Business & Finance

Business and Finance | QQI Level 5 | Ideal for students wishing to progress to 3rd Level Business degrees.

Business & Finance

This well-established one-year QQI Level 5 Business and Finance course is an excellent introduction to so many areas of business, accounting and finance. The course covers key areas of business to include economics, tax, accounting and also practical IT skills, with modules in WP and spreadsheets, that further enhance skills needed to work in so many areas of business.  Successful graduates have progressed to popular 3rd Level Business degree courses including; Commerce in UCD (DN650), Accounting and Finance in DCU (DC115), Accounting & Finance in TU Dublin (TU933).

Here’s what one of our students has to say:

“… My year at Rathmines College will be one I’ll never forget. After completing my Leaving Certificate with a focus on science subjects, I was unsure of my next steps. A few years of full-time work later, I decided it was time  to return to education. I chose to study Business and Finance, and within a few weeks, it became clear that this was the future I wanted to pursue.  The teachers at Rathmines College were amazing, and always ready to lend a helping hand. I was fortunate to have wonderful classmates, and we all supported each other throughout the year. Thanks to the hard work and constant support from the faculty at Rathmines College, I am now excited to start my degree in BESS at Trinity College…”

Jodie Ryan | BCF 2023 -2024

Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 Award 5M2102
September- May
Course requirements
  • Applicants should have completed Leaving Certificate course or equivalent
  • Mathematics at ordinary level is desirable
  • Mature Applicants welcome
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry
  • Us of a computer / laptop and Wi-Fi is desirable
Course modules
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting (Manual & Computerised)
  • Applied Economics
  • Payroll (Manual & Computerised)
  • Taxation
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)
Education Progression

Students who complete the one-year Business and Finance QQI Level 5 course can progress through the CAO system to Higher Education courses in Trinity College Dublin, UCD, DCU, Maynooth University, TU Dublin, National College of Ireland and IADT.  Successful graduates have secured places in Commerce UCD (DN650), Accounting and Finance in DCU (DC115) and Business Studies (DC111). One of our recent graduates, as Conor Conroy, secured a place in Business Studies in DCU in 2023.

“…I had a really good experience at Rathmines College. I found the teachers extremely helpful and supportive throughout the year and really enjoyed the wide range of modules that I got to study like Business Admin, Communications and Payroll…”

Conor Conroy | 2023 Graduate | Now Studying Business Studies DCU [DC111]

Another progression route is the Rathmines College QQI Level 6 one-year Advanced Certificate in Business, students have the opportunity to access courses at Advanced Entry (2nd year) of popular degree courses in both TU Dublin and NCI.

Career Opportunites

Graduates of the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business and Finance have the skills and confidence to work in a wide range of professional roles. Recent graduates are now working in banking and finance and accounting for national and multinational organisations.


Rathmines College is a great college. It has wide range of courses for students. The college has a strong focus on helping students exceed in their studies and preparing them for Higher education. There is exceptional support, guidance, and resources to help you succeed in your studies. Overall a great college to start your studies
Corey McGovern | Business & Finance 2023
During my QQI L5 studying Business and Finance, I enjoyed all my modules for example Tax, Accounting, Communications, as well an extra module I took up which was French. This led me to going on an Erasmus trip to Nantes in the North of France. It was honestly an amazing and fun trip. I fully recommend studying here at Rathmines College of Further Education.
Priscila Konde, Business & Finance and Erasmus, 2023
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