If you are interested in entering or re-entering the workforce or are thinking about going on to Higher Education in the future then this is the course for you. Get a grounding in all of the skills necessary to go to work or university as well as exploring your own personal development and effectiveness. This is a super preparatory course for anyone who wants to move forward with their life. This course is supported by English Language classes.

  • Research & Study Skills 5N3113 – The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to effectively engage with research and to present learning for formal academic and other purposes.
  • 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.
  • Personal Effectiveness 5N1390 – Reflect on your own personal role in a workplace including the skills needed for your job, personal strengths and weaknesses and the people issues and work practices which influence how you do your work.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practice employability skills with a view to future planning.
  • Customer Service 5N0972 – Apply the personal skills, qualities and attitudes required to perform effectively when dealing with customers. Handle a range of challenging situations, demonstrate team or group work in providing customer care. Look at practical examples of organisations with good customer care and their success.
  • Event Production 5N0974 – the learner will be equipped with the tools and knowledge to organise and produce an event working independently and with others as part of a team.
  • Safety & Health at Work 5N1794 – 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.
  • Marketing Practice 5N1400 – Conduct a SWOT analysis. Develop a marketing plan for a specific product or service. Examine the life cycle of a range of products including new product development. Explain the elements of the marketing mix. Carry out market research applying appropriate techniques and research methodologies.
  • English as a second Language 5N1632 (optional) – Improve your use of the English language and learn a wide range of language skills, both oral and written for a variety of situations such as social and work environments.

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. 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.

  • UCC: CK101(Arts) L8
  • UCC: CK102(Social Science) L8
  • UCC: CK301(Law) L8
  • MTU(Cork): Home Economics and Business MT930
  • MTU(Cork): Business (MT550)
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Award: QQI Level 5 Certificate in General Studies 5M3114
  • Fees: €300 including QQI examination fees. Medical card holders exempt €50. Payment plans are available.
  • Work Experience: Students will undertake a block work placement of two weeks in an area that is of interest to them.

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