Business Management with Finance QQI Level 6 Course Code: 6M4985 (Full Time and Part Time Options Available)


This course gives an in-depth understanding of the main areas of business such as accounting, economics, business management, customer service and spreadsheets. Students may be provided with an opportunity for Advanced Entry into Year 2 of Business Degree Programmes, on successful completion of this course. Students have the opportunity to avail of work experience in their chosen area of business. Students can often progress to a career in their chosen area of business after completing this course.


  • An applicant must have completed a QQI Level 5 course or its equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Students – CAO Points 280: H5/01 (or above) in a Business related Subject and 04 (or above) in English and Maths
  • All entry is subject to interview and online assessment


  • Business Management
  • Applied Economics
  • Spreadsheets
  • Finance
  • Payroll
  • Statistics
  • Financial Reporting
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
*Modules may be subject to change


Full Time:

The full module will be run over the academic year on a weekly basis 5 days a week, not including public holidays. The Module will cover the ‘Areas of Study’ outlined, which may be subject to change.

Academic timetable will be available nearer the beginning of the academic year, which usually begins towrds the end of August/beginning September.

*Modules may be subject to change

Part Time:

The part time modules can be delivered to suit the learners schedule if agreed by both the learner and the teacher in advance of beginning the modules. The part time modules can be delivered individually if the leaner only wants to do one module or a selection of the modules. The learner is also able to do all the modules on a part time basis:

Before Christmas:

  • Payroll (Sage Business Cloud Payroll)
  • Spreadsheets
  • Financial Reporting

After Christmas:

  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Finance

Delivered over the year (for full time and part time learners):

  • Work Experience
  • Communications

*Modules may be subject to change


Employment opportunities arise in the areas of accounting, IT, finance, administration, junior management, customer service, setting up your own business, supply chain management and many other areas of business in the public and private sectors.


On successful completion of this course and on meeting certain criteria, students have the opportunity to apply directly for Advanced Entry to Year 2 of a Business Course leading to an Honours Degree at Carlow IT. LIT Thurles also provide opportunities for advanced entry to Year 2 of selected Business Courses, on meeting certain criteria. Exemptions based on QQI results have been secured for example with Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) and Business Programmes in the Institute of Public Administration (IPA). Other colleges may also offer exemptions, depending on results obtained. Students may also undertake a course to become a Qualified Financial Advisor with IOB.

Possible Progression Options include*:

CAO TitleLevel / Course TitleCollege
CW917Level 7- Bachelor of BusinessCarlow IT
LC413Level 7 - Bachelor of BusinessLimerick IT
WD153Level 7 - BA in Multimedia Applications DevelopmentWaterford IT
DB515Level 8 - BA in Business Studies (Human Resource Management)Dublin Business School
DN610Level 8 - BA in Business and LawUCD
LC242Level 8 - BA in Property Valuation and MarketingLimerick IT
TU902Level 8 - BA in BusinessTU Dublin-Blanchardstown
GA184Level 8 - BA in Marketing and SalesGMIT

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and entry is subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please check with the individual college websites for more information on application. Information also available at


There are no tuition fees payable to Abbeyleix Further Education and Training Centre. However, please note there are costs involved in taking a course e.g. materials, additional training and QQI exam fees. A student registration fee must be paid on joining the course.


VTOS/PLC places are available on the course (please contact the Centre for further information). The range of financial support available to students includes: Student Maintenance Grant (SUSI) and the Back to Education Allowance. For further information click on HEA Student Finance and SUSI

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.


Certificate in Business Level 6


Abbeyleix FETC

Mountrath Road


County Laois

R32 TX30


Start Date: September 2022                                      

End Date: June 2023


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  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Helen Kavanagh, Centre Manager



(057) 873 1127


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Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Sunday Closed
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Read what our past students have to say about their experience with the Business Management with Advanced IT course at Abbeyleix FETC

"I completed a QQI Level 5 course in Business Administration in the Centre some years ago now. I progressed into the QQI Level 6 Business Management course the year after in Abbeyleix FETC. While studying this course, I decided to use the links between Abbeyleix FETC and IT Carlow to progress to Advanced Entry into year 2 of IT Carlow's Business Degree Programme. I have since completed my degree and have set up a business in Portlaoise called VIMAR Digital Marketing and am loving it!"
Alastair Roe
QQI Level 6 in Business Management
Having spent several years at home with my children, I decided to return to education in 2015 to develop the relevant skills required to re-join the workforce. I initially studied e-Business with Digital Marketing (QQI Level 5) in Abbeyleix FETC in 2015. On completion of this course I progressed to the Business Management (QQI level 6) course in 2016. Here I not only further advanced my skills, but I developed an ambition to continue on to third level and formed what I hope are lifelong friendships. In 2017, with the help and support of my teachers and friends in Abbeyleix FETC., I used the advanced entry links between the Centre and IT Carlow and entered 2nd year of a Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Supply Chain Management degree programme at the Institute of Technology, Carlow. I recently completed my degree and have been accepted for a President's Research Fellowship Award, where I will be pursuing a postgraduate degree by research over the next 2 years. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the teachers and my dear friends in Abbeyleix FETC without whose support and encouragement I could not have realised my ambitions.
Oonagh McEvoy
Advanced Business Level 6 2016/2017