Business and Management COURSES

Higher Certificate in Business


Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) 
6 (Higher Certificate)
Award Type:  Major 
Course Length: 2 Years
CAO Code: DB513

Higher Certificate programmes at DBS have a very practical focus and are ideal for students who prefer to 'learn by doing'. The Higher Certificate in Business programme is designed to equip students with a range of knowledge and practical skills, which will form the basis for commencing a career in general business or for progressing to higher level academic qualifications. Students who successfully complete the higher certificate programme can achieve full degree awards through further study.

Programme Content

The Higher Certificate in Business programme has the following content.

Higher Cert in Business



The Higher Certificate in Business covers all the essential aspects of business and equips students with fundamental business knowledge and skills. It embraces a wide range of business subjects focusing on general business administration and management plus the primary business disciplines of marketing, finance and people management. Students develop significant skills in oral and written communications as well as skills in a range of information technology applications.

Year 1

Seven mandatory subjects provide foundation knowledge in core business disciplines and techniques and impart essential business and computing skills.

Year 2

Student knowledge and understanding of key business disciplines is further developed through four mandatory subjects. Students choose a further two subjects that allow them to focus on more specialised areas of their choice.

Transfer Students

Students holding relevant qualifications may qualify for entry to the second year of the programme.


Career Opportunities

As this programme covers a broad spectrum of business subjects, career opportunities for graduates are numerous. The wide-range of business knowledge and skills gained by students on this programme makes them an attractive proposition for a range of employment opportunities in many business areas including marketing, sales, information technology, finance and general administration. Graduates who continue their studies and gain suitable work experience can look forward to advancement to management positions.

Further Study Options

Students who successfully complete their programme will qualify for entry onto the final year of the ordinary degree programmes (Level 7 awards) or year 2 of the BA (Hons) business degree programmes (Level 8 awards).



The fees for Full-time Higher Certificate in Business are €5,650 per annum.

To view all Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 2016/2017 click here. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €2,000 and up to €7,000.

Next Steps

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code  

Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Please read our information form for advice on completing the CAO application.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.   

EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person: 

(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

There is a standard application fee of €40 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form, or €25 if submitting an online application to CAO before 20th January. Late applications to CAO will be charged €50 for online and €80 for paper applications.



DBS Open Evening

Now accepting applications for Autumn 2016

We are now accepting applications for all programmes commencing Autumn 2016. Apply online or contact our admissions team for more information by calling 01 417 7500 Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5.15pm or email