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Business Studies

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QQI Level 5 Award in Business Studies 5M2102                               Duration: 1 year

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Note: This course costs €300 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge
Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding

What will I study?

  • Accounting, Manual & Computerised
  • Business Administration Skills
  • Communications
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Spreadsheets
  • Statistics
  • Word Processing
  • Marketing Practice

Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

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.

What we would like from you!

Applicants with an interest in business practice and IT applications.

Career/Progression Opportunities

Graduates of this course are well equipped to work in any business. It is particularly relevant when seeking employment in Administration, Accounting, the Retail Sector, Insurance  and Marketing. 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, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, HR, Law, Business & Law, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship, Auctioneering, Logistics, Event Management etc.  Students may progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme. Graduates of this course are studying Business in UCD, DCU, Maynooth, NCI and DIT/TU Dublin. (10 students from the 2020 Business Studies course are now in DCU.) This course links with Law in UCD, TCD, DCU & Maynooth.  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 graduates have gone on to work in the Banks, HSE etc. The new Business type Apprenticeships (Accounting Technician, Finance, Insurance, etc.) are also accepting Business Award QQI level 5 as an entry requirement equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

Click this course code 5M2102 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with. 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.

See what our Students say.

Having completed the Business Studies course in Killester college in 2018/19, I can’t speak highly enough of the quality of the college and staff. The modules were great in terms of getting an insight into the world of business. The assignments were plentiful and tough at times, but it allowed me to greatly improve my time management and critical analysis skills. The teachers and the career guidance were great in aiding us throughout the duration of the course.Through the Work Experience module, I received a full-time paid internship in Irish Life in the summer of 2019 which would not have happened if it were not for this module in particular.I obtained my first choice, Commerce in UCD. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the help and support that I received from the staff at Killester College and could not recommend it enough!
Calvin Kearns 2018-’19

I am currently in DCU studying General Business. I’m enjoying DCU, thanks to the opportunity that I was given at Killester College
Sean Breheny 2016-2017
My time in Killester College was incredibly rewarding and quite challenging at times.However, I would not have achieved so much satisfaction otherwise. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. I am now in UCD!
Maria Jurado 2017-2018 (Student of the Year 2017-2018)

Entry Requirements

Any student over 16 years seeking entry to this programme does not need a previous formal qualification.  However, the student must demonstrate at interview the capacity to successfully participate on this programme. This includes both the academic and work experience elements of the programme. Should the student have previous qualifications, one of the following may be advantageous for admission to the programme:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA
  • QQI Level 4 Award
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Interview


Course Code 110

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