Essential Office IT Skills


Essential Office IT Skills Course - Dublin

At BFEI located in Blackrock village in Co.Dublin, we offer a QQI Level 5, one year course in Essential 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.

Office 365 licences are provided free of charge for use on personal devices.

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, and Google Docs.
  • 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

After doing my Leaving Certificate, I chose to do this course at BFEI because it’s an area that I’m interested in. This course really helped my computer skills and made me confident in using Word, Database and Excel. I am currently being considered for a position in a solicitor’s office. I got an interview because of the skills I learned during the course. I really enjoyed the course and would recommend it to someone who would like to expand their computer knowledge.

- Kirsten Ringland - Graduate 2016 -

Support Elements
  • In conjunction with FIT (Fast Track to Information Technology), BFEI offers participants the opportunity to do practice interviews with industry specialists and prepare for possible internship placement in leading IT companies.
  • 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).

More Computer Courses at 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:


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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