International Aid & Development

QQI Certificate in Business Studies (5M2102) – NFQ Level 5

Criminology & Social Studies CourseThis innovative course offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of current global development issues and challenges.. It provides students with the theory and practical skills for a career in the development sector working in non-governmental agencies or voluntary agencies.

Ireland’s Aid is delivered through the government aid programme, Irish Aid, as well as through many non-government organisations such as GOAL, Trocaire, Self-Help Africa and Concern. Graduates of ths course will be well-equipped to work in global development agencies and organisations in the areas of fundraising, publicity, advocacy and development.

The course is designed for both the school-leaver and the adult learner who has an interest in pursuing a career or further studies in global development.

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Course Content

  • Global  Development
  • Applied Economics
  • Political Studies
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
  •  Internet

Higher Education Links

For information on all relevant Higher Education Links visit (QQI), Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS), the Central Applications Office (CAO) and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions. Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, application processes and scoring systems with the Admissions Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit the CAO website.

Examples of Progression to Higher Education

– Full-time Courses:

  • DCU – International Relations DC231
  • UCC – International Development and Food Policy CK506
  • Kimmage DSC – BA Development Studies

– Part-time Courses:

  • Graduates may progress into Year 1 of the Institute of Public Administration‘s (IPA) part-time, NUI-accredited, Diploma in Business Studies or Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) and can also avail of additional subject exemptions. Visit the Institute of Public Administration website or contact the IPA directly for further details.

What our graduates say about the course

“…The quality of the teaching and the individual attention is second to none. I received not only a certificate but a sense of personal achievement that I could not have gotten anywhere else”

Declan Hughes- 2010 graduate, graduated with degree in international relations from DCU in 2013