Pre - University: Business with Law

Level 5 QQI Award


This is a Full-time One Year course


This course is an excellent foundation for those students wishing to study Business and/or Accountancy, Legal or combination degree courses in UCD, DCU, 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 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 arise from a legal training combined with the numeracy and financial literacy of a business.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • One of the following:
  • Leaving Certificate - You must have achieved five passes or five O6/H7's or a combination of five O6/H7's or its equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a Merit Profile
  • A Full Level 4 QQI Award
  • Mature Applicants (aged 21 or over) - appropriate experience will be considered

Course Modules

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business Law
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Spreadsheets
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Mathematics (Optional) for those students requiring Mathematics for progression through the CAO
  • Criminal Law
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

Communicatiuons 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 hnds-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 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:  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, to analyse data and to present data in a way that is visual and easy to understand by means of 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 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 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, proof reading, 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%)


  • 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

Work Experience

Students will be required to undertake a period of work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year.  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 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

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Office Administration and Management or to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management 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 Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities.  Places are not guaranteed and are subject to students meeting certain criteria.  It is the students' responsibility to consult with the individual third level college websites for more information.  Information is also available at Examples of potential progressions routes to third level are shown below.  

Progression Examples

Bachelor of Commerce

BA Arts

BA Humanities

Bachelor of Civil Law

University College Dublin

BA in Accounting and Finance

BSc in Marketing, Innovation and Technology

BA in Economics and Law

Dublin City University

BSc in Marketing

BSc in Business and Management

BSc in Business and Law

BSc in Human Resource Management

TU Dublin - City Campus (formerly DIT)

Bachelor of Business Studies

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

Bachelor of Arts

BBS in Business and Accounting

BBS in Management

National University of Ireland Maynooth

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Law

University College Cork

Law (TR004)

Business, Economic and Social Studies (BESS TR081)

Global Business (TR080)

Business Studies/Law (TR580)

Trinity College Dublin

Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) Marketing/Accounting/Management - Advanced Entry into 2nd Year.  Students must have full QQI Level 5 Award 5M2102 Business Studies with 3 Distinctions.

Institute of Technology Tralee

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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Connor Barnes

Class of 2019

Studying Business and Law in UCD

I decided to do a PLC course and use the higher links to get to University rather than repeat my Leaving Cert. The modules I studied were all interlinked and were based round stuff that I…

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Connor Barnes

Class of 2019

Studying Business and Law in UCD

I decided to do a PLC course and use the higher links to get to University rather than repeat my Leaving Cert. The modules I studied were all interlinked and were based round stuff that I wanted to learn about. When I started in DFEi I had thought I would take the business and accountancy route at 3rd level. In fact I found Law very interesting so that is what I decided to apply for in the end.   

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Gemma Cox

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