Business Studies


Do you want to gain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of business  with a view to identifying the specialist area that best suits you?  Have you an entrepreneurial flair?  Are you looking to gain employment in the diverse business environment?  Or do you see yourself progressing to get a Business Degree? 

This qualification covers the major functional areas of business including Finance, Marketing, Human Resources and Management  and will provide you with the opportunity to advance your career.  

Career Opportunities

Business subjects, coupled with proficiency in IT, prepare graduates for a wide range of career opportunities in:

  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • General Administration and Management
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Sales Management

Companies who have hired BFEI graduates include:

  • AIB

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Year 1: Certificate in Business Studies
  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Applied Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Marketing Practice
  • Work Experience
  • Year 2: Advanced Certificate in Business Studies
  • Business Management
  • Sales and Marketing Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Customer Service
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Work Experience
  • Course Code

  • BUS1 (first year), BUS2 (second year)
  • Duration

  • 2 years – full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 60 each year
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 25
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days

I completed a 2 year full-time Business Studies course and I have to say that my experience at the College has been incredibly positive and  I would recommend  it to anyone that is seeking an affordable and mainly assignment based assessment format that is taught by friendly, approachable lecturers.  The course provides students with a broad spectrum of business knowledge that is practical and engaging, making graduates workplace or ready to progress on to get a degree.  I would highly recommend anyone that is interested to check out the range of courses available at BFEI.

- Sinead Toomey, Business Studies Graduate, 2014 -

Support Elements
  • Career Advice
  • CV Preparation
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI.
  • Assessment is based on a combination of project work submitted during the year and exams.
  • Learners who successfully complete year one will be awarded a QQI level 5 Certificate in in Business Studies (5M2102).
  • Learners who successfully complete year two will be awarded a QQI level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business (6M4985).

More Level 5 Courses at BFEI


If you want to get a degree, having achieved the Certificate in  Business Studies (Year 1) , then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

Bachelor of Business & Law, BBL (Hons), UCD

Bachelor of Commerce, University College Dublin

Bachelor of Business Studies, Dublin City University 

B.A. in Accounting & Finance, Dublin City University

BSc in Business and Management, Dublin Institute of Technology 

Bachelor of Business in Management, Institute of Technology Tallaght


Having achieved the Advanced Certificate (Year 2),  you will be eligible to apply for:

Advanced entry to 2nd year Bachelor of Business Applied Entrepreneurship, Institute of Art Design & Technology (IADT) Dún Laoghaire

Advanced entry to 2nd year BA (Hons) in Business / BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management, National College of Ireland (NCI)

More Business Courses at BFEI

Entry Requirements

Year 1
  • Leaving Certificate/LCA

Applicants should have achieved five passes OR five O6/H7s  OR a combination of five O6/H7s OR have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile.

  • Other including Mature Students

If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed individually.


Year 2
  •  Applicants must have successfully completed Year 1 or hold an equivalent qualification at QQI Level 5 (subject to having completed relevant modules).

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs and registration details.


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.


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