Course Content

This is an intensive one year course. It offers a wide range of subjects with a particular emphasis on business administration and IT skills. Over the past number of years this course has provided students with job placements in their chosen sectors and allowed many more to progress to third level study.   A number of students have set up their own successful businesses.


Need to complete 8 modules to receive a full award:

  • Business Administration Skills
  • Word Processing
  • Database Methods
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Statistics
  • Bookkeeping – Manual and Computerised
  • French
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Marketing Practice
  • The Internet

Modules may be subject to change

Also ECDL Certification (7 Modules)


Students who successfully complete this course may have the option to continue their studies at the Centre progressing to the Business Management QQI Level 6 course. Students who have satisfied the criteria set by the CAO process for progression to third level education have in the past secured  a place into the National Universities of Ireland and many of the Institutes of Technology.Graduates from this course have taken up various clerical, book-keeping and administrator positions in the following areas amongst many others:

Auctioneering, Plant Hire, Commercial Banking,  Local Government, Retail Sales, Telecommunications, Accountancy, Taxation, Insurance, An Post.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent standard of education
  • Successful completion of interview
  • Basic computer skills


€100 for course materials. Please refer to the Costs Section on page 1 for details of additional registration, certification and transport costs.

Success Stories

“I completed a FETAC/QQI Level 5 Business Administration Course in Abbeyleix FEC in 2013. The course included essential subjects and topics to work in the world of business. I learned many vital IT skills during the year, skills that are now invaluable for my own business. With the skills, knowledge and confidence obtained from this course I opened my own business, Api’s Chocolate, in Portlaoise a year and a half ago.
Artisan chocolates handmade by myself are offered, ranging from chocolates containing truffles, pralines, fudge, liqueurs, dried fruit and many more. Other delicious treats are offered also, such as brightly coloured macaroons, crepes with a choice of fillings, locally produced ice cream, speciality coffee or tea and a selection of cakes which can be made to order for special occasions.
The business has been very successful to date and I thoroughly enjoy being my own boss and being a part of the business community in Laois. I would thoroughly recommend the Business Course in Abbeyleix and feel that it contributed greatly to me being able to set up and run my own business.” Maria Lukacova