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Business Studies

Course Description

This QQI Level 5 programme is designed to give a clearly structured business education that provides a solid foundation for success in a business career.  The course provides a strong grounding in fundamental business concepts, ideas, practices and methodologies.  It features a rich learning environment that involves students in comprehensive and critical analysis of business organisations, functions and techniques.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Accounting Manual and Computerised
  • Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised
  • Business Administration Skills
  • Business Law
  • Communications Level 5
  • Mathematics
  • Spreadsheet Methods Level 5
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment.  This allows students to create links with employers. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates may progress to related Level 6 programmes at KCFE in Office Management or Business Management

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply through CAO and or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technologies and Universities (please check with the particular  institution regarding local eligibility requirements) 

This course provides students with an excellent qualification in Business and will provide opportunities to work in diverse areas such as Finance, Marketing, Retail and IT.  The knowledge and skills gained by students make them an attractive proposition for any employer. 

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business Studies (5M2102)


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