5N0785 CR Desktop Publishing - Classroom


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Desktop Publishing - Classroom Course

Standalone or Part of Level 5 Business Studies 5M2102 Major Award

In this classroom-based module, learners will gain the ability to produce a range of documents that contain both text and graphic image, from design briefing to printing. This will be done using a Desktop Publishing (DTP) system.

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QQI Credits: 15
QQI Level: 5
QQI Code: 5N0785

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This course is suitable for you if you are new to your role in management or supervisory management or if you wish to gain this valuable qualification and find a job in this sector.

To commence this course, ideally you will have achieved Junior / Leaving Certificate standard or appropriate FETAC/QQI Qualification or equivalent. Mature Applicants with relevant life and work experience are welcomed. Where deemed appropriate you may have to complete an English Language Proficiency Test.

The Course Advisor is available to meet with you to discuss and advise you on the course details, career and academic opportunities and assess your suitability for the course.

Through this porgramme you will discover how to;

  • Distinguish between desktop publishing and other forms of document production with reference to purpose, development process, and specialised DTP roles
  • Describe the characteristics of key components of DTP systems including those used for input, storage, protection, processing, output, and transmission of images and data
  • Outline the essential considerations for handling text and graphics in DTP documents including size, resolution, format, placement, orientation and colour, in the context of a range of page layouts
  • Describe the legal implications associated with use and protection of published material including licencing and copyright
  • Generate graphic content using a DTP application to create, import, capture and manipulate images and drawings
  • Set up a document for publication or printing specifying all required layout characteristics such as page, text, frame and table setup
  • Create a range of possible designs to meet a given brief with due consideration for production cost, presentation format and environment, and print materials
  • Fulfill the requirements of a client brief completing all stages in the publication process including requirements analysis and definition, solution design, planning, production, finishing, printing and publication
  • Analyse existing documents making appropriate recommendations for improvement.

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The course 5N0785 Desktop Publishingis assessed in the following ways, with the following weighting; Collection of Work 70% and Examination 30%.

Collection of Work 70%; A collection of work is a collection and/or selection of pieces of work produced by you over the duration of the course that demonstrates your mastery of the skills. You will use guidelines provided by your tutor on the first session of your course. You will be required to compile a collection of your own work. The collection of work will demonstrate evidence of a range of the specific learning outcomes and or skills associated with this course.

Examination 30%; An examination will assess your ability to recall and apply skills, knowledge and understanding within a set period of time (time constrained) and under examination conditions. This will be a written examination of 2 hours duration.


Pass 50% - 64%

Merit 65% - 70%

Distinction 80% - 100%

Tutor Support

You will have access to support from your tutor by phone and e-mail. Your tutor will provide you with their contact details at the first session of your course. Your tutor can direct you to further supports available that we provide.

Students receive a comprehensive Course Manual, Assignments, Efficient Study guide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration.

Your Certificate

You will be awarded a certificate 5N0785 Desktop Publishing

QQI is the awarding body. Forus Training is a provider of education and training programmes and we issue certificates to learners who have reached the standard for a QQI award. The certificate you will recieve on successful completion is a formal confirmation by QQI that you have demonstrated the knowledge, skill and competence required to achieve the named award.

This Programme is validated by QQI and is coded 5N0785 Desktop Publishing . This certificate which will be issued to you by us is an award listed on the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications). This ensures the certificate is nationally and internationally recognised and has many potential uses; for example, for further / higher education or employment in Ireland or abroad.

This course leads to a level 5 award on the National Framework of Qualifications. Students who successfully complete this programme may use their credits towards completing a higher level of study in the area of Business.

Students who successfully complete this Major Award can also use the Certificate as the basis for entry into selected courses in Third Level Colleges and Universities.

Click here to download a pdf version of – Progression from QQI Level 5 Certificates and Level 6 Advanced Certificates to Higher Education Courses 2017.

Course Fees
The fees for this course are payable in advance of the programme.

How to Apply
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Easy Payment Plan

All our learning courses can be paid for over the duration of the course. In this case the course booking fee is €95 payable in advance.

To calculate your weekly payment subtract the booking deposit of €95 from the course fee, then simply divide the remaining course fee by 50 and then this is the number of weekly installments you will have to pay your tutor at the beginning of each session / a phoned in payment / an arranged bank payment / weekly payment on-line. There will be an amount of less than €50 as your final payment.

Full course fee: €360
Subtract €95 = €265
Divide €265 by 50 = 5.3
Payment week 1 = €50
Payment week 2 = €50
Payment week 3 = €50
Payment week 4 = €50
Payment week 5 = €50
Payment week 6 = €15

Terms and Conditions
Please note that when you opt to pay by Easy Payment Plan over the duration of your course you are entering a legally binding contract for which you will be personally liable. This Easy Payment Plan is not available with any special offers. Forus Training reserves the right to postpone any course. Upon completing this booking form, a non-refundable deposit as per your invoice is required to reserve a place on this course. In order to be refunded your deposit an acknowledged cancellation must be made in writing ten working days before the course start date. No fee refund will be made to customers who do not attend class or do not finish the course. Full fees must be paid prior to the course start date unless otherwise agreed in writing. Once signed, these terms and conditions are binding.

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In this classroom-based module, learners will gain the ability to produce a range of documents that contain both text and graphic image, from design briefing to printing. This will be done using a Desktop Publishing (DTP) system.

What is QQI?

QQI is the state agency responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training in Ireland.

QQI are responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training in Ireland.

QQI validate programmes, make awards and are responsible for the promotion, maintenance, development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

QQI also inform the public about the quality of education and training programmes and qualifications, and advise the Government on national policy regarding quality assurance and enhancement in education and training.


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