) welcome
  • Interview

Student Testimonial:


“I applied to do the Medical and Legal Secretary course as I wanted to follow an administrative career path or possibly go into the area of bookkeeping and payroll. The course gave me a broad education that covered many different future employment opportunities. At the end of the year, I decided I wanted to pursue the level 6 Business course to further enhance my admin and payroll skills as I had really enjoyed those aspects of the course the most. Despite the huge interruption caused by Covid, the teachers were incredibly helpful, supportive, understanding, and got us all through to the end of the year. This college is a fantastic resource, right on our doorstep and should be a consideration for anyone looking to upskill or further their education. I loved my time here and only wish I could have spent more time there; I will miss it a lot.”


There are no fees to study this course.

Detailed Course Outline:

Word Processing

Gain an in-depth working knowledge of word processing software, developing advanced document management techniques, good computer work practices

Work Experience

Students must complete at least 60 hours in a supervised work environment.

Payroll Manual & Computerised

This module covers all aspects of the payroll system in Ireland – normal and emergency tax systems. Students will also learn how to operate a computerised payroll system using Sage Payroll software.

Computerised Accounts

This module introduces the student to managerial accounting as well as continuing their study of financial accounting. Software used: Microsoft Excel; Tasbooks, Sage 50 Accounts.

Business Management

The module is designed to enable the learner to gain an in depth understanding of the role and function of management in the business environment, and to develop effective management skills.

Web Authoring

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to establish, develop and maintain an interactive Web site.


Focuses on developing skills in group discussion, role plays, Communication Technology. Critique & Reviewing a movie, undertaking presentations & interview skills.


This module introduces the student to all aspects of Microsoft Excel. Students will learn a wide array of formulae and functions to enable them to get the most out of the software. Other aspects covered-create charts; filter and sort data; linking worksheets; macros; protecting workbooks.

SOFTWARE USED Microsoft Office, Sage Payroll, Sage 50 Accounts Tasbooks, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FileZilla, Scripting Languages.

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