Programme Aim

The overall aim of the programme is to provide the learner in North Connaught College, Tubbercurry, Sligo with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work independently or in a supervisory capacity in an administrative role in the private, public or voluntary sector.

There is also the opportunity to progress to higher education and training.

Students will gain knowledge in:

  • Administration Practice
  • Supervisory Management Skills
  • Spreadsheets
  • Payroll – Manual and Computerised
  • Word Processing
  • Bookkeeping – Manual and Computerised
  • Communications

Work experience is also a core feature of the Advanced Administration programme with students spending time in an office setting, enhancing employability.

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Programme Progression

Upon completion of this course at North Connaught College, students will be able to apply for employment in business.  Job opportunities include:

  • Offices
  • Accountancy firms
  • Payroll administrators

Following on from the Advanced Administration Level 6 there is progression onto further education in both IT’s and Universities

Entry Requirements

  • Education: Applicants should have a standard of knowledge, skills and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 5 when accessing a Level 6 programme.
  • Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.

Course Content

Title Award Awarding Body
Administration Practice (6N4169) QQI
Supervisory Management (6N4329) QQI
Spreadsheets (6N4089) QQI
Payroll Manual and Computerised (6N4005) QQI
Word Processing (6N4977) QQI
Bookkeeping – Manual and Computerised (6N4865) QQI
Communications (6N1950) QQI
Work Experience (6N1946) QQI

 Learning Outcomes

On completion of this programme the learner will have acquired the knowledge, skill and competence to work in a range of business activities.  The learner will also have the option to progress to further and or higher education and training.

Further Details

Below is a more detailed description of each of the Components

Administration Practice

This will give the learner the knowledge, skills and a better understanding to be able to work independently in an administrative role.  Students will also develop a wide range of skills to allow them to progress to higher education within this area.  They will be able to:  see what the relationship is between practices and policies, understand legislation in the workplace, for example data protection, corporate governance, security, confidentiality and Freedom of Information and more.  Students will also be able to organise meetings and events, travel arrangements and much more.

Supervisory Management

This module will allow the students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the role, duties and responsibility of a supervisory manager.  Learners will be able to facilitate a training session, write a job description, create rosters and budgets.  They will also develop the understanding of the theory underpinning supervision in a business settings.

Spreadsheets

This module will allow the learner to design, analyse, create various data formats and worksheet layout.  They will also create pivot tables, charts and graphics. In order to complete their own spreadsheet based on a business, students will gain a deeper understanding of how and when spreadsheets work.

 Payroll – Manual and Computerised

Learners will have a comprehensive knowledge of legislation in relation to working time and will be able to apply this knowledge to practical situations.  Students will be competent at processing the payroll for an organisation – they will complete the payroll function manually, or using Microsoft Excel, and using a commercial payroll package.  They will understand how the PAYE system operates and will be able to calculate the payroll under a variety of different scenarios.  They will know what information is submitted to and from the Revenue and will appreciate the effectiveness of the Revenue online services for employers and employees.

Word Processing

This will provide the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to use a word processing application to produce complex documents.  Learners will be able to:  use macros, converting files, tables, templates, importing objects, watermarks, styles, brochures, mail merge and other techniques.

Bookeeping – Manual and Computerised

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills required for Bookkeeping in both a manual and computerised setting, including writing up the books and ledgers, producing a trial balance, completing a VAT return and a bank reconciliation.  Learners will prepare year end journal entries and produce a set of final accounts in a computerised system.  They will identify and correct a range of errors in the accounts.  Final accounts will be analysed and conclusions drawn.

Communications

This is one of the most important modules, whether in the workplace or in a college environment.  It is essential to be able to transfer knowledge in a clear, concise way and also to be aware of the different types of communication (verbal and non-verbal).  The module covers both written and practical aspects of communication i.e. presentations, group interaction and gives learners the opportunity to practice and gain confidence in making presentations, for example presenting new ideas that would benefit workers in their vocational area.

Work Experience

Students will find work placement in a suitable office setting where they will apply their skills including demonstrating the ability to work in a supervisory capacity.  Work-experience classes will prepare the student to apply for this work placement, and future work, by focusing on interview preparation.  Students will assess their skills and qualities to produce a CV and cover letter.  They will investigate their employment sector and identify job openings and future training opportunities.  The placement reinforces the skills learned at North Connaught College and aids the development of employability/transferable skills.  The learning during the placement will be documented, and opportunities and challenges encountered will be reflected upon.