Postgraduate Diploma in E-Commerce and I.T. Skills for Overseas Students

start date: 29 September 2014

Ireland has become an increasingly popular educational centre for international students. Over 100,000 people come to Ireland annually to undertake various programmes. Dublin is one of Europe's most exciting and vibrant capital cities and has one of the youngest populations in the world. It is rich in cultural, historical and musical attractions and has excellent shopping, eating and leisure facilities.

Fitzwilliam Institute International's sister company has been providing computer training programmes for over fifteen years. Our practical, interactive workshop based approach in which participation is encouraged, continues to yield successful results for our students.

Over 600 students attended courses at Fitzwilliam Institute International and its sister companies last year.

The Diploma in E-Commerce and I.T. Skills runs for forty weeks from starting date to graduation. Fourteen weeks are spent studying E-Commerce skills and fourteen weeks general computer skills. The remaining twelve weeks are given over to examination and project preparation. All preparation for examinations and projects is carried out in the training room.

Course Breakdown

I.T. Skills

Seven modules are covered in this section with the main emphasis being on the development of skills in the following areas: Basic Concepts of Information Technology; Data storage, log on / off, installing software, saving to floppy disk, using e-mail, search engines, my computer directories, backup of data, system utilities.

Using the Computer and Managing Files: File and folder management, creating sub folders, moving files, deleting files, printing files, understanding your computer specification, help functions, search functions.

Word Processing: Open and save word documents, selecting text, creating tables, formatting, alignment of text, bullets and numbering, borders and shading, tables, cells and columns, merge fields, indenting, headers and line width, printing from a word processor.

Spreadsheets: Creating, formatting and saving spreadsheets, titles, cells and columns, formulas, calculus and sorting, handling worksheets, charts and forecasts, functions in spreadsheet operation, printing spreadsheets.

Database: Creating databases and tables, queries, reports and forms, entering and modifying records in a table, creating relationships in databases, exporting and importing data, printing from a database.

Presentation: Slides, structuring and formatting slideshows, insertion of text, colour and images, header and footer in slides, behaviour of slide text, charts in slides.

Information and Communiction: Web browsing, search engines, keywords, Url's, search refinements, composing messages for e-mail, BCC and CC in e-mail, managing address books, attaching files.


Topics include: HTML Tables, frames, links, design and usability, formatting, imaging, watermarks, printing web pages, Tags, lists, navigation, image maps,Vbscript with HTML, Active Server Pages (ASP) interaction with HTML. Web Page form handling with HTML and Javascript, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Dynamic HTML, Direct Animation, ActiveX Controls, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash, XML and PHP.

Course Project

A practical Course Project based on a real world brief involving E-Commerce and I.T. Skills is submitted by course participants in week forty.

Methods of Training

Workshops, discussions, projects, case studies, hands-on computer training, etc.


The Fitzwilliam Institute International maintains a panel of qualified and motivated lecturers who work as a team monitoring each student's progress.

Who Should Apply

Anyone who wishes to develop their E-Commerce and I.T. skills. Selection is based on educational background, etc.


Successful students are awarded the Institute of Commercial Management's Diploma in E-Commerce and I.T. Skills at Distinction, Credit or Pass level. The Diploma is awarded on the basis of project performance, examination results, attitude, attendance and timekeeping.

City and Guilds is a world leader in vocational education.

City and Guilds operates in over 80 countries and have over 130 years of experience in designing qualifications and providing learners with real-life, practical skills needed to succeed in the modern workplace.

City and Guilds works with governments to develop skills solutions and embed qualifications into the national education system and curriculum. Qualifications are widely accepted by employers around the world as the benchmark for excellence and help to create a mobile and flexible workforce suitably qualified to succeed even in today's challenging economic climate.

Over the last 20 years alone, more than 20 million learners received a City & Guilds certificate from over 10,000 approved training organisations around the world.

City and Guilds International Limited is a company (Reg. No. 1894671) and a charity (Reg. No. 312832) registered in the United Kingdom whose registered office is at 1 Giltspur Street London EC1A 9DD.

next start date: 29th September 2014 (Monday)

€5,835 Students who are non-EU nationals must private medical insurance which is arranged for them by Fitzwilliam Institute International and comply with visa requirements. Please e-mail Fitzwilliam Institute International Ltd. for details and assistance.

All fee payments must be made direct to Fitzwilliam Institute International Ltd. by bank draft. Fees should not be paid in any other way, or through any other channel. Fee payments are due to Fitzwilliam Institute International Ltd. on receipt by the prospective student of a letter of acceptance from Fitwilliam Institute International Ltd.

Fees, less the administration fee of €150, are refunded if an applicant fails to obtain a visa or the course is cancelled by Fitzwilliam Institute International Ltd. Please note that fees are not refunded if a student fails to obtain a visa extension while in Ireland.

Fitwilliam Institute International Ltd. reserves the right to dismiss students who fail to attend courses to the required level or are disruptive in any way.

Fitzwilliam Institute International Ltd. closes on Bank Holidays and for a number of days at Christmas and New Year. Fitzwilliam Institute International Ltd. reserves the right to postpone, cancel or alter courses without notice or to change any of the details in this brochure.

Year on year, we successfully place our students into a 3-month organised work placement as part of their full-time Postgraduate Diploma. Over 95% of our participants end up in full time employment with their placement company, with many carving a long and rewarding career. A significant number of our past graduates are now senior figures in these industries today. See some of our most recent placement companies below and find out what they have to say.