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Office Administration & Computer Applications

Course Description

This is an employment focused programme offering you the perfect blend of administration, ICT and communication skills required by today’s employers enabling you to secure office based employment in a modern office.  This is also the ideal course for those who want to defer a third level college place as skills gained will be used in all facets of future study and will enable you to gain quality employment while putting yourself through third level. 

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Information and Administration
  • Text Production/Touch Typing
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Database Methods
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Bookkeeping - Manual & Computerised (Beginners

Awarding Body


Entry Requirements

  • Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

    • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
    • or have reached the age of 18. 
    • Mature student

    If the criteria above does not apply, you will be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment.  It allows students to create links with employers. Past graduates have found employment from their work experience.  

Career Opportunities

Behind every organisation imaginable there are office employees. This course qualifies you to work as an administrator, secretary, receptionist, personal assistant, clerical officer, customer service executive etc.  Work will be found in all types of office environments e.g. schools, hospitals, hotels, retail outlets, pharmaceutical companies, call centres etc. Past graduates are working in the offices of FEXCO, Dairymaster, Munster Joinery, Bons Secours Hospital, Kerry General Hospital, HSE, Kerry County Council, ETB's and the offices of several small and medium sized enterprises. The skills gained on this course can be taken into many work environments and are also suitable for those who plan to travel and work abroad in the future.


Successful graduates may progress within the college to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Administration – Office Management. 

Alternatively, graduates may compete for places on a wide range of Higher Certificate and Honours Degrees in IT’s and Universities. Examples of progression include Bachelor of Commerce Degree UCC, Business Information System UCC, Office Information Systems IT Tralee, Bachelor of Arts UL etc

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


Students who complete the course successfully qualify for:

  • QQI Level 5 certificate in Office Administration - 5M1997

Maintenance Grants

Applications To:
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) a unit of City of Dublin VEC through

Enquiries & Applications

For enquiries and applications please refer to contact methods above or click the apply button below.

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