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Desktop Publishing L 4 GY

Programme Aim
The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to develop the relevant knowledge, skill and competence in a broad range of personal skills which enable personal development and active citizenship, and/or to progress to employment and/or further education or training.

Target Award

QQI General Learning – 4M2010

Start Date: 07-09-2023Hours/week: 03 Hrs 30 MinsDuration: 14 weeks


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements
Applicants should have a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 3 when accessing a Level 4 programme. Applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education although no formal qualifications are required.

Age Requirements
Please see course details for minimum age requirements

Please refer to Programme Descriptor for Programme Aims and Objectives

Learning Aptitude
Applicants 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.

Previous Experience
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work under direction with some ability to work on their own initiative.

Module Award Body
Desktop Publishing Desktop Publishing (4N1854) QQI
Learning Outcomes of Level 4 Desktop Publishing 4N1854
Learners will be able to:
1. Identify desktop publishing software applications
2. Explain the difference between desktop publishing and graphic design including their uses
3. Describe the processes involved in desktop publishing from brief to document publication
4. Explain print design principles including page layout, typography, graphics or images,
alignment, emphasis, balance, colour and space
5. Create a range of single page unfolded documents specifying page size, page orientation,
margins, columns and gutters
6. Import text and graphic files placing them accurately on the page using grids and rulers
7. Use basic typographic tools to specify fonts, sizes, styles, horizontal scaling and spacing
between characters and lines
8. Select image and type faces appropriate to medium, target audience and purpose using
primary or secondary sources
9. Set margins, indents, tabs, rules (lines), headers, footers and text alignment
10. Enhance documents using lines, boxes (frames), titles, moving and sizing graphics, and
controlling the white space around graphics and between frames and text
11. Proof read and correct documents
12. Construct with manipulation image and text using relevant conventions to include spacing
13. Create a range of single page unfolded documents consisting of graphic and textual
elements to specific requirements
14. Explore the effectiveness of the layout of the documents.


Gorey Further Education and Training Centre


Civic Square, The Avenue, Gorey, Co Wexford


  • Pay Parking
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Tea/Coffee Making

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Susan Neville