FinTech – Financial Technology Skills

This course aims to prepare learners for employment in the FinTech sector. This foundation course will introduce learners to the area of financial technology so that they will be motivated to pursue job opportunities and further training in the sector.  The learner will develop an understanding of the international financial services market and develop competence in key finance concepts, digital and interpersonal skills.

The FinTech sector is a rapidly growing sector of the international financial services market. Demand for FinTech services and the opportunity for innovative Irish FinTechs at home and abroad has never been so strong. Investment in the sector in Ireland and the UK accounted for 42% of total investment in Europe in 2014 (Accenture (2015, March 26), Growth in Fintech Investment Fastest in European Market).

Fintech is described in its broadest terms as innovation in financial services enabled by technology, through the development of new products and services from both start- ups and established financial institutions” (Accenture 2015, A Skills Needs Analysis of the international Financial Services Sector in Ireland, 2015).

The Government’s strategy for the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC) aims to create 10,000 additional jobs over the next five years (Hancock, C. (2015, February 2). 10,000 IFSC jobs targeted in major new strategy. The Irish Times.).

However, a skills shortage in the FinTech sector has been identified as a barrier to growth, in particular, technology skills such as data management and analytics and mobile technology. Developing a skills-set which combines both the business and technical knowledge of the international financial services market is crucial for anyone wishing to work in the FinTech sector.

  • 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.

  • Financial Services
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Statistics
  • Marketing Practice
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Applied Economics
  • 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:

  • DCU-BBus (Hons) Business Studies -DC111
  • DCU- BSc (Hons) Marketing, Innovation and Technology- DC240
  • TU Dublin – BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance – TU 910
  • Maynooth University- BA Finance – MH401
  • NUI Galway-Bsc Business Information System- GY206
  • 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 TU Dublin.

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