Environmental Studies with Business

Combines the study of environmental issues with business modules | Progression Opportunities to Level 8 degree courses

Environmental Studies with Business

Environmental Studies with Business combines the study of sustainability and environmental issues with business areas such as accounting and applied economics. Businesses are now addressing environmental issues that are impacting our planet so now is a great opportunity to respond positively and link environmental change to the business sector.  Successful graduates have the opportunity to progress to BSc in Sustainability in UCD (DN240) and a wide range of business degrees.

Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 Award 5M2102
September - May
Course requirements
  • Applicants should have Leaving Certificate standard of education
  • Mathematics at ordinary level is desirable
  • Mature Applicants welcome
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry
  • Use of computer / laptop and Wi-Fi desirable
Course modules
  • Environmental Studies
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting – manual and computerised
  • Digital Marketing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Word Processing
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Communications
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)
Education Progression

The QQI 5M2102 Award, which includes the Environmental Studies with Business Certificate, 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).

On successful completion of the Environmental Studies with Business course students also have the opportunity to progress within Rathmines College to study on 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

Businesses are now realising the importance of climate and environmental change to their business. The course will give learners the opportunity to develop business skills and understand economic models that can complement our evolving understanding of how climate change will impact our lives.

Students who successfully complete this course are equipped to seek employment in a wide range of businesses particularly in the areas of Marketing, Economics and Entrepreneurship.


Going to Rathmines College has been the smartest decisions in life so far. Go for it; you won’t regret it!
Adam Seery
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