Business Studies: Kick Start Your Business Career

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Business studies courses cover a number of different business fundamentals. This is because business is a complex field. It includes a number of disciplines such as sales, marketing, management and strategy to name a few.

How can I qualify?

No matter what aspect of business you wish to learn about, there are lots of different choices for business studies courses.

Certificate and Diploma

With one and two-year certificates available for study, students can learn the basics of running a business. Many of these business courses cover all the practical aspects of accounting, marketing, finance, IT and HR.

If you already have a working knowledge of business, but would like to specialise in a specific aspect, there are many single-issue courses. These cover areas such as Business Startups and Management.


Undergraduate business studies courses are more in depth than certificate-level qualifications. While they cover many of the same areas of study – finance, management and technology, they usually require more practical work and experience. Some courses also offer a year in industry that allows the students to gain on-the-job training. Undergraduate degree courses give students a grounding in the driving forces behind business and success. As a result, students are fully prepared for the tasks ahead of them.


For students that have already received qualifications in the Business Studies field, getting a postgraduate degree will make them stand out above the rest of the field. Highly-specialised degrees can help you can take your career to the next level. Postgraduate Business Studies courses are for business people who have already gained a great deal of experience in the field, but would like to demonstrate their suitability for higher responsibility.

Have a look at the database of business studies courses across Ireland. You should also check out the full range of business related courses on our database.

Anne Sexton

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