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Advanced Certificate in Business ADMINISTRATION FOR PUBLIC SECTOR (QQI Level 6)

This full-time one year programme is designed to enable learners to gain the knowledge, skills and competency to work independently or in a supervisory capacity in an administrative role in the public sector or to progress to higher education or training. Key areas of study are business administration, spreadsheets, banking and insurance, team leadership, economics and advanced IT skills.  This is an ideal pathway for those interested in a career as a Clerical Officer in the Public Sector. 

  • Administration Practice
  • Business Management
  • Insurance and Banking 
  • Spreadsheets
  • Team Leadership
  • Applied Economics
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Human Resource Management

Modules are subject to change.  

Leaving Certificate or QQI Level 5, or equivalent standard of education.  All applicants are subject to an interview and an online assessment. 

Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), AthloneUS720     Business (Level 7)
South East Technological University (SETU), Carlow

SE420     Higher Certificate Business (Level 6)*

SE414     Bachelor of Business, options in: Business Mgt, International Business, Supply Chain Mgt, HR Mgt, Marketing (Level 7)

Maynooth University (MU)

MH101     Arts (Level 8)

MH107     Social Science (Level 8)

MH401     Finance (Level 8)**

MH407     Business and Accounting (Level 8)**

MH411     Entrepreneurship (Level 8)**

Atlantic Technological University (ATU – formally GMIT), Galway

AU501    Business (Level 7)*

AU503    Marketing and Sales (Level 7)

AU505    Business with Entrepreneurship (Level 7)

AU601    Business (Level 8)

National University of

Ireland Galway


GY201   Commerce (Level 8)**

GY209Commerce Global Experience (Level 8)**

Mary Immaculate

College (MI)

MI017 Education, Business Studies and Religion (Level 8)!

MI016 Education, Business Studies & Accounting (Level 8)!


*Upon completion of the Major Award 6M4985, students may progress directly to Year 2 of these courses. 

**QQI Maths Module or Leaving Cert Maths required.

! O6/H7 Leaving Certificate Maths required

Level 6 awards (Advanced Certificates) provide enhanced progression into year two of higher education programmes where the higher programme is in a similar discipline. This mechanism is known as ‘advanced entry’. In some cases, a candidate with a level 6 award may be offered exemptions from elements of programmes within the first year. This is at the discretion of the higher education institution.

For further information, please contact Elaine  on 057 9349424 or email

€80 QQI Level 6 Certification Fee. (Medical Card holders or those in receipt of a Social Welfare payment are exempt from this Certification Fee.)

VTOS: If you are over 21 years of age, are unemployed and have been getting certain social welfare payments for at least 6 months you can apply for the Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme (VTOS). Successful applicants can receive a VTOS payment for the duration of the course, instead of their social welfare payment.  Small meal and travel allowances may also apply


Course Details


Award Title: QQI Level 6 – Certification in Business

Duration: One year –  September 2024 to May 2025.