Business Administration


Business Administration 5M2468 QQI Level 5


This very well established and highly regarded Business Administration course enables the learner to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for a variety of business settings. The course focuses on the development of key transferable skills that  are useful in any office or business setting. The modules in the course are selected to prepare learners for the world of work but the skills and knowledge acquired are also very useful for further studies in higher education. Work experience is an important element of the course as learners apply their learning in practical real world settings. Course participants will be required to undertake vetting by Donegal ETB.

Extra learning opportunity 

Finn Valley College also offers learners an opportunity to resit the Leaving Certificate Mathematics exams and provides a class specifically for PLC students.


One year full time

Minimum Entry Requirements

Learners should have at least five pass grades in the Leaving Certificate or at least a merit in the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme. A full explanation of enrolment can be found in our policy here.

Course Overview

Module Code Credit
Communications 5N0690 15
Audio Transcription 5N1549 15
Work Experience 5N1356 15
Customer Service 5N0972 15
Word Processing 5N1358 15
Business Admin Skills 5N1610 15
Bookkeeping 5N1354 15
Text Production 5N1422 15
Total Credits 120


*Holders of ANY QQI Level 5 award can progress onto over 700 Level 6/7 courses at Institutes of Technology or directly enter employment.  

*Holders of a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business Administration (5M 2468) may progress to further studies in many Level 8 courses in particular those related to Business in the IT’s and also DCU, DIT and UCC.  Many students also progress from the course onto Arts in NUI Galway and Maynooth.


Dept of Education & Skills Course Participant Fee. Students with a medical card are exempt from paying this fee. €200
Finn Valley College Student support services fee €100
Total €300

Grant funding:

The SUSI Grant scheme is available to students for all PLC courses and this does not affect a learner’s entitlement to the grant upon progression to Higher Education provided that the learner progresses to a Level 6 course or higher on National Qualification Framework. Normal eligibility criteria apply for applications to SUSI.

 Application Process

Just click on the link below and select “Donegal” followed by “Stranorlar” in the Location and Sub-Location fields:

Student Testimonials

Shannon Kelly- Currently studying an M.Ed at NUIG.

“Looking back I am so glad I chose to do the Business Admin PLC at Finn Valley College.  It has encouraged me to thrive at a 3rd level institution and the skills I learned have all come in so handy for me at college”

Cormac Mc Menamin- Currently studying Accounting and Finance at DCU.

PLC was one of the best years I could have taken after my Leaving Cert. Not only did I meet a whole load of new people that I never would have met, but I also have gained a lot of useful skills that have really come in handy while currently in college.  Skills such as typing, presentation skills and the experience of doing assignments has put me in a good place and has left the transition from secondary school to college as smooth as possible.  PLC also helped me get into my current course in DCU, my course was originally a 460 point course but because of PLC I got my place.  This goes to show that the PLC course in Finn Valley College is really good gateway into courses that you thought were previously unattainable.

Mark Mc Kelvey- BB Hons & Smurfit Business School Graduate,

“I have nothing but great memories of the PLC course.  I recall at that time knowing I was not ready for college yet.  Reflecting back, it was the PLC year which helped me to develop as a person.  I grew in confidence, improved my social skills and learned IT abilities that are still of great benefit to me”

Demi AndersonReceptionist, Millbrae Surgery.

“I found the course very beneficial.  It was a great year to mature and even though we were in a school setting we were treated more as adults.  Work experience was a great module in the course.  It helped me to gain employment as many of the office skills needed tied in perfectly with what was required for my job”