Office Administration (with Legal and Medical Studies)


One Year Full-time


Level 5 QQI Award Office Administration (5M1997)

Course Aims

This course will equip learners with a high standard of administrative, business, legal, medical and essential IT skills for the modern office. Learners also gain a range of transversal skills such as organisational and communication skills, which are highly sought after by today’s employers. Learners are introduced to the world of legal and medical practice. Legal studies enables learners to get an overview of legal principles and procedures. Medical Terminology provides learners with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to pursue an administrative career in healthcare or related fields.

The course is aimed at:

• School Leavers

• Those who have been in the workforce before, but now need to update and develop new skills

• Those who wish to acquire IT skills for the first time

• Those who wish to defer a college place in order to improve their IT skills

On completion of the Level 5 course, learners have the option to progress to the Level 6 course in Administration at DFEi, where learners will acquire advanced IT skills and the knowledge and capacity to work at supervisory level.

Course Requirements

One of the following:

• Leaving Certificate Established/ LCVP

• Leaving Certificate Applied

• Relevant Level 4 QQI Award

• Mature applicants are welcome


Course Modules

 • Information and Administration

• Word Processing

• Text Production

• Payroll Manual and Computerised

• Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised

• Audio Transcription

• Legal Practice and Procedures

• Medical Terminology

• Communications

• Work Experience

• New ECDL 

Other Certification

ICS Skills: New ECDL

Special Features (New ECDL)

In addition to the core Microsoft applications as part of the New ECDL (Word Processing, Spreadsheets and PowerPoint) learners will also be offered: Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, and Online Collaboration. Computer Essentials and Online Essentials modules set out essentials, concepts and skills, relating to the use of devices, file creation and management, networks and data security, web browsing, effective information search, online communication and e-mail.
Online Collaboration sets out concepts and skills relating to the setup and use of online collaborative tools, such as storage, productivity applications, calendars, social media, web meetings, learning environments, and mobile technology.

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Administration at DFEi.

Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology. 

Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links Scheme

BBus in Entrepreneurship and Management (DL823)
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
Bachelor of Arts (MH101)
National University of Ireland Maynooth
BA in Human Resource Management (NC005)
National College of Ireland
BSc in Human Resource Management (DT398)
Dublin Institute of Technology
For details of the above and other Progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities, visit and or contact the administration office of the relevant Higher Education Institution

Career Paths

Graduates may seek employment in administration, customer Service, payroll/ accounts, secretarial, frontline management, and receptionist roles. These position are available in solicitor’s offices, medical practices/hospitals, financial service industry, education, tourism, call centres, insurance/banks, local authorities, offices in both the private and public sectors