Higher Certificate in Business L6

Business, Accounting & Governance

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Programme  Higher Certificate in Business  Level 6
Awarded by QQI - Quality & Qualifications Ireland    
Start Dates From: 19/09/2016 To: 17/05/2017    Year 1-2
Days & Time Schedule available early September (3 days per week)    
Cost E.U:  €4,000.00  /  NON E.U.: €7,500.00 (Applications through the international admissions office only) dci@dorset-college.ie     Inclusive
How to Apply To arrange an Interview with the Programme Leader, please contact:
Maggie Keane at 01) 8309677 or E-Mail: maggie.keane@dorset-college.ie

The Higher Certificate in Business Level 6 is Awarded by Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI).   The course is designed to provide a broad based business education offering undergraduates the opportunity to explore and understand key business functions in areas such as Management, Finance, Information Technology, Law, Marketing and Human Resources.  In addition to providing learners with a solid foundation in Business, this course provides the skills, knowledge and competence required to compete successfully in today’s competitive business world.

This Business Studies course will provide School Leavers, International Students and those seeking to broaden their skills set, with a strong foundation in a range of specialised business areas with excellent Career and Academic opportunities.

The Higher Certificate in Business Level 6 is on the CAO System for September 2016.  CAO Code: DS 601 (See page 38 of the CAO  Handbook).   The Application Forms and the CAO Handbook 2016 are both available from the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway www.cao.ie.

We offer the following:  

  • Teaching Staff with extensive Academic and Industry Experience
  • Qualifications that Employers recognise as the Industry Standard
  • Clearly defined Career Paths with excellent Academic Opportunities
  • Academic Advisor throughout the programme and for one-to-one Meetings
  • Excellent training facilities & Cutting Edge Technology
  • Access to Library and Study Facilities
  • Small Class sizes with excellent preparation for the world of work
  • Work Experience placement for summer Months
  • Student Centred and Career Focused Education
  • Career Guidance for Job seeking Skills/Academic Strategy

The Business Studies programme is delivered in a dynamic, structured and supportive environment.

Dorset College welcomes applications from Leaving Certificate students, A Level, Mature students and students who hold QQI Level 5 Awards.   QQI holders may be eligible for entry onto specific related programmes at Dorset College.

The Higher Certificate in Business Level 6 is on the CAO System for September 2017.  CAO Code:DS 601 (See page 38 of the CAO  Handbook).   The Application Forms and the CAO Handbook 2017 are both available from the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway www.cao.ie.   The closing date for applications through the Central Applications Office (CAO www.cao.ie) is 1st February 2018 although CAO will accept late applications up to the 1st May 2018.   For further details contact Admissions: 01) 8309677  info@dorset-college.ie

Under the new Common Points Scale for Leaving Certificate 2017 applicants must obtain a minimum of 5O6/H7, including a language  and a minimum of O6/H7 in Maths.  OR
Applicants must hold a QQI level 5 Major Award in Business Studies     OR
Applicants who are second language speakers of English must achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent and hold the International Equivalent to Leaving Certificate. 
For mature learners (i.e. age 23 and older), applications will be individually assessed in order to determine suitability through Dorset College’s ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy.
EU Applicants: Please apply for this course by completing the application form below and send it along with the necessary documentation as per the instructions in the Application Form (Click Here).
Non EU Applications: Please complete the application form below and send it along with the necessary documentation as per the instructions in the NON EU Application Form (Click Here).

For full details on entry requirements, please click on the links: Leaving Certificate, A Level,  CAO & Mature Applicants, QQI Applicants.

The Higher Certificate in Business Level 6 will provide a strong foundation in a range of specialised business areas with excellent Career and Academic opportunities.

Principal Areas of Study (Modules Year 1 & 2)
Module Units Year 1
Business Management Business Management
Organisational Behaviour
Finance Financial Accounting
Business Statistics and Mathematics
Communications & IT Study, Writing and Effective Communications
Computer Applications
Module Units Year 2
Business Management Marketing
Human Resource Management
Business Law
Finance Management and Cost Accounting
Communications & IT Business IT

A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of this course. These methods will include a combination of final written examinations and continuous  assessment processes such as assignments and projects.

Higher Certificate in Business Level 6 
Awarded by: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

Protection of Enrolled Learners
The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 Part 6 requires that all programmes of 3 months or more duration have in place arrangements for the Protection of Enrolled Learners to ensure learners have the opportunity to complete their programme of study.  Dorset College has made arrangements with at least two other providers to comply with this legal obligation. To read the QQI policy document on the protection of Enrolled Learners click on the link: http://www.qqi.ie/Pages/Protection-for-Enrolled-Learners-(PEL)-.aspx 

The Higher Certificate in Business Level 6 will provide a strong base from which to pursue careers in accountancy, finance, marketing and general business.  Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates will have the skills, knowledge and competencies required to work in any Business environment with specific knowledge and skills pertaining to Management, Finance, IT, Law, Marketing and Human Resources. Industry feedback has indicated that the job roles listed would be ideal for graduates from this programme.

JOB Roles include

Trainee & Junior Management Office & Project Manager
Banking & Financial Services Junior Analyst
Marketing Executive Administrator & IT Support

Graduates can progress to the final year of the Business Studies Degree-Level 7 at Dorset College or alternatively students may enter into an BA (Hons) in Business Studies, BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance or the BA (Ord) in Business Studies in the Institutes of Technology or Universities. 

Progression to professional programmes include: CIPD-Certificate in Human Resource PracticeTraining & Development Level 6, Lean Six Sigma and many more.......

Anne O’Mahony
We are delighted to welcome Anne O’Mahony to the lecturing team at Dorset College.

Anne joined the lecturing team in Dorset College specifically to bring industry focus to the Level 7 and 8 International Business Degree programme.   She holds a first class Honours Business Degree and this, combined with her management and training and development experience, enables her to bring a wealth of industry knowledge to the business module. Her approach to lectures is to bring ‘real-world’ business experience to the class, encouraging students to combine elements of the additional business-related modules to enhance the overall learning experience.

With over 25 years of experience in multinational business, Anne has worked at senior management level in the following areas, Key Account Management, Sales Management,  Customer Marketing, Marketing and Sponsorships.  Her responsibilities have also included strategy development, project management, team performance management and relationship management.  She has also worked as a consultant for leading FMCG and Digital Media companies.  

Anne lectures in the following modules, Sales Management, Marketing, Business Management and Organisational Behaviour. 

Aongus Buckley – Aongus presents with a Masters of Economic Sciences and brings 21 years of industry experience to Dorset. He has worked for Bloomberg and is currently an Economic Analyst with Lafferty Publications. He is also an author in this area. Aongus will be delivering the Economics module on Year 2 of the Level 7 Business degree.

Rizwan Ahmed lectures at our Diploma and Degree programmes in the faculty of Business and Accounting; delivering modules on Business Management, Operations Management; Global Operations and Supply Chain Management; and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.

Rizwan holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Karachi, Pakistan; Bachelor of Business (Hons.) in International Business from Dorset College Dublin and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Karachi, Pakistan. He is currently working on a Master's in Business and Management at UCD.

Rizwan has over 22 years of mid-senior level management experience at various large and mid-sized organisations operating globally; and has supervised projects such as cross-border feasibility studies; Privatisation studies; procurement and tendering; Aviation ancillary services; Risk advisory; International Business Operations; and Hospitality services. He has conducted privatisation studies at large state organisations in Pakistan.

Seamus Farrell B. Comm. H Dip in Ed is an accounting, economics and business studies teacher with over thirty eight years’ experience of  teaching and sixteen years teaching at Dorset College.  Seamus has a wide range of teaching experiences.  The first twenty one years at secondary level teaching all the business subjects and mathematics, then the following seventeen years teaching a wide variety of business subjects with over ten years specialising in ACCA courses (with some outstanding results).   His philosophy is summed up in the phrase ‘proper preparation prevents poor performance’.  He believes that teaching is made up of two main elements, first preparation – generally an extensive set of class notes are prepared, and then the performance is delivered in the class room based on the aforesaid preparation. 

His experience enables him to prepare students for the examinations they face, guiding them through the process, instilling confidence that they have the knowledge and are aware of what the examiners are looking for in their answers.  Over the years Seamus has taught students from a wide range of nationalities which makes him sensitive to the difficulties that such students may encounter.

Sharon O’ Brien BA (HONS) MSc Business Management

Sharon gained her BA (Hons) in Maynooth University studying Anthropology, Geography and Classics.  She continued her studies in Maynooth University and completed her Masters in Business Management covering areas such as HR, Innovation, Organisation Behaviour, Finance, Marketing and Strategy. Sharon has many years experience working in the private health sector and is a qualified Dental Nurse having graduated from the Dublin Dental Hospital and Trinity College.

She has worked as a business consultant for a private homecare and dental  company and was involved with staff development.  Sharon’s extensive experience in the private sector has given her an invaluable insight into the mechanisms of successful businesses. She is dedicated to helping students achieve their highest potential and continues her own studies in Education.

Sharon lectures in the Global Business, Strategic Management, International Marketing and Marketing modules in Dorset College and supervised Thesis students.

Carmen Mihaela Maritan
Carmen Mihaela Maritan lectures in  Statistics & Mathematics, General Mathematics, Physics, Teamwork & Communications and Management Information Systems at Dorset College.  She has 11 years lecturing and teaching experience at 6, 7 and 8 honours degree level. She has significant experience in “Water Resources Engineering “, carrying out research on Water resources and Water Management.  She wrote published articles on Soil and Water Pollution.  Carmen studied for BSC in Civil Engineering Bucharest, for Masters and Doctoral degree in Water Resource Engineering at Faculty of Hydrotechnics Bucharest and “Pierre et Marie Curie” University Paris. She also studied  for BSC in Education and Training DCU Dublin.

Elaine Treacy is a lecturer in Human Resources, Communications and  Business Management, with a strong academic and teaching background ( 15 years teaching experience). She is graduated in Business and Marketing, a MA in Intercultural Studies ( DCU) and currently undertaking a professional diploma in Education studies.

In addition she holds industry experience and expertise with international students; fostering, developing and motivating critical skills she offers students the opportunity for personal and professional growth.