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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 gain the knowledge, skill and competence 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
  • Spreadsheets
  • Team Leadership
  • Applied Economics
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Insurance and Banking (QQI Level 5)

Modules are subject to change.  All Modules are QQI Level 6, unless otherwise noted. 

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), Athlone 

AL650     Higher Certificate Business* (Level 6)

South East Technological University (SETU), Carlow

CW906     Higher Certificate Business* (Level 6)

CW917     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

GA170     Business (Level 7)

GA174     Marketing and Sales (Level 7)

GA175     Finance (Level 7)

GA176     Business with Entrepreneurship (Level 7)

GA182     Business (Level 8)

National University of

Ireland Galway


GY201   Commerce (Level 8)

GY209Commerce Global Experience (Level 8)

Mary Immaculate 

College (MI)

M1010 Education, Business Studies and Religion (Level 8)

MI009 Education: Business Studies & Accounting


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

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 Elaine Sheridan on 057 9349471 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 12th, 2022 to May 26th, 2023.

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BusinessThursday April 15th, available from 4pm onwards

Applied Social Studies with SNAWednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

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Healthcare SupportWednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Computer Networks with SoftwareTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Sustainable Construction TechnologyTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Engineering TechnologyTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Applied ScienceTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards