Certificate in Business & Finance

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Certificate in 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.

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
  • Work Experience / 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.

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.

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.

The module Personal and Professional Development may be taught instead of Work Experience.

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, sales and marketing and HRM for national and multinational organisations.


Looking back on my time in Rathmines College it was a year which changed my life. I was selected for the Central Bank Bridging the Gap programme and I can’t commemorate the lecturer’s enough, they were always available and wanted the best for each student. I am now working in the Central Bank of Ireland as well as studying for a BA in Griffith College Dublin
Calum Osborne
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