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Certificate in Business Studies

Introduction

Certificate in Business Studies - Dublin

Our Certificate in Business Studies course at BFEI, located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin is a one year QQ1 Level 5 course.

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
  • TESCO

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Certificate in Business Studies
  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Applied Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Communications
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Marketing Practice
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Course Code

  • BUS1
  • Duration

  • 1 Year full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 60 each year
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 25
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days
Testimonial

“My year in BFEI pushed me to work hard, enjoy myself and to get the college course I always wanted.  After my Leaving Certificate, I made the decision that a PLC was the best progression route for me to take at the time.  BFEI gave me the resources and every opportunity I needed to progress in all aspects of my education, that is why I am now a 1st year student studying BESS in Trinity College.  The highlight of my year was the Erasmus+ Programme.  This was a 2 week work placement in The Netherlands, where 10 BFEI students worked in various firms that were connected to the course they were studying.  Unfortunately, I did not get to finish my year in BFEI on-site, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the college couldn’t have been more helpful at the time and made the transition from in class to online learning seamless.  The year I spent in BFEI prepared me for college but I also had a lot of fun.  I made a lot of new friends and I enjoyed my time there immensely”. 

- Henry Higgins, Business Studies Graduate, 2020 -

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 this course will be awarded a QQI level 5 Certificate in in Business Studies (5M2102).

More Level 5 Courses at BFEI

Progression

On successful completion of the Certificate in Business Studies (5M2102), graduates have the option to progress within BFEI to the:

If you want to get a degree, then after completing Year 1 and achieving theCertificate in Business Studies, you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

Bachelor of Commerce University College Dublin - www.ucd.ie
BA (Hons) in Business, Economics & Social Studies (BESS) Trinity College Dublin - www.tcd.ie
Bachelor of Business Studies Dublin City University - www.dcu.ie
BA in Accounting & Finance Dublin City University - www.dcu.ie
BSc in Business and Management Technological University Dublin [City] - www.tudublin.ie
BBS in Business Management Maynooth University - www.nuimaynooth.ie

After Year 2, you can apply for advanced entry to 2nd year of the following courses:

Bachelor of Business (Ord) in  Applied Entrepreneurship IADT, Dún Laoghaire - www.iadt.ie
BA (Hons) in Business or BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management National College of Ireland – www.ncirl.ie

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 2019/2020 secured excellent CAO offers.

Career

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

Entry Requirements

  •  Leaving Certificate

You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

  • Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

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. 

Fees

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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