Office Administration (QQI Level 5) - Full Time / Part Time

Programme Aim

The purpose of this full time/part time course is to enable the learner to develop the relevant knowledge skill and competence to use a range of skills and tools, under direction and with limited autonomy, in familiar situations. It enables the learner to participate in and contribute to modern society, to pursue a range of employment opportunities or to progress to further education or training. On successful completion of this course the learner will be a able to pursue a range of employment opportunities or progress to further education and training.

Three streams are offered: Office Administrator, Payroll Assistant, Manual and Computerised, Sage Micro Pay, Bookkeeping and Accounts Assistant, Manual and Computerised, Sage Line 50 Software Package.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants will be expected to a Leaving Certificate or equivalent standard education.
  • Certification in IT Skills Level 4
  • Included in the admission process is an interview followed by an online assessment in Mathematics and English.
  • All applicants are subject to an interview.

Full Time Course Content*

TitleAwardAwarding Body
Information & AdministrationLevel 5 - Information & AdministrationQQI
Text ProductionLevel 5 - Text ProductionQQI
Word ProcessingLevel 5 - Word ProcessingQQI
CommunicationsLevel 5 - CommunicationsQQI
Work ExperienceLevel 5 - Work ExperienceQQI
Bookkeeping Manual & ComputerisedLevel 5 - Bookkeeping Manual & ComputerisedQQI
Business AdministrationLevel 5 - Business AdministrationQQI
Payroll Manual & ComputerisedLevel 5 - Payroll Manual & ComputerisedQQI
Marketing PracticeLevel 5 - Marketing PracticeQQI
Spreadsheet MethodsLevel 5 - Spreadsheet MethodsQQI

*Subject to change*

Part Time Course Content*

TitleAwardAwarding Body
Bookkeeping Manual and ComputerisedLevel 5 - Bookkeeping Manual and ComputerisedQQI
CommunicationsLevel 5 - CommunicationsQQI
Work ExperienceLevel 5 - Work ExperienceQQI
Information and AdministrationLevel 5 - Information and AdministrationQQI

*Subject to change*

Course Duration

This course is available Full Time  (VTOS) and Part Time (BTEI)

FULL TIME (VTOS Programme): 5 days a week, over 1 year

*Students must be eligible under the (VTOS) Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme – see study options page for more information.

PART TIME (BTEI Programme): 2 – 3 mornings per week, over 2 years

*Students must be eligible under the (BTEI) Back to Education Initiative – see study options page for more information.


Students who successfully complete this course may apply to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Educations Links Scheme or take up employment in administration.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be able to secure employment in Office Administration.


This course is offered free to learners.

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.


Office Administration (QQI Level 5)


Portarlington FETC

Bracklone Street


County Laois

Start Date              September 2022                                    

End Date                June 2023


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Margaret Morrin



(057) 8623161


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Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Read what our past students  have to say about their experience with Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre

“I found the course useful and interesting. Teachers were very helpful and understanding as most of us were going back to education after many years of not studying.
After successfully completing the first year of course I was lucky enough to get work experience, as an Accounts Assistant.”
Zane Polaskova (Student)
Accounts Assistant
“The decision to return to education was one of the best choices I made, the thought seemed daunting at the start but I soon settled in. All of the tutors were very helpful and the students gave each other support, I made some great friends who will be friends for life. The course I chose was Office Administration, this course most definitely helped me to secure the job I have today.”
Maeve O'Carroll (Student)
Administrator, Court Services