Certificate in Business

HETAC, 1 Year Certificate

The Certificate in Business is an exit award accredited by HETAC at level 6 on the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications. The Certificate in Business is a full-time, one year programme. It introduces students to the world of business studies and combines elements of management, finance, marketing, economics, information technology, and a range of quantitative techniques for business. 

This course provides a firm foundation in understanding business. Like all American College Dublin qualifications, there is a strong emphasis on different theories and practices within the business world. Classes are interactive environments in which students are encouraged to exchange ideas and experiences. The teaching method focuses on developing practical skills that can be applied to any type of business.  Graduates can work in a wide range of business areas, such as accounts, administration, finance, marketing and operations.  They also have the opportunity to resume their studies at a later date.

Year 1

  • Introduction to management
  • Microeconomics
  • Accounting 1
  • Principles of marketing
  • Business computing
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Macroeconomics
  • Accounting 2
  • Business law
  • Probability and statistics

Entry requirements

American College Dublin has two intakes per year: in September and January.  

Applicants may apply directly to the Admissions office at American College Dublin

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS score of 5.5 (or equivalent).

Further education students

The College accepts students from further education colleges to all of its courses.  Students must have gained three distinctions in a cognate area of the degree programme that they wish to study. Students must have a full level 5 or level 6 award and this award may have been taken over a number of years. Students with a FETAC qualification can gain access to both American College Dublin and American College Delaware.

Mature student application

Mature applicants can apply directly to the College. Mature applicants must be 23 years of age on 1 January of the year that they wish to begin their course. Mature applicants must be interviewed by one of the admissions team.  All applicants must submit a CV and a personal statement to the College.

Other EU applications

Every student who has taken examinations in an EU member state is expected to have completed mathematics and English in his or her final year.  The only exception to this is students who have completed the A-Levels. These students must have taken mathematics and English for their O-Levels.   Please refer the Admissions section for full listings of entry requirements for non-EU students. 

More information is available in the Admissions section or by contacting the Admissions Office, Tel: +353 1 6768939; Email: admissions@iamu.edu

Along with academic knowledge that students receive throughout the duration of their chosen subject, students will also acquire and develop transferable career skills from their degree discipline. These skills along with potential career paths are provided below to give you a well-rounded view of what the course has to offer. 

These skills include:

Foundations of:

  • Analytical skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Strong presentation Skills 
  • Problem solving
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Team work 
  • Interpreting statistical data
  • Time management

Graduates from the Certificate in International Business provides students with the opportunity to work after their studies in areas including:

  • Accountancy/Finance 
  • International Finance
  • Advertising
  • Banking, 
  • Human resource management 
  • Management 
  • Marketing 

Students who complete our Certificate programme can progress on to the Diploma in International Business, and from there onto the Degree in International Business. 

Do you have a question? Need some advice? Contact the Admissions Office.