Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Business Studies 5M2102

This practical one-year business course is designed to provide an excellent foundation for learners wishing to progress to Business Degree Programmes at Third Level. This course will allow the learner to build skills in bookkeeping, payroll, marketing, communications and information technology. This course also provides learners with the knowledge and core business skills to enter employment directly.

This course is designed to develop
  • effective and persuasive written and oral communication skills

  • numeracy and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data and information

  • self-reliance, initiative and the ability to manage time, projects and resources

entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Pre-entry guidance meeting

  • Mature applicants welcome


Business Administration Skills 5N1610

Marketing Practice 5N1400

Communications 5N0690

Work Experience 5N1356

Bookkeeping Manual & Computerised 5N1354

Payroll Manual & Computerised 5N1546

Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977

Word Processing 5N1358


Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.

How the course is taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Progression to Higher Education

Excellent progression opportunities including:

· Successful completion of this Level 5 award may lead to entry into the Advanced Certificate in Business Management QQI Level 6 at GTI.

· Successful completion of this Level 5 may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

· Progression to all Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway courses apart from Nursing.

The following is a selection of the most relevant courses (See CAO for more)

· University of Galway. The following are most relevant: GY201 Commerce, GY209 Commerce Global Experience, GY206 Business Information Systems, GY250 Law and Business, GY253 Law and Taxation

· ATU,Galway. AU501 Business Level 7, AU601 Business Level 8, AU600 Bachelor of Business in Accounting Level 8.

Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup

Career Opportunities

Accounts Assistant, Marketing/Sales Representative, Junior Office Administrator, Office Personnel, Receptionist, Customer Service Representative.


QQI Level 5 Award in Business Studies (5M2102)


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May

Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

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Please Note

GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

Student Testimonial: Victor Igonin

Victor Igonin

Studying QQI Level 5 Business Studies at GTI was one of the best decisions I have made. The course gave me a good insight into the different aspects related to business. What I really liked about the course was that it is taught using a hands on approach, and it put the theory learned into practice. It also provided me with knowledge of software such as Excel, Sage50 (Accounts) and Sage (Payroll). This Level 5 course enabled me to gain employment, and access further study at 3rd level education. I have been accepted into the Commerce with Global Experience course in NUI Galway.

During the year I was also successful in gaining an invaluable three-week work placement abroad, as part of GTI’s Erasmus+ project. I got to work in the finance department in South Devon College, England. Overall the course at GTI was remarkable for my personal and academic growth. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone, as it has the ability to set you up with a solid foundation, and prepare you for further education.