Business Studies with Finance & Insurance QQI Level 5 - Course Code: 5M2102


This course offers a wide range of subjects that provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge in many areas of business and particularly in the areas of financial services and insurance. It also provides the chance to obtain up to date administration and IT skills necessary for a business environment today. It provides students with the opportunity to produce financial statements, using the most up to date accounting software.


  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent standard of education or relevant life experience
  • All entry is subject to interview and online assessment
  • Good basic computer skills


Compulsory Modules:

  • Business Administration
  • Accounts Manual and Computerised
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Elective Modules (Choose a minimum of 4):

  • Insurance & Banking
  • Financial Services
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Word Processing
  • Statistics

*Modules offered may be subject to change


1 academic year full time – 5 days per week.

Part-time options may be available.


Some employment opportunities include: insurance, financial services, setting up your own business, administration, customer service, accounts payable/receivable clerk, or other areas of business in both the public and private sectors. Students may also apply to undertake various apprenticeships in areas such as insurance, financial services, accounts technician and ICT. See


Students who successfully complete this Level 5 course may have the option to continue their studies at the Centre, progressing to our QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business. Successful completion of our QQI Level 6 Course in Business Management may allow students to apply directly for advanced entry to 2nd year of a Business Course leading to an Honours Degree at Carlow IT. LIT Thurles are offering students advanced entry to Year 2 of selected Business Courses.

Students who have satisfied the criteria set by the CAO process for progression to third level education, may secure a place in the National Universities of Ireland and many of the Institutes of Technology on various Degree Programmes. Alternatively, students may progress to an Accounting Technicians course (ATI), or to an IPASS (Irish Payroll Association) course. Students may also apply to undertake various apprenticeships in areas such as Insurance, Financial Services, ICT and Accounts Technician. See

Possible Progression Options include*:

CAO TitleLevel / Course TitleCollege
LC224Level 8 Accounting and FinanceLimerick IT
GA776Level 7 Computing and Digital MediaGalway-Mayo IT
CW908Level 8 - Bachelor of Business (Honours) - Business Common EntryCarlow IT
MH403Level 7 - Accounting and FinanceMaynooth University
MI009Level 8 - BA in Education, Business Studies and AccountingMIC Thurles
TU905Level 8 Economics and FinanceTechnological University, Dublin

*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 that 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 Studies with Finance & Insurance


Abbeyleix FETC

Mountrath Road


County Laois

R32 TX30


Start Date: September 2021                                      

End Date: June 2022


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Helen Kavanagh, Centre Manager



(057) 873 1127


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Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Read what our past students have to say about their experience with the Business Administration with IT course at Abbeyleix FETC

I decided to undertake a QQI Level 5 in Business Administration in 2018 in Abbeyleix FETC. I had done very well in my leaving certificate, but just was not ready for college and wasn't completely decided on which course to do in college. The year in Abbeyleix was the best thing I could have done and really helped me decide on my future direction. I am now in Year 2 of a Bachelor of Business Studies in University of Limerick and will be majoring in Accountancy & Finance in January 2021 and looking forward to continuing my studies. While I found online learning challenging this year with COVID-19, I do believe that the IT skills learned in Abbeyleix FETC have helped me greatly and made this process much easier.
Sarah Prendergast
Business Administration Level 5
I undertook the QQI level 5 Business Administration course in Abbeyleix FETC in 2019. I returned to education because I had a genuine interest in the business industry and I chose the course in Abbeyleix FETC, as I had heard so many great things about it. The course was excellent and the teachers in the centre will go out of their way to help you reach your potential in all modules. The modules are well organised and taught in a way that makes learning manageable throughout the year. My favourite modules were the computer application based ones such as Microsoft Word and Access. At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 when things were uncertain regarding exams etc. for the end of the year, the teachers were always on hand to help and got us all through a very difficult situation. I am now undertaking the QQI Level 6 Business Management course in Abbeyleix FETC and I can see how beneficial the knowledge learned at Level 5 is for this course. Once again we are being offered huge support by our teachers with our online learning. I hope to use the skills and knowledge learned on both courses to build a professional career in the area of business.
Laoise Phelan
Business Administration Level 5