Business Studies / Staidéar Gnó

Programme Title: Higher Certificate in Business Studies

2021 CAO Points 307

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Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at

Mature Applicants:

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

This programme 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 programme means that students gain extensive knowledge of a wide variety of topics and are employable in those areas. They are also prepared for advanced entry to a wide range of Level 8 programmes in TU Dublin or elsewhere. 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.

Graduates from this programme 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
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 programme 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 programmes in the university or elsewhere in higher education.

Further Study

Over 80% of our students progress to a Level 8 degree programme at TU Dublin. If you get between 50% and 69%, you can progress to Year 2 of a Level 8 programme, and if you get over 70% you can progress to Year 3 of a Level 8 programme such as: Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, Economics & Finance, Marketing, Retail & Services Management, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management.

TU Code



Level 6


Higher Certificate


2 years

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City Centre: Aungier Street


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Dr. Clare O’Mahony