Office IT Skills


Are you interested in acquiring the essential skills to use computer technologies to enable you to accomplish a range of administrative duties? Would you like to update your computer skills and work proficiently in an office environment by learning how to integrate office applications, how to use on-line technologies such as Office 365 to manage an on-line diary system and share files? On completion of this course, you will have more confidence, a nationally recognised IT qualification and hands-on experience with office technologies.

Career Opportunities

There are many career opportunities in business for graduates with advanced IT skills including:

  • Office Administrator
  • Office Manager
  • Personal/Executive Assistant
  • Customer Service

Course Structure

Learners are prepared for the following:

  • Share documents on-line using the latest technologies such as Office 365, Google Docs and Dropbox.
  • Design a spreadsheet to analyse business strategies.
  • Design documents using advanced features of word processing.
  • Use a wide range of database functions in order to manipulate, retrieve and output information using queries and reports.
  • Deliver presentations with confidence using personal initiative.
  • Carry out a range of administrative duties using office technology.
Core Elements
  • Database Methods
  • Word Processing
  • The Internet
  • Spreadsheets Methods
  • Integrated Office Methods
  • Professional Presentation
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Course Code

  • OIT
  • Duration

  • 1 year – full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 30 
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 20 approx 
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days - morning option

As a mature student, returning to study was a daunting prospect. After looking into many courses, this course in Blackrock appealed to me the most.  There is a diverse range of subjects using Modern Office Software and also additional non computer based subjects. Some of the applications I was familiar with, but as software has developed a lot, there were a lot of additional features that were new.  The tutors are very encouraging and helpful.  I have found the course enjoyable and beneficial and I hope to gain employment at the end of the course.

- Mary Lee - Graduate 2015 -

Support Elements
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation
  • Linkedin profile is provided by the BFEI Guidance and Career Service.
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified QQI.
  • Assessment is based on a combination of work submitted during the year and exams.
  • You will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Office Informatics (5M18294).

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Education/ Training

Graduates who complete this course may apply to the following course in BFEI:

If you are interested in doing further study to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:


  • BBus (Hons) in Information Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology 

Entry Requirements 

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA 

Applicants should have achieved five passes OR five O6/H7s OR a combination of five O6/H7s OR have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile.

  • Others including Mature Students 

If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed individually.

Advisory Meeting 

Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs and registration details.


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.


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