Higher Certificate in Business
|Course code: BN003||
Entry Route into programme:
|Duration: 2 years part time (4 semesters)|
|NFQ level: 6|
|Fee: €1,750 per year|
|Schedule: Tuesday 6pm -10pm, Wednesday 8pm -10pm Online lecture*, Thursday 6pm-10pm, alternate Saturday mornings 9.30am-1.30pm for students taking taught elective**|
|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.
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.
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
All students will attend lectures two nights per week; Tuesday and Thursday
6.00pm – 10.00pm) and an online lecture will be delivered each Wednesday night
8-10pm. Students who elect for the taught elective will also attend classes on
alternate Saturday mornings (9.30am – 1.30pm).
* To facilitate students who are working,
ONE mandatory subject per semester will
be delivered via a LIVE online classroom on WEDNESDAYS 8pm – 10pm.
Students can also access recordings of all lectures at their own convenience.
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 student to use during these times.
** Students will also be offered the choice of taking a taught elective or completing
a work-based elective. The work-based learning project can only be undertaken
where students have sufficient work experience and are currently engaged in
an appropriate working environment. The work-based project allows students to
map their experience against the learning outcomes on the course. Students who
elect to take the work-based project in year 1 must continue with the project in year
2. Similarly students who take the taught elective in year 1 must continue with the
taught elective in year 2.
Please note: Examinations are held during the day.
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.
Electives will be offered at the discretion of the Institute, subject to availability of
lecturing staff and sufficient expression of interest from students.
How to Apply ?
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