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Course Details

Higher Certificate in Business

Course code: BN003 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • FETAC graduates
Duration: 2 years part time (4 semesters)
NFQ level: 6
Fee: €1,825 per year
Schedule:                                                      Year 1:
Tuesday 6pm-10pm
Wednesday 6pm-10pm (on line except for four evenings per semester when classes takes place on campus instead)
Thursday 6pm-10pm
Year 2:
Tuesday 6pm-10pm
Wednesday 6pm-10pm (on line (on line except for four evenings per semester when classes takes place on campus instead)
Thursday 6pm-10pm
Award title: Higher Certificate in Business
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6
Awarding Body: ITB Transfer and Progression:
Bachelor of Business (BN303)


Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a pass in five subjects (ordinary level) in the Leaving Certificate, to include Mathematics and English or Irish, or an equivalent qualification. Leaving Certificate Mathematics at Foundation Level at grade B2 or higher is acceptable for this programme. A grade E in Leaving Certificate Mathematics at Higher Level counts as a subject towards the five passes.

The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC level 5 or 6 awards is any full award.

Please note: Mature applicants (i.e. those who are aged 23 years or more on January 1st in the year of entry) applying for the first level of programmes are exempt from this requirement.


Management and administration staff play an important role in enterprise. Graduates of business courses are responsible for managing the many services that allow organisations to operate efficiently. Specific duties for business administrators and managers vary according to the degree of responsibility and authority. These duties may include managing people, finance, marketing or clerical work. Management and administration staff should have good communication skills and be able to establish effective working relationships with people throughout the organisation, from senior management to clerical staff. They should be analytical, pay attention to detail, be flexible and decisive. The ability to coordinate several activities at once, quickly analyse and resolve specific problems and cope with deadlines are necessary skills.

This course is aimed at those who wish to enhance their career by gaining a greater understanding of the world of business, in preparation for a career in business.

Graduates of this course may decide to pursue more specialised studies in accounting, marketing, production or personnel management or they may continue with a general business qualification, leading to an Honours Degree in Business.

Course Content

The course covers subjects such as accounting, economics, business management, marketing, human resource management and information
Each course will be accompanied by a handbook which will set out the material
to be covered and the learning outcomes for each module. This will allow students
who are unable to attend classes at particular times to keep in touch with what has been covered in class.

Course Schedule

The Higher Certificate in Business is a two year programme. Each academic year
is from September to May. ITB operates a fully semesterised system with two
semesters of equal length.

Students will study 12 modules in total (6 modules per semester). All students will attend for two nights per week; Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm – 10pm.   To facilitate students who are working, two subjects per semester will be a blended delivery of a live online classroom along with face to face lectures throughout the semester.   Online lectures will be delivered each Wednesday night from 6pm – 10pm except for four evenings per semester when classes take place on campus.

Students must have access to a PC and broadband internet access in order to engage fully
in an online classroom environment. Computer labs will be available for students to use during these times.   Students can also access recordings of the on line lectures at their own convenience.


Please note: Examinations are held during the day.

Course Progression

On successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Business (NFQ level 6),
students are eligible to progress on to the Bachelor of Business (NFQ level 7).
Graduates of higher certificate and ordinary degree programmes can avail
of exemptions from most of the major accountancy bodies.

Graduates from the Higher Certificate programme can seek employment in
marketing, management, finance and information technology sectors.

Course Content

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Economics : Micro Economics
  • Exploring Modern Enterprises
  • Skills for Success in Higher Education
  • Business Mathematics and Statistics 1
  • Irish Culture and Society (E)
Semester 2
  • Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Economics : Macro Economics
  • Leading Modern Enterprises
  • Business Mathematics and Statistics 2
  • Business Information Systems
  • Applied Media Studies in Business (E)
Year 2
Semester 3
  • Financial Accounting
  • Human Resource Management 1
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Business Law
  • European Studies (E)
Semester 4
  • Information Management
  • Introduction to Management & Cost Accounting
  • Marketing Communications
  • Human Resource Management 2
  • Business Law
  • Sustainable Business Practice (E)

Note :

Learners can take Elective Modules (E) in each semester or opt for the Work Based Learning Project instead.

Work Based Learning Project starts in Year 1 and continues in Year 2 and is only made available under certain circumstances.

How to Apply ?


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What our students say...

Lisa Kelly

"On the course, everything is like really different and you think it's going to be really hard, but the resources that are available to you are really great. Like the maths teacher has a website for maths, and like that's grand and the way things are taught, it’s not the same all the time."

Lisa Kelly,
Business Student

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