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Higher Certificate in Business National College of Ireland



Course info


This higher certificate course is an ideal introduction to contemporary theories and approaches to modern business practices. You will study key areas such as marketing, human resource management, entrepreneurship and much more. This full-time course is highly practical; you will learn to understand the business world using real-world examples, guided by expert faculty.

On completion of this two-year course you will have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of business which will enable you to pursue further study or to enter the world of work in a variety of business areas. Students who enrol on this course usually progress on to second year of a range of degree programmes here at the college.

As a graduate of this course you will:

  • Have specialised knowledge of the key theories and principles relevant to business.
  • Build your personal skills in communication, problem-solving and teamwork.
  • Understand the latest thinking in areas of HRM, marketing, finance and management.
  • Have an ability to apply knowledge and skills to problem-solve within the business world.

Who is the course for?

The course may be particularly appealing to students who are unsure about committing themselves to a full-time degree programme, but who want the option to transfer on to the second year of a business degree in the future.

Course Structure and Award

This undergraduate course is a two-year higher certificate. It is run over four semesters with continuous assessment held throughout the course and examinations at the end of each semester. On completion you will receive a QQI Higher Certificate in Business at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Further Study Options

Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Business, graduates can gain entry into year two of BA (Honours) degree programmes in Business, HRM, Accounting and Finance or Marketing Practice in the School of Business (subject to availability of places).

Career Prospects

The course provides an excellent basis for starting work in a variety of roles within business, commercial or public sector bodies. This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to build a successful career in the business world.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Higher Certificate in Business.

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees

€9,000.00 (7,12,841) per year


16 Sep


National College of Ireland

Mayor Street,




Republic of Ireland

Entry requirement for international students

Minimum entry requirements are a grade O6/H7 or above in five subjects. A minimum of grade O6/H7 must be obtained in English. A grade O6/H7/F2 must be obtained in Mathematics.

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