Course Description

Business Studies with Law


This is a Full-time One Year course, which runs from September to May.

Exact details of the timetable will be given out to students during the induction process prior to class commencement in September.


This course provides a strong foundation for those students wishing to study Business and/or Accountancy, Legal, or combination degree courses in TCD, UCD, DCU, TUD, NUI Maynooth, and other Universities and has a superb record of student progression to the third level.

This course is designed to give students an in-depth knowledge of concepts relevant to the business/legal world with an emphasis on Accounting, Economics, Civil and Criminal Law. By combining IT components with business concepts, students will also gain the skills to meet the increasing demands from employers for graduates with hard and soft skills.  Graduates are equipped with the analytical and advocacy skills that stem from legal training combined with numeracy and financial literacy.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP, LCA) or equivalent
  • A Full Level 4 QQI Award (or equivalent)
  • For Mature Applicants (aged 21 or over) – appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications. Note: Mature applicants may be entitled to VTOS funding. For details about VTOS, please contact the college.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English require level B2 competency on the CEFR language framework. Applicants may be required to undergo English language testing to establish their language competency.

Course Modules

  • Accounting Manual and Computerised
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Law
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Criminal Law
  • Mathematics (Optional) for those students requiring Mathematics for progression through the CAO

Module Information 


  • Level 5 QQI Award Business Studies (5M2102)

Special Features

  • Visits to the Criminal Courts of Justice
  • Professional Guest lecturers
  • Attendance at Google Digital Garage events

This course is supported by FIT, which offers students the opportunity to acquire essential skills to gain employment. Students are given training in job interview techniques and CV preparation.

All DFEi students are provided with an M365 account, which gives them access to the tools and resources needed to deliver assessment work while attending their course. M365 Apps include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and OneDrive.

Work Experience

Students will be required to undertake a period of work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year.  Work Experience is mandatory for all of our full-time Level 5 courses. Students are required to source their own work placement but will be assisted in this by the work experience teacher.  The work placement is usually for a period of 10 days or a minimum of 60 hours.  Students usually find the work experience element of the course to be invaluable and should bear in mind that a successful work placement can sometimes lead to further opportunities.

Additional Information


Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Portfolio/Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examination – Written or Practical
  • Project

A full major award is granted on passing the relevant eight components.  On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a pass, a merit or a distinction grade. See for more details

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Office Administration and Management at DFEi.

Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology, and Technological Universities using their full QQI Level 5 major award. Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria.  It is the student’s responsibility to consult with the relevant HEI for information on the admissions process and any specific entry requirements. Students may also refer to the individual HEI prospectus or may also refer to the QQI FET section of the CAO website.

Examples of CAO progression opportunities are listed below.

Progression Examples

Bachelor of Commerce (DN650)

BA Arts (DN520)

BA Humanities (DN530)

Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) (DN600)

BSc Economics (DN710)

Bachelor of Business and Law (BBL) (DN610)

BSc Social Sciences (DN700)

BSc Sustainability (DN240)

BSc Psychology (DN720)

BSocSc Social Policy/Sociology (DN750)

University College Dublin –

BA Accounting and Finance (DC115)

BBS Business Studies (DC111)

BCL Law and Society (DC232)

BSc Marketing, Innovation and Technology (MINT) (DC240)

BA Economics, Politics and Law (DC230)

Dublin City University

BSc Marketing (TU922)

BSc Business and Management (TU903)

BSc Business and Law (TU904)

BSc Human Resource Management (TU906)

BSc Event Management (TU954)

BSc Economics and Finance (TU905)

BSc Property Economics (Valuation Surveying) (TU836)

Technological University Dublin (City) –

Bachelor of Business – Business Management (DL823)

IADT, Dún Laoghaire

BA Arts (MH101)

BBS Business and Accounting (MH407)

BA Finance (MH401)

BA Accounting and Finance (MH403)

BBS Business and Management (MH404)

BBS Entrepreneurship (MH411)

Maynooth University –

BA Arts (CK101)

Bachelor of Commerce (CK201)

BA Criminology (CK113)

Bachelor of Law (CK301)

BCL Law and Business (CK307)

University College Cork –

Bachelor of Law (TR004)

BA (Hons) Business, Economic and Social Studies B.E.S.S (TR081)

Bachelor in Business Studies – Global Business (TR080)

Bachelor of Law/Business Studies (TR580)

Trinity College Dublin –

BA Human Resource Management (NC005)

BA Business (NC009)

BA Accounting and Finance (NC022)

National College of Ireland –

Bachelor of Commerce (GY201)

Galway University –

CollegeDun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeCo. Dublin
Course CategoryBusiness Studies, Business
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationLevel 5 Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsLevel 5 QQI Award Business Studies
Course Start Date16th September 2024
Course End Date30th May 2025
Course DurationOne Year Full-time
Course TimeThis is a Full-time One Year course, which runs from September to May.
Course Fee50.00
Entry RequirementsOne of the following: • Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP, LCA) or equivalent • A Full Level 4 QQI Award (or Equivalent) • For Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) - appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications are welcome. Note: Mature applicants may be entitled to VTOS funding. For details about VTOS, please contact the college.
Carear PathGraduates of this course may pursue careers in a wide range of areas including accountancy, business administration, customer service, banking and finance, sales and marketing, human resources, legal, retail and information technology.
Phone1 280 9676
Course Code5M2102
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17 Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Eircode: A96 EP44

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17 Cumberland Street
Dún Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Republic of Ireland
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