BA (Honours) Business Studies
Level 8 (Honours Degree)
This course is designed to specifically develop and enhance the ability of students to recognise, analyse and solve business problems, often against a background of economic, social and technological change. The programme is designed to be academically coherent and intellectually demanding. read more...
QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. It was established in 2012 by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.
This is a 240 ECTS Credit Programme.
This course is designed to specifically develop and enhance the ability of students to recognise, analyse and solve business problems, often against a background of economic, social and technological change.
The programme is designed to be academically coherent and intellectually demanding. No matter how inexperienced students are when entering the course, it is critical that they develop a sense of responsibility prior to graduation, so that they may be recommended without hesitation to prospective employers. For full-time students, there is a one year work placement which can be used towards work experience requirements with future employers and professional bodies.
|Module: Work-based learning (BS17) (Mandatory)|
|Module: Work Experience (BS18) (Mandatory))|
Minimum Entry Requirements for General Learning:
CAO: Selection of candidates is governed by the rules and regulations of the CAO (Central
Applications Office) for the particular year of application.
|Entry requirements for
admission to the BA
(Hons) in Business Studies
|The BA (Honours) in Business Studies is an ab initio programme that that will accept any learner that meets the college’s standard entry and RPL requirements.
– Candidates applying with Leaving Certificate results prior to 2017 should have 2C3’s at Honours Level and 4D3’s at Pass Level to include English & Mathematics
– Candidates applying with Leaving Certificate results from 2017 onwards must have a minimum of 2 subjects at grade H5 (or higher) and 4 subjects at grade O6 (or higher) in the Leaving Certificate and must include English and Maths.
– Mature learners (over 23 years old) may also apply
For EU/EFTA applicants, ICD refers to the ‘Agreed entry requirements for EU/EFTA Applicants’
published by THEA, IUA, the RCSI and the CAO. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
All applicants for ICD’s programmes who present with non-EU school-leaving qualifications apply
directly to the college by emailing email@example.com
All prospective learners who do not qualify by the CAO route, and where English is a second
language, must have an IELTS minimum score of 6.0. Equivalent English Language tests (Cambridge,
TOEFL, Pearson and QQI’s TIE*) are also considered. We welcome learners of all nationalities and
language backgrounds. To begin the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mature Student Applicants:
ICD welcomes applications from mature students but looks for reasonable evidence that they would
be able to achieve success on a demanding, full-time honours degree programme. A mature student
is defined as any person who has reached the age of 23 years on the first day of January in the year
in which she/he is admitted to a course leading to a QQI award. The college may admit candidates
for individual stages (outline above) on the basis of demonstrated RPL/APL/APEL. Recognition of
Prior Learning and experience may be granted to applicants to allow them to enter the programme.
To begin this process, please email email@example.com
To make an advanced entry application, students must be completing, or have successfully
completed, a minimum of one year of study in a cognate discipline, at an appropriate NFQ level. To
begin the process of applying for advanced entry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
|BA (Hons) in Business Studies|
|Stage 1||Learners must meet ‘minimum requirements for general learning’ (specified in
programme manual and published on ICD’s website).ICD welcomes applications for advanced entry on the basis of prior and experiential learning (RPEL)
|Stage 2||Candidates applying for entry onto the programme at stage 2 must hold a QQI Level 6 in
Business or Business Studies with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.65 or higher.Equivalent qualifications that are recognised on the National Framework of Qualifications
for Ireland at Level 6 will also be accepted.ICD welcomes applications for advanced entry on the basis of prior and experiential learning (RPEL)
|Stage 3||No direct entry onto this stage|
|Award||Candidates applying for entry onto Year 4 must hold a minimum of an Ordinary Bachelor
Degree in Business Studies at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications for
Ireland. Equivalent qualifications that are recognised on the National Framework of
Qualifications are also acceptable.ICD welcomes applications for advanced entry on the basis of prior and experiential learning (RPEL)
The final year of the BA (Honours) in Business Studies offers the student the options of studying for a specific pathway, of which there are currently three
- Finance – Successful Graduates of this pathway will qualify for 6 exemptions from ACCA
- Marketing – Successful Graduates of this pathway will be awarded full exemptions to the Final Stage of The Marketing Institute of Ireland.
- HRM – Successful Graduates of this pathway are awarded exemptions from the CIPD.
The course gives all-round business management skills as well as specialist knowledge of finance and accounting. Many graduates pursue careers as managers and openings are available as management trainees in manufacturing, banks, government agencies and the public sector.
It is anticipated that most graduates will enter related employment following completion of the programme. However, candidates may also choose, either directly or at a later stage to advance their studies at postgraduate level nationally or internationally. Some Master programmes ICD students can apply for after completion of the BA (Honours) in Business Studies programme:
|MBA – Trinity College Dublin||Student completed the BA (Honours) in Business Studies programme with a minimum 2.1 Honour|
|MBS – DIT Dublin||Student completed the BA (Honours) in Business Studies programme with a minimum 2.1 Honour|
|MBS Various – UCD||Student completed the BA (Honours) in Business Studies programme with a minimum 2.1 Honour|
|MBS – DCU||Student completed the BA (Honours) in Business Studies programme with a minimum 2.1 Honour|
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