Advanced Business Studies

Advanced Certificate in Business 6M4985

Award Title 
QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business 6M4985
Course Duration: One Year

Progression: successful students from year one have the opportunity to move to year two of the Higher Certificate in Business in Athlone Institute of Technology

Course Description

The Advanced Certificate in Business is an one year full-time course, which will give you the business knowledge and skills to form the basis of a career in industry, commerce or the public service. You will gain an understanding of the functional areas of business and of the factors which influence business success.

Entry Requirements

Any QQI Level 5 Certificate (no specific module requirements).  Consideration will be given to mature applicants (aged over 23) who do not meet these requirements

Course Content

Business Management 6N4310
Finance 6N4165
Applied Economics 6N4091
Customer Service 6N0697
Work Experience 6N1946
Marketing Management 6N4188
Spreadsheets 6N4089
Conflict Management 6N2775

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this course have secured employment in areas such as

  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Retail services and computing

Progression Opportunities

Graduates of this course have secured employment in areas such as; Accounting, Insurance, Marketing, Management, Administration, Retail services and computing. Progression to degree programs includes:

Direct entry to the second year of the Business Degree at TUS.


Student Services Registration Fee: €50

QQI Examination Fees: €80 (medical card holders are exempt)

Structure of the Course:

A timetable will be given to you at the start of the course. Your timetable will run over three and a half days per week. Level 6 students will be off each Thursday for work experience.

You will be given a College email address and access to Microsoft Teams where all resources will be made available. In order to achieve the overall QQI Level 6 Business award you are required to pass the 8 modules.

Learning Support – extra classes may be provided for students who have educational psychological reports. Please let me know if you require support, this is confidential.

Work Experience

Work Experience is an important part of the course. You are required to complete 100 hours of work experience in a business setting.

LWETB Learner Handbook – available online.

Guidance Counsellor/Learner Support: Our guidance counsellor Janet McManus is available to support all students with their career and welfare issues. Email:

For more information contact the course coordinator – Claire Prunty