Bachelor of Business (Honours)

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 261*
  • Course Code SG141
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4

Course Summary


This course is designed to ensure you have the capabilities and skills for the current dynamic and challenging business environment. Students study core business areas throughout their studies before choosing their specialist stream in Year Four. Students choose between Finance, Marketing or Human Resource Management in their final year. This offers students the flexibility to explore the various aspects of business before committing to a specialisation.

It is no longer enough to provide goods and services to the market; businesses today must ensure they provide top class customer service, work within an increasingly regulated environment and within a socially responsible framework. This course will enable you to meet these challenges head on.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

An attractive feature of our honours degree in Business is a five-month work placement in the third year (April–August). This placement gives you the opportunity to experience the world of business and allows you to develop practical skills that you will be able to use in your future career. Students have the option to undertake this work placement or period of study abroad, as part of the Erasmus+ programme, should they choose to do so.

Communication is an extremely important aspect to any business, and with our marketing and computer applications modules, students will learn how to effectively promote their business and engage with their community.

YEAR ONE

The first year focuses on providing the student with foundation knowledge in core business areas, including Accounting Principles, Business Management, Marketing Strategy, Business Mathematics, Information Technology Skills and Understanding the Dynamics of an Organisation.

YEAR TWO

Student knowledge and understanding of key business elements is broadened with the introduction of Business Law, Economics, Management Accounting and Enterprise Development.

YEAR THREE

In third year, students have the option of either undertaking a work placement or a semester abroad.

YEAR FOUR

In the final year, students take one of the specialist streams in Finance, Marketing or HRM. Students’ analytical and research skills are enhanced by completing a research dissertation, which allows a valuable opportunity to explore an area of interest in more detail.

This programme also has an exit/embedded award after two years.

Entry Requirements

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates enjoy a wide variety of career choices in a broad range of businesses; many have established highly successful businesses, while others have joined graduate training programmes in multinational companies and have enjoyed success in senior management roles.

The job opportunities are endless from this excellent business degree within all industries and sectors of employment across the world.

Further Study

Graduates may advance to postgraduate study within IT Sligo or other Higher Education Institutions. They may also choose to pursue a Professional Masters of Education (PME) in teacher training for second level business teaching, or study for professional qualifications in accounting or marketing. 

Successful graduates from this programme are eligible to sit the Marketing Institute Graduate entry examination to acquire a professional marketing accreditation (MMII Grad).

Testimonials

"I decided to study Business as throughout secondary school, business was one of my favourite subjects, I understood it. It just came naturally to me. I knew my future was in the business world - I just didn’t know whether that was in Finance, HR or Marketing. Therefore, this course was the right fit for me. I got to study all of them and find out for myself which area suited me best."

Sinead Malaniff, Bachelor of Business (Hons) graduate

“I picked this business course because it would not confine me to one particular role. I loved the variety of modules and opportunities it gave me. Put your name forward for a class rep - it’s a great way to get to know your class and get involved. Student life is great in Sligo.”

Leanne Moran, Bachelor of Business (Hons) graduate

Did you know?

In the final year, students take one of the specialist streams - choosing between Finance, Marketing or HRM.

A final year research dissertation, allows students a valuable opportunity to explore an area of interest in more detail.

Students on this business programme can study or take work placement abroad. This allows the student to gain first-hand experience in an international environment, working with different cultures and languages and explore a new way of life.

Level 8 graduates are eligible to sit the Marketing Institute Graduate entry examination to acquire a professional marketing accreditation (MMII Grad).

We also offer this programme at Level 7 and Level 6 - Bachelor of Business and Higher Certificate in Business

Choosing all 3 levels on your CAO increases your chance of an offer on these highly sought after programmes.

This programme has an exit/embedded award after two years.

Alumni

“I believe the wide range of business modules covered, practical project research, team-work and work experience gained during my time at IT Sligo gave me an advantage in progressing my career. Work placement allowed me gain extra knowledge that I could apply to my studies, and helped me decide what area of business I wanted to pursue my career in.

I could clearly illustrate my understanding and knowledge of real business challenges coming fresh out the door from IT Sligo."

Emma Gilroy, Bachelor of Business (Hons) graduate and Global Head of ustomer Operations, Adroll Group, New York

Course Format

Semester 1

TitleCredits
Foundations of Management05
Personal Learning and Development05
Financial Accounting 105
Introduction to Business Technology05
Principles of Marketing 105
French Beginners Level 1 Semester 1 [E]05
French Post Leaving Cert Level 1 Semester 1 [E]05
German Beginners Level 1 Semester 1 [E]05
German Post Leaving Cert Level 1 Semester 1 [E]05
Spanish Beginners Level 1 Semester 1 [E]05
Spanish Post Leaving Cert Level 1 Semester 1 [E]05
Politics for Business Students - Change and Transformation in Modern Ireland [E]05
Personal Finance [E]05

Semester 2

TitleCredits
Teamwork and Creativity05
Business Mathematics and Statistics - BBS(Hons) Ab-Initio Module 105
Intermediate Business Technology05
Challenges of Management05
Financial Accounting 205
French Beginners Level 1 Semester 2 [E]05
French Post Leaving Cert Level 1 Semester 2 [E]05
German Beginners Level 1 Semester 2 [E]05
German Post Leaving Cert Level 1 Semester 2 [E]05
Spanish Beginners Level 1 Semester 2 [E]05
Spanish Post-Leaving Certificate Level 1 Semester 2 [E]05
Business and Society in Contemporary Ireland [E]05

Semester 3

TitleCredits
Organisational Behaviour 105
Introductory Microeconomics for Business 05
Business Mathematics and Statistics - BBS(Hons) Ab-Initio Module 205
Business Law 105
Management Accounting 105
European Studies  [E]05
French Beginners Level 2 Semester 1 [E]05
French Post Leaving Cert Level 2 Semester 1 [E]05
German Beginners Level 2 Semester 1  [E]05
German Post Leaving Cert Level 2 Semester 1 [E]05
Spanish Beginners Level 2 Semester 1 [E]05
Spanish Post-Leaving Certificate Level 2 Semester 1 [E]05

Semester 4

TitleCredits
Advanced Business Technology 05
Introductory Macroeconomics for Business05
Management Accounting 205
Business Law 205
Principles of Marketing 205
Organisational Behaviour 2 [E]05
French Beginners Level 2 Semester 2  [E]05
French Post Leaving Cert Level 2 Semester 2 [E]05
German Beginners Level 2 Semester 2  [E]05
German Post Leaving Cert Level 2 Semester 2 [E]05
Spanish Beginners Level 2 Semester 2 [E]05
Spanish Post-Leaving Certificate Level 2 Semester 2 [E]05
European Union Policies and Institutions [E]05

Semester 5

TitleCredits
Enterprise Development 05
Introduction to Financial Management05
Open Economy Macroeconomics05
Marketing Management05
Human Resource Management 105
European Affairs: Lobbying and Representation in the EU [E]05
Supply Chain Management [E]05
French Beginners Level 3 Semester 1  [E]05
French Post Leaving Cert Level 3 Semester 1 [E]05
German Beginners Level 3 Semester 1  [E]05
German Post Leaving Cert level 3 Semester 1 [E]05
Spanish Beginners Level 3 Semester 1 [E]05
Spanish Post-Leaving Certificate Level 3 Semester 1 [E]05

Semester 6

TitleCredits
Marketing Communications and Sales  [E]05
Applied Finance [E]05
Human Resource Management 2 [E]05
Work Placement  [E]15
Erasmus Semester Abroad France [E]30
Erasmus Semester Abroad [E]30
Erasmus Semester Abroad Spain [E]30
Erasmus Semester Abroad Germany [E]30

Semester 7

TitleCredits
Business Research Methods05
E-business & Innovation 05
Business Strategy 105
French Year 4 Semester 1 [E]05
German Year 4 Semester 1 [E]05
Spanish Year 4 Semester 1 [E]05
Business Analytics [E]05
Employee Resourcing and Talent Planning [E]05
Industrial Relations [E]05
Performance and Reward Management [E]05
Managing and Marketing Services [E]05
Global Marketing Strategy [E]05
Digital Marketing Strategy 1 [E]05
Investments - Portfolio Analysis [E]05
Principles of Risk and Risk Management  [E]05
Corporate Financial Management 1 [E]05

Semester 8

TitleCredits
Business Strategy 205
Applied E-business & Innovation 05
Dissertation10
French Year 4 Semester 2 [E]05
German Year 4 Semester 2 [E]05
Spanish Year 4 Semester 2 [E]05
Big Data and Statistics [E]05
Employee Relations [E]05
Strategic Human Resource Management [E]05
Employee Learning and Talent Development  [E]05
Global Marketing Practice [E]05
Digital Marketing Strategy 2 [E]05
Service Development [E]05
Corporate Financial Management 2 [E]05
Investments Fixed Income & Alternative Investments [E]05
Risk Management Practice and Insurance  [E]05

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