Further Education

Further Education 2021-2022

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.

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome


Business Administration Skills 5N1610

Marketing Practice 5N1400

Communications 5N0690

Work Experience 5N1356

Bookkeeping Manual & Computerised 5N1354

Payroll Manual & Computerised 5N1546

Computer Applications 4N1112

Information Technology Skills 4N1125

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
  • Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and NUIG National University of Ireland Galway through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

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

  • Many students progress to Business Studies in GMIT and other Institutes of Technology

  • Progression to all GMIT courses apart from Nursing.

The following are the most relevant: *GA170 Business Level 7

*GA182 Business Level 8

NUIG National University of Ireland Galway

*GY201 Commerce *GY209 Commerce Global Experience

*GY206 Business Information Systems

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup

Career Opportunities

Accountancy, Insurance, Estate Agency, Marketing and other business related areas.


QQI Level 5 Award in Business Studies (5M2102)

  • Student Services Fee: €175
  • DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200
  • QQI Certification Fees: €50
  • Course Textbooks: €100

TOTAL: €525


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.

For more Information
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:Jessica Lorraine

GTI Business Studies QQI Level 5 course, has given me a deeper outlook and understanding of all the concepts involved in business. GTI is simply an amazing place in which to study. The support received from both all teachers and staff is extraordinary. I believe that the education and guidance I have received from the the teachers at GTI has aided and prepared me for the demanding requirements of higher Business degree. The subjects were explained in detail and easy to follow, with a blend of theory and practical modules used in a Business life such as Sage Quick Pay and TAS books which have given a knowledge on how a business operates. Finally GTI has provided me with a solid foundation for my future plans. On completing this program I decided to continue to study business and applied for the Bachelor Business Studies in GMIT. I would strongly recommend GTI as a place to go for further education. I really loved the course and found the study environment in GTI calm and friendly.