Course Outline 

The Information Processing course is designed to equip you with the up-to-date information technology, office and personal effectiveness skills necessary for a modern computerised workplace or for progression to further education and training.

  • 5N1952 Information and Communications systems
  • 5N1977 Spreadsheet Methods
  • 5N0783 Database Methods
  • 5N0690 Communications
  • 5N1358 Word Processing
  • 5N1354 Bookkeeping – manual and computerised
  • 5N1546 Payroll – manual and computerised
  • 5N1433 Text Production (optional)
  • 5N1356 Work Experience


Successful completion of this course will result in a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Information Processing 5M2067.

Course Duration

The course is full-time and involves your commitment five days per week from 9.30 am to 2.45 pm daily. It runs from September to June.

Entry Requirements

A QQI Level 4 Award or equivalent.

Careers and Progression

This course leads to a career in general business, accounting, banking, insurance, marketing, management, administration, retail and computing.

VTOS Additional Supports

  • There are no course fees, and course materials, including the use of a laptop, are provided free of charge.
  • Meals and travel allowances are provided.
  • Learners in receipt of a payment from DSP will receive an allowance equivalent to their DSP payment, and those under 25 will receive the maximum JA rate of €232 per week.
  • Learners returning for a second year will continue to receive their VTOS allowance during the summer months.
  • Childcare support is available.
  • An Adult Educational Guidance service is provided for all VTOS students.

Student Testimonial 


VTOS has helped me to learn new skills and update on skills that I have already done. I have also met new people and learned from them. I have also gained and grown in confidence.

Now that I have completed the VTOS course my aim going forward is to get a job that will enable me to apply and the skills that I have learned on the course, such as Word, Excel Spreadsheets and Bookkeeping and confidently be able to share these skills with other people.


Detailed Course Outline

Information Communications Systems

This module equips the learner with the knowledge and skills required to understand how information is processed within organisations and the various systems and methods in use and to enable the learner to operate effectively in a range of organisations.

Spreadsheet Methods 

Using common spreadsheet features, students will gain the knowledge, skills, and competence to create and modify spreadsheets under supervision.

Database Methods 

This module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to create and modify databases under limited supervision.

Bookkeeping – Manual and computerised 

This module will equip the learner with all the knowledge needed to carry out the day-to-day accounting function of a business.

Students will also learn how to operate a computerised accounts system.

Word Processing

Students will engage in practical learning in Microsoft Word and learn word processing skills, including formatting and editing documents, templates, file management, and mail merge.


Facilitates the learner to acquire communication skills relevant to vocational and personal development.

Payroll – Manual and computerised 

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

Text Production

This module examines house styles for a range of business documents, how to produce documents with accepted rules for formats and conventions and attain 35 wpm typing speed with 97% accuracy.

Work Experience

Allows the learner to gain personal knowledge, skills and capacity while participating in a suitable work placement, for a limited time, under supervision.




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