• Code: JA
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Award in Business Studies (5M2102)
  • Duration:   One Year


This course combines a wide range of Business modules including Marketing, Entrepreneurial Skills, Statistics and Business Administration. It meets the increasing demand from employers for qualified workers who are proficient in a variety of business skills. Learners complete work placements in the business area and gain valuable experience in the sector leaving them ready for either employment or progression into further study at Level 6 or Third Level. Throughout the year students also develop practical skills in Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Skills and Market Research. They have the opportunity also to attend Events in Business and gain valuable knowledge from external speakers and industry specialists. Students on this course have the opportunity based on successful interviews to take part in our Erasmus link programme and gain valuable work experience and crucial life skills in a foreign country for three weeks during the academic year.

Programme of Study
  • Bookkeeping – Manual & Computerised
  • Business Administration Skills
  • Communications
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Marketing Practice
  • Statistics
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Digital Marketing
  • eCommerce

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:  

  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/ H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied 
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award 
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following a successful interview.

Career Opportunities

Employment within the following sectors:

  • Business
  • Finance
  • Administration
  • Marketing
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:


  • QQI Level 6 course in Management (6M4587) (JC)


  • Business Studies (DC111)
  • Aviation Management (DC117)

TU Dublin (City Campus):

  • Business Studies (DT315)
  • International Hospitality Management (DT401)
  • Accounting and Finance (TA121)
  • Management (TA122)
  • Marketing (TA123)

Maynooth University:

  • Arts Anthropology (MH101)
  • European Studies (MH108)

Course Co-Ordinator

Larry Coyle

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"I’m very lucky that I had the chance to study the QQI Level 5 business management & administration course in BIFE. As it has given me an opportunity that I thought I’d never be able to get. After I left school at 16, I was concerned that I might have lost my chance of getting into university or even getting a decent job. But after doing this course, it’s definitely made it possible. The course is great and gives you a solid understanding into the different areas of business such as marketing, administration, communications and statistics. The staff are brilliant and do everything they can to help you succeed. Which from all of that, led me to where I am now, as I’m currently an undergraduate in Maynooth University studying Politics and Economics and hoping to then get my masters in International Relations to pursue a career in the European Commission. Overall I would advise anyone who is interested in this course to definitely give it a go as it can do great things for you as it did for me." - Ross Denton

This course provided me with the opportunity to experience multiple different areas of the business world. With the variety of modules it entails along with the work experience that had to be carried out it helped me focus in on my future career choice. As a mature student, BIFE were very helpful with anything I wasn't too certain about in terms of the course work. Most importantly, because of BIFE, their staff and my motivation to work throughout the year, I am now attending Carlow IT studying Bachelor of Business (Honours) - Business CW908.

Leanne Bolger achieved student of the Year for the Level 5 Business Award in 2016.


I received 8 distinctions in my Business Administration course in BIFE. This has allowed me to progress into a level 8 Business Studies degree in DCU which will last approximately 4 years in total.

Attending BIFE allowed my to get a feel for what it is like to study business as I had not studied business for the Leaving Certificate.

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the Business Administration course. I was particularly interested in the modules of Marketing and Entrepreneurial skills as it opened my eyes to what the business world has to offer.

Socially I connected well with all of the people in my class as we had a common interest. There were many extra curricular activities available throughout BIFE. I joined the DJ society which was very interesting and fun to participate in.

The guidance counsellor was very helpful in guiding me through the CAO process, entry to 3rd level and future career opportunities.

BIFE was an ideal stepping stone from second level to third level education as it gave me an understanding of the kind of work that I need to do in University.

Cillian Hughes

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