Business Administration (QQI Level 5)

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  • Course Fee: Special Offer price from: €229
  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Business Administration (5N1610).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 Credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
  • No classes to attend.


Course Description

This QQI Level 5 Business Administration module has been developed to prepare learners for a junior administrative position in an organisation. It is also intended to prepare the learner for further study in the related areas. It has been developed as one of the mandatory modules for the Level 5 Certificate in Business Studies – Administration. This module can also be taken as an elective vocational module on a range of awards.

Course documentation for this QQI accredited course is detailed, comprehensive and easy to read. This distance learning QQI accredited course means that students can study flexibly at home or at work, while gaining an Internationally Recognised Qualification.

Course Details


Topics covered include:

  • Unit 1: The Organisation
  • Unit 2: Finance, Money, Banking and Foreign Exchange
  • Unit 3: Human Resources
  • Unit 4: Preparing for Meetings
  • Unit 5: Processing Business Documents.


Who should complete this course?

  • Students who wish to receive a Level 5 qualification in Business Administration.
  • People who wish to pursue a career and work in the field of Administration.


Programme Entry Requirements:

  • Level 4 Certificate, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and or/relevant life and work experiences.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • If you take this course by distance learning the course material will be posted to you.  You can complete and return assignments/projects which must be typed rather than handwritten either by post or by email.
  • If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.


Progression to further Studies:

  • This course leads to a level 5 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students who successfully complete this programme may use this Level 5 credit towards completing a Major FETAC award in Business Administration 6M4587.



This course is assessed through a number of assignments which students must complete to demonstrate their understanding of various topics.


Assignments (2) 60%
Examination (Theory-Based) 40%


Assignment 1:
The brief for the first assignment will require candidates to investigate and critically evaluate a meeting they attended in the recent past. A description of the meeting under investigation should include the venue, objective, participants, outcomes and results. The student’s own personal development needs in the area of meetings should also be evaluated.


Assignment 2:
The student must collect business type data from a business publication (e.g. newspaper, magazine or web site). The student will use this information to create a graph. The data must have two sets of variables and at least 10 sets of information. They must explain what the date is about, who may need it, and what the information is telling the user. The student must also identify any trends and explain what the graph is telling the user, critically evaluate the information presented. Findings should be clearly presented with an introduction, conclusion and pages numbered. The student should include all source documents.  


Examination (Theory-Based) 40%:*
The internal assessor will devise a theory-based examination that assesses candidates’ ability to recall and apply theory and understanding, requiring responses to a range of short answer and structured questions. These questions may be answered in different media such as in writing or orally.

The examination will be based on a range of specific learning outcomes and will be 2 hours in duration.

The format of the examination will be as follows:

  • Section A:
    10 short answer questions
    Candidates are required to answer 10 (2 marks each).

  • Section B:
    2 structured questions
    Candidates are required to answer 2 (10 marks each).


*Please Note: Students taking this module will have to sit an examination (€50.00) that is normally held in Dublin but arrangements can be made in outside centres around the country.

This can be paid before exam dates and is not required upon enrolment. This exam fee is not covered in the course fee/registration fee.




  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Business Administration (5N1610).
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • There is a €85.00 registration fee payable to include administration, moderation and QQI accreditation.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

This QQI Business Administration 5N1610 course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend.

Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.