Business Management

Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) – Level 8

The BBS (Hons) is a four-year, part-time programme that provides a comprehensive examination and analysis of the subjects critical to contemporary business life, focusing on accounting principles and techniques. It includes two interim awards – at Certificate and Diploma level.

This Degree is recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland

Flexible Learning

The programme can be taken through distance education at Laois Third Level Centre, Portarlington, Co. Laois.


Lectures are delivery on one night per week for three hours at Laois Third Level Centre, Portarlington.  These weekly lectures are support by seminars and compulsory weekends held in the Institute of Public Administration.


Graduates of this programme can apply for substantial exemptions from the examinations of the:

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA)

The student can decide after successful completion of the Business Studies Certificate (Year 1) to choose their core pathway for the remaing three years in Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resource Management or Marketing.


This degree is accredited by the National University of Ireland (NUI). It is placed at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Year One – Certificate in Business Studies – Level 6, Minor Award

  • Financial Accounting
  • Quantitiative Methods
  • Managing IT / Managing Human Resources
  • Business Administration and Marketing

Year Two – Diploma in Business Studies – Level 6, Higher Certificate (duration 2 academic years)

  • Cost Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business and Company Law
  • Students choose a 4th subject from one of the following streams: Financial Accounting; Marketing Information Analysis; Information Systems Design & Development; Human Resource Management.

Year Three

Financial Accounting

This course extends student’s understanding of the principles and methods in the preparation of accounts. It covers company accounting, consolidated accounts, the interpretation of accounts, and company reorganisations.

Management Accounting

Providing vital information to managers within an organisation, this course explores its key components: budgeting, advanced variance analysis, activity-based costing and pricing.

Financial Management

This course explores the crucial elements in financial decision-making.

Enterprise and Project Management

This course addresses enterprise and the management of business relationships.

Year Four


This course provides a comprehensive explanation of what a financial audit is.

Business Policy

The primary aim of this course is to explain the pivotal importance of strategic thinking and policy development to modern management.

Management Accounting Applications and Control

This course applies quantitative methods to accounting principles and processes.


Any coherent analysis of an organisation’s accounts must encompass taxation issues.



After Year 1, students can progress to the 2nd year of the Diploma in Business Studies or BBS (Hons)

After Year 2, students can progress to the relevant stream of the third year of BBS (Hons). Some subjects in this and subsequent years are offered only through a blend of distinctive education and weekend seminars and not through evening lectures.



The programme is assessed by means of assignments and final examinations


Entry Requirements




September 2018. Application deadline, September 2018

For more information contact Sinead McNamara, at the Institute of Public Administration. Telephone: 01 2403616

Course Duration

Certificate in Business Studies: 1 academic year // Diploma in Business Studies:2 academic years // Year 4:1 academic year


Exit Year 1: Certificate in Business Studies
Exit Year 2: Diploma in Business Studies
Completion Year 4: Bachelor of Business Studies


€2980 per annum, payable in one or two installments.


Sinead Mc Namara for further information
01 2403616