Higher Certificate in Business (Higher Certificate in Business)

Athlone Institute of Technology (Lifelong Learning Online)
Key Programme Details

Higher Certificate in Business

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Lifelong Learning

General Information

Maria Slevin




090 6483050


Department of Lifelong Learning,
Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Co Westmeath.


Programme Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

Key Features:
• Level 6 Programme (60 ECTS)
• Online/Blended flexible mode of delivery
• Personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning
• Problem Based Learning (PBL) based approaches will be used to challenge and expand the students knowledge, skills and competence.
• The programme addresses to a significant level all four key areas, which have been deemed by government as being of critical importance at this time: digital skills, transversal skills, management and leadership skills and the workplace of the future.

The Higher Certificate in Business offers a wide range of business-related subjects including Accounting, Economics, Management, Marketing and Human Resource Management.

This programme is an advanced entry programme, that leads to the award of Higher Certificate in Business - 120 ECTS.

Please refer to the specific entry requirements below.


This programme aims to introduce students to the core business disciplines which form the basis for a successful career in industry, commerce, public sector organisations or as an entrepreneur.
On successful completion of this course, students will have gained relevant business skills that they can apply in their future career. They will have deepened their understanding of how business operates and the factors that influence business success.

Entry Requirements

This programmmes is particularly relevant to those students that have completed a Level 6 Major award in Business studies with their local ETB as they will have direct entry to this programme.

Additonally, candidates who have completed the Certificate in Supervisory Management and Team Leadership with the Institute will have direct entry to this programme.

Long Description

The Higher Certificate in Business is a widely recognised and highly regarded award in business.

This programme will provide participants with the essential skills and practical knowledge required to facilitate success in any business situation.

The course will also comprise learning in the area of professional development and career planning.

Assessments will be based on real case studies and live work related projects.

The applied nature of the delivery of this programme will give participants of this programmes the opportunity to apply theory to practice. This is facilitated through the use of case studies from real businesses and through the examination of real business problems.

• Management Accounting
• Operations & Supply Chain Management
• Human Resource Management
• Marketing Management in a Digital Age
• International Economics
• Information Technology and Computer Applications 2:

Career Opportunities

The course provides an excellent basis for gaining employment in any of the main business functions and across all industry and services sectors.

The qualification also allows students to progress to other academic courses.

Timetable Info

Student Induction Sessions will take place in AIT on Friday 18th September 2020 6.00pm to 9.00pm, Saturday 19th September 2020, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
All registered students must attend one session, and you will be advised of your session when your application is processed.
All current regulations and public health guidelines in relation to social distancing will be in place at these sessions.

1 year: 24 weeks 7.00pm - 9.00pm Monday and Wednesday online plus selected Saturdays face to face in AIT.

Saturdays - 9.30am to 4.30pm
Semester 1 (2020): October 3, October 17, November 14, November 28
Semester 2 (2021): January 23, February 6, March 6, March 20

Delivery Location

Online and AIT.

Delivery Notes

1 year: 24 weeks 7.00pm - 9.00pm Monday and Wednesday ONLINE plus selected Saturdays face to face in AIT.

An array of supports via our Virtual Learning Environment - Moodle platform will be available for all participants.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Maria Slevin


Department of Lifelong Learning,
Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Co Westmeath.


090 6483050



Application Procedures

This is a FREE programme for those that meet funding eligibility criteria.
AIT operates a two stage application process. You must complete both stages in order for your application to be assessed.

You must make your course application here on www.springboardcourses.ie
You must upload a copy of your highest/most relevant qualification, as per the entry requirements above to this application system.

When making your application (or as soon as possible after) you complete an eligibility declaration here:
https://tinyurl.com/yawowndq (please copy and paste this link into the address line of your browser)

On receipt of your completed course application and completed declaration an initial assessment will be made and you will receive a request from AIT to submit required documentation to demonstrate your eligibility. You must complete this request as soon as possible after you receive it. It will expire after 5 days.

This request will ask for a scan/clear photo of the following documents to be uploaded:
Your most recent passport/drivers licence to verify your identity.
A copy of your highest/most relevant qualification, as per the entry requirements for your chosen course.
You must also upload a scan / photo of one of the following documents to demonstrate your funding eligibility.
1) If you are employed: a recent payslip / most recent P60 / letter from your employer confirming this (amounts must be redacted/blacked out from financial documents).
2) If you are unemployed: a DSP payment slip / letter from DSP confirming your payment type/what you are signing for.
3) If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarised affidavit confirming this (a template for this is available here: INSERT AFFADAVIT LINK )
4) If you were previously self-employed: a letter/statement from Revenue stating that you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant.

Applicants that do not complete this declaration cannot be assessed for a place on the programme. Places are limited on all programmes, therefore it is imperative that you complete this when making your application (or as soon as possible afterwards).

Please contact Janine King, AIT if you have any queries in relation to this - email jking@ait.ie

The personal data being collected is required for assessing your eligibility for a place on this programme. If you are successful and accept an offer of a place then the details required for registration will be retained in line with our Student Privacy Policy – www.ait.ie/gdpr. Your redacted payslip/ P60 record will be held securely by AIT for at least 6 years, in line with ESF funding requirements. If you are not successful, or if you withdraw from the programme within six weeks of commencement, your data will be destroyed securely.

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