This higher certificate course is an ideal introduction to contemporary theories and approaches to modern business practices. You will study key areas such as marketing, human resource management, entrepreneurship and much more. This full-time course is highly practical; you will learn to understand the business world using real-world examples, guided by expert faculty.
On completion of this two-year course you will have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of business which will enable you to pursue further study or to enter the world of work in a variety of business areas. Students who enrol on this course usually progress on to second year of a range of degree programmes here at the college.
As a graduate of this course you will:
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
This undergraduate course is a two-year higher certificate. It is run over four semesters with continuous assessment held throughout the course and examinations at the end of each semester.
On completion, you will receive a QQI Higher Certificate in Business at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Business, graduates can gain entry into year two of BA (Honours) degree programmes in Business, HRM, Accounting and Finance or Marketing Practice in the School of Business (subject to availability of places).
Recent masters’ graduates include students who have progressed from this very Higher Cert in Business to the BA (Honours) in Business with us, on through to successful completion of NCI’s MA in Human Resource Management.
The course provides an excellent basis for starting work in a variety of roles within business, commercial or public sector bodies. This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to build a successful career in the business world.
Minimum entry requirements are a grade O6/H7 or above in five subjects. A minimum of grade O6/H7 must be obtained in English. A grade O6/H7/F2 must be obtained in Mathematics.
Mature applicants, applicants with a disability or those applying through the DARE or HEAR access schemes can find out more information on the application process.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
NCI is prepared to adhere to Government directives for course delivery in September 2021. Investments have been made in technology for online learning, as well as campus enhancements if face-to-face classes are permissible.
If remote learning remains a feature of the course timetable, the College recommends the following laptop requirements for incoming students:
Intel 7th (or higher) generation processors (Core i-3, i-5, i-7,i-9-7x)
or AMD Ryzen 3rd generation processors, running at 2.0GHz and above (Intel Atom/Celeron or AMD Athlon/Sempron Processors may cost less, but may not meet your requirements)
Random Access Memory (RAM):
8 GB minimum
Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:
256 GB minimum
802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)
Direct X9 or later
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 10 Home/Pro
The course may be particularly appealing
to students who are unsure about
committing themselves to a full-time
degree programme, but who want the
option to transfer on to the second year
of a business degree in the future.
This course qualifies under the Free Fees Initiative and Student Grant Scheme.
The points for this course in 2020 were 250.
The CAO course code is NC103.