Business Studies Diploma Level 6+

Business Studies Diploma Level 6+

2 Years Full Time HND Business Studies Course
QQI Level 6+

One of the best decisions I have ever made was to complete this business studies course. Amazing place, small class sizes, brilliant tutors and an altogether fantastic experience.

About The Course

The Higher National Diploma in Business is an internationally recognised qualification which aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to work effectively in a business environment. It gives you the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in the area of your choice be it legal procedure and practice, accounting, marketing, human resource management or general business. Students are given the opportunity to study additional legal or accounting modules each year.

This is a two-year full-time course requiring college attendance four days per week. The fifth day is spent in a legal or business setting where you will gain work experience. (As this is an integral part it the course, work experience is compulsory).

The balance between the academic side and the practical application of skills gives students a unique opportunity to prepare for further study and employment in Ireland or abroad.

Course Director: Margaret Doogan

Subjects Year 1:

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Operations
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business Project
  • Business Law
  • Financial Accounting
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • French

Subjects Year 2:

  • Research Project
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Statistics for Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Consumer Behaviour and Insight
  • Planning for Growth
  • Law of Contract and Tort
  • Company Law and Corporate Governance
  • Economics
  • French

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business

QQI Business Studies 5M2102 components

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 4 subjects plus at least one O2/H6. Subjects must include English.

QQI Level 5 Award in a related discipline with a Merit profile.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant industry experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.


All applicants will be interviewed.

Progression and Career Prospects

Graduates can find employment in areas within the business, legal and accounting sectors in organisations.

Graduates with appropriate grades can achieve the following progression:

  • Year 3 of a 4 year Level 8 Degree in the following areas: Business Management, Marketing Management and Human Resource Management.
  • Year 2 of the 3 year Level 8 Degree in Business , Human Resource Management and Marketing

Other higher level institutes will consider applications based on individual results.

Graduate Profile

Audrey Devlin

“As a mature student who had been out of the education system for some years, it was quite a daunting and nerve racking to be returning. However, looking back now I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. During my time at ICFE, I received great encouragement from all the tutors.

I would recommend to anyone thinking of returning to education to simply “take the plunge” at Inchicore College. You won’t be disappointed. Amazing place, small class sizes, brilliant tutors and an altogether fantastic experience.

Not only did I receive my diploma but I also received confidence in my ability and am now completing my final year of a business degree.”

Audrey Devlin