Business with Logistics & Distribution – Cathal Brugha Campus

Cost €50




QQI Level 5 Award in Business Studies 5M2102                  Duration: 1 year
Practical Customs Training Course with IIFA
Manual Handling
Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding


  • Marketing Practice
  • Business Administration Skills
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Warehousing
  • Inventory Control
  • Statistics
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Communications
  • Personal & Professional Development

Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally


Throughout the year students will participate in a blend of classroom and on-line learning, together with off-site visits, presentations from industry leaders and independent study.

You will also receive Manual Handling Training and Practical Customs Training provided by the Irish International Freight Association (IIFA)  which,  Post-Brexit, is vital for employees of businesses who trade with the UK and countries outside the EU.


A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year (Continuous Assessment). On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.


If you are ambitious and looking for an exciting industry with a wide variety of employment opportunities, then this is the course for you.

This course is particularly appealing to those who are interested in the Supply Chain – the flow of goods from point of manufacture to the consumer both within Ireland and around the world.


This Business with Logistics & Distribution is perfect for the business student who would like more options in the future. Unlike many other Business Studies courses, this course concentrates on the Supply Chain within the company, which is where the money is made for the business to thrive. The Supply Chain is an exciting and expanding area of every business.

Students will learn about Logistics, which is arranging for the right product to be delivered to the right customer on the right day and time, in the right condition and of course for the right price! Logistics is used in the majority of businesses in Ireland and throughout the world and is a beneficial and transferrable skill for successful students to have when working within and outside Ireland.

Education in this area will increase the options for the student who may not want to progress to University at present and would like to gain employment or perhaps complete a Logistics Associate Apprenticeship.However, this Award also offers the opportunity to progress  to Business courses in UCD, DCU, Maynooth University, TU Dublin (Level 8 degree course in Logistics & Supply Chain Management) NCI etc.

Select Award code 5M102 to see where it links to.
You can also select “any award” in the same search box and this will return all courses open to students who have successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course.

Please NOTE that the Statistics module above must be achieved at Distinction level for certain Level 8 degrees in lieu of Leaving Certificate Maths.

Past students are with DHL, DB Schenker & DX Ireland and attending Third level. The new Business type Apprenticeships (Logistics, Accounting Technician, Finance, Insurance, etc.) are also accepting Business Award QQI level 5 as an entry requirement equivalent to the Leaving Certificate

The Logistics & distribution industry is experiencing skills shortages across all sectors. This course together with the Customs Procedures Training, will ensure excellent job opportunities in the Logistics and Supply Chain industry.


Anne Gorecka of the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship said that it is “a great bonus to have this QQI Level 5 behind you” when looking for an apprenticeship position.



  • Any person over 16 years may apply
  • Leaving Cert./LCA
  • Applicants must have attained a Pass grade in Leaving Cert Ordinary Level Maths or equivalent
  • Students who have/are taking LCA or Leaving Certificate Foundation Maths must sit a short Maths test in Cathal Brugha FET College as part of the Application process.
  • If English is not your first language you may be asked to complete an English assessment
  • Students  who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)

See what students say

” A very well structured course with useful information and with teachers who are there for you to help you with any information you need, a course that helped me change my field of work. Also, the Custom Procedure course is very helpful because it shows you exactly what the working method is and what to expect. 
I have only words of thanks and I don’t regret for a second the decision to take this course as it gave me the opportunity to enter a new world, where you always have something new to learn and the opportunity to develop yourself” Alina Stancu 2022.