Certificate in Business Studies - Part-Time - NFQ Level 6

The Certificate in Business Studies is a one-year, part-time programme that provides a systematic introduction to modern business theory and practice. Students take four subjects and address such crucial topics as accounting techniques, research and quantitative methods, the HRM function in modern organisations and marketing strategies.

The Certificate is both a stand-alone qualification and the first year of the four-year Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) programme. Students who successfully complete this year can enter the second year of the BBS (Hons), where they will have the opportunity to obtain an interim diploma qualification and specialise in a field of particular relevance to them.


Is This Programme For You?

If you want to obtain a solid understanding of subjects at the core of business life, this one-year programme will most certainly meet your needs. While many students wish to develop a career in private sector industry (financial services, marketing, business management, etc), the subjects studied have such a wide application that the programme attracts a diverse student body.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language. Students must have passed the Mathematics paper.


Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications.

Programme Subjects

Financial Accounting

This course explains the key principles and techniques of financial accounting. Students will learn about different accounting systems, the purpose of accounting records, the preparation and analysis of profit and loss accounts, balance sheets and income and expenditure accounts.

Quantitative Methods

All organisations, whether operating commercially or otherwise, must undertake research and analyse relevant data. This course explains the principles of business research and the mathematical techniques used when examining the results of that research. Among the specific topics addressed are the preparation of surveys, population samples and linear regression and correlation.

Managing IT/Managing Human Resources

This course explores the proper management of two of the most crucial components in an organisation. The first part of the course considers such topics as the role of IT in the workplace and the appraisal of investment in new IT systems. The second part turns to human resources, examining the responsibilities of the HR manager in today’s workplace.

Business Administration and Marketing

This course describes and assesses the proper organisation and control of a business unit and examines one especially vital business function: marketing. It covers, among other things, financial and administrative controls, best-practice in day-to-day operations and marketing strategies.


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


Students can progress to the second year of the Diploma in Business Studies or BBS (Hons).

Course Practicalities


One academic year: Course begins in September


National University of Ireland


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

For further information or Application:

Persons interested in pursuing this course/programme should contact either:

Sinead McNamara; Email: smcnamara@ipa.ie or Phone: (01) 240 3616


Maragaret Morrin ; Email: mmorrin@loetb.ie or Phone: (057) 862 3161

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.

Qualification Award

NFQ Level 6 (Minor Award)


Portarlington FETC

Bracklone Street


County Laois


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen

Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Margaret Morrin, Centre Director




(057) 8623161


Portarlington Further Education Centre, Bracklone Street, Portarlington, County Laois, R32 CX71,Ireland

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