Business Studies


Course Title

Pre-Business Degree Course


Level 5 Business Studies 5M2102


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

Course Description
This course is designed to help students develop the essential accounting and financial knowledge and skills which form the basis for a career in industry, commerce or the public service. The course comprises both theoretical and practical modules, and students will gain an understanding of both manual and integrated accounting software. There is a focus in this course on the functional areas of accounting, finance and business and the factors which influence business success.

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Career Opportunities

With this course, students can go on to pursue a career in such diverse areas such as

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing and IT
  • Customer Service & Retail

Course Content

Accounting Manual and Computerised 5N1348
Bookkeeping Manual & Computerised 5N1354
Word Processing 5N1400
Customer Service 5N0972
Work Experience 5N1356
Database Methods 5N0783
Spreadsheets Methods 5N1977
Business Administration Skills 5N1358

At Longford College of Further Education: Graduates of this course may progress to the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business
Graduates of this course are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

  • Level 8 Bachelor of Business TUS
  • Higher Certificate in Business TUS
  • Bachelor of Business in Business Administration 


· Student Services Registration Fee: €50

· QQI Examination Fees: €50 (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 4 days per week. Monday to Thursday for Level 5 Business students. One day per week will be allocated as a work experience day. Please note – Friday is your work experience day

You will be given a College email address and access to Microsoft Teams where all resources will be made available.

You will be fully supported with all your assignments and assessments.

In order to achieve the overall QQI Level 5 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.

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

LWETB Learner Handbook – available online.

For more information

Course Coordinator – Helen Johnston