Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Business Accounting 5M2102

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

This course is designed to

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

Accounting Manual & Computerised 5N1348

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.


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) 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


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


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

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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 - Ronan Breheny

When I decided to pursue Business Accounting at GTI, it was undeniably one of the best decisions I ever made. I hadn’t studied any business subjects in my Leaving Cert, but this one-year Business Accounting course provided me with an excellent foundation and insight into all aspects of business and accounting. The course equipped me with knowledge in Communications, Accounting, Bookkeeping, Work Experience, Word Processing, Marketing, Payroll, Business Administration and Spreadsheets.

What I really appreciate about GTI was the support and help received from all teachers and staff. The “Learn by Doing” approach is an excellent way of learning. As part of the course, I undertook a one-day work experience in an Accounting Office, which allowed me to put the theory into practice, making learning more enjoyable and relevant.

I am currently enrolled in a Level 8 Business course at ATU Galway. The Business Accounting course at GTI served as a great stepping stone to help me secure a place at ATU Galway. I would highly recommend registering for a course at GTI.