Higher Certificate in Business

Higher Certificate in Business Business

Course Overview

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  • 6


  • 200


  • AL650

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

This course contains business knowledge and skills which form the basis for a career in industry, commerce or the public service. You will gain an understanding of the functional areas of business and of the factors which influence business success. On graduation, you will be able to use your knowledge and skills for problem-solving in a business context. You will also learn how effective interpersonal relations at work contribute to the public image of an organisation and to its progress. Development of your communication skills also forms part of the course. Holders of the Higher Certificate may apply to join the Bachelor of Business (Level 7) programme at AIT.

What will I experience?

AIT’s Faculty of Business and Hospitality is one of the most internationalised on campus, with large numbers of European and Asian students undertaking degree programmes. This brings a global focus to your learning experience. Add to this lecturers’ extensive industry experience and the faculty’s extensive links with industry, commerce and the public sector, which influence and enrich all programmes. Our programmes offer the opportunity to study the major disciplines in business: accounting, finance, economics, management, marketing, and human resources management.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course helps to prepare you for a career in areas such as general business, accounting, banking, insurance, marketing, management, administration, retail services and computing.

Assessment Information

There is a range of different assessments depending on the modules that you choose to study. All modules have a form of continuous assessment allowing feedback on your progress throughout the semester. These include online quizzes, group and individual oral and written presentations, case studies, essays,book reviews, reflective reports, IT practicals and oral examinations in the case of languages. Most modules will have two or three hour final examinations at the end of the semester.

Course Details

Course Duration:
2 Year
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Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Business
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Department of Business & Management
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade 06 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).


Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable.

Lecturer Testimonial

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Dr Marc Cashin

Dr Marc Cashin has worked for several high profile, blue-chip multinationals and has over 25 years’ experience in technical, managerial and senior leadership roles.

Student Testimonial

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This was an informative, challenging and fun course that provided me with the array of knowledge and skills I will need for future employment.

Course Structure

Year 1

Learning and Development for Higher Education, Financial Accounting, Microeconomics for Business, Computer Applications, Management, Financial Accounting, Business Mathematics, Macroeconomics for Business, Marketing.

Electives: Insurance, European Business Studies, Sales and Selling, Entrepreneurial Skills, French, German, Spanish.

Year 2

Management Accounting, Information Technology and Computer Applications, Marketing Management in a Digital Age, Human Resource Management.

Electives: Banking, Applied Economics, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Services Marketing, French, German, Spanish, International Economics, E-Business, Applied Entrepreneurship, Financial Accounting.

Careers & Opportunities

Further Study

As a holder of this qualification you will be eligible to apply to join the Bachelor of Business (Level 7) programme at AIT. Alternatively, you may avail of the exemptions granted by one of the professional accountancy bodies and apply for full-time accountancy studies at AIT.

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