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

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).

Is This Programme For You?

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. 

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 applying for the BBS (Hons) 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.

Interim Awards

Year One: Certificate in Business Studies

Programme Subjects

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). See the Certificate in Business Studies page for more information.

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 Design and Develoment:

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.


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

Course Practicalities


Two Academic Years: 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


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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