Business and Sustainability Studies

Explore the Future of Responsible Business with Business and Sustainability Studies at Rathmines College

Business and Sustainability Studies

Embark on a transformative educational journey with our Business and Sustainability Studies course. This unique course blends traditional business studies with a robust focus on sustainability, ensuring you are well-prepared for a future where ethical practices and environmental consciousness are paramount. This course is:

  • Industry-relevant
  • Designed to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving business landscape
  • Focused on sustainable and ethical practices

Successful graduates have the opportunity to progress to BSc in Sustainability in UCD (DN240) and a wide range of business degrees. Here what one of our recent graduates has to say:

Henry Kelly @UCD
Henry Kelly | Now Studying BSc in Sustainability | UCD (DN240)

“…Rathmines college was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The course not only gave me the skills and opportunity to advance and thrive in 3rd level education. I found the course to be enjoyable and very manageable thanks to my fellow classmates and my helpful tutors who helped me throughout the year. Also by spending the year I was able to reflect and figure out what my next step in life should be and am now continuing my education in the exciting industry of sustainability at UCD…”


Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 5M2102
September - May
Course requirements
  • Applicants should have Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent
  • Mature Applicants welcome
  • 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
  • Fundamentals of Sustainability*
  • Environmental Studies
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Digital Marketing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Word Processing
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Communications
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional

*Note: Fundamentals of Sustainability is delivered in the classroom through a certified Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This will complement the QQI 5M2102 award

Education Progression

The QQI 5M2102 Award has extensive links to higher education courses at levels 6, 7 and 8. The opportunities include degree courses in business, law, humanities as well as degrees in sustainability (DN240- BSc in Sustainability in UCD and DC294 BA in Climate & Environmental Sustainability in DCU).

On successful completion of the Business and Sustainability Studies course, students also have the opportunity to progress within Rathmines College to the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business which leads to Advanced Entry (2nd Year) to a number of Higher Education colleges including TU Dublin and NCI.

Career Opportunites

A qualification in Business and Sustainability Studies provides graduates with an array of entry-level opportunities in fields such as sustainable business management, environmental coordination, and corporate social responsibility. Graduates can embark on meaningful careers, initiating positive change from the ground up. These entry-level positions offer a platform for professional growth, allowing individuals to make impactful contributions to ethical business practices and sustainable initiatives early in their careers.



Rathmines College gave me the foundations of business and helped in teaching me information that I use in my final year in NCI. The college gave me a head start on my journey to a successful career in business
Laura Fagan
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