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The Bachelor of Business (Honours) Common Entry is designed to provide you with a gateway to a better choice of business specialism.

Common Entry is a very popular choice with students. Broad common study for Years 1 & 2 will introduce students to various essential business topics along with tasters in more specific business areas. Having gained a better understanding of each subject area, you then choose your preferred pathway to specialise in Years 3 & 4.

The advantage of this course type is that it allows students more time to discover the subjects in which they are most interested. Please carefully read the ‘Provider Locations and Structure’ section below as the degree delivery is slightly different depending on where students enroll for Year 1.

Provider Locations and Structure

Years 1 & 2
Abbeyleix Further Education Centre (LOETB)
New Row,
Co. Laois

Years 3 & 4
South East Technological University
Kilkenny Road
R93 V960

Course Content – For All Years

Year 1 

  • IT for Business 
  • Business Financial Accounting 1 &2 
  • Microeconomics 
  • Introduction to Management Theory 
  • Quantitative Techniques 1 &2 
  • Communications and Academic Writing 
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Management in Action 


Y1 Electives 

  • Communications and Academic Writing 
  • Business Psychology 
  • French 1&2 
  • German 1&2 

Year 2 

  • Business Law 
  • Introduction to Marketing 
  • Business Applications 3 
  • Human Resource Management 1 
  • Business Management Accounting 
  • Supply Chain Management 
  • Macroeconomy of Ireland 
  • Contemporary Marketing Practice 

Y2 Electives 

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 
  • Business Psychology 2 
  • Business Applications 3 
  • Human Resource Management 2 
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 
  • French 3&4 
  • German 3&4 

Study Streams for Years 3 & 4  

Bachelor of Business (Hons) Business Management
This option equips students with the management knowledge, skill and competencies demanded by modern day business. Graduates may find employment as part of a management team in any sector such as banking, industry, public sector, financial services and many more. 

Bachelor of Business (Hons) Human Resource Management
Human resource management is a complex area requiring broad knowledge and skills. This specialism equips graduates for careers as recruitment officers, human resource managers, recruitment specialists or functional managers both in the private and public sector. 

Bachelor of Business (Hons) International Business
With increasing industry globalisation, graduates of International Business will be well qualified to meet the complex demands of global organisations and Irish businesses trading internationally. Graduates typically find employment in areas such as banking; international marketing and sales; and customer services. 

Bachelor of Business (Hons) Supply Chain Management
Supply chain management is an increasingly important aspect of business management and it is concerned with managing the flow of goods from material acquisition to final consumption. Graduates typically find employment in all manufacturing sectors from pharmaceuticals to food processing as well as within the logistics and the distribution sector. 

Bachelor of Business (Hons) Finance and Accounting
Finance and Accounting is a sector that demands graduates with key skills and understanding of the context in which businesses operate – the accountancy profession, the business entity, the capital markets and the public sector. Graduates will be equipped to work in areas such as accountancy, banking, financial services and tax. 

Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Marketing
Marketing is practiced around the world in every type of organisation including multi-nationals, local enterprises, political parties, third-world charities, sporting organisations and small businesses. Marketing careers are varied and include: research, advertising, marketing, brand management, product development, public relations, international marketing and sales. 

Accreditation and Embedded Awards

This tertiary degree is a comprehensive 4 year programme. The programme is designed to support academic success despite challenges that may arise. If a student has to leave the programme before completing the final year, tertiary degrees include embedded awards. Embedded awards formally recognise learning achieved during time in the programme. For this degree, the embedded awards are:

After successfully completing Year 1 NFQ level 6 Certificate in Business, (Component Award) from SETU
After successfully completing Year 2 NFQ level 6 Higher Certificate in Business from SETU
After successfully completing Year 3 NFQ level 7 Bachelor of Business from SETU

The final NFQ level 8 Bachelor of Business (Hons) is awarded by SETU.

Planned intake (Number of Places)

An intake of 20 students per year per Year 1 campus is planned for this programme.

Entry Requirements

Prospective learners wishing to be accepted onto the programme must meet the following minimum entry criteria: 

  • Leaving Certificate; 2H5 & 4O6/H7; English or Irish O6/H7; Mathematics O6/H7


  • Level 5 major award


  • Other qualifications equivalent to a major award at level 5 on the NFQ

For applicants whose first language is not English, the standard required of applicants is B2 (or equivalent) on Common European Framework of Reference CEFR for Languages in writing, reading, listening and speaking. Evidence of achievement of this standard is necessary for entry to the programme. 

Applications are welcome from individuals that do not meet the minimum entry requirement who are aged 23 years or over (at date of commencement of programme). Such an applicant will be assessed on their merits, taking into account their life experience, work or community experience, and recognition of prior learning. 

Our Unified Tertiary Programmes aim to encourage the participation and success of students from sections of society under-represented in higher education, by offering degree programmes at a local level. In the event of over subscription to the Programmes, priority will be given to applicants who most demonstrate local need. 

Onward Pathways

Graduates may apply to undertake a Research or Taught Masters at SETU or other universities. 

Graduates who meet the Teaching Councils entry requirements can pursue a career in post primary teaching. 

Contact Details

Emma Gilchreest:
085 8564557

Sarah Sartori:
059 9175719

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