Higher Certificate in Business

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Points Required 160*
  • Course Code SG101
  • Award Higher Certificate
  • Duration 2

Course Summary


This two year programme will provide you with the general business skills you need to get a job out there in the marketplace. During the course our lecturers will give you a thorough understanding of the public sector and private business. When you have completed your studies you will be superbly equipped to apply for a job or further study.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

During the course we will introduce you to the core functions of business management, including accounting, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, human resource management, information technology and SME (small and medium enterprise) development.

We use a wide range of in-class practical-based exercises. You will learn theoretical and practical skills through individual and group projects. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, problem-based learning and computer laboratory sessions.

YEAR ONE

Students will be equipped with knowledge on core business areas such as Accounting Principles, Business Management, Marketing Principles, Business Mathematics, Information Technology Skills and Understanding the Dynamics of an Organisation.

YEAR TWO

In second year, students study core business areas at a more advanced level, with modules and practicals in Accounting, Business Management and Information Technology. Student knowledge and understanding of key business disciplines is broadened with the introduction of Business Law, Economics, Management Accounting and Enterprise Development.

Entry Requirements

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates take up employment opportunities across the public, private and non-profit sectors in a variety of different roles.

Further Study

Higher Certificate students can progress to the Ordinary Degree (Level 7) add on in Business and later on to the Bachelor of Business (Hons) Level 8 Add on Degree at IT Sligo or in other Higher Education Institutions. This means students can gain an honours degree qualification in four years.

Graduates can continue their studies to postgraduate masters or PhD levels within IT Sligo or further afield.

Testimonials

"I chose a business course because I believe I have strong management and leadership skills and I want to be my own boss in the future. I chose to study the Higher Certificate course because I wasn’t 100% sure if college was for me. However, I have decided to keep going for another two years and get my Level 8 Honours Degree! Choosing this programme gave me lots of options. I loved the fact I could keep going with my studies if I wanted or leave after two years with a qualification.

I know that a lot of people don't accept their higher certificate offers because they think its not the same as a Level 7 or Level 8. Well you can end up in the same place if you want. You are just progressing through your studies a different way. I will end up with an Honours Degree when I am finished!

I have learnt new skills like teamwork, presentation skills and report writing. love the elective module options on this course too."

Karolina Freda, Higher Certificate in Business student

Did you know?

We also offer this programme at Level 8 and Level 7 - Bachelor of Business (Hons) and Bachelor of Business

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

You can use this programmes as part of the ladder system to progress to an honours degree. Students who come through the ladder system end up with the exact same degree as those who start on the level 8 programme and the the duration is the same.

Guest speakers are a regular feature on our business programmes who help provide our students with an understanding of business practice in a variety of organisational settings and tackle the most up to date trends and challenges facing businesses today.

Students can choose from a number of different electives depending on where their interests lie.

A mixture of theoretical principles and practical exercises are incorporated into this programme.

Course Format

Semester 1

TitleCredits
Financial Accounting 105
Introduction to Business Technology05
Personal Learning and Development05
Business Mathematics 105
Introduction to Management05
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
Organisational Behaviour 1 [E]05
Politics for Business Students - Change and Transformation in Modern Ireland [E]05

Semester 2

TitleCredits
Financial Accounting 205
Intermediate Business Technology05
Teamwork and Creativity05
Business Mathematics 205
Introduction to Marketing 05
Business and Society in Contemporary Ireland [E]05
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
Organisational Behaviour 2 [E]05

Semester 3

TitleCredits
Digital Marketing05
Management Accounting 105
Introductory Microeconomics05
Business Law 105
Marketing Research and Customer Care05
Enterprise Development 05
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
Business English 1 [E]05
Business Management 1 [E]05

Semester 4

TitleCredits
Management Accounting 205
Advanced Business Technology 05
Introductory Macroeconomics for Business 05
Business Law 205
European Union Policies and Institutions [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
Business English 2 [E]05
Business Management 2 [E]05

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