Business Studies (Level 5)

This course provides students with excellent knowledge of the core principles and practices of business. It prepares graduates of this course for progression to further studies in this area.

Modules such as Economics, Accounting, Law and Business Administration form the core of the course, complemented by Information Technology modules. Graduates of this course will be ideally suited to work in all business sectors, including accountancy firms, local government or the civil service, in addition to many other public and private sector organisations.

  • QQI Certificate in Business Studies (5M2102) – NFQ Level 5
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Certificate in Business Studies
  • Award Code: 5M2102
  • Level: 5 – Further Education & Training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

A minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.


Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 qualifications.

The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be
considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Accounting- Manual and Computerised
  • Funds Administration
  • Business Administration
  • Applied Economics
  • Spreadsheets
  • Business Law
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

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:

  • DIT – B.Sc. Business and Management – DT365 (require LCE Maths O4/H7
  • DCU- BBus (Hons) in Business Studies- DC111 (require LCE Maths O4/H6)
  • DCU- BA (Hons) in Accounting  & Finance – DC115 (require LCE Maths O4/H6)
  • NCI-  BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance – NC022
  • NCI – BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems (NC004)
  • NCI – BA (Hons) Business Studies – NC009
  • UCD- B Commerce (Hons) – DN650 (require LCE Maths O2/H6)
  • UCD – BA Economics (Hons) – DN710
  • UCD- B Business & Law – DN610 (require LCE Maths O2/H6)
  • UCD- B Law – DN600
  • Maynooth University: Accounting &Finance -MH403 (requires LCE Maths O4/H7)
  • IADT Dun Laoghaire – BBus (Hons) Entrepreneurship &Management – DL823
  • IT Blanchard town –   BBus (Hons) Business -BN101
  • ITT- BBus (Hons) Management- TA122
  • ITT- BBus (Hons) Accounting & Finance- TA121
  • South East Technology University (SETU) – Ballsbridge College has a progression agreement with SETU linking this course’s QQI award (5M2102) to a range of WIT degrees. Please see

Part-time Courses:

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

I had a really good experience in Ballsbridge College. I studied on the Business Studies course and learned a lot of new skills and ideas which have really helped since starting on my degree course in Commerce in NUIG. All the tutors in Ballsbridge College are very approachable and helped me whenever I had any difficulties. I would recommend this course and College to anyone who is interested in Business and progressing to third level.”  

Shauna Duffy, Business Studies graduate, 2021, progressed to Commerce, NUIG

I truly believe that I wouldn’t be in DCU without the support, education, and skills I received from Ballsbridge College. The self-confidence I obtained in my course gave me the self-esteem required to succeed in a 3rd level university. I would recommend any individual, from any background, to enrol in Ballsbridge College. As long as you’re willing to put the work in, Ballsbridge College will get you to wherever it is that you want to go. I went from someone who could never succeed in education, to being the Student of the Year in Ballsbridge. I went from someone who never made a presentation in their life to being a powerful public speaker.”  

Brad Whelan, Business Studies graduate 2016, progressed to Bachelor of Business Studies DCU

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