This course is a broad based programme providing an excellent grounding in the skills and knowledge required in a modern business setting. Completion opens up progression avenues to various Higher Education establishments in addition to work opportunities.

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  • Accounting -Manual and Computerised 5N1348 – Learn to prepare financial statements from trial balance and period end adjustments using both a manual accounting system and a computerised package. Produce a forecast financial statement with a forecast cash flow.
  • Applied Economics 5N1350 – Analyse the role of the key players in the Irish economy such as government, industry and consumers. Identify a range of barriers to free trade. Calculate national income from given data using each of the main measures. Analyse the impact of a variety of changes in supply, demand and market equilibrium
  • Business Administration Skills 5N1610 – Examine a range of recruitment options for selecting and appointing staff and current employment rights legislation. Maintain a range of documents pertaining to HR management and employees  including employment contracts, attendance records etc. Explore sources of finance for a business including cash-flow. Examine different types of meetings held and complete a range of documentation necessary for the effective function of a meeting. Explain the role of quality systems
  • Communications 5N0690 – Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.
  • Marketing Practice 5N1400 – Conduct a SWOT analysis. Develop a marketing plan for a specific product or service. Examine the life cycle of a range of products including new product development. Explain the elements of the marketing mix. Carry out market research applying appropriate techniques and research methodologies.
  • Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977 – Produce a spreadsheet that meets a simple design specification and is fit for purpose. Learn a range of spreadsheet features such as data and cell formatting techniques, conditional IF statements, financial, date and time functions. Generate a variety of types of graphs from spreadsheet data. Automate routine multi-step tasks through the creation, execution and management of simple macros.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning
  • Statistics 5N2066 – Understand data, data collection and compile statistical information. Identify and implement appropriate means of presenting data. Analyse and interpret statistical information and learn how to use statistics for work and life
  • Chinese CCOC – Chinese Culture and a knowledge of Chinese used in everyday situations, pinyin and an introduction to Chinese characters/  German 4N1773 – An introduction to everyday German language, culture and basic grammar used in everyday situations (optional)
  • Entrepreneurial Skills 5N1951 (optional)

Additional Training/Workshops

  • Data Protection: This workshop gives learners an overview of GDPR. The workshop examines what GDPR stands for and gives an understanding of the current data protection rules and obligations.  The learners also receive information on the types of data, the terminology associated with GDPR, the penalties with breaches, storage of data and general do’s and don’ts regarding data.
  • Enabling Entrepreneurship (in association with Junior Achievement Ireland)
  • Individual support available to build Word Processing and Spreadsheet skills

Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application.  An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage.

Excellent progressions opportunities including:

  • CCOC: Progress to 1 of the CCOC Advanced Business Specialisms, subject to entry requirements being met.
  • MTU Cork: Business Studies (CR021)
  • MIC: Education, Business Studies & Accounting (M1009), Education, Business Studies & Religious Studies (M1010)
  • UCC: Commerce (CK201)

Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Tralee and Waterford IT for preferential entry for CCOC students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained. Go to our progressions database for exact requirements on progressions for this course.

Job opportunities may include roles such  as Accounts Assistant, Marketing/Sales Representative, Junior Office Administrator, Customer Service Representative, Frontline office personnel.

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €50). See payment for details.
  • Certification:
    • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business Studies 5M2102
    • QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in the evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)
    • CCOC Certificate in Chinese (optional)
  • Work Experience: Students undertake a block work placement of 2 weeks in a business/industry environment.
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    I really enjoyed my time in the Cork College of Commerce. The teachers were very helpful and supportive. Even for someone with a disability, the Disability Support was outstanding. I would strongly recommend current or future Leaving Certificate students to apply for this course.

    Kayleigh Mulcahy

    My experience at the college of commerce was really great. As someone who was geared for course progression I couldn’t have been in better hands. We were constantly updated with important dates and deadlines and there were tons of chances to attend informative talks and one-to-ones with level 8 college representatives. What also needs to be mentioned is the support from the faculty. At the beginning of the course we were all told that the teachers will do everything they can to help us achieve the best result we could and then that’s exactly what they did.

    I would strongly recommend anyone who’s thinking of doing a level 5 course to look into the Cork College of Commerce. It’s a college that goes above and beyond to ensure that you get the best out of your course and I’ll always look back fondly on my time spent there

    Sarah Laffan, UCC BIS student ‘19/’20

    The Certificate in Business provided a wide range of subjects and the teachers gave great support during the year. The year provided me with time to mature and gain new perspectives so that now I’m really looking forward to starting in CIT.

    Christopher O'Brien Buckley, Business CIT '19/'20

    Linards Matvejevs: I think CCOC was a great experience. It helped me understand what college would be like. The teachers also helped a great deal with any help I required. It helped me reach higher education. Without the CCOC I wouldn’t be where I am today.

    Ali Raza: At CCOC the lectures were well rounded. Classes were small and the lecturers very accessible which suited my learning style

    Linards and Ali, Linards Matvejevs– UCC BIS ‘19/’20; Ali Raza – UCC Law ‘19/’20