Environmental Studies with Business

AWARD QQI Level 5 Award 5M2102

DURATION One year full time

Course Information

Environment Studies and Business combines the study of sustainability and environmental issues with business fundamentals such as marketing, economics and entrepreneurship.  Businesses cannot afford to ignore environmental issues that are impacting on their business models and our planet.  This course will give you a strong foundation in the skills and knowledge required to help businesses recognise and respond positively to the opportunities and threats posed by environmental changes.

Incorporating sustainability and environmental responsibility into our business models is crucial and inevitable. The FET (Further Education and Training) and HE (igher Education) sectors are starting to respond to a growing need for training and education in this area.  Learners will benefit from being exposed to current thinking on environment issues and their relationship to businesses.  

Please note: some courses may involve remote teaching next year depending on Covid and the instruction from the HSE.

Course Requirements
  • Applicants should have completed Leaving Certificate course or equivalent
  • Mature Applicants welcome.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry
Course Modules
  • Environmental  Studies 5N1442
  • Business Administration Skills 5N1610
  • Applied Economics 5N3150
  • Entrepreneurial Skills 5N1951
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
  • Word Processing 5N1358
Work Experience

Work Experience is an essential part of all our programmes and gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired on the course.


Business Studies 5M2102

Career Opportunities

Businesses can no longer ignore the realities of climate and environmental change.  Our learners will be well placed to support businesses to recognise opportunities and threats that come from such change.

The course will give learners the opportunity to develop business skills such as running SWOT/PEST analyses, developing business plans and understanding 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.

Further Education Links

On successful completion of a QQI Level 5 course students have the opportunity to progress within Rathmines College to:

QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business 6M4985;
QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business – Legal 6M4985;

Or progress through our Professional Accounting Department where they may choose from a range of ACCA and ATI Professional Accounting courses.

Students who achieve the required results in their Level 6 award will have the opportunity to apply for advanced entry to a number of Higher Education colleges including DIT, NCI, ITB and ITT. 

QQI Level 5 award holders may also apply to a wide variety of Higher Education colleges through the CAO system. 

The 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 including:

Sustainable Energy Engineering level 8 - TUD
Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering level 7 - TUD
Sustainability level 8 -  UCD

See the CAO website and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions for more information. Please note that some higher education courses have specific results and subjects requirements.

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