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Advanced Business

This course is a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate and is a progression course for any student who already has a QQI Level 5 Certificate or equivalent and for mature students who may have industry experience.

The course covers a wide range of business subjects and gives students a very strong foundation in management, marketing, sales, finance, law and economics. The course is designed to maximise the advanced-entry options to a range of degree programmes across our partner, higher-education colleges in Dublin. Small classes, a student-first focus, experienced teachers, low registration fees and great progression and employment opportunities make this level 6 course a great option.

“My time at Rathmines College was transformative. Despite initial nerves, the supportive teachers made the QQI Level 5 & 6 Business and Finance, and Advanced Business courses enjoyable. These courses paved the way for my transition to studying at TUD Accounting. I enthusiastically recommend these programs for a strong academic and professional foundation whether in HR, Management, Finance, or Accounting.”
Andrew McGarry | Currently studying Accounting and Finance in TUD Tallaght


Key Information
QQI Level 6
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 6 Code 6M4985
September - May
Course requirements
  • Students applying for this course should have a Level 5 QQI award or equivalent
  • Mature applicants are very welcome, as are students with relevant experience in this area
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry
  • Use of a computer / laptop and Wi-Fi is desirable
Course modules
  • Business Management
  • Sales and Marketing Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Law
  • Financial Reporting
  • Spreadsheets
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • European Language (Optional)
Education Progression

Option 1: Students who successfully graduate are eligible for advanced entry to 2nd year of the following Level 8 courses:

TU Dublin –Tallaght Campus

Bachelor of Business in Management
Bachelor of Business in Marketing
Bachelor of Business in International Business
Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Finance

National College of Ireland

Bachelor of Business in Marketing Practice
Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Business


Bachelor of Business Applied Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Business Entrepreneurship and Management


Option 2: Graduates can also apply through CAO for 1st year entry to other 3rd Level courses and colleges. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business have the skills and confidence to work in a wide range of professional roles. Recent graduates are now working in banking and finance, sales and marketing and HRM for national and multinational organisations.

Work Experience

Work experience is an essential part of all our programmes. The College assists students in finding suitable work placements and monitors and assesses their performance in the work place.

Students are required to completed a 2 week placement in an area related to the Advanced Business course.


As a mature student my experience at Rathmines College was amazing. I am now graduated from the QQI Level 6 Advanced in Business and now studying for a BA in NCI. The environment of the college is very friendly, teachers are supportive and approachable, and always happy to help.
Nisar Khan
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