Advanced Certificate in Business (Level 6)

As companies continue to face the challenges of a competitive marketplace, they must invest in highly skilled and trained personnel in order to meet the demands that customers and competitors present. This course is suitable for the student looking to develop sophisticated management, selling and marketing techniques.

These skills are very much sought after by both the large organisation and the small to medium enterprise alike. Modern business techniques are explored, leaving the graduate ready to enter the market with a wide range of expertise in various management, marketing and selling practices.

Students and adult learners who have a flair for business, will find this course gives them an opportunity to build on their knowledge and experience, and refine their skills so that at the end of the year they will have a professional set of management and business skills which will set them on a career path of their choice.

This course offers great employment potential in the area of management, professional sales and marketing, and the graduate will be able to avail of job opportunities that exist in the market as companies continue to develop creative and innovative customer based marketing and sales strategies.

  • QQI Advanced Certificate in Business – NFQ Level 6 (6M4985)
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Advanced Certificate in Business
  • Award Code: 6M4985
  • Level: 6 – Further Education & Training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

  • QQI Level 5 Qualification or equivalent
  • Appropriate Work Experience

Mature applicants who have relevant experience and may not meet the above requirements are
welcome to apply.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Business Management Level 6
  • Business Law Level 6
  • Marketing Management Level 6
  • Financial Reporting Level 6
  • Spreadsheets Level 6
  • Sales Presentation Level 6
  • Communications Level 6
  • Work Experience Level 6

Students will participate in a work based training programme and undertake relevant work placement for 1 to 2 full days per week.

Disclaimer: The college  reserves the right to make any alterations to any programme as might be required. Where there is insufficient enrolment a course may be cancelled.

For information on all relevant higher education links visit , and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions. Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit

Full-time Courses:

  • IADT Dun Laoghaire – BBus (Ord)Entrepreneurship –DL701
  • IADT Dun Laoghaire – BBus (Hons) Entrepreneurship & Management -DL823.

Students may apply for entry into Year 2 of the Business Degree Course (subject to interview)

  • NCI- BA (Hons) Business- NC009
  • UCD- B Business & Law – DN610 (require LCE Maths O2/H6)
  • TU Dublin Higher Certificate in Marketing – TU 783
  • TU Dublin –   BBus Marketing – TU 783
  • TU Dublin – BBus (Hons) Marketing Management- TU 923
  • South East Technology University (SETU) – Ballsbridge College has a progression agreement with SETU linking this course’s QQI award (6M4985) to a range of WIT degrees. Please see

Part-time Courses:

  • Graduates may apply for part-time Management, Accounting and Finance degree programmes in TU Dublin.

Breda ConophyThe Advanced Business course at Ballsbridge College is both practical and theory based. The broad range of topics covered helped me to decide what to specialise in.  I learnt a lot of good, relevant information which has assisted me in achieving my ultimate goal of getting into BA Hons Human Resource Management at The National College of Ireland. The tutors are extremely knowledgeable, supportive and helpful. I would highly recommend Ballsbridge College as a Post Leaving Cert College that embraces a mixture of cultures and provides the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve your goals.”  

Breda Conophy, Advanced Certificate in Business graduate 2019, progressed to BA HRM, NCI

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