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Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business

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Business really matters in the current challenging global economy. The role of business is to enable commerce and to make the world a better place for all – by creating wealth, jobs, prosperity and choices. Our Honours Degree in Business provides students with the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills to work effectively at operational and management level within a business environment in the public or private sector or as a self-employed individual.

Students will learn about a broad range of business principles and functions, providing a solid understanding of the modern business world. This coupled with the opportunity to undertake a semester long work placement at the during third year means that upon graduation, our students are equipped with the necessary core knowledge and skills to contribute immediately and effectively to any organisation.

Provider Locations and Structure

Year 1

College of FET, Ennis Campus
Clonroad Business Park,
Clonroad, Ennis, Co. Clare. T: +353 (0)65 – 6824819

Years 2, 3 and 4

Technological University of the Shannon: Moylish Campus,
TUS Moylish Campus
Moylish Park, Moylish,
Limerick, V94 EC5T



Course Content – for all years

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Introduction To Financial Accounting
  • Business Communication And Analysis
  • Business Mathematics
  • HRM Concepts
  • Management Principles
  • Marketing Principles

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Services Savings and Investments
  • Information Technology And Data Analysis Application
  • Marketing Practice
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Statistical Methods for Business

Year 2, Semester 1

  • Business Law Fundamentals
  • Cost Accounting
  • Digital Selling
  • Employee Engagement And Well-Being
  • Introduction To Microeconomics
  • Operations Management

Year 2, Semester 2

  • Financial Services Protection and Planning
  • Introduction To Macroeconomics
  • Ip And Technology Law
  • Management Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Sales Management

Year 3, Semester 1

  • Customer Care & Customer Relationship Management
  • Enterprise Development
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Financial Services Innovation And Disruption
  • Global HRM
  • Introduction To Data Analytics
  • Workplace Effectiveness

Year 3, Semester 2

  • Work Placement/Study Abroad

This Work Placement/Study Abroad component is an integral part of all academic programmes of the Institute and is provided in compliance with HEA/DES requirements for practice-based learning on all third level courses as laid out in the “Higher Education System Performance Framework 2018-2020”. The overall aim of the module is to offer the student the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout their course of study up to this point in a new and relevant experiential setting. This is to be achieved whilst facilitating the student in developing the practical life-skill competencies and communication skills necessary to function as an effective member of the work environment and wider society.

The skills developed during work placement include technical job-related skills, numeracy and literacy skills, use of new technologies, critical evaluation of the host organisation and meta-cognition skills such as reflective learning and self-regulation. Students will apply previously acquired learning, work with less explicit instruction and cope with a variety of workplace challenges.

The student’s employability is enhanced by working on a wide range of employment skills, from adapting to workplace culture, managing time and stress to demonstrating initiative and engagement in their work tasks.

Throughout work placement, students have ample opportunity to build confidence in their personal brand.  The work placement assessment requires students to identify and actively improve key skills such as productivity, professionalism, communication, motivation, initiative, problem-solving and decision-making.  Students must reflect on how they have managed challenges in the workplace, how they operate within teams and are also guided to explore an area in their workplace which lies outside their designated area of work.

Students choosing to study abroad will be provided a comparable programme of study in an approved foreign partner Institution.

  • Business Problem Solving (Elective)

Business problem solving is available as an alternative for students who have not been successful in gaining work placement. The aim of this module is to offer students the opportunity to engage in real- world business problems by participating actively in problem solving activities related to business issues. The module will advance the student’s ability to problem solve, to think critically and to communicate effectively, whether through presentations or written reports.

Year 4, Semester 1

  • Company Law
  • Digital Marketing
  • Enterprise Software 1
  • Financial Management
  • Organisational Learning and Development Practice
  • Strategic Management Concept

Year 4, Semester 2

  • Advanced European Union Law
  • Digital Marketing, Analytics & User Experience (Ux)
  • Employment Law
  • Enterprise Software 2
  • Managerial Finance
  • Strategic Management Practice


Accreditation and Embedded Awards

  • On successful completion of Stage 1 (Year 1), Students will receive the Technological University of the Shannon Certificate in Business Studies, Minor Award, Level 6, 60 ECTS Credits.
  • On successful completion of Stage 2 (Year 2), Students will receive the Technological University of the Shannon Higher Certificate in Business Studies, Level 6, 120 ECTS Credits.
  • On successful completion of Stage 3 (Year 3), Students will receive the Technological University of the Shannon Bachelor of Business Studies, Level 7, 180 ECTS Credits.
  • On successful completion of Stage 4 (Year 4), Students will receive the Technological University of Shannon Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) – BBS Level 8, 240 ECTS Credits.

Planned Intake (Number of Places)


Entry Requirements and Eligibility

Leaving Certificate: A minimum of six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English (2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades) or full NFQ level 5 award or equivalent. 

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must demonstrate CEFR 19 proficiency at B2 for access. An Irish Leaving certificate qualification achieved through English meets this requirement. 

Onward Pathways

Employment opportunities for graduates include: Human Resources, Sales, Marketing, Management, Teaching (subject to postgraduate study), Accountancy, Banking and Financial Services.

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within TUS and/or elsewhere.

Special Features

Work placement in 3rd year of the programme



Contact Details

College of Further Education and Training, Ennis Campus.
+353(0)65 682 4819.

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