QQI Level 5 - Office Administration - Code 5M1997


1 year Full-time


These courses prepare students for employment opportunities in any administrative setting by providing students with a broad and balanced programme while allowing for individuality (selection of elective modules).

The specialist modules allow students to select based on their chosen area of interest.  The courses are of value to those who are interested in working as an executive secretary/personal assistant, this includes medical or legal settings, as well as the financial services settings such as Insurance companies or banks a complex and highly regulator sector within our Economy.  Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are a key element in today’s business communications and this course can support the integration of Office applications and social media in a business context. It is very varied and will give you the IT and administrative skills required to build a career in this exciting profession.

Entry Requirements          

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent is advised
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Core Modules
  • Spreadsheets
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
Elective Modules
  • Medical Terminology/Helix Practice Manager
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Information & Administration
  • Database Methods
  • Text Production
  • Audio Transcription

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Employment and Career Opportunities

  • Legal Secretary
  • Medical Secretary
  • Professional Executive Assistant
  • Banking or Insurance administrator
  • Administrator in Social Media sector
  • Professional administrator in any office business


Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to further studies to the Certificate in Administration Level 6 available in the College or to Institutes of Technology and Universities.  Examples of progression courses include:

  • DIT, DT315 Business Studies
  • IT Tallaght, TA111 Accounting and Finance
  • IADT, DL823 Business Studies – Entrepreneurship and Management