Pre - University: Business with Law

Level 5 QQI Award

Duration

This is a Full-time One Year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week.

Overview

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.

Course Modules

  • Accounting Manual and Computerised
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Law
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Word Processing
  • 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%).

 

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, proofreading, mail merge, tables, file management, graphics and presentation skills.

Assessment:  Assignment (20%), Examination  - Practical (80%).

 

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%)

Certification

  • 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.

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

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

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 www.qqi.ie 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. www.cao.ie

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)

University College Dublin - www.ucd.ie

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 www.dcu.ie

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) - www.tudublin.ie

Bachelor of Business - Business Management (DL823)

IADT, Dún Laoghaire www.iadt.ie

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 - www.nuimaynooth.ie

BA Arts (CK101)

Bachelor of Commerce (CK201)

BA Criminology (CK113)

Bachelor of Law (CK301)

BCL Law and Business (CK307)

University College Cork - www.ucc.ie

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 - www.tcd.ie

BA Human Resource Management (NC005)

BA Business (NC009)

BA Accounting and Finance (NC022)

National College of Ireland - www.ncirl.ie

Bachelor of Commerce (GY201)

Galway University - www.nuigalway.ie

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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Luke Healy

Class of 2021

Studying Economics and Finance in TUD

To anyone doing the leaving this Leaving Cert this year, I would recommend a PLC course especially if you do not know what you want to do.  By the end of the course you will be much…

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Luke Healy

Class of 2021

Studying Economics and Finance in TUD

To anyone doing the leaving this Leaving Cert this year, I would recommend a PLC course especially if you do not know what you want to do.  By the end of the course you will be much clearer on what path to follow, and what path not to follow. And don’t worry if you are scared about being a year behind your friends half of them will probably drop out because they picked the wrong course.! In fact I met a lot of new friends who were in the same situation as me and many of them have also got in to TUD.

In the course in DFEi we covered every aspect of business such as law, economics, marketing and accounting. I think that's important because you can see which one you are interested in. Each of the teachers were so helpful. They really wanted you to do well and were always willing to give 1 on 1 help if you needed it.   I have to say I went in pretty sceptical about doing the PLC course, but I changed my mind pretty quickly. 

I couldn't recommend DFEi enough.

Course Coordinator

Gemma Cox

Gemma Cox

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