BA in Business

BA in Business
Semester Abroad / Undergraduate
3 Years
Validated by
Dublin / Limerick
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

This three year programme achieves a healthy balance of practical hands-on business practice with academic knowledge.

The BA in Business is a three-year full-time programme. It is designed to give students a structured business education and provide a solid foundation for further education or career progression. All key business functions entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, human resources and IT are examined.

Why Study Business at Griffith College?

The BA in Business at Griffith College gives students the opportunity to develop business skills and gain an understanding of business. With its two entrepreneurship-focused modules, this programme is ideal for students who wish to develop their business ideas within a supportive college environment. Students studying on this programme have the opportunity in final year to work with real companies to resolve real business issues in a company based business project.

  • Students will develop skills in all key business functions including entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, and information technology.
  • Students are encouraged to develop their entrepreneurial skills by creating a business during their final year.
  • Students will acquire a broad understanding of business principles and practices through a healthy balance of hands-on business practice and academic knowledge.
  • Students will gain a solid foundation for careers in accounting, marketing, general management, finance and entrepreneurship.
  • A broad course syllabus allows students to choose the area which appeals most to them for a successful career and/or further study.
  • Practical assignments will build the students' understanding of real-world business problems. 
  • Small class sizes allow students to progress and become confident in their studies.
  • Students can progress into the final year of one of the level 8 business programmes.

Course Highlights

  • Real life company-based project
  • Gain support to develop ideas
  • Industry experienced lecturers
  • Embedded award allows early finish
  • The programme is ideal for students who have an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • This programme is the perfect platform for students who wish to pursue further studies or move straight into the workplace.

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Full-Time - September 2024
  • Limerick - Full-Time - September 2024

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Course Codes

  • Dublin: GC411

What our students say

ba in business

As an international student from Nepal, I feel I have been so lucky to be able to study business for the past two years in Griffith College. The modules are really interesting and the lecturers have real passion in what they do. Their industry experience and their special teaching techniques have taught us how important the world of business is. Griffith College provide the best learning materials, facilities and supports to all students. I have really enjoyed and learned so many things since I started in Griffith College.

Pawan Pokharel
BA in Business
ba in business

I am an International Event Rider. I have just completed studying for a degree in Business in Griffith College, which I really enjoyed. I loved the smaller classes in Griffith everyone gets to know each other really well and there was a real sense of community and friendliness.

Elizabeth Hayden
BA in Business

Course Details

The broad scope of this BA in Business programme means that students gain an understanding of the many aspects of the world of business. This allows students the opportunity to choose the area which appeals to them most. It is also a perfect platform for students who wish to pursue further studies in Business or move straight into the workplace.

If you have any questions in relation to this please contact the Admissions Office, [email protected].


Year 1

Research has shown that the transition from secondary school to higher education can be a very difficult time for young adults. The initial weeks at college where deadlines are explained, VLEs are demonstrated and classes begin can be overwhelming for some. This module seeks to facilitate this transition to third-level education by providing academic support, personal development skills and a time for reflection in a non-threatening environment.

In a fast-paced and constantly changing world, it is more important than ever to have a sound appreciation of the context in which business organisations exist and operate. This module seeks to introduce the environment of business and the world of management. Learners are presented with a range of knowledge, theories and concepts which are applied through case studies, examples and lectures.

The principal objective of this module is to outline the role of technology in business and how information technology (IT) enables business processes so that an organisation can function and strive in a competitive environment. In other words, how technology is used to benefit business. This is achieved through the acquisition of practical IT skills but also through an awareness and understanding of the overall role of technology. For all IT skills that are developed, the learners understand the role that these skills play in the overall business function.

On completion of this module, the learners are able to apply the basic knowledge and skills that underpin accounting and finance for business organisations; apply the principles of double-entry bookkeeping to record business transactions; prepare simple cash budgets, and understand how business organisations source finance.

This module introduces learners to the fundamentals of marketing, its role in modern organisations, the importance of understanding customers and aligning marketing activities to create customer value. This module provides academic underpinning via relevant theory and frameworks. This is combined with real-world case studies and examples enabling learners to gain a broad perspective on marketing and its role within organisations.

Learners on Stage 1 business courses often present with a fear of mathematics which they have held since secondary school. This module aims to dispel this fear and instil in learners the confidence to approach problems with an analytical lens. Equipped with this confidence, learners can interpret data and summary statistics, thus contributing to solutions based on solid scientific principles.

This module aims to provide learners with a comprehensive review and analysis of the many roles that communication fills in organisational life. Learners develop knowledge, skills, and judgment around human communication that facilitates their ability to work collaboratively with others. Learners are introduced to the nuances of intercultural communication and diversity that characterises contemporary Irish business environments.

Entrepreneurship has become one of the most powerful and influential forces of change in the world. This module aims to engage with learners to provide them with an understanding of the motives, characteristics and skills of entrepreneurs and the importance of entrepreneurial behaviour both in Ireland and internationally. The module introduces the learner to the supports, challenges and contemporary issues facing entrepreneurs, providing a solid grounding on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process.

Year 2

On completion of this module, learners are able to apply the knowledge and understanding of the context, scope, principles and concepts that underpin management accounting. The module highlights the importance of costs and the drivers of costs in the production, analysis and use of information for decision-making in organisations. It further develops the learners’ competencies on how to analyse information on costs, volumes and prices and how to take short-term decisions on products and services.

The module aims to provide a balanced approach to both the theory and application of economic concepts. It introduces learners to the fundamentals of microeconomics and exposes them to the principle theories and models used in microeconomics. It also demonstrates how economics can be used by individuals and businesses alike to assess problems and develop solutions. The learners are encouraged to become more astute participants in the economy by employing economic principles and recognising the role of their behaviour, and that of others, on the world around them. In particular, the module introduces economic concepts, an analysis of demand and supply, theories of the firm, competition, elasticity, and behavioural economics.

The purpose of this module is to develop appropriate skills and knowledge in learners which is intended to prepare them to source employment opportunities and enter the workforce successfully. The module enables learners to gain a broad understanding of the numerous, and diverse range of, activities that combine to secure employment and/or internship opportunities. Furthermore, the module aims to develop learners’ personal and professional skills so that they may act confidently and appropriately in a range of interpersonal business functions.

This module aims to develop an awareness and understanding within the learner of the core functions, skills and challenges of management in a dynamic global business environment. Learners apply management theories and concepts to current business situations, both in Ireland and internationally. Contemporary business management issues are explored using practical examples, case studies and lectures.

This module aims to develop an understanding and knowledge of the general principles of Irish law as it relates to business. It introduces learners to the effect, influence and impact of law in business, providing an understanding of how the Irish legal system is structured and how it operates with particular emphasis on business. It enables learners to apply relevant law to practical business situations. The module instils a knowledge and understanding of company law: including the formation of companies, limited liability, corporate structure, key company documentation, responsibilities of directors, auditors, liquidators, receivers, examiners, company meetings, shareholders rights and duties.


The module enables learners to gain a broad understanding of the rights and obligations of employees and employers as they relate to business. The module supports learners to analyse the strategic importance of ethics to business and evaluate common ethical problems faced by businesses and how these can be resolved ethically, and justify the level of importance of individual judgement to the ethical question. The module aims to analyse the importance of the firm's culture in setting the ethics framework for managers and employees and evaluate the role of regulatory forces in the ethical question.

The aim of this module to is to provide learners with the knowledge and a practical understanding of the key tasks required to create ideas and to establish, manage and grow, a new or existing venture in a challenging business environment. A core focus is on developing in each learner a set of generic transferable enterprise skills that enable them to succeed in the changing business environment that graduates from the programme find themselves in. The primary focus of this module is on action by doing. The aim is to give support to the development of learners’ entrepreneurial behaviour and encourage the creation and generation of business opportunities.

Marketing is an essential discipline in any business programme. This module introduces learners to marketing concepts and its practice in organisations. Learners develop an understanding of the importance of identifying customer needs / wants and determining how the organisation can best serve customers with compelling value propositions.

This module introduces learners to the macroeconomic environment and the principles underlying macroeconomic policies. In particular, it addresses the causes and consequences of aggregate changes in the economy such as inflation, GDP, unemployment and economic growth. Macroeconomics also examines and explores the role of government in influencing the direction of the economy through fiscal and monetary policies. This module also provides learners with real-world scenarios of how economies throughout the globe interrelate.

The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the application of the required knowledge and understanding of the context, scope, principles and concepts that underpin financial accounting. In addition, learners are taught how to apply the principles of double-entry bookkeeping and prepare financial statements for sole trader entities.

Year 3

The module aims to develop learners’ knowledge, understanding and application of concepts, processes and techniques of operations and supply chain management. Learners relate to the transformation of inputs to outputs and the approach that companies take to increase productivity, quality and service to their end consumer. Learners select and apply appropriate concepts, techniques and methods to the design and planning of operations. Learners demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and theories underpinning the discipline of supply chain management including purchasing and logistics.

This module aims to encourage and promote the critical examination of the theory of organisational behaviour. It identifies factors that influence the behaviours of individuals and groups in organisations. The module creates an environment that assists the learner in recognising issues that impact a company’s effectiveness. Throughout the module, learners consider, discuss and analyse concepts, theories and frameworks to explore their potential contributions in aiding their understanding of organisational behaviours from a contemporary perspective.

The objective of this module is to develop the knowledge and skills required of a finance manager in relation to investment, financial analysis and financing decisions.


This module provides the learner with skills to explore the financial environment in which an entity and its managers must operate, to assess capital investment situations, as well as to understand the various methods that can be used to finance capital investments. This module aims to demonstrate the importance of working capital management and the tools to manage it. It also provides the learner with the means to conduct financial analysis, measure performance and efficiency.

Learners develop skills of applying analytical frameworks to companies who visit the college to present to learners their current situations and the challenges facing them. Learners are required to work in small groups, to apply the analytical skills they have developed to produce a project for the visiting clients. They are tasked with presenting the project both to fellow learners, as they work on them, and then to the visiting clients.

This module introduces the learner to a broad range of contemporary views of human resource practices and policies. Learners gain an understanding of the importance of human resource management in terms of aligning people and business processes. The learner is able to identify the significance of managing the key HR activities such as recruitment, selection, performance, training, etc., in a professional manner.


In addition, the module aims to provide the learner with knowledge of the essential applicable principles in terms of the employer /employee relationship. The module addresses current aspects and changes in employment legislation that can influence the employment relationship and, ultimately, the organisation.

This module is designed so that learners develop an understanding of the relationship between business and the information systems used in business. Learners are introduced to the system types, how systems are acquired, security issues and current business information system trends. The module also seeks to engender an appreciation of the importance of business information systems in the day to day workplace.

This module aims to provide learners with an understanding of the importance of digital marketing in modern business and to gain insight into current tools and best practices used. Additionally, learners grasp how to use digital marketing strategy frameworks to plan, implement and monitor the effectiveness of digital marketing activities.


How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate

5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or another language) and Maths.

English Language
If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years of age:

Applicants under 23 years of age on the 1st of January of the year they wish to enter must apply through the CAO. Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for applications.

CAO Code

  • Dublin - GC411

Applicants over 23 years of age (mature students):
If you are 23 years of age on or before the 1st  January of the year you want to enter, you may apply as a mature student. Mature students must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website homepage or the button below. Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport.


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 6,200.00



EUR 4,400.00

Study Mode: Full-Time

Please refer to the Irish/EU Living Abroad Fees section.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.


Non-EU students: a Student Services and Administration fee of EUR200 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.



An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Flexible payment options

Students wishing to pay their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page for more information and assistance.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

Graduates of the BA in Business are eligible to progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) in Business. The BA in Business is a QQI award at level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications and therefore allows for transfer and progression both nationally and internationally.

Career Progression

Graduates of the BA in Business will have the skills and knowledge to work in a wide variety of business areas and will be suitable for employment in the services, and the industrial and public sectors. Due to the broad scope of the programme, students may opt to develop their general management skills or work in a specialist area such as finance, marketing, information technology or human resources. Students who wish to seek employment immediately after the course may complete further studies on a part-time basis.

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