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Business Studies (Level 6 IPA/UCD Certificate) (Minor Award)

Programme Aims

The Certificate in Business Studies offers a one-year introduction to modern business theory and practice. It will be of interest to those, who do not want, initially, to commit themselves to either a two or four-year programme.

Entry Requirement

Hold Leaving Certificate with minimum of grade C in two Higher Level (Honours) papers, and grade D (Higher or Ordinary) in four other subjects. Subjects passed must include Irish, English, Mathematics and a Third Language. Learners of mature years, that is, learners who are 21 years of age on the 1st January of the calendar year of entry may be matriculated by the IPA for the purpose of entering a programme of study. Learners attending lectures at LIT should apply to the IPA and then register with LIT.

How to Apply

LIT offers this programme in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration (IPA). To apply for this programme, an application must first be submitted to the IPA. You can download the IPA application form at the following link:
Successful applicants should then register to sit classes in the LIT Moylish Campus. The LIT registration form can be downloaded from the Apply Now section on this page. Completed registration forms should be submitted to the Flexible Learning Department of LIT, along with a copy of proof of acceptance by the IPA.


Learners are assessed by means of assignments given through the year and final examinations. Examinations are held twice yearly in April and August (Supplementary).

Subject Accumulation

If a learner does not wish to take all the subjects in one year, he/she may study one, two or three subjects on a phased basis. Learners taking the business studies programme by subject accumulation pay €780 per subject. The fee due to the IPA for subject accumulation learners taking tuition in LIT is €390 per subject and the fee due to LIT is €390 per subject.

Total per annum
First Installment on or before 9th September 2016
Second Installment on or before 23rd January 2016
Lectures at IPA €2980 €1490 €1490
Distance Education €2980 €1490 €1490
Lectures at LIT €2980 €1490 €1490
Subject Exemptions / Subject Accumulation per subject €780 €390 €390


Examining Body

The Institute of Public Administration, 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4. The Certificate programme is accredited by UCD. It is at Level 6 (Minor Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications.


1 year, 22 weeks approximately per year, Tuesday and Thursday from 6.00pm – 10.00pm.
Commencing Tuesday 13th September
Plus two compulsory weekend seminars and three optional tutorials at the IPA in Dublin


Learners who successfully complete this Certificate programme can progress to the second year of the BBS (Hons) or to the award year of the Diploma in Business Studies.

Special Case Applications

Prospective participants who do not meet the entry requirements but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should apply for Special Case Registration form to: The Registrar, Education Division, Institute of Public Administration, 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4. Telephone: 01 2403600 or email:
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