Business Studies with IT & Accounting QQI Level 5 - Course Code: 5M2102 (Full Time and Part Time Options Available)


This course offers a wide range of subjects providing students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the dynamic world of traditional and online business. It provides the opportunity to obtain up to date IT skills and knowledge of administration and e-business/online business relevant for the modern work environment. It also 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):

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • e-Business Studies
  • Payroll
  • Statistics

*Modules offered 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

Full Time Online Applications

For Full Time online application for Business Studies with IT and Accounting QQI Level 5 and Business Management with Finance QQI Level 6 course, click here:

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:

  • Spreadsheets
  • Payroll (Sage Business Cloud Payroll)
  • Word Processing

After Christmas:

  • Database Methods
  • Accounting (Sage 50cloud)
  • Business Administration

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

  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Statisitcs

*Modules may be subject to change

Part Time Online Applications

For Part Time online application for Business Studies with IT and Accounting QQI Level 5 and Business Management with Finance QQI Level 6 course, click here:


Some employment opportunities include: setting up your own business, administration, e-government, e-business, on-line marketing, customer service, accounts payable/receivable clerk, or other areas of business in both the public and private sectors. See also opportunities with many varied apprenticeships, e.g. ICT, Insurance and Accounts at:


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 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. See also opportunities with many varied apprenticeships e.g. ICT, Insurance and Accounts at:

Possible Progression Options include*:

CAO TitleLevel / Course TitleCollege
AL751Level 7 - Bachelor of Business in Digital MarketingAthlone IT
CW908Level 8 - Bachelor of Business (Honours) - Business Common EntryCarlow IT
LC230Level 8 - Bachelor of Business with ComputingLimerick IT
MI009Level 8 - BA in Education, Business Studies and AccountingMIC Thurles
MH403Level 7 - Accounting and FinanceMaynooth University
CW848Level 8 - Digital Marketing with Analytics ITCarlow IT
LC236Level 8 - Internet Systems DevelopmentLimerick IT

*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 Level 5


Abbeyleix FETC

Mountrath Road


County Laois

R32 TX30


Start Date: September 2022                                     

End Date: June 2023


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  • 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