Advanced Certificate in Business


Advanced Certificate in Business Studies Course - Dublin

Our Advanced Certificate in Business Studies at BFEI, located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin is a QQ1 Level 6 course.

Have you already got a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business Studies or an equivalent award and want to further develop your business? Have you a desire to gain a more in-depth understanding of key business areas or would you like to start your own business?

This qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the main business areas: Accounting, Marketing, Business Management, and Entrepreneurship, offering you the opportunity to advance your career in your chosen area of interest by providing advanced entry to Business Studies Degree programmes.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:

  • 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
  • Advanced Certificate in Business
  • Business Management
  • Marketing Communications
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Professional Presentation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Work Experience
  • Course Code

  • BUS2
  • Duration

  • 1 Year – full time September to May
  • Number of Places

  • 60
  • 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 the course will be awarded a QQI level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business (6M4985).


Having completed the course, 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)


Check out the updated BFEI CAO Progression Pathways Chart with new progression options included for TCD, NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick.  CAO data shows that many BFEI graduates from 2018/2019 secured excellent CAO offers.


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Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the Certificate in Business Studies, or hold an equivalent qualification at QQI Level 5 (subject to having completed relevant modules).

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will be invited to attend an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Information on course costs and the registration/induction process will also be provided at this meeting. 

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available. 


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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