Higher Certificate in Business

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QQI
Level 6
Duration
2 Years
Format
Full/Part-Time
Start Date
TBA
Fees
TBA
Locations
Nationwide

Introduction

The Higher Certificate in Business is a 2 year programme which is made up of the modules that make up the first 2 years of the Level 8 programmes – B. Bus (Hons)  in Business and the B. Bus (Hons) in Business with Business Psychology . The Higher Certificate in Business sets out to educate learners in the key attributes required to participate a business and management setting both nationally or internationally.

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This course has been designed to meet the needs for trained business graduates and will provide learners with the key skills and knowledge to work professionally in a range of business and industry settings. Each module has been designed for its relevance to multiple business situations

Can I study this programme on a full or part-time basis?

Students considering doing the Higher Certificate in Business can take this course on either a full-time or part-time basis. The course will commence in September and will be delivered over 2 years. Each year has two twelve week terms, September to December and January to April.

Full-time option:

The full-time programme runs 3 days per week at the ICHAS College Limerick from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Part-time option:

The part-time fees programme runs 1 evening per week (6pm to 10pm)  and Saturdays (9.30am to 4.30pm) over the 2 semesters September to December and January to April.

Fees

A central component of the ICHAS vision is the provision of flexible and affordable education for all. In line with this approach, the fees for the programme whether full or part time are in line with those of Universities and Institutes of Technology. The fees for the Higher Certificate in Business are €3,450 p/a and students can pay in instalments. All fees are fully protected under our Protection of Enrolled Learners’ Policy in line with QQI requirements.

Academic Administration fees are charged separately and are €300 p/a.

2% Learner Protection Charge

This additional charge is incurred to finance arrangements required under Part 6 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act, 2012 to ensure protection of enrolled learners (PEL)

Structure of Course

The course covers a range of subjects which when taken together provide a syllabus designed to develop competent professional practitioners. The subjects covered are designed to be both practical and theoretical as per the table  below:

Year 1 Year 2
Introduction to Third Level Studies Organisational Behaviour
Introduction to IT Applications Microeconomics
Financial Accounting 1 Management Accounting 1
Contemporary Business Management Business Applications Technology
Financial Accounting 2 Business Law
Principles of Marketing Total Customer Care
Business Mathematics & Statistics Macro Economics1
Communications and Personal Development in a Business Environment Management Accounting 2


The modules above will be assessed using a range of assessment approaches including continuous assessment, project work, practical exercises and terminal assessments.How will I be assessed?
 

ICHAS has always, and will continue to work closely with students to employ a range of assessment activities, and support students to achieve their best in each type of assessment activity. We recognise that many students may not have studied in a long time and we have developed systems and individual approaches to support students as they adapt to higher education.

What supports will I have?

ICHAS is a college with a proven track record in delivering high quality education. At ICHAS, every faculty member is committed to this ideal and to its implementation. We work on an individual basis with our students to bring this about, ensuring we meet your specific needs. We pride ourselves on  working with our students to overcome any barriers to progression during their studies.

If you are returning to third level study as a mature student we understand you may have concerns about going or returning to college and all that’s involved. However, at ICHAS we have a long tradition of working with similar students. Your educational journey is extremely important to us and we will support you in every way.

Who Awards My Qualification and how well recognised is it?

On successful completion of the course,  your qualification is awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and this will appear on your parchment. QQI is one of the principal Irish awarding bodies  for the higher education sector in Ireland and sets the standards for awards on the NFQ.

This course is recognised in Ireland and all over Europe. See www.qqi.ie for further information.

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Where Can I progress to on completion of the course?

Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Business students will be eligible to progress to the B. Bus in Business (Level 7) and the Level 8 progammes of B. Bus(Hons) in Business and the B. Bus (Hons) in  Business with Business Psychology. Graduate may also progress to a range of other degrees at other 3rd level colleges in Ireland.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

To join the Higher Certificate in Business, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Complete and submit the completed application form <download here>and provide all requested information.
  • For  non- CAO , complete an interview process, which is designed to explore your reasons for taking the programme and to ensure that it is suitable for your needs. ICHAS is committed to ensuring that the programme you are on is right for you.
  • Complete the Garda vetting procedure.
  • English language proficiency certificates (e.g. IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent) if applicable. Please see http://ichas.ie/prospective-students/international-applicants/

If you are under 23 years of age and applying for the fulltime programme you have to  apply through the CAO website on www.cao.ie.  Normally this requires applicants to have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate programme and to have obtained a minimum of 250 points.  A minimum grade of D1 in English is stipulated.

ALL PART-TIME STUDENTS MUST APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE COLLEGE BY COMPLETING THE APPLICATION FORM ABOVE.

If you have any difficulty in applying for this course, then please contact the college on 061 216288 where we will be only too pleased to assist you.

The Higher Certificate in Business has been designed to take account of new and emerging career opportunities in important contemporary areas of business and management. Whether at multi-national level or in the small business sector, the skills and knowledge that students will develop throughout this course are those which are required by employers in the recruitment process in todays dynamic economy. This includes important areas such as Banking, Financial Services, Sales & Marketing and International Marketing, among many others.

The Higher Certificate in Business has many features that make it one of the leading programmes of this type in Ireland and  these include the following

  • It is a QQI award and has been designed in accordance with national and international standards.
  • It qualifies graduates to work in a range of different business related areas both nationally and internationally.
  • It is delivered by lecturers who work in this field, who are passionate about your education and dedicated to sharing their experience and expertise.
  • The programme is recognised throughout Europe. On completion you will receive the Europass Diploma Supplement in addition to your degree parchment.
  • It is part of the affordable and flexible access system within ICHAS, meaning students pay the same fees as public college system.
  • It covers topic areas that are relevant to society in 2015.
  • This course has a progression route to Masters level
  • It is recognised widely by employers, opening opportunities to graduates in a range of different areas.
  • The course uses both classroom based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance. In certain modules attendance may be a requirement.
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