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Higher Certificate in Business

Higher Certificate in Business


Ideal for students who wish to gain a qualification to move straight into the workplace or to pursue further studies

The Higher Certificate in Business is a two-year full-time programme, designed to give students a rich overall perspective of business. The areas of Marketing, finance, accounting, management, information technology and entrepreneurship are all addressed on the programme.

Why Study Business at Griffith College?

Our Higher Certificate in Business is available on a full-time basis over a two-year period. The purpose of the course is to give students a real view of the world 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 will develop skills in all key business functions including, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, information technology and enterprise.
  • Students will acquire the confidence and knowledge to select and apply appropriate techniques to business problems and opportunities as they arise.
  • 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
  • Opportunity to extend your qualifications by transferring to year two of either the BA (Hons) in Business Studies or BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.

Course Highlights

  • Gain qualification in two years
  • Gain support to develop ideas
  • Learn from industry experienced lecturers.
  • 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.
Course details

This two-year programme acts as a great foundation for those interested in studying business

Core Subjects
Year One
  • Learning to Learn
  • IT Skills for Business
  • Business Management 1
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Business Maths
  • Business Communications
  • Small Business Development
Year Two
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Management 2
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Enterprise, Innovation and Planning
  • Market Research Practice
  • Employability Skills
  • Principles of Economics
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.

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2017 must apply through the CAO system The CAO code for this course is GC416. Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2017 applications.

Applicants over 23 years

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January, 2017 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website. Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport.


Fee Information 

A Registration Fee of Euro 250.00 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.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Full-Time (Evening)

EU living Ireland: EUR 3,500.00


Study Mode: Full-Time

EU living Ireland: EUR 5,100.00

EU living Abroad: EUR 6,000.00

Non EU living Ireland: EUR 8,500.00

Non EU living Abroad: EUR 8,500.00


Study Mode: Full-Time

EU living Ireland: EUR 4075.00

EU living Abroad: EUR 4075.00

Non EU living Ireland: EUR 5,355.00

Non EU living Abroad: EUR 7,200.00

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.

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]

Academic Progression

Graduates of the Higher Certificate in Business may elect to transfer to year two of the BA (Hons) in Business Studies or the BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. Alternatively, students may enter into year three of the Level 7 BA in Marketing or the BA in Business

Career Progression

Graduates of the Higher Certificate in Business will typically find employment in insurance, banking, retailing and marketing. Students who choose to seek employment immediately after the course may complete further studies on the BA (Hons) in Business Studies or the BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance on a part-time basis.


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