New programmes on offer at West Cork Campus in Skibbereen

Posted on: 8th August, 2018

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

The West Cork Campus is a dedicated further education college in Skibbereen providing relevant programmes in a supportive and friendly environment. Graduates are facilitated to secure relevant employment and take advantage of opportunities for further study. All the courses on offer this coming September are QQI accredited and quality assured.  The college has close links with local employers to ensure that the education and training provision is in keeping with job opportunities in the West Cork region.

In addition, the educational qualifications are ideal for anybody who is considering higher education (HETAC Level 7 or 8).  Each of the offered courses is linked to relevant 3rd level courses, in both Universities and Institutes of Technology, through the Cork College of Commerce Links System. In fact, in conjunction with CIT, a HETAC Level 7 Business degree will be offered at the West Cork Campus in September. Anybody can apply for this programme, but QQI Level 5 or 6 business graduates can gain valuable exemptions from a number of modules.

Students are supported and encouraged to progress in their studies; availing of individual career guidance appointments, college visits/speakers, specialised workshops in the preparation of college applications, job/college interviews, etc.

The Work Experience programme is an integral part of every course at the West Cork Campus. Students are encouraged and assisted to make contact with potential employers. The college cooperates with employers providing graduates with relevant placements and creating links and opportunities for employment. Students benefit from placement as an essential part of their learning and are provided with unique insights into working in a business/service provider relevant to a particular area of study.

The college is very proud of the supportive environment of the West Cork Campus: experienced tutors; excellent resources, including up-to-date technology and a Student Support Service for those with particular educational needs.

The West Cork Campus cooperates with Local Link to provide transport from neighbouring towns, based on student demand. Services from Bantry and Clonakilty to and from the college have been enjoyed by students for the past two years.

There are a number of new programmes on offer this September including: Business Administration (with a choice of two specialisms – Medical Administration or Farm Business), Community Care  and also Graphic Design, all at QQI Level 5.

The Business Administration (Medical Administration) provides students with all the knowledge and skills specifically for medical, dental, HSE and the general Health Sector. It includes the module ‘Medical Terminology’, workshops in Infection Prevention & Control and Socrates (medical package) training. The Audio Transcription module is also invaluable for anybody considering the role of legal secretary.

The Business Administration (Farm Business) equips students with the administration skills needed to effectively manage the farm as a business. The modules ‘Farm Organisation’ and ‘Start your own Business’ give you an understanding of the rural business landscape as well as Business Plan Development and cost control.

The Community Care provides the skills to effectively work in the community area providing personal assistance under the ‘assisted living’ model. This course prepares students to work in care/community settings enabling individuals with challenges to live independently.

Graphic Design covers a wide range of areas from design for flyers, packaging, adverts, posters and magazines from on-screen graphics such as website design and graphics. The modules ‘Digital Photography’ and ‘Typography’ enable students to develop their own creativity through a variety of media.

These new programmes, along with our established courses at QQI Level 5 and 6, offer post-leaving cert students, mature students and individuals, who want to make a career change or pursue further study, a wide range of options.

Further information is available on prospectus and further information are available by contacting 028 21644 or emailing or Máire O’Sullivan (Coordinator)


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