Since 2004, the Certificate in Business & English Language is a pathway programme that 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), 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.
Our lecturers and teachers are internationally experienced, highly qualified and nurture students to realise their ambition of pursuing an undergraduate education in Ireland at DBS.
Aims and Objectives
The objective of the programme is:
Develop learner autonomy, confidence, resilience and self-esteem to overcome challenges.
Further develop the learners’ English language skills for successful academic participation.
Engender skills for lifelong learning that is immediate and enduring.
Support international learners as they gain self-efficacy skills in achieving programme and personal goals.
Introduce discipline-area specific knowledge, skills and culture.
Aid learners to relate their sense of self within a new national and academic culture.
Help learners negotiate interactions with library, administrative and support staff and faculty
Each module is assessed separately through a combination of integrated continuous assessment and/or end of semester examination. 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:
End of semester examinations are in the traditional, time constrained, closed book style.
The target group for this programme are international learners whose first language is not English and who wish to pursue study in a business and/or related subject at a higher level, through the medium of English language.
• Applicants are required to have completed the NARIC equivalent High School Diploma (equivalent to the Leaving Certificate).
• The language proficiency required to access this programme is B1+ in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
Target learners will achieve competency in academic English language skills to a CEFRL level of B2+ and be eligible to apply to access, ab initio, a programme located at a higher level on the NFQ (or equivalent) framework.
There will be three intake dates each year for this programme*:
January - Leading to commencement of a further academic programme in our autumn intake
September - Leading to commencement of a further academic programme in our autumn intake
*These intake dates are subject to enrolments/demand.