Griffith College

BA (Hons) in Business Studies

BA (Hons) in Business Studies

BA (Hons) in Business Studies

The varied and in-depth content of the BA (Hons) in Business Studies means that graduate prospects are many and varied.

Cork: Full-Time, Part-Time
Dublin: Full-Time, Part-Time
Limerick: Full-Time, Part-Time
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Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:8
Course Level:Undergraduate, Study Abroad
Duration:3 years Full time 3 years Part time

Business Courses at Griffith College

The hallmark of a Griffith business education remains the development of innovative, globally orientated business professionals who are able to integrate theory and practice. The Faculty provides numerous programmes to students from Ireland and around the world at all stages in their professional lives. These programmes equip students with not only the knowledge but also the capabilities required for success in the global marketplace. GCD undergraduate business degrees provide a solid foundation for careers in accounting, marketing, general management, finance and hospitality.

About the course
BA (Hons) in Business Studies

This honours degree programme will help students to appreciate fully the vital business roles played by finance, accounting, marketing, human resource management and information technology. In addition, graduates will be shown how the ever-changing business environment is influenced by political, legal, economic, social and technological factors on both a national and international scale. In first year, students take subjects that are common to the first year of the BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. This model gives students the flexibility to adjust their degree choice, if necessary, after year one.

The purpose of the course is to give students the business skills that are in demand by companies today. In a complex and dynamic environment they will be able to identify changes in business requirements, and have the confidence to develop and implement new procedures to satisfy them. Students will be able to recognise the key characteristics governing a particular company and then identify the factors that are critical to its success. The course syllabus, developed by Griffith College and validated by QQI, reflects the multiple requirements of today’s business world. The participation and support of full-time and external lecturing staff, from a wide range of industries, has made a vital contribution to the degrees content.

Students have the option to specialise their degree in the 3rd year. Students may transfer onto the BA (Hons) in Business Studies (HRM) or BA (Hons) in Business Studies (Marketing). Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

Part Time Student Information

Are you considering returning to education? Do you want to upskill or change career direction? See below some useful information on studying this course part time:

  • Classes: are held in the evening time, normally 2 evenings per week in 1st year, 3 evenings per week in 2nd year and 3 – 4* evenings per week in 3rd year from 6.15pm to 9.30pm. *Your 3rd year schedule will depend on which electives you choose in your final year.
  • Exams: Part time and full time students sit exams together in January and May each year. You will be expected to book time off work to attend your exams as these take place during the day.
  • Location: Part time classes for the BA (Hons) in Business Studies are held in our Main Campus, South Circular, Dublin 8.
  • Parking: Griffith College Dublin is built on a seven-acre campus. Car parking space is available on campus for students. There are 376 car parking spaces which are allocated on a first come first served basis. Registered students with parking permits may use the parking facilities when available free of charge.
  • Fees: Please visit the Fees tab on this page to view information on Fees, Sponsorship and our Direct Debit Scheme.

ACCA exemptions:
Graduates of the Honours Business Programmes at Griffith obtain excellent exemptions from the ACCA.  Those who complete the BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance programme may qualify for 9 exemptions while those from the BA(Hons) in Business programme may qualify for up to 5 exemptions.

Teaching Council recognition:
As the BA (Hons) in Business Studies is recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland, graduates from this programme are eligible to pursue secondary teaching careers.

Programmatic reviews:
Griffith College business courses undergo rigorous programmatic reviews to ensure pragmatic and relevant business tuition.

Work placement :
The BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management and the Diploma in International Hospitality Management facilitate work placement during the programmes.

Progression paths :
Transfer and progression opportunities are available across all programmes within the faculty from Level 6 to Level 8. On successful completion of all of the level 8 programmes students have the opportunity to progress on to post graduate level.

Personal attention :
Personal attention provided along with an excellent student/lecturer ratio.

Tax relief:
Griffith College students can avail of tax relief on all QQI validated undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. For more information visit

Disability Services
Please contact the faculty for more details.

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GC's foundation rests in the Faculty of Business. The College was originally established in 1974 to train business students on a dedicated and individual basis. This personalised philosophy remains at the heart of the Faculty, despite its increasing growth.

Year 1

Micro Economics

Quantitative Analysis for Business

Effective Learning and Development

Business Management

Financial Accounting (Linear)

Macro Economics

Legal Aspects of Business

Information Technology Skills


Year 2

Operations Management

Accounting Information for Managers

Organisational Behaviour


Professional Development

Digital Marketing

Enterprise and Innovation

Business Information Systems

Human Resource Management


Year 3

Strategic Management

Financial Management

Business Plan (Linear)

International Business Environment






Year 3 Electives - 4 must be chosen

International Marketing

Consumer Behaviour

Sales Management

Integrated Marketing Communications

Brand Management

Taxation 1

Taxation 2

Audit and Assurance

Advanced Financial Management

Strategic Management 2

Project Management

Corporate Governance and Accountability

Supply Chain Management

International HRM

Contemporary Employment Relations

Performance Management and Reward

Human Resource Development


Entry Requirements
General Requirements
BA (Hons) in Business Studies

2 C3s (Hons) & 4 D3s (Ord) to include a Language (English, Irish or other language) and Maths.
Mature Students
If you are 23 years or over from the 1st January of this year, you can apply for this course directly using the College’s online application form. A member of the College’s admissions team will be in touch to discuss your course entry requirements.

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

CAO Points Cork: 
CAO Points Dublin: 
CAO Points Limerick: 

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme, please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


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:

Please Note

A registration Fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

The tuition fees quoted below are tuition fees for Year 1 of the course only.

This 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.

Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 4,000.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 6,000.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 7,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 8,000.00
Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 2,050.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 4,000.00
Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5100
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 6,500
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 9,400
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 9,400
Study Mode: 
EUR 3,050.00
Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 4000
Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 2250.00
How to Apply

Study Mode: Full-Time

  • Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2016 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2016 applications.
  • Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January, 2016 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website homepage . Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport and applications should be made before the 21st September 2016.

Study Mode: Part-Time

All part-time applicants must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website homepage

  • Applicants under 23 years on Jan 1st 2016 will be asked for a copy of their Leaving Certificate results / FETAC qualifications or equivalent and must meet the minimum entry requirements for the programme.
  • Applicants over 23 years on 1st January, 2016 will be asked for a copy of their passport and applications should be made before the 21st September 2016. 
Academic Progression: 

Graduates who see an opportunity to make themselves more attractive to employers may want to consider the Masters programme in business. The Griffith College Graduate Business School offers a portfolio of programmes in International Business Management, each of which provides a route to the award of MBA.

ACCA Exemption

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Business Studies who wish to pursue further studies may gain substantial examination exemptions from the following professional accountancy body: ACCA Exemptions: Graduates of the BA Honours in Business studies at Griffith obtain excellent exemptions from the ACCA. The BA (Hons) in Business Studies qualifies for 5-6 exemptions


This programme is also recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of secondary school teaching in the Republic of Ireland.


If you want to be where the best lecturers are with the best facilities in the largest private college in Ireland then Griffith College is for you.


BA (Hons) in Business Studies Academic Progression
Career Progression: 

The varied and in-depth content of these courses means that graduate prospects and opportunities are virtually endless. Electives/Specialisations in the final year are a platform on which a career in this area can commence. Specialisations could include management, HRM, finance or marketing.

BA (Hons) in Business Studies Career Progression

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