Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Insurance Practice (General)

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required Stu*
  • Course Code Not Applicable
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3 Years / Full Time

Course Summary

The aim of the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice is:

To provide apprentices with a qualification that is academically robust and professionally relevant.

To ensure apprentices have a specialist knowledge of the relevant theory and practice of the insurance sector that will enable them to meet the Central Bank of Ireland’s Minimum Competency Code and increase their employability as graduates. 

To develop wider business skills such as self-awareness, problem-solving and critical thinking to enable them to link their learning to work-based practices.

To develop competencies that will empower them to engage with emerging trends in the industry and prepare them for a range of working environments.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

Recruitment to programme

Academic: Academic assessment of the programme's suitability will align with ATU requirements.

Employer: The employer/industry will recruit the apprentices as they are employed by their sponsoring company.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for applicants to ATU Honours Degree (Level 8) programmes are as follows 

Applicants must achieve a pass in the Leaving Certificate and meet minimum entry criteria as follows:

Six Leaving Certificate subjects.

• A minimum of two subjects at grade H5 or better.
• Remaining subjects at O6/H7 or better.
• Subjects must include either English or Irish.
• Mathematics is a required subject for this programme. 

The apprentice must be employed under an approved contract of apprenticeship for the duration of their training.

Mature applicants are assessed on the basis of educational qualifications and an entrance interview.

Career Opportunities

As an earn-and-learn programme, students are considered hugely employable and have a long and prosperous career ahead of them. 

Further Study

Graduates of the programme can continue to pursue postgraduate awards in the fields of business, finance, and insurance.

They may also choose to continue their studies and apply to progress to achieve the following professional qualifications.

  • Higher Diploma in Insurance Management (MDI)
  • Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII)
  • CII Fellowship (FCII)
  • Certificate in Climate Rsk


Did you know?

ATU Sligo is the co-ordinating provider of the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice.

Apprentices will study online from their place of work one day a week. A core element of the apprenticeship will be the practical on-the-job work experience, which will enable them to test their knowledge and enhance their skills.



Programme Fees

 More information on Apprentice Models of Learning can be found at the following link: Generation Apprenticeship

Course Format

Semester 1

The Nature of Insurance 1 (Theory)05
The Nature of Insurance 2 (Practice)05
Professional Business Communication05
Teamwork and Workplace Collaboration10

Semester 2

Compliance and Advice 1 (Theory)05
Compliance and Advice 2 (Practice)05
Technical Communication (Numeric)05
Customer Service10

Semester 3

Personal General Insurance 1 (Theory)05
Personal General Insurance 2 (Practice)05

Semester 4

Commercial General Insurance 1 (Theory)05
Commercial General Insurance 2 (Practice)05
Introduction to Management05
Omni-Channel Marketing and Sales10

Semester 5

Technology Trends in Insurance05
Negotiation in Practice10
Practice of Risk Control and Underwriting 1 (Theory) [E]05
Practice of Risk Control and Underwriting 2 (Practice) [E]05
Practice of General Insurance Broking 1 (Theory) [E]05
Practice of General Insurance Broking 2 (Practice) [E]05

Semester 6

Practice of Claims and Loss Adjusting 1 (Theory) [E]05
Practice of Claims and Loss Adjusting 2 (Practice) [E]05
Practice of Risk Control and Underwriting 1 (Theory) [E]05
Practice of Risk Control and Underwriting 2 (Practice) [E]05

Semester 7

Capstone Project Preparation (Research Methods)05
Innovation, Creativity and Critical Thinking10
Big Data / Advanced Excel10

Semester 8

Capstone Project / Dissertation10

Semester 9

Business Law for Insurance Practitioners10
Financial Analysis and Interpretation10
Capstone Project Review05

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.