This programme prepares students for employment in administration and office management at a supervisory or junior management level. The programme builds practical skills in the students, with a strong focus on word processing, databases, spreadsheets, payroll and administration. These skills are all highly sought after by employers. The programme provides an interactive learning experience with a focus on practical laboratory classes, case studies and problem-based learning.
A distinctive aspect of the programme is an opportunity to undertake a work placement in an office environment. Students may also avail of the choice to take a language elective and to avail of an Erasmus semester abroad.
Over the three-year programme, students undertake five mandatory and one elective module during each semester, including a language and a politics option.
YEAR 1: The first year focuses on providing the student with foundation knowledge in core business areas including accounting principles, payroll, business management, business mathematics, computer applications and understanding of the dynamics of an organisation. As the degree progresses, students knowledge and understanding is broadened as they study core business areas in greater detail.
YEAR 2: In second year, students study core business areas in greater detail, with modules and practicals in accounting, business management and information technology. Students knowledge and understanding of key business disciplines is broadened with the introduction of business law, economics, management accounting and managing the office environment.
YEAR 3: In third year learning progresses with more advanced accounting and information technology, alongside economics and people management, selling and customer care management. Students also undertake a work placement during this year to reinforce the knowledge they have acquired.
Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:
Graduates enjoy a wide variety of career choices in a broad range of businesses. Many have established highly successful businesses, while others have joined graduate training programmes in multinational companies and have enjoyed success in senior management roles.
Graduates work in a range of areas, including clerical assistant, personal assistant, receptionist, financial assistant, bank official, business manager, office manager and customer care officer.
Upon successful completion, graduates of this degree may progress to the Level 8 Bachelor of Business Honours Degree one year add-on.
After which, a range of Postgraduate options is available at Atlantic Technological University for graduates of Level 8 degrees.
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Students on this programme have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in an office environment. Students may also avail of the choice to take a language elective and to avail of an Erasmus+ semester abroad.
Students can choose from a number of different electives depending on where their interests lie. Visit the course format tab to view the subjects on offer. Subjects marked with an [E] are elective options.
Graduates of the Level 7 qualification can use the ladder system to progress to a Level 8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) degree at Atlantic Technological University or in other higher education institutions.
[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.