Business with Entrepreneurial Skills (Level 5)

Do you have an idea that you would like to develop in to a business? Want to be your own boss? Whatever your reasons for wanting to start or develop a business, this course will provide you with the key skills and the practical knowledge to start, operate and grow your own business.

Entrepreneurship can be described as an approach to life as well as a set of business skills. It requires a person to think creatively, ask difficult questions and challenge established ways of working. In addition, it is recognised that employers today wish to employ those with entrepreneurial skills as they are seen as an asset to an organisation. Thus entrepreneurial skills enhance a student’s prospects of employment.

This course will equip participants with a range of skills and the practical knowledge required to evaluate business opportunities, create business plans, undertake market analysis, secure start-up or expansion finance and successfully manage an enterprise. In addition, whilst undertaking this course, participants are offered the opportunity to set up and operate a business producing a product or providing a service.

On completion of the course students will have greatly enhanced their potential to start their own business, work with other employers or progress to degree courses in a range of Irish Higher Education Institutes

  • 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.

  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting-Manual & Computerised
  • 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:

  • TU Dublin- BSc (Hons) Event Management -TU 954
  • IADT Dun Laoghaire-BA (Hons) Arts Management –DL822
  • TU Dublin – BSc (Hons) Marketing – TU 922
  • NCI- BA (Hons) Marketing Practice — NC020
  • NCI- BA(Hons) Business- NC103
  • TU Dublin-BA (Ord) Advertising & Marketing Communications – TU 780
  • TU Dublin- BA(Ord) BBus Marketing -TU 783
  • 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 progress into Year 1 of the IPA’s part time, NUI accredited Diploma in Business studies or Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) and can also avail of additional subject exemptions. Visit or contact the Institute of Public Administration directly for further details.

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