Higher Certificate in Business Part Time (Online)

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Credits 120*
  • Course Code SG_BBUSO_C06
  • Award Higher Certificate
  • Duration 2 yrs

Course Summary


The Higher Certificate in Business is a two year flexible, part-time programme which offers the candidate a qualification in general business culminating in a widely recognised and highly regarded award. Once the graduate completes the qualification, he or she will have a general understanding of how business organisations work in the public and private sector. This will position the graduate ideally to enter the workforce or continue with further studies. This is a two year, four semester part time, online programme. Learners on this programme are part time and often in day time employment.


Students currently study a set range of subjects with no electives. The student will be introduced to the core functions of business management such as accounting, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, human resource management, information technology and SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) development.


Whether you are studying part-time online, blended or full-time online, it is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies.  Our online courses have about 2-3 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary per programme). The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments. Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle. 

Important: please note that this programme is designed to allow new students to enter every year. This means that modules are delivered every second year. Most students complete the programme within the 2-year timeframe. However, if you need to defer part of the course, you will not be able to take the module(s) again until it is running in the designated year. For example, modules running in 2021/22 will not run again until 2023/24. 

          In 2021/22 the modules in Semesters 1 & 2 ran.

          In 2022/23 the modules in Semesters 3 & 4 are running.

          In 2023/24 the modules in Semesters 1 & 2 will run.

          Please refer to the Course format tab for a list of the modules in each semester.

Key Course Information

The Higher Certificate in Business is a two year part-time programme which provides students with a widely recognised and highly regarded award in business. On completion of this programme graduates will have a general understanding of how business organisations work in the public and private sector and will be ideally positioned to enter the workforce or continue with further studies.

Students will acquire broad business skills that will enable them to obtain employment across a wide range of business environments, at administrative or junior entry level, or improve their work skills.

This two year programme which will be delivered on-line will not require attendance at the institute. Students will be introduced to the core functions of business management

Important: please note that this programme is designed to allow new students to enter every year. This means that modules are delivered every second year. Most students complete the programme within the 2-year timeframe. However, if you need to defer part of the course, you will not be able to take the module(s) again until it is running in the designated year. For example, modules running in 2021/22 will not run again until 2023/24. 

          In 2021/22 the modules in Semesters 1 & 2 ran.

          In 2022/23 the modules in Semesters 3 & 4 are running.

          In 2023/24 the modules in Semesters 1 & 2 will run.

          Please refer to the Course format tab for a list of the modules in each semester.

Application Closing Date : 16th September 2022

Entry Requirements

Applicants under 23 require five Leaving Certificate subjects (or equivalent) at grade D including Mathematics and English or Irish. Applicants over 23 will be considered on prior relevant experience and/or motivation for taking the programme.
Applicants with other qualifications and with relevant work experience may also be considered through ATU Sligo’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions / credit from some parts of a programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work and career. Further information is available through www.myexperience.ie which is our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at admissions.sligo@atu.ie

Career Opportunities

Learners will acquire the broad business skills that will enable them to obtain employment across a wide range of business environments at administrative or junior entry level or improve their work skills. This very well established part time programme has been a stepping stone for many students entering the business world. Some are now working in the manufacturing, retail and in public service. Some past graduates set up highly successful businesses.
 

Further Study

Some past graduates, after attaining a higher certificate proceed to pass degree and then to honours degree level. There is a clear pathway once you complete this qualification to move to the Level 7 Bachelor of Business in Management Applications (Online) and then the Level 8 Bachelor of Business Hons (one year full time or two years part time).

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Programme Fees

Fees  
Total Programme Fees €6,000
Fees per annum: €3,000