Higher Certificate in Business L6

Business, Accounting & Governance

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  • Career/Academic Progression
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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 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.   The closing date for applications through the Central Applications Office (CAO www.cao.ie) is 1st February 2016 although CAO will accept late applications up to the 1st May 2016.   For further details contact Admissions: 01) 8309677  info@dorset-college.ie

Applicants must obtain a minimum of Grade D3 in five ordinary level subjects in the Leaving Certificate, including a language and a minimum of grade D3 in ordinary level mathematics.  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.......

Fergus Moore (Programme Leader)

Fergus Studied for a B.A. in English Literature at University College Dublin and a MSc. Dublin Institute of Technology. He is presently studying for a PhD. in Public Sector Management. He is the programme leader for the Bachelor of Business at Dorset College and he lectures in Management, Communications and Marketing. Fergus has extensive Lecturing and teaching experience ranging from teaching dis-advantaged teenagers to lecturing at degree level. Fergus’ Industry experience includes independent management consultancy in Ireland, England and Australia in Financial IT systems consultancy and Project Management & Process Training.  Interests and Activities include: enjoys reading and cinema.

Eugene Lynch: BSc in Computer Science / MSc Health Informatics
Eugene lectures in Computer application and Business IT at Dorset College.  Eugene is also a Cisco expert. Eugene has more than 30 years lecturing and teaching experience up to MSc dissertation supervision level in the Institute of Technology sector.

His private sector experience involved working as an IT consultant in Melbourne, Australia, and Kuwait specialising in financial systems. Eugene studied for a BSC in Computer Science in Essex University and a Masters in Health Informatics in Trinity College, Dublin.

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.

Having grown up in a family business, Seamus also brings a practical background to academic studies.  He is still involved in preparing accounts, vat returns and tax returns for that business and some selected clients.  He also spends some time doing some general administration duties.

Sharon Dillon Lyons (B.A / MA Masters in Journalism / LLB)
Sharon lectures in Business Law at Dorset College. Sharon has a large amount of lecturing experience at Level 7 and 8 honours degree level. Significant experience in administration, journalism and legal profession. Sharon is a practising Barrister at Law in the Kings Inn in Dublin. Sharon studied for her B.A in the University of Galway where she also studied for a masters in Journalism and her LLB.

Rachel Ramirez Ward (B.A / MA Masters in Organisational Behaviour)
Rachel  lectures in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources at Dorset College. Rachel has worked as a lecturer and facilitator, with specialist experience in teaching international students from the USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Rachel’s industrial experience covers the Business, Education, and Training sector as a training administrator and management consultant. Rachel studied for a B.A in Columbia University, NYC and for a Masters in Organisational Behaviour at Trinity College Dublin.