As an open economy Ireland relies on the international trade of goods and services. This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills relating to international trade practice and operations so that so that they can take advantage of employment and further educational opportunities which exist in this area.
The course runs for 1 academic year. Business International is a full time programme which runs from early September to mid May. Timetables vary from year to year.
QQI Level 5 Certificate in International Trade 5M2111
QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)
CCOC Certificate Chinese (optional)
€500 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €250)
- International Trade Practice 5N2072 – Appreciate the range of customs procedures, documents and schemes for the Irish exporter. Examine current transportation practices to include route selection, modes of transport etc. Process a range of International trade documents to include a bill of ladling, a certificate of origin, an insurance certificate and standardised consignment notes in accordance with current requirements. Carry out calculations relevant to international trade including quotations, invoices etc.
- Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394 – Understand the role of the constitution in the Irish legal system, legal terminology and the structure of the Irish court system. Describe proceedings in a court of law. Explore the impact of European law on the Irish system. Evaluate documents and legislation in your relevant area. Identify main categories of remedies e.g compensation etc.
- 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.
- Supply Chain Operations 5N2409 – Explore the role of supply chain management in organisations, understand global trading environments, learn about current trends in supply chains. Gain a particular focus on logistics paths from Asia, USA and Europe.
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview
- Optional Chinese or German
- Two week work placement
- Company visits
- Professional guest lecturers
- Attendance at Supply Chain and Logistics Expo
Excellent progressions opportunities including:
- CIT: Business Studies (CR021)
- CIT: Business Administration (CR022)
- CCOC: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business 6M4985
- CCOC: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Tourism (Tourism with Business) 6M5012
- CCOC: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Marketing and Event Management (Business) 6M4985
Excellent progression opportunities to other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for details.
Job opportunities may arise in multi-national/Irish companies involved in exporting and importing and general supply chain and logistics operations. All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub. Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.
I loved my marketing and event management course in CCOC. It is a great college where you get a lot of support and help from your tutors. It gave me the confidence to pursue higher education, which I am currently studying a degree in Marketing and Multimedia at the University of Roehampton.
I am a 26 year old qualified accountant working in Quintas Partners in Cork City, I have this week took a senior accountant role within this firm which will give me the platform to progress in my career and achieve my goals I set in 2007 when I started my journey in Cork College of Commerce
CCOC provided me with the encouraging, supportive & motivating environment I needed to excel in my studies & progress to UWSTD where I completed my Marketing degree with just one further year study there. The high marks I received in my degree was testament to the three years I spent in CCOC being constantly challenged & supported by brilliant teachers, as is my job as a Marketing Executive. The personal approach was one of my best aspects, everyone’s needs were catered for individually and there was no “one size fits all” attitude.