Diploma in Business Studies QQI Level 6

Diploma in Business Studies QQI Level 6

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Places are still available for the Diploma in Business Studies Level 6, delivered through the Lifelong Learning Department at Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre in association with the Institute of Public Administration.

This is a two-year, part-time programme that extends students’ understanding of the subjects addressed in the Certificate year and allows them to take a subject in an area of particular relevance to them. Students take three common subjects: cost accounting, business and company law and economics and a fourth subject from a choice of four streams:

– Accounting
– Marketing
– Information Systems Management
– Human Resource Management

The Diploma is both a stand-alone qualification and the second year of the four-year Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) programme. Students that successfully complete this year can enter the third year of the BBS (Hons).

The subjects covered in the Diploma have a wide application and the programme attracts students interested in careers in both the private and public sectors. It offers instruction in both core business competencies and in specific business functions, allowing students gain a solid understanding of the principles and practices that govern contemporary business life and to specialise in a specific stream.

Year One: Certificate in Business Studies –
The first year is both a stand-alone qualification and the first stage in the Diploma and the BBS (Hons).

Year Two:
Cost Accounting
Cost accounting helps managers see the cost of business operations and thus make informed decisions. This course explores the main principles and processes of cost accounting, including budgeting, absorption and marginal costing and basic standard costing.

This introductory-level course explains the main theories and principles of economics. It covers both micro and macroeconomics and addresses such topics as the laws of supply and demand, how market prices are reached, monopolies and competition and monetary policy.

Business and Company Law
All transactions in the State, whether public or private, are governed by commercial law. In this course, students will examine the laws that pertain to the creation, performance and dissolution of contracts, the formation of companies, the acquisition of shares and the liquidation of businesses.

Students Choose a Fourth Subject From One of the Following Streams (subject availability depends on student numbers):

Financial Accounting:
This course examines the core elements of financial accounting, a branch of accounting that prepares financial statements for interested parties outside the organisation. Students examine the financial accounts of limited companies, tangible and intangible assets, taxation, cash flow, post-balance sheet events and earnings per share.

Marketing Information Analysis:
Marketing campaigns and strategies are dependent on comprehensive and accurate information about target markets. This course explores how useful marketing information is obtained and analysed.

Information Systems Management
Information Systems Design and Development:
This course explores the concepts and techniques of systems analysis and design, systems life cycle, data-flow diagrams, data modelling and rapid applications development.

Human Resource Management
Organisational Behaviour:

Organisations, despite having similar processes and business units, often behave in different ways. A key objective of HRM is to understand and direct organisational behaviour. This course discusses the relevant issues, including communication, organisational culture and group behaviour.

The programme is assessed by means of assignments and final examinations.

Two academic years starting September 2019

National University of Ireland

Level 6 (Higher Certificate)

Students can progress to the relevant stream of the third year of the BBS (Hons).

Some subjects in this and subsequent years are offered only through a blend of distance education and weekend seminars and not through evening lectures.)

The cost of the programme is €2,980 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments.


Delivered by Sinead McNamara Lecturer in Accounting and Economics at the Institute of Public Administration.

Contact email: smcnamara@ipa.ie
Contact phone: 012403600


For any further information you can also contact the Lifelong Learning Department at Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre via email: mmorrin@loetb.ie or phone: 0578623161