Further Education

Further Education 2020-2021

General Studies with Computer Applications - 5M3114

This course provides the ideal starting point for learners who are keen to progress to 3rd level education. It is suitable for those who may be undecided as to the programme they wish to pursue and those who may wish to return to education.

The course is designed to
  • Support progression to 3rd level education

  • Facilitate the learner to participate in and understand the disciplines of study, research and writing at 3rd level by developing critical research and inquiry skills

  • Facilitate the learner to further develop his/her interpersonal, team working, problem solving and time management skills

  • Provide the student with the knowledge and skills to use a range of common computer applications

Course Content
  • Research and Study Skills 5N3113

  • Communications 5N0690

  • Personal & Professional Development 5N2985

  • Database methods 5N0783

  • Information and Communication Systems 5N1952

  • Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977

  • The Internet 5N1611

  • Word Processing 5N1358

  • IT Skills 4N1125 and Computer Applications 4N1112



Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome.

  • Student Services Fee: €175

  • DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200

  • QQI Certification Fee: €50

  • TOTAL: €425

How the course is taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners. We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning. Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable. We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Career Opportunities

To progress to higher education. To work in the general IT applications area.

Progression to Higher Education

Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

Progression from 5M3114 to NUIG Arts GY101 plus all GMIT courses apart from Nursing.

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at CAO website. Click here for details of CAO Requirements Lookup


The course is of one year's duration, commencing in September and finishing in May.

Adult Education Options

Students can access our part time programmes at a reduced rate.

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