QQI Level 5 | Excellent Introduction to Marketing & Business | Small class sizes | Progression opportunities to Level 8 business & marketing courses


This well-established one-year QQI Level 5 Marketing course is an excellent introduction to so many areas of marketing – digital and traditional. Successful graduates have the opportunity to progress to popular marketing degree courses including: Marketing Innovation & Technology (DC240) and Business Studies (DC111) in DCU, Digital Marketing in TU Dublin (TU920/921) and Marketing in TU Dublin (TU922).

The course covers digital marketing, marketing practice, PR and IT modules that further enhance skills needed to work in so many areas of marketing and communications. Students benefit from small class sizes and can choose to study French or Spanish as an optional module. Assessment is mainly project based and students develop their entrepreneurial and digital marketing skills, working on marketing plans for real-life brands. Here is what one of our students has to say:

“…Rathmines was a wonderful experience for me and what I liked best about the course was that assignments were integrated and counted for more than one module, this made the workload manageable and also interesting. Through this course, I acquired IT skills, researching skills, campaign creating skills that I otherwise wouldn’t have. It has been a great experience…”

Khalid Bankole, Class of 2023 | Now Studying Business at NUI Maynooth | MH404

Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 Award 5M2069
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
  • Use of a computer / laptop and Wi-Fi is desirable
Course modules
  • Marketing Practice
  • Digital Marketing
  • Applied Economics
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Statistics
  • Word Processing
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)
Education Progression

Students who complete the one-year QQI Level 5  Certificate in Marketing can progress through the CAO system to Higher Education.  Popular marketing courses in Ireland that our students progress to include:

  • TU920 Digital Marketing [Blanchardstown]
  • TU922 Marketing [City Centre – Aungier Street]
  • DC240 Marketing, Innovation and Technology – Level 8
  • DC111 Business Studies – Level 8

Another option after Level 5 is to stay at Rathmines College for a 2nd year to complete the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business. Our Level 6 graduates are eligible for automatic advanced entry to 2nd year of popular business degree courses in both TU Dublin and NCI, including:

  • NC020- Bachelor of Business in Marketing Practice in NCI.

Career Opportunites

Graduates of the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Marketing have the skills and confidence to work in a wide range of professional roles. Recent graduates are now working in marketing, digital marketing, sales and marketing and PR for national and multinational organisations.


I genuinely couldn’t recommend Rathmines college enough. When I didn’t get the leaving cert points that I had hoped for, I had no idea how I was going to get into university, but after meeting all the tutors and staff in Rathmines, I knew I was in safe hands! There is such a community spirit around the college, all the staff are so supportive and welcoming, and they really do prioritise the students. The digital marketing course is so comprehensive, and it has already given me so many opportunities that otherwise would never have been possible. It really did confirm just how much I want to pursue a career in the business and marketing world. If you are in doubt, take the leap and enrol with Rathmines, I promise you won’t regret it!”
Alison O'Kelly
Throughout the year all of the lectures were very supportive and the various modules were well structured and enjoyable. The coursework proved very manageable with constant help being offered from all the staff. The next step for me is Digital Marketing in TUD. I would strongly encourage anyone who might be interested in beginning a marketing career to consider Rathmines College.
Paddy Prendiville
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