Ballyfermot College of Further Education BCFE

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Business – Business Studies Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

Course Code: BHND

Duration: 2 Years

A 2-year course in business covering accounting, management, human resources, law & marketing, includes Erasmus+ funded international work experience.

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This is a broad based business diploma course which offers students underpinning academic knowledge and business skills. Major emphasis is placed on the development of the personal and technical skills required for success in the business world. The learning is student centred and involves practical work-related assignments. The course, as a general Business course, opens up avenues within all areas of business. Graduates of business from BCFE can start careers in accounts, HR, sales and marketing and management. It is also an excellent foundation for further study and many of our students progress to Business degree programmes with advanced entry in TU Dublin Tallaght.

Currently second year BHND students may apply for international work experience in Finland funded by the Erasmus programme.

While BCFE continues to partake in the EC funded Erasmus+ programme and has prepared work experience placements for the 2020 – 2021 academic year the College will continue to be guided by the HSE and NPHET. Therefore, travel abroad may be postponed or cancelled depending on the advice from the Government. 


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

Year 2

  • Research Project
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Statistics for Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations
  • International Marketing
  • Planning for Growth


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Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three  O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Suitable QQI Level 5 foundation courses include:


HND in Business

The Higher National Diploma is a BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) qualification awarded by the UK awarding body Pearson.  A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

a career in business


BCFE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place with the Institute of Technology Tallaght which allows advanced entry into either 2nd or 3rd year of the Business Management Level 8 Degree programme for our Higher National Diploma in Business (BHND) students who have achieved either a pass / merit profile or a merit / distinction profile respectively.

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and the National College of Ireland may also grant exemption from year one and in some cases year two of relevant degree courses on an individual basis.

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