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QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business Studies – 5M2102.

Study for a recognised qualification leading to a career in commercial, industrial and public sector organisations and in the offices of practicing accountants.  Whether you are just moving on from school or are returning to work as a mature student you’re getting instantly employable essential accounts and payroll skills.  With a Business Studies award you can also continue on your progression route to study commerce and other qualifications at CIT and UCC.  At Mallow College we’ve put together a unique choice of courses including the opportunity to recover a problem Leaving Certificate maths grade with an optional Level 5 maths component within your timetable.  You’re going to be ready and confident for that job interview.

2019/20 Applications are now open. CAO points not required. Grant and Social Welfare funding available. To apply online now for September you will just need to provide two essential pieces of information: your email address and your PPS number. Look for this course under Business & Administration.

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Career Prospects

  • Accounts supervisor.
  • Assistant accountant.
  • Payroll administrator.
  • Audit assistant.

Course Contents

Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.


One year. Full-time. Class timetables to follow in September, and subject to change. See calendar for term holidays.


30 full-time day students will travel, fully-funded, with Erasmus+ to another European country for 2 weeks. Find out more and apply.

Entry Requirements

  • CAO points not required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an interview. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


This course requires participants to be Garda vetted. Continued participation on the course and work placement is dependent on the successful completion of this process.

Work Experience

Work Experience is an integral part of the course. The dates and duration will be specified by the College in September.


Advance to QQI level 6 at Mallow College.  Use your full QQI award to progress to degrees in Business Administration, Business, Business Information Systems, Information Systems Management. For more links and detailed information on how to use your Mallow College qualification to progress go to

A full QQI award achieves a maximum of 390 points for CAO.


  • Full Fees (EU/EEA Citizens): €950
  • Medical Card Holders: €700
  • Student Grant Recipients (SUSI): €750
    • €50 Deposit + €50 QQI Fees + €200 Registration + €195 ITEC Exam Fees + €255 other costs per year.
    • Additional means-tested student grants are available from
  • Back to Education Allowance (BTEA): €750
    • €50 Deposit + €50 QQI Fees + €200 Registration + €195 ITEC Exam Fees + €255 other costs per year.
    • Retain Social Welfare benefits.
  • Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS): €255
    • €50 Deposit (refundable) per year.
    • €255 other costs.
    • Retain Social Welfare benefits. Additional weekly allowances for meals, travel and childcare are also available.

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