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BA (Hons) in Business Studies

BA (Hons) in Business Studies


Want a career in management or want to develop your own business? The BA (Hons) in Business Studies, is right for you.

The QQI validated BA (Hons) in Business Studies will enable learners to fully appreciate the vital business roles played by finance, accounting, marketing, human resource management and information technology, all of which are important to ensure a successful career in business

Why Study Business at Griffith College?

This three year BA (Hons) in Business Studies programme is available through three modes: full-time, part-time and a blended learning approach. The content and assessment is identical for all three modes of programme delivery. The blended learning approach encompasses a combination of online and classroom-based learning. The purpose of the BA (Hons) in Business Studies programme is to give students the business skills that are in demand by companies, large and small.

  • Students will learn about the ever-changing business environment and how it is influenced by political, legal, economic, social and technological factors on both a national and international scale.
  • Students will learn to recognise the key characteristics governing a particular company and then identify the factors that are critical to its success in preparation for the business world.
  • flexible study model and blended learning approach gives learners the option of adjusting their degree choice, if necessary, after year one, or to specialise in their degree in their 3rd year.
  • unique course syllabus reflects the multiple requirements of today’s business world.
  • You will receive lecturing from vastly experienced professionals from a wide range of industries.

Course Highlights

  • Recognised by Teaching Council of Ireland*

  • Offered in full, part-time and blended study

  • Access programme offers module flexibility

  • Up to 6 ACCA exemptions

  • Specialise in HRM or Marketing in the final year

*Necessary for a HDip

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • January 2020*
  • September 2020

*subject to sufficient numbers

Are you applying through the CAO?

Read our CAO Guide for everything you need to know about applying through the CAO!

What our students say

Bachelor of Business Studies

I have studied for my Business Studies degree for the past three years as a part-time student, and have found the service delivered to be excellent. The course material is directly industry relevant and of the highest quality.

Daniel Dempsey
BA (Hons) in Business Studies

My time studying business in Griffith College has been one of the best experiences in my life. It has opened up a whole new world for me, academically, socially and personally. Griffith made me see that I could succeed in my academic endeavours with their excellent facilities and staff. I enjoyed my journey so much with my higher business Diploma last year that I decided to come back and pursue my degree for the next three years and I’m enjoying every minute of it!

PJ Browne
BA (Hons) in Business Studies
Course details

By studying a broad range of business subjects in year one and two of the programme, students gain a perfect introduction and development to enable them to choose the final year electives.

Core Subjects
Year One

These Year one modules build a broad foundation for the three years of study

  • 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 Two

These Year two modules develop the knowledge of management and act as an underpinning for the final year of study

  • Operations Management
  • Accounting Information for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Marketing
  • Professional Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Business Information Systems
  • Human Resource Management
Year Three

The four modules below are core and are therefore mandatory for this award. In addition, students are required to choose four electives from the elective list below.

  • 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

*Electives offered are subject to demand.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate

2 H5 and 4 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.

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2018 must apply through the CAO system www.cao.ie. Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2018 applications.

Course Codes

  • Dublin - GC400
  • Cork - GC200
  • Limerick - GC300

Applicants over 23 years

Mature Students
Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2018 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.


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

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU, living in Ireland

General Fee Information 

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

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin Main Campus

EUR 3,180.00


EUR 4,150.00


EUR 4,500.00

Study Mode: Part-Time

Dublin - Main Campus & City Centre

EUR 3,700.00


EUR 2,300.00


EUR 2,900.00

Study Mode: Blended Learning

EUR 3,700.00 (Dublin)

Irish/EU, living abroad

General Fee Information 

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

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 6,650.00


EU living Abroad: EUR 6,000.00


EU living Abroad: EUR 4,200.00


General Fee Information 

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

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Non-EU Living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.


Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 7,000.00

Non-EU living Abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.


Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 5,600.00

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:

  • 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

Upon successful completion of their honours degree course, graduates may wish to continue their studies with a postgraduate qualification in Griffith College or with one of the many third level institution in Ireland or abroad.

The Griffith College Graduate Business School offers a portfolio of programmes which may be of interest. The following programmes prepare graduates for the world of international business; at MSc and MBA levels, and in full and part-time modes

The following programmes prepare graduates for the world of international business; at MSc and MBA levels, many of which are delivered in full and part-time modes

  • The MBA in International Business programme is divided into three stages, taking one year to complete full-time and approx. two years part-time.

  • The MSc programmes are divided into three stages, taking one year to complete full-time and approx. two years part-time.

Professional Accountancy Exemptions

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Business Studies at Griffith College can obtain excellent exemptions from the ACCA. You can qualify for up to 6 ACCA exemptions (subject to electives chosen).

Teaching Council of Ireland Recognition

The BA (Hons) in Business Studies at Griffith College is a recognised programme by the Teaching Council of Ireland. This recognition is necessary in order to apply for a HDip to become a Secondary School teacher.

Career Progression

The varied and in-depth content of this programme means that graduate prospects and opportunities are virtually endless. Many graduates of the BA (Hons) in Business Studies have gone on to specialise in areas including management, HRM, finance and marketing. The programme also holds a distinguished record of entrepreneurial graduates who went on to develop their own successful businesses, with some winning prestigious Entrepreneurial Awards.

What our students say


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