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Business and Finance / Staidéar Gnó

Course Title: Higher Certificate in Business Studies

2022 CAO Points: 251

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Level 5:
One of the following awards:
  • BBSXX / 5M2102 Business Studies
  • BBSSX / 5M1997 Office Administration
  • BBSAX / 5M2468 Business Administration
  • BBSIT / 5M2111 International Trade
  • BEBXX / 5M0828 eBusiness
  • BMXXX / 5M2069 Marketing
  • BRSXX / 5M2105 Retail Studies
Level 6:
Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline

Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants:

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.  Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Course Description

This course will provide you with a solid grounding in general business and competencies in key areas such as finance, economics and accounting.

You’ll gain knowledge and skills in a broad range of business-related modules, including Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and Information Systems, and be able to apply this knowledge to different environments and industries. You’ll also develop good communication and writing skills.

The pace of a Level 6 course means that students gain extensive knowledge of a wide variety of topics and are employable in those areas. Most students take the opportunity to advance to a wide range of Level 8 course in TU Dublin or elsewhere.

Professional Accreditation

Through choosing particular modules, you can start the process of getting accounting exemptions from major bodies such as Chartered Accountants Ireland and ACCA.

Many graduates have gone directly to the workplace in a wide range of business administration settings although most will advance on to one of a wide range of Level 8 course in TU Dublin or elsewhere.

Graduates from this course gained employment with

  • Accenture
  • AIB
  • Arvato Finance
  • BDO
  • Central Bank and Pfizer
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • HedgeServ
  • Indeed
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • LinkedIn
  • Mazars
  • Oracle
  • PwC
  • Communication Studies
  • Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Principles of Management

Core Subjects

  • Business Finance
  • Business Law
  • eBusiness
  • Management Accounting
  • Quantitative Techniques

Elective Subjects

Three to be taken from:

  • Business Finance
  • Business Taxation
  • Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Supply Chain Concepts
  • Supply Chain Operations

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course.  For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub.  A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry is detailed on the CAO website

I found the Higher Certificate course to be very appropriate for those who are not quite sure what area of business they would like to choose. It gives a fantastic grounding as a step towards a degree qualification and/or the work environment.
You get a taste of all fields that you could possibly choose from in this course and, after two years, it was clear to me that accounting was what I wanted to do. I am now in the Accounting and Finance degree and a lot of the topics I covered in the certificate have helped me in my studies for my degree.

On graduation, you’ll be equipped to progress through the TU Dublin ladder system to ordinary and honours degree courses in the university or elsewhere in higher education.

Further Study

Over 80% of our students progress to a Level 8 degree course at TU Dublin. If you get between 40% and 69%, you can progress to Year 2 of a Level 8 course, and if you get over 70% you may progress to Year 3 of a four-year Level 8 course. Available programmes are Business & Management, Accounting, Economics & Finance, Marketing, Retail & Services Management, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management.

TU Code



Level 6


Higher Certificate


2 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Aungier Street


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