Business Studies (with Law): Pre-University Course

Level 5 QQI Award


One Year


This course is designed to give learners an in-depth knowledge of concepts relevant to the business world with an emphasis on Accounting, Economics, Marketing and Law. By combining IT components with these business concepts, learners will gain the knowledge, skill and competence to meet the increasing demand from employers for qualified graduates who are proficient in a wide range of business skills. This PreUniversity course is an excellent foundation for those who wish to pursue business degree programmes in UCD, Maynooth, DCU and other Universities. A two week work placement in the second term provides learners with the opportunity to gain experience in a business or legal workplace.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • One of the following:
  • Leaving Certificate Established/ LCVP
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
  • Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Accounting Manual and Computerised
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Law
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Marketing Practice
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Mathematics (Optional)
Module Information

Module Information

A quick guide to

Business Studies (with Law)

– Pre-University course Award – Business Studies 5M2102


Applied Economics 5N1350

Explore a range of global economic systems and their influence on government intervention and economic freedom.  Examine the key factors determining supply and demand and their impact on market price and production.

Assessment: 2 assignments @ 30% each Exam: 40%


Accounting Manual and Computerised 5N1348

Gain the knowledge, skill and competence necessary to prepare financial statements for a range of organisations both manually and using integrated accounting software. Explore a range of accounting procedures to include calculating ratios and completing budgets and forecasts.

Assessment: 2 assignments @ 30% each  Exam 40%


Business Law 5N2091

Learn and understand the sources of law and acquire a knowledge of Contract Law, Consumer Law, Company Law, Commercial Law and Employment Law.  .  Gain an understanding of current legislation relating to commercial law to include Sale of Goods and Supply of services, hire purchases and leases.

Assessment – two assignments (60%) and an exam (40%)


Communications 5N0690

Gain the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related situations, operating independently and under general direction.

Assessments: Collection of Work and a Skills Demonstrations


Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394

Learners gain knowledge on the sources and administration of law including the courts.  Areas of study include the Constitution, Tort, EU law and its impact on Irish Law.  Learners explore the impact of the law on their personal and vocational lives. Learners acquire an understanding of the legal terminology.  

Assessment – two assignments – ( 60%) and an exam (40%)


Marketing Practice 5N1400

Gain the knowledge, skills and competence to operate effectively in a range of marketing related contexts using the principles and concepts underpinning marketing practice.  Learn about the role of marketing in everyday life and in organisations.

Assessment : 2 Assignments @ 30%  each.  Exam: 40%



You might need maths to gain a place in a third level college, or you might just want to brush up on the numeracy skills that are going to give you the advantage in any business or marketing environment. As part of your maths classes you will learn about all branches of maths, and will focus on applying maths to real life, through studying topics like statistics and probability. Course content is similar to Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level. At QQI Level 5, however, we can move at a slower pace and you will get personal attention.  

Assessment - two assignments and an exam.  


Spreadsheets Methods 5N1977

Gain the knowledge, skills and competence to create and modify spreadsheets under supervision, using common spreadsheets features. Gain extensive practical experience in spreadsheet design and implementation.

Assessments: Project 50%       Exam 50% Work


Experience 5N1356

Prepare for a work placement under supervision for a limited time. This comprises of a skills audit, achievement audit, rights and responsibilities, vocational area study, an evaluation of work placement and future career options. A Work Placement of 10 working days must be arranged.

Assessments: Collection of Work and a Skills Demonstration


Word Processing 5N1358

Use a word processing application to learn or improve your skills while laying out a range of business/college/home documents. It includes, Document set-up, Formatting text, Proof reading, Mail merge, Tables, File management, Graphics and presentation skills.

Assessments: Assignment and an Exam.


  • Level 5 QQI award, Business Studies (5M2102)

Special Features

  • Two weeks work placement
  • Court visits
  • Site visits
  • Professional guest lectures

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Administration at DFEi.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a wide range of business related higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.  Examples are shown below.  However a full list of programmes to choose from will be given to all students at induction in September.

Progression Examples

Bachelor of Commerce (DN650)

University College Dublin

BA in Accounting and Finance (DC115)

BSc in Marketing, Innovation and Technology (DC240)

BA in Economics and Law (DC230)

Dublin City University

BSc in Marketing (DT341)

BSc in Business and Management (DT365)

BSc in Business and Law (DT321)

BSc in Retail and Services Management (DT343)

BSc in Human Resource Management (DT398)

Dublin Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Business Studies (DL823)

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

Bachelor of Arts (MH101)

BBS in Business and Accounting (MH407)

BBS in Management (MH404)

National University of Ireland Maynooth

Bachelor of Arts (CK101)

Bachelor of Commerce (CK201)

Bachelor of Law (CK301)

University College Cork

Career Paths

Graduates of this course may pursue careers in a wide range of areas including: legal, finance, accountancy, marketing, general administration, human resources, retail and information technology.

Megan Cullen

2016 graduate now studying for her degree in Business Management in DIT.
"My favourite thing about this course in DFEi  is the  continuous assessment. If you are attending and doing the work you will succeed. I much prefer this type of…

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Megan Cullen

2016 graduate now studying for her degree in Business Management in DIT.
"My favourite thing about this course in DFEi  is the  continuous assessment. If you are attending and doing the work you will succeed. I much prefer this type of assessment to exams.  This Business Law course has links to many colleges and degree courses so it is ideal for the school leaver who is unsure of what course to do."

Course Coordinator.

Carmel Gillen

Carmel Gillen

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