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Higher Certificate in Business Course - Level 6

Ref Code: BY201

Accredited By: QQI

Fee: Year 1 €4700

Duration: 2yr (FT)

Location: City Centre Only

Start Date: 9th February 2015

City Centre Days: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs

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Special rate for CAO students - contact Admissions for details. Fee for international students that require a visa is €6750. Fee for international students that do not require a visa is €5750.

Apply now for January 2015. Contact us today by emailing or call 00353 1 8075055

Are you looking for a Business Course in Dublin?
  • IBAT College Dublin  is Ireland's leading industry focused College.  Our business course is designed to provide students with the skills that employers value most.
  • Small class sizes ensure individual attention and support
  • Friendly, supportive and practical Student Services Department
  • You will get the ability to make a significant contribution within modern business and you will improve your knowledge of finance, information technology and marketing

Recognition - A degree from IBAT College Dublin is awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). This is the benchmark in quality and standards in the private education sector in Ireland. QQI is an Irish regulatory body and is accountable to the Irish government. Therefore, it demands the highest standards of excellence in education and is recognised worldwide.

Support - IBAT College Dublin prides itself on offering the highest standards of student support. From when you walk in the door at IBAT you will be made to feel welcome and the College will endeavour to support you in any way we can - if you need help with a subject or pastoral care for personal issues, we will always be just a step away. We take a student centered approach to education and always aim to maximise your learning experience.

Learning Environment - IBAT College Dublin provides a customised state-of-art campus to ensure that it is the most conducive environment possible for learning; from our numerous open areas for discussion and group work, to our debating chamber, to our library and Wifi connectivity throughout our building, IBAT strives to provide, for you the student, a learning environment where you can excel and reach your full potential.

Course Description

course explain

Want to get a strong grounding in the core pillars of business? Interested in the emerging trends in the field of marketing or develop a stronger understanding of the current economic environment? Want to understand the important role that financial analysis plays in a business? Then the Bachelor of Business (Ordinary) is the course for you. This two-year degree programme provides a broad range of business skills in conjunction with a detailed knowledge of the current business environment in which companies operate. The practical focus adopted by the College will help develop our students with the necessary personal and professional skills that will allow them to confidently progress onto a relevant postgraduate course or start a successful business career.


A graduate of the College's Higher Certificate in Business course would be strongly placed to continue their studies in the area of business. Most graduates continue their studies onto the Colleges Bachelor of Business (Ordinary) and the Bachelor of Business (Honours) programmes.

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Entry Requirements

Access is facilitated through the standard CAO route. A minimum of five D3 in ordinary-levels subjects in the Leaving Certificate, including English and maths, are required.

Mature students (aged 23 and above on the 1st of January on the year of admission) should apply directly to IBAT College Dublin.

International students should apply directly. IBAT College uses a number of comparison systems, such as NARIC and the NQAI Qualifications Recognition system, to compare and establish equivalency of international awards. An IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent is required for non-native English speakers.


The Higher Certificate in Business programme lays the foundations for a student to confidently progress onto further undergraduate study, concentrating on introductions to core business areas.



This course is accredited by Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) - formerly Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC). QQI is the statutory awarding body for the private education sector in Ireland.


Duration of the course?

2 Years full time

View Student Feedback: View Student Feedback from students who completed the HETAC L7 - Bachelor of Business Course

David Reddy - Year 3

"What I like about IBAT College is that every member of staff works tirelessly to help you meet your goals. Whether it's a post exam review or an extra lecture before the academic year ends, all members do their best to facilitate your goals in order to guarantee you succeed".

Douglas Nascimento - Year 4

I've been studying in IBAT for the last four years, where I have had only good moments and experiences. IBAT helped me to improve my skills, qualifications and knowledge. The college by itself is very good. Lecturers are very attentive, reception always willing to help us and look after all the students for every single concern or doubt, and the infrastructure is also provide for all the students, conditions to enjoy this experience with much more fun. I'll definitely miss this College, my colleagues and members of the staff.

Daeyong Park - Year 4

Facility - IBAT College Dublin has good environment for study and facilities are good as well, especially the IT facilities and library.

Quality of Education - Many lecturers have lots of experience and good professional backgrounds therefore bringing many business related case studies into their teaching.

Cost of tuition - IBAT College has competive tuition fees

View the Lecturer Profile:


Joe Fitzgerald – Research methods Lecturer

Joe Fitzgerald is Programme Manager at IBAT College Dublin with responsibility for overseeing both our HETAC and FETAC Programmes. Having studied both in Ireland and Canada, Joe obtained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Marketing and is now pursuing a PhD. Joe has presented research papers to the Discourse Analysis Group at DIT and at the CADAAD 2012 conference at the University of Minho in Braga. He has also recently had an academic article published in the Irish Communications Review. Additionally, Joe is a member of DIT’s Research Committee and was awarded a Fiosraigh Research Materials Support Scholarship in 2010.

Joe Fitzgerald
Mark Dean – IS/IT Lecturer
Mark is an IT professional with over 19 years industry experience. Over this period he has accumulated knowledge and skills from numerous sectors ranging from education through to manufacturing and banking. He has been involved in many IT roles including software developer, team leader, systems analyst, and corporate IT trainer. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College and has lectured on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Mark Dean – IS/IT Lecturer

Jeff Taylor - Management and Organisational Behaviour.

Jeff has five years lecturing experience chiefly in the Management and Event Management domain. Through his experiences in the event management industry, Jeff brings real world example and a practical knowledge into the classroom. Jeff has worked at major interational festivals such as Oxegen and Slane Castle. Jeff maintains links with the industry via Jeff is currently a Phd researcher in Dublin Institute Technology, studying creativity and innovation in business education.

Colm Dunne – Business and Economics Lecturer

Colm has over 20 years lecturing and in excess of 30 years training experience, mainly in the Management Sector. His industry experience includes both large and medium organisations.Colm holds an M.A., B.Sc. (Mgmt), a Postgraduate Certificate in Training and Education and is currently studying for an M.Sc. in Education and eLearning. He lectures in a variety of Business and Management topics together with Economics and Business Mathematics. Colm has worked as a lecturer with IBAT for a number of years and has also lectured in a number of other colleges and institutes of education.

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Ruth O Leary – Accountancy Lecturer

Ruth O'Leary ACMA BBS MSc spent 13 years in industry working with Motorola, Microsoft, Serco Services and Logica CMG in various accounting roles. She has been a Member in Practice since 2005 running her own company providing accounting services. Ruth has also been lecturing part time since 2005 in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting, financial management and introductory level accounting modules at FETAC and HETAC levels 6 to 8.



Jackie Kennedy – Human Resource Management Lecturer

Jackie has an MA in Strategic Human Resource Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Learning & Teaching. She has extensive lecturing experience in private and state 3rd level institutions in Ireland and Asia. She teaches subjects in Business Communications, Management, Human Resource Management, and Strategy at post graduate and undergraduate levels. Jackie has over 20 years’ experience as a senior HR professional in the Financial Services sector, in both senior management positions and as an independent HR consultant. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and of the Society of Human Resource Management in the US.


Robert Harte – eBusiness and Web Authoring Lecturer

Robert graduated from DCU with a BSc in Computer Applications. On completion he spent time teaching computing in the United Arab Emirates. He worked for a number of years in the Software Development and Architecture Department at AIB Capital Markets. He attained a Masters in Interactive Digital Media from TCD in 2011. Robert is currently teaching Creative Digital Media at CCT and works as a Freelance Web Developer at NOHO Ltd.

John Murtagh - Business & Management Lecturer
John has over 25 years senior management experience with a number of large multi-national companies in the Information Technology sector. During this period he was responsible for Customer Service Delivery, Business Operations and Supply Chain Management for Ireland, Europe, Middle East and Africa. John was awarded an International Executive MBA by the Smurfit Business School (UCD). He holds numerous other educational qualifications, including Diplomas in Logistics Management awarded by the Dutch Federation of Industry (DEBAK) and TEFL
John Murtagh - Business & Management Lecturer


What is the course fee?

The course fee is €4,700 for the first year. Please contact us directly for details of any discounts which might be available.

How can I make savings on the course fee?

IBAT College Dublin offers significant discounts and savings on course fees as well as flexible payment options. For further information on these savings and payment options, click on the following link:

Is Tax Relief Available for this course?

Tax Relief is available is available for eligible participants on this course. For further details click here.

What do I get for my fee?

I would like to apply what should I do?

Application for first year of the Higher Certificate course is through the CAO system.

Direct application can be made here via our website. Alternatively, please feel free to contact one of our admissions specialists for business and management courses on 01 807 5055 to set up a meeting to discuss the course further. You can also email us at Please feel free to visit the college anytime and our course content experts will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have. We look forward to seeing you.


Student progression:Students interested in this course were also interested in, or able to progress to, upon completion:

Learner protection for this programme is provided in accordance with section 43 of the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999.


Drop by our Open Evening on Wednesday 22nd April from  5-7pm to find out more about your course of interest, meet with Admissions and Academic staff and view our state of the art study facilities. You can also complete the registration process for your chosen programme of study in 2015.

In the meantime you can contact our Admissions team by emailing or call 01 8075055. You can also drop by the campus Monday-Friday from 9am-5.30pm, no appointment needed.


Whether you are interested in furthering your education with a Postgraduate MBA or you need to upskill with a Diploma in IT, Management or Accounting IBAT College Dublin can offer you an industry focused education that will help you achieve your career goals. Now accepting applications for courses starting in May or September.


What our Students think...

IBAT College Dublin Undergraduate Business Student of the year

"The Bachelor of Business Honours Degree course has provided me with essential knowledge and skills to succeed in a highly competitive job market. As it is recognised worldwide, it opens doors to countries all over the world. The lecturers here are dedicated to providing students with beneficial theory along with practical information from their own experience in multinational companies.  The mix of nationalities provides not only friendships but possible future business opportunities worldwide. Studying with IBAT College guarantees you will be well prepared to reach your professional goals."

Daniel Svidrnoch, Bachelor of Business (Hons) Graduate, photographed above with Shane Ormsby, Director, IBAT College Dublin, receiving his Undergraduate Student of the Year Award at the 2013 Conferring Ceremony.  To find out more about this course email

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