Higher Certificate in Business (Level 6)



QQI Level 6 Higher Certificate in Business 6M4985                



2 years (Year 1 in LCFE, year 2 in AIT)

Award Title 

Higher Certificate in Business (in conjunction with AIT AL650)
QQI Code: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business 6M4985
Course Duration: 2 Years (Year 1 in Longford College of Further Education, Year 2 in AIT)

Course Description

This is a two year full-time, Higher Certificate 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. The second year of the course is undertaken in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT).

Entry Requirements

Any QQI Level 5 Certificate (no specific module requirements).

Course Content

Year 1 (at Longford College of Further Education)

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

Year 2 (at AIT)

  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing Management in a Digital Age
  • IT and Computer Applications

One elective module from the following options:
Banking – Financial Accounting – Applied Economics – International Economics
E-Business – Services Marketing – Operations and Supply Chain Management
Applied Entrepreneurship – French, German, Spanish ab initio.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course have secured employment in areas such as

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


Holders of this Higher Certificate are eligible to apply to join the Bachelor of Business (Level 7) at Athlone Institute of Technology. Alternatively they may avail of the exemptions granted by one of the professional bodies and apply for a full-time accountancy studies course at Athlone Institute of Technology.

Fees Year 1

Student Services Registration Fee: €150

DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200

QQI Examination Fees: €80

Total Course Cost *€430

*Due to exemptions Total Costs for the following groups apply:

(1) Medical Card Holders – €150 (2) BTEA recipients- €150 (3) Grant recipients – €230

For more information

Course Coordinator – Claire Prunty

Email: cprunty.tcl@lwetb.ie