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Online Business Course – Certificate in Business Studies

Online Business Course

Online Business Course with Institute of Public Administration

The Certificate in Business Studies is a one-year, part-time programme that provides a systematic introduction to modern business theory and practice. Students cover four key subject areas

  • Accounting techniques
  • Research and quantitative methods
  • The IT & HRM function in modern organisations
  • Marketing strategies.

The Certificate is both a stand-alone qualification and the first year of the four-year Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) programme.

Students who successfully complete first year can enter the second year of the BBS (Hons), where they will have the opportunity to obtain an interim diploma qualification and specialise in a field of particular relevance to them. While many students wish to develop a career in private sector industry (financial services, marketing, business management, etc.), the subjects studied have such a wide application that the programme attracts a diverse student body from public and private sectors.

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National University of Ireland

NFQ Level 6 (Minor Award), 60 ECTS

Entry Requirements
Applicants who are 21 years of age or over may qualify for entry as a mature student. Applicants under 21 should consult NUI Matriculation Regulations. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may apply for a Special Case Application Form.

Course Materials
In addition to video lectures and live webcasts, students receive bespoke course manuals for each module and a selection of essential textbooks. Further resources and recommended readings are provided on our learning portal, Moodle. Finally, the resources of the IPA Library are available to all students.

The programme is assessed by means of assignments in each subject (worth 30% of overall marks) and one three-hour examination (70%) in each subject.

Students who successfully complete this programme can enter the second year of the Diploma in Business Studies/Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) degree programme.

Application Process
Application forms for this online business course can be downloaded from the IPA website or requested from Completed applications should be submitted by email to Acknowledgement of receipt and further information will issue by email. Programme Delivery We have developed an online version of the traditional Certificate in Business Studies programme which will be delivered via the IPA’s Moodle website. You will have a variety of pre-recorded material available to you to complement specially commissioned IPA distance education manuals and textbooks. Remote/virtual teaching sessions will facilitate student-lecturer interaction without the requirements of weeknight and weekend travel.

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