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Business Administration Skills with ICT (Level 3 Diploma)

Administration (Secretarial)

Course Overview

With currently 54 (, 2023) government vacancies and 775 (Indeed, 2023) vacancies across various sectors in Northern Ireland, Business Administration is an area of continued growth and abounding in opportunities whether individuals are 17+ or wishing to upskill/reskill.This OCN NI qualification enables learners to develop their knowledge and understanding in the areas of business administration including the use of information technology, supervisory skills and project management. Learners can progress to other Level 3 vocational qualifications, advance to the OCN Level 4 Administration (subject to validation) or directly into employment within the business administration and related sectors. The skills learnt on this course are also transferrable across other jobs in many different industries.
  • Start Date
    2 Sept 2024
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    1 year full time / 2 years part time
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Open College Network NI (OCN NI) Level 3 Diploma BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SKILLS WITH ICT
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 02/09/2024

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Course Modules

  • We also offer the opportunity for students to undertake Level 1 and/or Level 2 in Manual and Computerised Accounts (a small examination fee is payable for these). If you do not hold a Level 2 qualification in Numeracy you will complete this during the course to enhance your employability and progression prospects.
  • Business legislation;
  • written and verbal business correspondence;
  • meetings;
  • recruitment and selection;
  • dealing with petty cash and customer payments;
  • using office equipment
  • Sage Accounts;
  • Social Media;
  • Word Processing
  • business travel and accommodation;
  • career planning;
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

Level 2 Administration (Business Professional) or equivalent and GCSE English (Grade C or above); or equivalent OR 4 GCSEs (Grade C or above) to include English. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL) may be considered for entry onto this course. For more details visit students, with industrial experience and good level of ICT, will be considered at information meeting.

ROI Requirements

4 OLCs (Grade O5 or above) to include English; OR Leaving Cert Applied – Merit. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL) may be considered for entry onto this course. For more details visit Mature students, with industrial experience and good level of ICT, will be considered at information meeting.

Additional Requirements Prior to Entry

Attendance at Information Session

Work Placement

You will be encouraged to attend placement in an administrative office in an area of your choice where you will gain valuable insights to the world of work. These hours would be additional and outside your timetabled course hours.

Fee Information

  • Additional Fees
  • Other - Other £50+ for additional qualifications such as City & Guilds / Sage

What's Next?

Further Study

This qualification will enable you to further your studies and progress onto a Level 4 in Administrative Procedures (subject to validation), or move into employment.

Career Prospects

Successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma will equip you with the skills and knowledge to apply directly for employment as executive and private administrators in business, civil service, hospitals, health centres, schools, hotels, etc.


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    My Lecturers are so supportive and helpful, the course modules are enjoyable and there's plenty of opportunities for students. After completion I plan to study Business Management at Queens University Belfast.
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