Certificate in Business Studies

Certificate in Business QQI Level 5 (5M2102) – Year 1
Advanced Certificate in Management QQI Level 6 (6M4587) – Year 2

In the business department we challenge ourselves and our students to strive for excellence.  We believe that achievement lies not in luck but in preparation, hard work and attention to detail.  Our philosophy is that when you learn, you succeed.

This course is designed to encompass a broad range of business related subjects which create an understanding of the range of skills and activities needed to compete successfully in the business world. This course covers all major business areas and topics and provides a comprehensive knowledge of each of the major functions of business. The structure ensures that students have the widest possible range of career, employment and higher education options open to them on completion of their studies.

Course Content

Year One

  • Business Administration
  • Marketing
  • Statistics
  • Business Law
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Communications
  • Work experience
  • Book-Keeping

Year Two

  • Business Management
  • Applied Economics
  • Customer Service
  • Employment Law
  • Work experience
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Maths (Level 5)

Please note that modules may change from year to year to reflect the changing business environment.


Certificate in Business QQI Level 5 (5M2102) – Year 1

Advanced Certificate in Management QQI Level 6 (6M4587) – Year 2

Entry Requirements

Level 5 Certificate in Business

  • Leaving Certificate
  • Candidates with a relevant full QQI Level 4 certificate (or above)
  • Mature students, and those without a formal education, are welcome to apply.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested prior to acceptance.

Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business

  • Students who successfully complete all modules in year one of the Certificate in Business Studies (QQI Award 5M2102)
  • Candidates with a relevant full QQI Level 5 certificate.
  • Mature Students with relevant life or work experience
  • Applicants whose first language is not English may be tested prior to acceptance.

Note: If you intend purchasing a device to complete assessments and access notes for this course, a device with Microsoft Windows Operating System is recommended, with a minimum of 128 GB.  All enrolled students will be provided with a free Microsoft 365 account.

Career Opportunities

Accountancy, Sales and Marketing, Business Administration, Banking, Purchasing Management, Human Resource Management, Customer Care.

College Links

On successful completion of QQI level 5 and level 6 awards, students are eligible to apply for first year entry to a number business related courses in a variety of third level colleges and universities.

Direct advanced entry links are in place between Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE and both DCU and NCI for our second year students.  On reaching agreed standards at QQI level 6, students are eligible to apply for second year entry to the General Business Degree programme in DCU.  Application can also be made for advanced entry to the following NCI degree courses: BA (Hons) in Business; BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management; and BA (Hons) in Marketing Practice.

Work Placements Abroad

Work Experience is a mandatory element of the Business Studies course in first year and in second year.  Students may apply to be part of the Erasmus Work Placement Abroad scheme.  Past Students have travelled to Italy, Malta, Bulgaria and Hungary.

Pre University Business Erasmus Testimonials


2 Years

Course Charges

Year 1: €50
Year 2: €50

Applicants in receipt of a Social Welfare payment will keep their payment whilst studying on the course under the Back to Education Allowance scheme.

What our Past Students Say:

The Business Studies course was an eye opener for me. It allowed me to gain the confidence as well as the relevant information needed to succeed in the business industry and to progress into university. Studying Business Studies in Coláiste Dhúlaigh was the best decision I’ve ever made. The tutors do nothing but push you to be the best you can be and will help you to the best of their abilities. They are also a great support system during times of stress and truly want everyone to succeed. I would 100% recommend this course. ”

“Aaron F . 2018”

“My two years on the Business Studies course in Coláiste Dhúlaigh really were absolutely invaluable to me. I did my leaving cert 8 years ago and went working full time straight after. Going back to study business was a daunting thought for me, but I very quickly realised from day one in Coláiste Dhúlaigh that I had nothing to be scared of or to worry about. It is very easy to tell that every teacher in the college wants nothing but the best for every single student that walks in the door. To me, 3 years ago, the thoughts of going back to study was a complete non-runner. But now I’ve just finished my level 6 in business studies with distinction, and have just received an offer letter from Griffith College for advanced entry into year 2 of the level 8 BA(Hons) in Business Studies course beginning in September, an achievement that would never have been possible without the amazing support from all in Coláiste Dhúlaigh.”

“Jamie H. 2019”

“Studying Business at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College  of Further Education was one of the best decision I’ve ever made.  I have gained self-confidence and discovered my potential during the course and this empowers me to consider third level education in Ireland.  Tutors are so caring and supportive.  I highly recommend this college.”

“Final M. 2018”

“I found the course interesting, valuable and rewarding. The course was well rounded, classes were small and teachers very accessible and reliable. The friendly nature of all staff facilitates a pleasant atmosphere….students in any difficulty always have someone to turn to.  The techniques I learned in Colaiste Dhulaigh gave me great advantage in my third level education and this is reflected in my grades.  I highly recommend this college to anyone.”

“Justyna S. 2017”