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Business Studies 2

Course Code(s):  6M4985
QQI Award Code:  6M4985 Business
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE

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Course overview

Course Code 6M4985
QQI Award Code 6M4985 Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to build on the knowledge gained in the level 5 award and to enhance their job prospects and/or allow them access further educational opportunities.

What will you Study?

Marketing Management
Business Law
Business Management
Customer Service
Word Processing
Applied Economics
Work Experience
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BALBX 6M4985

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

Further Research

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Brand Manager - Marketing   Social Media Specialist  
Builders' Merchant   Business Analyst  
Health & Safety Officer   Data Protection Officer  
Business Consultant   Data Steward / Data Manager  
Chartered Secretary   Accounts Team Leader  
Management Associate   Business Adviser  
General Manager   Charity Officer  
Company Secretary   Recruitment Consultant  
Project Manager   Arts agent / Promoter  
Managing Director   Management Consultant  
Industrial Relations Officer   Financial Adviser  
Financial Trader   Hotel General Manager  
Change Manager   Economist / Economist EU  
Occupational Psychologist   Operations Research Analyst  
Hospitality Manager   HR Director - Human Resources  
Personnel Manager    Personnel Officer  
Equality Officer   Human Resources Business Partner / HRBP  
Staff Relations Official   Human Resources / Personnel Manager  
Human Resources Assistant - EU   Information Architect - IT  
Information Systems Manager   IT Consultant  
Data Analyst   Big Data Specialist  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   Computer Systems Analyst  
Data Change Agent   Archivist  
Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary   Secretary  
Payroll Manager   Front Office Junior Manager  
Personal Assistant   Wedding Planner  
Letting Agent / Landlord   School Principal  
Music Manager   Bank / Financial Manager   
Recruitment Team Leader   Risk Analyst  
Travel Agency Manager   Restaurant / Catering Manager  
Call Centre Manager   Retail Manager  
Area Sales Manager   Department Manager  
Procurement Officer / Buyer   Distribution Manager  
Accountant   Management Accountant  
Taxation Consultant   Accounts Assistant  
Facilitator    

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Business Organisation & Business Management
Clerical & Administration
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.