Higher Certificate in Business

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

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.

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.

Entry Requirements

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

Further Study

Higher Certificate (Level 6) 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.

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

Did you know?

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. 

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.