Business Studies with Chinese* (Level 5)

The contemporary business environment is every changing and heavily influenced by geopolitical, legal, economic, social and technological factors on both a national and international scale. Students on this course will be equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge to cope with the rapidly changing needs of the international business sector.

This course provides students with a solid grounding in general business and they will develop working competencies in key areas such as funds administration, accounting and economics. In addition, students will have the opportunity to study Mandarin language and Chinese culture.

  • 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
  • Business Law
  • Funds Administration
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing
  • Chinese Language (Mandarin) and Culture- Beginners Course

*The Chinese (mandarin) language module on this course is delivered by Confucius Institute, UCD. It is not a QQI programme module.

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:

  • UCC – Bcomm. Commerce International with Chinese Studies – CK211
  • TU Dublin – B.Sc. Business and Management – TU 903 (require LCE Maths O4/H7)
  • DCU- BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance – DC115 (require LCE Maths O4/H6)
  • NCI- BA (Hons) Business – NC009
  • NCI- Higher Certificate in Business – NC103
  • UCD- BCommerce- DN650 (requires LCE Maths O2/H6)
  • UCD- B Business & Law – DN610 (require LCE Maths O2/H6)
  • UCD- B Law – DN600
  • UCD – BA Economics (Hons) – DN 710
  • IADT Dun Laoghaire – BBus (Hons) Entrepreneurship & Management–DL823
  • TU Dublin -BBus (Hons) Business -TU 901
  • TU Dublin – BBus (Hons) International Business -TU 915
  • TU Dublin- BBus (Hons) Management- TU 908
  • TU Dublin- BBus (Hons) Accounting & Finance- TU 911
  • 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.
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Part-time Courses:

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

Despite more than 5 years passing since my time at Ballsbridge College of Further Education, I still consider that experience to be the most influential in my career. I have since gone on to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies from DCU, and have been offered a job on the highly competitive graduate programme at IDA Ireland – something which wouldn’t have occurred without the support of Ballsbridge College of FE.”  

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

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