Certificate in Business and English Language

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps



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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Learning Experience

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:

  • Research-based projects 

  • Academic essays

  • Oral interviews

  • Presentations

  • Learner Portfolio

  • Listening Tests

  • Closed-book tests

  • End of semester examinations are in the traditional, time constrained, closed book style.

Admission Requirements

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.


Course Content


Semester 1

Core Modules

  • College Writing Skills 1

  • Communication for Business 1

  • Personal Development

  • Research Skills for Business 1

  • Information Technology

  • Business Functions 1

Semester 2

Core Modules

  • College Writing Skills 2

  • Communication for Business 2

  • Cultural Studies

  • Research Skills for Business 2

  • Critical Thinking Skills

  • Business Functions 2

Learner protection for this programme is provided in accordance with Section 43 of the Qualifications (Education and Training ) Act 1999.


The Certificate in Business & English Language is an academic programme of 26 weeks in duration. The course is structured over two semesters, with exams at the end of each semester. The use of the four English language skills, Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, form the basis of the programme. These kills are developed and practised in College Writing Skills and Communication for Business modules which are delivered in a tutorial format.

English language acquisition underpins the course. The skills developed in these language modules are practiced and reinforced in the other subjects. In addition to language skills, students acquire research, critical thinking and information technology skills which are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. The cultural element of the course is addressed in two subjects. Personal Development examines issues pertaining to the individual living in a foreign environment, while Cultural Studies introduces students to the historical, economic, and social background of modern Ireland.

Business knowledge and skills is comprised of two business modules which are taught through lecture style classes focusing on Business in Action. Students will re-enforce this knowledge through primary and secondary research in Research Skills for Business modules.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will possess a level of English equivalent to at least IELTS 6.0 and are awarded a Certificate in Business & English Language by Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) - formerly Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC). Graduates automatically meet the language requirements for entry to all professional and undergraduate programmes at DBS. As a QQI (HETAC) award this qualification is nationally and internationally recognised.



    The fee for the Certificate in Business and English Language is €6,200.

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    Fee Payment

    The most effective method of payment is through our International Student Payment System (ISPS) The ISPS System is a free service – no bank charges will be added to your transfers. By using this system you are able to pay in your home currency, so there is no need to buy Euro from your bank prior to transferring.  
    All payments can be tracked by you the student 24 hours a day online. Therefore you will not need to contact the college to confirm whether or not we have received payment. All visa authorities now accept the ISPS as means of payment of tuition fees. You will need to add the confirmation of payment receipt to your visa application.
    Using the ISPS payment method is quick and simple - start payments today.

    Please note there is a €10.00 ISPS fee for all Euro to Euro transactions.
    Alternative Payment Methods/Payment methods available to International Students Already Resident in Ireland:
    Bank Draft or Cheque: Payable to ‘Dublin Business School’ and submitted to the college at 13-14 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland – only available to students already resident in Ireland.

    Credit Card: Credit card payments can be made at Dublin Business School, Aungier Street.

    Bank Transfer: The DBS student number should be quoted on the transfer, and remittance advice should be submitted to Dublin Business School:
    Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us atinternational@dbs.ie  


    • Course fees are quoted for the academic year 2018/ 2019 only. Course fees for subsequent academic years may be subject to price increases.

    • Students who fail examinations are required to repeat their full academic year and pay full tuition fees

    • Tuition fees are not refundable. However, 

    • For International Students resident overseas fees will only be refunded if the visa application has been refused as outlined in the DBS Terms and Conditions section 5.7

    • For International Students already resident in Ireland, fees will not be refunded under any circumstances after commencement of the course. Where a visa is required to be renewed during the DBS programme of study it is the responsibility of the student to check with the relevant authorities that the renewal application will be approved.

    • Course commencement and start date is subject to student numbers.

    • All students for whom English is not a first language will be required to sit an English language test prior to commencement of their course. Students whose level of English does not meet the required standard will be redirected to an English language programme appropriate to their English language standard. Tuition fees for this additional English language tuition will be charged to the student. Upon successful completion of exams students may be allowed to commence their original first choice programme, subject to availability.

    Next Steps

    Apply Today 

    Making an application online is the quickest and easiest way of applying for your chosen course. As part of your application process the College needs to receive the following supporting documentation from you:

    • A completed application form, either submitted online or in paper

    • All academic qualifications & transcripts to date

    • Evidence of your English level (usually IELTS/TOEFL or Cambridge)

    • Curriculum Vitae/Resume

    • An academic or employer reference

    • Statement of Purpose - i.e. an introduction letter explaining your CV and also detailing why you would want to come to Ireland and DBS to study and how you think it would benefit you when you return home

    • Photocopy of the first page of your passport

    • If you are currently resident in Ireland a photocopy of your current GNIB card is also required

    Please note that all of this documentation can be sent to us by email initially however we will need to receive the official notarised translated copies of all academic documentation prior to issuing a formal confirmed offer.
    Decisions can normally be made within 5 working days as long as we have received all of the necessary documentation and within 48 hours if you are applying through an approved agent.
    If you meet the entry requirements of the course you will be notified by email and issued a provisional offer. Formal confirmed offers can only be issued to applicants who have met the conditions of their offer, and once the fees have been received by us and cleared by the bank.

    Once you meet the entry requirements and have paid your fees you should then apply for a study visa.  
    Please note that not all countries are visa requiring and some students can get a visa after their arrival in Ireland. To check whether or not you require a visa to enter Ireland please visit the following website:http://www.inis.gov.ie/

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    Course overview


    Awarding Body: 
    Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
    Duration: 26 weeks
    Course Start Date:
    January & September 2019
    Admission Requirements:
    See Overview
    Award Type: 
    Special Purpose Award

    Contact Us

    We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2019. Contact our admissions team for more information

    Email: admissions@dbs.ie
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