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Business – Business Studies Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

Course Code BHND

NFQ Level 6*

Duration 2 Years

Award Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business

* The Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6

On successful completion of Year 1 of a two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) an Higher National Certificate (HNC) will be claimed for each 1st Year HND student. It will be included as part of the overall HND award on successful completion of Year 2.

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 wide ranging business diploma course which will broaden your academic knowledge and business skills. A major emphasis is placed on the development of your personal and technical skills required for success in the business world.

The learning is student centred and involves practical work-related assignments. As a general business course it opens up avenues within all areas of business.

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

The HND in Business has proved an excellent foundation for further study, and many of our students have progressed to the Business Degree Programmes in TU Dublin, using the BCFE Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the TU Dublin (Tallaght) to gain advanced entry.

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. 

Course Content

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

Entry Requirements


  • BCFE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the TU Dublin (Tallaght), this a formal arrangement allows advanced entry into either 2nd or 3rd year of the Business Management Level 8 Degree programme for our Higher National Diploma in Business students who have achieved either a pass/merit profile or a merit/distinction profile respectively. TU Dublin (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.
  • Graduates of this course may also apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to higher and advanced certificate and degree programmes at national Institutes of Technology, Technological Universities and Universities (applicants should confirm linked awards and eligibility requirements with the relevant Higher Education Institution).

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates of business from BCFE may seek employment in accounts, HR, sales, marketing and management.

Students' Work


I decided to study at Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) because of its excellent reputation as a college whose main goal is to ensure all students leave with the best qualifications possible. The reason I first chose the Business, Office and Administration programme was because it is a great course for building the skills and the knowledge needed to work in a business environment. It has also allowed me to learn more about myself and what I am capable of doing.  After completing this one-year programme I progressed on to the Higher National Diploma Level 6 in Business (BHND). I intend on continuing to Degree level in Business in the future. The staff are experts in their field of study and are always willing to provide assistance to students who need it.
James Geraghty
Office Administration & IT Skills Level 5 (BOS), Business Studies Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher (BHND)

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