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Business with Farm Organisation 
(Business Administration)

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INTRODUCTION:

This course provides students with administrative skills and knowledge specifically for the farm/rural sector. Modern farms are complex organisations involving many administrative and business functions such as maintaining accurate records for physical and financial analysis of the form, creating and understanding a computerised cashflow statement etc. Learners will study how to adhere to current legislation, implementing health and safety legislation as well as the skills to monitor the financial performance of a farm.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4.
  • Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement.
  • CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English.
  • 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 rom €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 an option in the evening for learners needing 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.

Communications - 5N0690

Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society. 

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. 

Safety & Health at Work - 5N1974

Develop skills in identifying hazards and carry out risk assessments. Familiarise yourself with the responsibilities and duties of the employer and employee with regards to health and safety. Explore appropriate procedures for use and disposal of hazardous materials and waste in the workplace. Investigate risk facts in relation to safety to include hazards, work environments, work practices, effects of medication, drink and drugs. 

Farm Business Organisation - 5N2352

This module equips the learner with the knowledge and skills to maintain accurate records for physical and financial analysis of the farm business, including farm accounts, cash accounts, assets and liabilities and profit and loss. Learn about the agribusiness sector in Ireland, including the role of co-operatives and sources of creditIdentify the main causes of farm accidents and the importance of health and safety on a farm.  

Bookkeeping (Manual & 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. 

ADDITIONAL TRAINING / WORKSHOPS

  • Microsoft Outlook (online)
  • Data Protection (online)

WORK PLACEMENT / EXPERIENCE

Students will undertake a block work placement for 2 weeks in a farm/rural/mart setting. 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

Excellent progression opportunities to other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place for preferential entry for students of Morrison’s Island locations with:

  • MTU Cork (CCPS)
  • MTU Kerry
  • SETU (Waterford & Carlow)

Go to our progressions database for exact requirements on progressions for this course.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Administrator in farm enterprise/food enterprise. Administration assistant to an agricultural advisor, administrator in public sector.

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