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Audio Transcription

Learn the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to perform audio transcription tasks.

Minor Award

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Course Overview

The aim of the module is to provide the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to perform audio transcription tasks including operating an audio transcription unit, understand the conventions of written language and numeracy, apply appropriate layout and presentation, produce documents to a mailable standard, proof documents, produce fluent text, and attain minimum production standards.


This Course will run Monday and Wednesday nights from 7.00 pm-10.00 pm

What will I study ?

  • Examine the function and operation of an audio transcription unit
  • Identify a range of reference material that can be used to ensure accuracy in carrying out audio transcription tasks
  • Examine the conventions of written language and its application to the audio transcription process
  • Examine appropriate layout, stationery and style of display for a range of documents
  • Apply accurate and appropriate written language usage to audio transcription to include spelling, punctuation and syntax
  • Use business and or vocationally specific vocabulary and terminology correctly
  • Apply appropriate formatting to the layout of audio transcribed documents
  • Follow dictated instructions to produce mailable documents
  • Use dictionaries, spellcheck and thesaurus and other reference materials as required
  • Carry out audio transcription in conjunction with an input device to produce accurate and fluent text
  • Implement implicit, explicit and dictated transcription instructions
  • Make calculations as necessary
  • Use an audio transcription unit to produce mailable standard documents
  • Exercise initiative and resourcefulness when performing audio transcription tasks
  • Proof read documents using appropriate correcting techniques, amending any errors as appropriate
  • Demonstrate organisational skills to include the efficient use of equipment and stationery
  • Attain minimum production standards of 40 wpm and 97% accuracy.

What is the certification?

QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Audio Transcription (5N1549)

What are the entry requirements?

  • Applicants should have a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 4 when accessing a Level 5 programme.
  • Must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.

Still have questions?

Contact Caroline at Night Course Admissions on 066 714 9600 or Click Here to Email

What is the cost ?

Fees apply to all part-time programmes.

A fee waiver is in place for applicants in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment.  You can check your fee waiver eligibility with Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), INTREO or your Local Employment Service (LES) office.

Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Caroline on our Part-time courses team at Monavalley on 066-7149600 or Stephen on our Part-time courses team in Listowel on 067-21023.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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