Business Studies with Law

Level 5 QQI Award - Business Studies 5M2102


This is a Full-time One Year course which runs from Sept. to May. Exact details of the timetable will be given out to students during the induction process prior to class commencement in September.


This course provides a strong foundation for those students wishing to study Business and/or Accountancy, Legal or combination degree courses in TCD, UCD, DCU, TUD, NUI Maynooth and other Universities and has a superb record of student progression to third level.

This course is designed to give students an in-depth knowledge of concepts relevant to the business/legal world with an emphasis on Accounting, Economics, Civil and Criminal Law. By combining IT components with business concepts, students will also gain the skills to meet the increasing demands from employers for graduates with hard and soft skills.  Graduates are equipped with the analytical and advocacy skills that stem from legal training combined with numeracy and financial literacy.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP, LCA) or equivalent
  • A Full Level 4 QQI Award (or equivalent)
  • For Mature Applicants (aged 21 or over) - appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications. Note: Mature applicants may be entitled to VTOS funding. For details about VTOS, please contact the college.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English require level B1 competency on the CEFR language framework. Applicants may be required to undergo English language testing to establish their language competency.

Course Modules

  • Accounting Manual and Computerised
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Law
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Criminal Law
  • Mathematics (Optional) for those students requiring Mathematics for progression through the CAO
Module Information

Module Information

Pre - University: Business with Law

Level 5 QQI Award: Business Studies 5M2102

Course Content (Module Names and Codes)


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: Assignment (2) (60%),  Examination - Theory Based (40%).


Accounting Manual and Computerised 5N1348

Accounting is important for all organisations. This module will introduce students 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: Assignment(s) (60%),  Examination - Practical (40%).


Business Law 5N2091

Learn and understand the sources of law and acquire the 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%),  Examination - Written (40%).


Communications 5N0690

Communications is a survival toolkit that underpins almost everything we do. If you get the basic skills right at this stage, you can build on them as you progress to further study or employment. As a hands-on, practical subject, you will be afforded the opportunity to learn and practice the conventions of oral and written communication. You will undertake tasks that will prepare you for third level or workplace projects. The earlier you learn to say it and write it in a way that makes people take notice, the better the chances are of you succeeding.

Assessment: Portfolio/Collection of Work (50%), Skills Demonstration (50%)


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:  Assignment (2) ( 60%),  Examination - Theory (40%).


Mathematics (Optional) 5N1833

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 an 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:  Assignment (2) (60%), Examination - Theory (40%).

This component is available as an option for those students requiring Mathematics for progression through the CAO


Spreadsheets Methods 5N1977

Knowledge of the Excel spreadsheet application will be invaluable to you if you work with numbers regularly. It will help you to do calculations, analyse data and present data in a way that is visual and easy to understand through charts. You will be required to design and create a spreadsheet for a specific fictitious situation.

Assessment: Project (50%), Examination - Practical (50%). 


Work Experience 5N1356

Prepare for a work placement under supervision for a limited time. This comprises 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 or 60 hours must be arranged.

Assessment:  Portfolio/Collection of Work (60%), Skills Demonstration (40%).


Criminal Law 5N3787

This programme module aims to develop the learners' knowledge and understanding of the Criminal Law System through the exploration of the key areas of criminal law.

Assessment: Assignments (60%), Examination - Written (40%)


  • Level 5 QQI Award Business Studies (5M2102)

Special Features

  • Visits to the Criminal Courts of Justice
  • Professional Guest lecturers
  • Attendance at Google Digital Garage events

This course is supported by FIT, which offers students the opportunity to acquire essential skills to gain employment. Students are given training in job interview techniques and CV preparation.

All DFEi students are provided with an M365 account, which gives them access to the tools and resources needed to deliver assessment work while attending their course. M365 Apps include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, outlook and OneDrive.

Work Experience

Students will be required to undertake a period work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year.  Work Experience is mandatory for all of our full-time Level 5 courses. Students are required to source their own work placement but will be assisted in this by the work experience teacher.  The work placement is usually for a period of 10 days or a minimum of 60 hours.  Students usually find the work experience element of the course to be invaluable and should bear in mind that a successful work placement can sometimes lead to further opportunities.

Additional Information


Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Portfolio/Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examination - Written or Practical
  • Project

All assignments are submitted electronically.  Therefore all students need access to a device such as a computer/laptop.

A full major award is granted on passing the relevant eight components.  On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a pass, a merit or a distinction grade. See for more details

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Office Administration and Management at DFEi.

Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities using their full QQI Level 5 major award. Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria.  It is the students' responsibility to consult with the relevant HEI for information on the admissions process and any specific entry requirements. Students may also refer to the individual HEI prospectus or may also refer to the QQI FET section of the CAO website.

Examples of CAO progression opportunities are listed below.

Progression Examples

Bachelor of Commerce (DN650)

BA Arts (DN520)

BA Humanities (DN530)

Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) (DN600)

BSc Economics (DN710)

Bachelor of Business and Law (BBL) (DN610)

BSc Social Sciences (DN700)

BSc Sustainability (DN240)

BSc Psychology (DN720)

BSocSc Social Policy/Sociology (DN750)

BSc Criminology with Psychology (DN620)

University College Dublin -

BA Accounting and Finance (DC115)

BBS Business Studies (DC111)

BCL Law and Society (DC232)

BSc Marketing, Innovation and Technology (MINT) (DC240)

BA Economics, Politics and Law (DC230)

Dublin City University

BSc Marketing (TU922)

BSc Business and Management (TU903)

BSc Business and Law (TU904)

BSc Human Resource Management (TU906)

BSc Event Management (TU954)

BSc Economics and Finance (TU905)

BSc Property Economics (Valuation Surveying) (TU836)

Technological University Dublin (City) -

Bachelor of Business - Business Management (DL823)

IADT, Dún Laoghaire

BA Arts (MH101)

BBS Business and Accounting (MH407)

BA Finance (MH401)

BA Accounting and Finance (MH403)

BBS Business and Management (MH404)

BBS Entrepreneurship (MH411)

Maynooth University -

BA Arts (CK101)

Bachelor of Commerce (CK201)

BA Criminology (CK113)

Bachelor of Law (CK301)

BCL Law and Business (CK307)

University College Cork -

Bachelor of Law (TR004)

BA (Hons) Business, Economic and Social Studies B.E.S.S (TR081)

Bachelor in Business Studies - Global Business (TR080)

Bachelor of Law/Business Studies (TR580)

Trinity College Dublin -

BA Human Resource Management (NC005)

BA Business (NC009)

BA Accounting and Finance (NC022)

National College of Ireland -

Bachelor of Commerce (GY201)

Galway University -

Career Paths

Graduates of this course may pursue careers in a wide range of areas including accountancy, business administration, customer service, banking and finance, sales and marketing, human resources, legal, retail and information technology.

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Rebecca McNally O’Rourke

Class of 2023
Studying Business and Law in UCD

This course is a  second chance for those that didn’t get the course they wanted in the CAO first time round.  In my case,  I also didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do after the Leaving…

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Rebecca McNally O’Rourke

Class of 2023
Studying Business and Law in UCD

This course is a  second chance for those that didn’t get the course they wanted in the CAO first time round.  In my case,  I also didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do after the Leaving Cert. Studying Business and Law in DFEi opened my eyes as to what opportunities were out there. I really enjoyed the practical part of the course too. The IT skills part of the course helped me get my current part time job, which is in administration.

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Gemma Cox

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