The Certificate in Business & English Language ensures international students make a successful transition from overseas education to higher level education in Ireland. The programme prepares students for the language, academic and cultural skills demanded in business education. This programme is accredited by Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) - formerly Higher Education Training and Awards Council (HETAC), a statutory body of the Irish Department of Education. This certificate is a third-level qualification. It is recognised as level 6 in the National Framework of Awards which is linked to the European Credit Transfer System.
To provide students with sufficient English language skills to complete an undergraduate course of study through English.
To provide an introduction to key business areas.
To develop the competency and skills necessary to succeed in higher education, such as organised study and critical thinking skills.
To promote an understanding and knowledge of Irish education, culture and society.
To enable students to make informed choices regarding future career and study progression.
On completion of the course a student will:
Demonstrate sufficient command of the English language to pursue an academic course at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
Understand the basic terminology and concepts of key business areas of management, accounting, economics, marketing and information technology.
Possess sound organisational skills and an understanding of the academic environment to maximise the benefits of a third level education.
Display an understanding of the principal historical, economic and social developments of modern Ireland.
This programme combines the college's expertise in business teaching with best practice in language teaching. The learning experience is similar to that of academic programmes at undergraduate level and reflects the professional ethos of the business school. Students receive instruction through lectures and tutorials and are required to conduct follow up assignments through researching library resources, investigating local industry and engaging with the wider community in Dublin. A busy assignment schedule encourages students to develop their study and organisational skills in practical situations. Multicultural study teams hone the student team-building skills and ability to operate in an international environment. The language component is delivered in small tutorial groups ensuring students receive individual attention from their instructors. The CBL fosters learner autonomy while ensuring the inexperienced learner is afforded every opportunity for academic success.
Each subject is assessed separately through a combination of continuous assessment and end of semester examination. Continuous assessment accounts for 30% of the overall grade for each subject, while end of semester examinations account for 70%. Continuous assessment varies in style and purpose from subject to subject depending upon the nature of the subject material and the teaching and learning objectives of the subject. Both individual and group assessments are used. Various continuous assessment methods are deployed throughout the programme. These will include:
Certificate in Business & English Language applicants must possess a minimum standard of English of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent.
There will be three intake dates each year for this programme*:
January - Leading to commencement of a further academic programme in our autumn intake
May - Leading to commencement of a further academic programme in our spring intake
September - Leading to commencement of a further academic programme in our autumn intake
*These intake dates are subject to enrolments/demand.