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Accounts Administrator
(Business Administration)

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INTRODUCTION:

If you have a flair for numbers and an interest in working in the financial side of any business office then this is the perfect course for you. Gain expertise in supporting the management of finances in any company environment or be the ‘go to’ person for accounts in the office of a small business.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4.
  • Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement.
  • All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage.

DURATION:

September to May.

FEES:

€300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €50). See fees & payment for details.

Fees status currently being updated for 2024/2025.

CERTIFICATION

  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business Administration 5M2468.
  • QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression).

COURSE CONTENT

Business Administration Skills - 5N1610

Examine a range of recruitment options for selecting and appointing staff and current employment rights legislation. Maintain a range of documents pertaining to HR management and employees including employment contracts, attendance records etc. Explore sources of finance for a business including cash-flow. Examine different types of meetings held and complete a range of documentation necessary for the effective function of a meeting. Explain the role of quality systems.

Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised - 5N1354

Learn to record business transactions , post to ledgers and draw up a trial balance using both a manual accounting system and a computerised package.

Word Processing - 5N1358

Learn to produce professional mailable document. Learn file management and a host of functions including clipart, headers, footers, watermarks, graphics, tabs etc.

Teamworking - 5N1367

Participate in core team-working activities to include negotiation, problem solving, finding solutions, decision making and conflict resolution. Demonstrate appropriate communications, problem solving and negotiation techniques in a range of team-working situations and roles to include leadership roles and give a receive feedback. Monitor personal strengths and skills as a team participant.

Work Experience - 5N1356

Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning.

Spreadsheet Methods - 5N1977

Produce a spreadsheet that meets a simple design specification and is fit for purpose. Learn a range of spreadsheet features such as data and cell formatting techniques, conditional IF statements, financial, date and time functions. Generate a variety of types of graphs from spreadsheet data. Automate routine multi-step tasks through the creation, execution and management of simple macros.

Payroll Manual and Computerised - 5N1546

Process the payroll for employees using manual and computerised systems under the cumulative tax system to include gross pay, holidays, unpaid leave, credits etc. Learn about emergency and temporary tax systems and the subsequent transfer to the cumulative tax system. Extract information from completed records to prepare all necessary end-of-period and year-end returns and tax forms for the revenue commissioners.

Digital Presentations - 5N0653

Design, create and deliver a presentation to include Clip art, video clips, hyperlinks, animation effects and apply transitions and timings for slides. Evaluate the implications of the choice of venue to include lighting, room size, power points, audience size, etc.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING / WORKSHOPS

  • Data Protection (online training) – This course gives learners an overview of GDPR. The workshop examines what GDPR stands for and gives an understanding of the current data protection rules and obligations. The learners also receive information on the types of data, the terminology associated with GDPR, the penalties with breaches, storage of data and general do’s and don’ts regarding data. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.
  • Microsoft Outlook (online training) – This course demonstrates how to use the internet to compose, send, receive and store electronic mail to include attaching a file to an email and managing email folders. It also facilitates the learner to explore areas related to browser-based email systems including demonstrating the use of at least one current email software package for example: compose, send, receive, reply, forward, print, store electronic messages and open file attachments, attach a file to an email message and create and manage mailboxes and transfer messages to and from relevant mailboxes. Furthermore, learners develop an appreciation of email etiquette as regards: content, length, style and tone of composed messages and they set up a web-based email account. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.

FAQ’s

How much does the course cost?

The course fees are €300 with a €50 reduction with a medical card.

What hours are involved?

It is a full-time certificate course and classes normally runs from 9am to 5 pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 2pm on Friday. 

What funding is available?

VTOS and the Susi grant are available as financial supports.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed by a mix of assignments and end of year exams.

Is there work experience?

Yes, there is a block of 2 weeks work experience.

WORK PLACEMENT / EXPERIENCE

Students undertake a block work placement of 2 weeks in an office environment. Work placement is a highly valued component of the student experience here at the college. An excellent opportunity for you to gain insight into the world of work.  Students are encouraged to source their own Work Placement but you will be supported by the Work Placement team should you need assistance to do this.

EDUCATION PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES

Some of our popular progression opportunities include:

  • Morrison’s Island Campus: Progress to 1 of the Morrison’s Island Campus Advanced Business Specialisms, subject to entry requirements being met.
  • MTU Cork: Business (MT550)
  • UCC: Commerce (CK201)

Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork, MTU Kerry and SETU (Waterford & Carlow) or preferential entry for students of Morrison’s Island locations. Go to our progressions database for exact requirements on progressions for this course.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Accounts Administration staff can perform a wide range of finance support roles in any business office environment. Qualified to engage in a wide range of bookkeeping and payroll roles within a busy office and with experience gained the opportunity to pursue an Accounting Technicians Qualification is the next step in having a successful career in this area.

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