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


This comprehensive course integrates a diverse array of business modules, encompassing Marketing, Enterprise, and Business Administration. Designed to meet the growing demand from employers for skilled professionals proficient in a broad spectrum of business skills, this program is tailored to equip learners with the necessary knowledge and competencies. 

A distinctive feature of this comprehensive course is the incorporation of practical experiences, as students engage in work placements within the business sector. These hands-on experiences not only enhance their understanding of the industry but also prepare them for successful transitions into the workforce or further academic pursuits at Level 6 or Third Level. 

By fostering a dynamic learning environment that integrates traditional business principles with contemporary digital strategies, the program equips students with a versatile skill set. Graduates emerge not only with a solid foundation in fundamental business areas but also with the expertise needed to navigate the complexities of digital marketing and e-commerce in the modern business landscape. This holistic approach ensures that learners are not only prepared for immediate employment but are also well-positioned for ongoing success and adaptability in the ever-evolving world of business. 

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 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

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)

DCU Dublin City University:

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

TU Technological University Dublin (City Campus):

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

Maynooth University:

  • Arts Degree (Muliple Options)
  • European Studies (MH108)

Course Co-Ordinator

Larry Coyle

Where are they now?

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

ross denton"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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