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BA (Hons) in Business Studies (Blended)

BA (Hons) in Business Studies (Blended)


Looking for a degree in Business and a positive work/life balance? Our blended Business Studies programme is for you!

The BA (Hons) in Business Studies (Blended) course will help 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 course is validated by QQI at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The purpose of the course is to give students the business skills that are in demand by companies in a complex and dynamic environment.

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Suit your work / life balance, study in your own time at your own pace.
  • Dedicated e-learning tutor support and lecturer contact to ensure all your questions are answered.
  • Recognised Level 8 degree programme by the Teaching Council of Ireland.
  • Up to 6 ACCA exemptions and the option to switch to the part-time BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance after Year 1. 

What can Blended Learning Students Expect?

Students can now fit their study around a busy schedule with the blended delivery mode. We have brought the classroom to you.

  • Blended learning consists of weekly video lectures, monthly live webinars and one Saturday class per month.
  • Students are recommended to commit at least 10 hours per week to ensure they receive the same experience as students attending other study modes. 
  • Exams are held in person in January and May each year with the full-time and part-time students.
  • Take part in our Access programme if you cannot commit to the required time per week. Take as few modules as you need to fit your schedule. Achieve your degree over a flexible duration.

Intake Dates

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

  • January 2020*
  • September 2020

*subject to sufficient numbers

Nicola Hutchinson

Having just finished my first year of the Blended BA (Hons) in Business Studies, I’ve found the blended nature of the course gave me the best of both worlds. The flexibility of the online material allowed me to balance my studies with working and raising a family, while the small class size in on-campus tutorials fostered a real sense of familiarity with my fellow students and lecturers. This ensured I was always fully supported with my studies. I would recommend this course to anybody looking to further their education but hesitant to pursue a degree through the traditional route

Nicola Hutchinson
Blended BA (Hons) in Business Studies 2017
Course details

The programme is delivered through a combination of online and classroom-based learning. The blended mode of delivery offers students a more flexible learning environment and provides an opportunity for those living outside the commutable area to study at Griffith College.

By studying a broad range of business subjects you will acquire the necessary skills to play a key management role in the future. Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the ever-changing environment in which a business operates and the problems that a manager might face. Our courses offer an interesting choice of specialist areas and they also present the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills.

Stage 1

Additional Information

Exams: Blended, 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

Facilities and Activities: Students only visit the campus once a month for classes, however they have access to all facilities provided to full-time and part-time students throughout the academic year, as well as the option to participate in the wide range of extracurricular activities undertaken by students at Griffith College.

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

Effective Learning and Development

Quantitative Analysis for Business

Micro Economics

Business Management

Financial Accounting (Linear)

Information Technology Skills

Legal Aspects of Business

Macro Economics

Stage 3

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


Please note this is an indicative timetable only and is subject to change.

BA (Hons) in Business Studies (Blended) Indicative 1st Year Timetable

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

All blended applicants must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website.

Applicants under 23 years

Applicants under 23 years on Jan 1st 2018 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

Applicants over 23 years on 1st January, 2018 will be asked for a copy of their passport.

Tuition Fees

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.

EUR 3,700.00

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

Business Studies - Progression Routes

  • Graduates who may want to consider a Masters programme in business may wish to review the Griffith College Graduate Business School portfolio of programmes in International Business Management many of which provide a route to the award of MBA.
  • 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.
  • The MSc Accounting and Finance programme is divided into three stages, taking one year to complete full-time and approx. two years part-time.

ACCA Exemptions

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Business Studies (Blended) at Griffith obtain excellent exemptions from the ACCA. The BA (Hons) in Business Studies (Blended) qualifies up to 6 exemptions, this is dependent on your choice of final year electives.

Teaching Council Recognition

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

Career Progression

This business studies degree allows graduates to gain employment in a wide range of fields, from finance, marketing, HRM, and general management, you can choose your final year subjects to suit areas of interest to you. The programme also holds a distinguished record of entrepreneurial graduates who went on to develop their own successful businesses, with some winning prestigious Entrepreneurship Awards.


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