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


This course offers students a selection of exciting subjects that will provide a broad understanding of the operations of a logistics business. The logistics industry is currently experiencing skills shortages.

This Award offers students the opportunity to progress Business courses in UCD, DCU, Maynooth University, TU Dublin & NCI. Level 8 -degree courses in Logistics & Supply Chain management in TU Dublin.
Also students can progress to Level 6 Logistics Associate Apprenticeship or use the Award to go directly into employment within the industry.

At any one-time, millions of tonnes of goods are on the move around the world. A Freight Forwarder is a dynamic career in an industry where there are constant demands for people with knowledge and understanding of the business.

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 receive 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.

You will also receive Manual Handling Training which is necessary for work in the warehousing or distribution industries.


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.


Graduates of this course are well equipped to work in any business.This course covers all the major business areas and provides a comprehensive knowledge of each of the major functions of business. Students can go on to study a range of courses including Business, Logistics, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, HR,  Business & Law, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship, Auctioneering,  Event Management etc.  Students may progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme. This Award links with Logistics, Supply Chain Management & Sustainable Transport Management Degrees in TU Dublin as well as Business degrees in DCU, UCD, TU Dublin and Maynooth University. 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.

Graduates of this course are studying Business in UCD, DCU, Maynooth, NCI and TU Dublin.   Please NOTE that the Statistics module above must be achieved at Distinction level for certain Level 8 degrees in lieu of Leaving Certificate Maths.

Recent Killester College/Cathal Brugha FET graduates have gone on to work in the Banks, HSE etc. 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.

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the Level 6 Logistics Associate Apprenticeship which is industry based or progress to a degree in Logistics in TU Dublin or SETU Carlow  as well as Business in DCU, UCD, TU Dublin and Maynooth University. Past students are with DHL, DB Schenker & DX Ireland and attending Third level.

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 Killester 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.