Business / Gnó

Programme Title: Higher Certificate in Business 

  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • Full QQI-FET Level 5 or 6 Award

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.

IT Requirements

Students on this course will be required to have a medium spec computer/laptop (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. Be able to use Wi-fi and camera to attend online classes, use other software such as SPSS, Adobe Connect; e.g. Latitude 5510; Latitude 5410;


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

Year 1 Semester 1

  • Accounting
  • Leading Modern Enterprises
  • Fundamentals of Economics : Micro Economics
  • Skills for Success in Higher Education
  • Business Mathematics and Statistics 1
  • Irish Culture and Society (E)

Year 1 Semester 2

  • Accounting
  • Exploring Modern Enterprises
  • Fundamentals of Economics : Macro Economics
  • 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)

Year 2 Semester 4

  • Information Management
  • Introduction to Management & Cost Accounting
  • Marketing Communications
  • Human Resource Management 2
  • Business Law
  • Sustainable Business Practice (E)

Learners can take an Elective Module (E) in each semester or opt for a Work Based Learning Project which starts in year 1 and continues in year 2. The Work Based Project is only made available in certain circumstances.

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.  



  • Tuesday 6pm-10pm [On campus]
  • Wednesday 6pm-10pm; 2 X 2hour lectures [Online]
  • Thursday 6pm-10pm; 2 X 2hour lectures [On campus]

Students can access recordings of the online lectures at their own convenience.

Course will commence week of 27/09/2021

Please note: Examinations are held during the day.

**Please note that class timetables and modes of delivery are indicative and may be subject to change, depending on public health advice**



Applications for this course are now closed for 2021.



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.

TU Code



Level 6


Higher Certificate in Business


2 years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom, Online

Commencement Date

September 2021




€1,950 per year

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