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.
This is a one-year full time course and runs from September to May.
A Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent is required, although exceptions are given to mature students who are over 23 years of age. Acceptance to the course is subject to interview.
Upon successful completion of this course, learners may be eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities.
I chose to study Office Administration at Westport College of Further Education because I knew of people who had done the course before and they found a good job out of it and I hope it may do the same for me, if I don’t decide to further my studies at third-level. It seemed like an ideal course for me personally as I enjoy using a computer and learning new techniques. It’s a part-time course, therefore, it was super handy as, I could work after finishing up at college for the morning. The course offers an array of different modules. From learning about Spreadsheets to improving your typing skills in Text Production classes. I have gained many skills from this course and I have found what weaknesses and what strengths I have. I really do feel that this course has so much to offer, to both young and mature students. Web Design is another module in this course which I enjoy very much. I have met so many wonderful people coming into this course. Every one of us was shy at first but we have all come out of our shells and we are enjoying the year together. We all have different reasons for studying this course. Some want to further their education, some want to strengthen their skills and others want to get back out into the working environment.
There are no fees to study this course. .
Learners who successfully complete this module will:
Assessment Criteria: Skills Demonstration 30%, Project 30%, Exam 40%
Studying this Module Students will become learn:
Assessment Criteria: Examination 80%, Skills Demonstration 20%
Students will engage in practical learning in the most current up to date Microsoft Office Word Programme available, to include:
Assessment Criteria: Assignment 20%, Exam (x 2) 40% each
Learners will be able to:
Assessment Criteria: Exam 50%, Practical Assignment 50%
This project based module will enable students to:
Assessment Criteria: Project 70%, Assignment 30%
Students studying Communications Level 5 will be able to do with the following:
Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work – 50%, Skills Demonstration – 50%
During this module students will plan and prepare for successful participation in a relevant work placement (a minimum of 60 hours). Students assess their present skill levels and are encouraged to research and plan for future education and employment opportunities. Students will also develop their understanding of the world of work, including the rights and responsibilities of both employer and employee. The work placement and subsequent feedback from supervisors assists students to make better informed decisions about future career choices.
Assessment technique: Collection of work: 60%; Skills demonstration: 40%
Process payroll for employees under appropriate tax systems