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HND In Business

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.



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 personal and technical skills required for success in the business world. The learning is student centred and it involves a considerable amount of practical work-related assignments. Currently second year BHND students may apply for international work experience in Finland funded by the Erasmus programme.

The option to specialise in accountancy and finance will be available in second year.


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
  • Planning for Growth
  • Managing Accounting (Cost and Budgeting)
  • International Marketing or Management Accounting


View past students’ work.


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 or BTEC National Diploma 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

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC 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.