Business Studies (with Law): Pre-University Course


One Year Full-time


Level 5 QQI Award Business Studies (5M2102)

Course Aims

This course is designed to give learners an in-depth knowledge of concepts relevant to the business world with an emphasis on Accounting, Economics, Marketing and Law. By combining IT components with these business concepts, learners will gain the knowledge, skill and competence to meet the increasing demand from employers for qualified graduates who are proficient in a wide range of business skills. This Pre-University course is a excellent foundation for those who wish to pursue business degree programmes in UCD, Maynooth, DCU and other Universities. A two week work placement in the second term provides learners with the opportunity to gain experience in a business or legal workplace.

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate Established/LCVP
• Leaving Certificate Applied
• Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
• Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

• Accounting Manual and Computerised
• Applied Economics
• Business Law
• Legal Practice and Procedures
• Marketing Practice
• Spreadsheet Methods
• Word Processing
• Work Experience
• Communications
• Mathematics (Optional)

Special Features

  • Two week work placement

  • Court Visits

  • Site Visits
  • Professional guest lectures

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Administration at DFEi.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a wide range of business related higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology. 
Examples are shown below. However a full list of programmes to choose from will be given to all learners at induction in September

Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links Scheme 

Bachelor of Commerce (DN650)
University College Dublin
BA in Accounting and Finance (DC115)
BSc in Marketing, Innovation and Technology (DC240)
BA in Economics and Law (DC230)
Dublin City University
BSc in Marketing (DT341)
BSc in Business and Management (DT365)
BSc in Business and Law (DT321)
BSc in Retail and Services Management (DT343)
BSc in Human Resource Management (DT398)
Dublin Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Business Studies (DL823)
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
Bachelor of Arts (MH101)
BBS in Business and Accounting (MH407)
BBS in Management (MH404)
National University of Ireland Maynooth
Bachelor of Arts (CK101)
Bachelor of Commerce (CK201)
Bachelor of Law (CK301)
University College Cork
For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution.

Career Paths

Graduates of this course may pursue careers in a wide range of areas including: legal, finance, accountancy, marketing, general administration, human resources, retail and information technology.