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GMIT Mayo campus Castlebar

Higher Certificate in Business (Mayo)

NEW for CAO 2018! A two year business qualification that will give graduates a wide range of business skills so they can enter the world of work, or choose to progress to a choice of business degrees

Discipline: Business

Programme Code: 


Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 6

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 24

CAO Round 1 Points: N/A (New course)

Why Study?

In a rapidly changing business environment, organisations need flexible employees with a range of  skills, who understand the different areas of business and how they work together.

Organisations are  also looking for people who have their finger on the pulse and can easily find solutions to an array of  problems.

The Higher Certificate in Business programme provides students with the tools to achieve this and will also enable the student to act as agents of change in this ever evolving business world where they can use their knowledge and skills for problem-solving in a business context.

This certificate programme is an ideal introduction to contemporary theories and approaches to modern business practices. The programme also gives students a real view of the world of business.

The programme is designed to equip students with a range of knowledge and practical skills to  facilitate success in any business situation and which  will form the basis for commencing a career in  general business or for progressing to higher level academic qualifications.

Students will also gain an understanding of the functional areas of business and of the factors  which influence business success.  Key areas of study include management, marketing, finance, human  resource management (HRM) and law with an additional focus on communication skills, personal  development skills and IT skills.

This programme will give the student a broad based business education to make them a versatile and  employable graduate.

Programme Modules

Year 1 Core modules: 

  • Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Learning and Innovation Skills
  • PC Applications
  • Microeconomics
  • Business Mathematics
  • Introduction to Law
  • Accounting Software Applications

Year 1 Electives*:

  • EU Matters
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Language (French, Irish and Spanish)
  • European Union Policy
  • Government and Public Policy
  • Exploring Values
  • Professional Development Skills

Year 2 Core modules:

  • Marketing Practice
  • Management Accounting 1
  • Management Accounting 2
  • Business Information Systems
  • Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business Law
  • Introduction to HRM

Year 2 Electives*:

  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Selling
  • Personal Finance
  • Web Design
  • Language (French, Irish and Spanish)
  • Sales Management
  • Quality Management

*Electives will be available subject to viable numbers.

Career Opportunities

As this programme covers a broad spectrum of business modules, career opportunities for graduates are  numerous.

The Higher Certificate in Business enables students to progress to a career within a wide and diverse range of industries where a sound knowledge of relevant business and specialist disciplines such as management, marketing, finance, law, HRM, information technology and general administration is  seen as an asset.

Graduates who continue their studies and gain suitable work experience can look forward to  advancement to management positions.

Follow-on Studies: 

Students successfully completing this programme can progress, through an internal progression route, to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Business (Level 7) and/or Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Financial Management programmes at GMIT Mayo.

For entry onto Year 3 of the Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Financial Management programme, students will be required to undertake accounting electives on the Higher Certificate in Business programme.

Progression is also possible onto level 7 programmes at other Institutes of Technology or Universities in Ireland or elsewhere.


Upon successfully completing Year 3, students can then apply internally for Year 4 of the following programmes in GMIT Mayo:

- Bachelor of Business (Honours) – Level 8


- Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting – Level 8

These programmes offer a business qualification from which graduates may exit to the commercial world or transfer or progress to other programmes.

Contact Us


Declan Hoban

Tel: +353 (0)94 9043250

E-mail: Declan Hoban