QQI Level 5 – International Trade – Code 5M2111
1 Year Full-time


The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently or under supervision in an International Trade oriented environment, or to progress to further or higher education and training.

Work placement or work experience may be a core feature element of this programme to develop and enhance employability and transferrable skills.  Entrepreneurial and business planning skills and modules may be available, to enable learners to explore self-employment as a career option.

Entry Requirements          

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

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Marketing Practice
  • Business Administration
  • Supply Chain Operations
  • International Trade Practice
  • Digital Marketing
  • Math

Core Modules

  • Work Experience
  • Communications
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Experience

Two weeks’ work experience is incorporated into this course.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this Programme, learners may pursue a variety of related business and administrative sector roles within the international trade sector. Roles may include working in administrative, logistical, or informatics positions in a wide range of organisations.


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, for example:

Progression to the following Degree courses:

DCU – DC111 – Business Studies

NUIM – MH401 – International Finance & Economics

NUIM – MH404 – International Business

TCD – TR081 – Business, Economic and Social Studies (BESS)

TUD – TU903 – Business & Management

TUD – TU905 – Economics and Finance

TUD – TU906 – Human Resource Management

TUD – TU922 – Marketing

Graduates can also alternatively avail of Progression to Level 6 QQI awards