QQI Level 5 – Business Studies - Code 5M2102


1 year Full-time


These two discrete courses aim to prepare students for employment in the Fintech sector or Human Resource sectors.  The specialist modules allow students to select based on their chosen area of interest. The Fintech option is a foundation which will introduce learners to the area of financial technology so that they will be motivated to pursue job opportunities and further training in the sector.  The student will develop an understanding of the international financial services market and develop competence in key finance concepts, digital and interpersonal skills.  The Human Resource electives of theories and applications can lead to employment opportunities in recruitment and personnel departments in a wide variety of companies throughout the city. Most major companies have a Human Resources department. Smaller companies usually have an employee whose job is to look after HR issues such as recruitment, staff training and development, labour law, the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees and other general Industrial Relations issues. This course offers an introduction to each of the above areas and so leaves the student informed and skilled when applying for related company positions.

Entry Requirements          

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent is advised.
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Core Modules
  • Spreadsheets
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
Elective Modules
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Marketing Practice
  • Database Methods

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Experience

Two weeks’ work experience is incorporated into this course.

Career Opportunities

HR Graduates may seek immediate employment in a range of human resource departments. For those who chose the FinTech option, this is a rapidly growing sector of the international financial services market. Fintech can be described as innovation in financial services enabled by technology, through the development of new products and services from both start- ups and established financial institutions. The Government’s strategy for the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC) aims to create 10,000 additional jobs over the next four to five years, however, a skills shortage in the FinTech sector has been identified as a barrier to growth. Developing a skills-set which combines both the business and technical knowledge of the international financial services market is crucial for anyone who would like to work in this sector.


This certificate can be used to progress to higher level studies in the Higher Education Institutes. Graduates may pursue a diploma or degree in many universities or IT colleges around the country. There is now a large range of certificates and degree courses available to graduates on the newly expanded QQI links programme. The Pre-University Business option will allow students to progress to universities like:

  • Maynooth University, UCD, DCU and DIT to pursue business, marketing, finance or commerce options.
  • DIT, DT324 in Business Management, however DIT has many places on all of their business programmes and 450 in total in the college.
  • Business graduates can also access over100 places in First Arts in Maynooth University.
  • IT Blanchardstown, BM016 Business
  • NCI, level 8 higher diploma in FinTech