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Griffith College
Academic Prospectus 2016
Dublin Campus
Griffith College Academic Prospectus 2016 Dublin Campus - Education Link
Welcome to                                    Introduction from the President
Griffith College                              Professor Diarmuid Hegarty

                                              I am delighted to introduce you to Griffith

                                              College. In choosing Griffith College,
                                              you are joining a community of over 7,000                            Ó bunaíodh an Coláiste, bhí an

                                              students at our campuses in Dublin, Cork                             tacaíocht bhfoireann teagaisc

                                              and Limerick, and an alumni network of                               do na mic léinn le sonrú I gcónaí.
                                              more than 30,000 graduates who over the
                                   STUDENTS   past four decades have gone on to achieve
                                              notable careers both nationally and
                                                                                                                   Pé athraithe a chuirfear i bhfeidhm
                                                                                                                   sna blianta romhainn, beidh an

                                                                                                                   culture fáilteach céanna i réim chun
                                                                                                                   na mic léinn a spreagadh chun barr
                                              As the global economy continues to improve, the                      feabhais a bhaint amach.
                                              employment and career prospects of third level students
                                              looks increasingly positive. At Griffith College, we are
                                              committed to ensuring our courses reflect the needs
                                              of employers and our lecturers are noted for their

  YEARS OF                         30,000+
                                              industry experience. With small class sizes and
                                              mentoring provided by the College’s academic and

  HISTORY                                     pastoral care teams, this focus will give you the skills

                                   alumni     required for success in your chosen field of study.

                                              Educational institutions must provide a rounded learning
                                              experience, both within and outside the lecture hall. At
                                              Griffith College, we take pride in the range of societies,

 3 Historic        Cork,
                                              clubs and events that run year round, providing our Irish
                                              and international students with opportunities to develop

 Campuses:         Dublin                     broader life-skills and a network that will stand to them
                                              throughout their lives. It is this commitment to a well-

                   & Limerick                 rounded education that has stood to our students and
                                              graduates in such good stead over the past 41 years.

                                              I look forward to welcoming you on campus.
                                                                                                           Professor Diarmuid Hegarty

Griffith College Academic Prospectus 2016 Dublin Campus - Education Link

Griffith College                                          MSc in International Procurement                                  Higher Certificate in Computing Science           94   Certificate in Music Teaching – 40 Credits           143
                                                          & Supply Management                                        49
Validating Partners                                   6                                                                     Certificate in Computer Games Technology          95   Certificate in Musicianship – 20 Credits             143
                                                          Certificate in International Business                      50
Entry Requirements                                    7
                                                                                                                            Faculty of Journalism and Media Communications    96   Pharmaceutical Science                               144
Our Students                                          8   School of Professional Accountancy                         52
                                                                                                                            MA/Postgraduate Diploma                                Special Purpose Certificate
Application Process                                   9
                                                          ACCA                                                       55     in Journalism & Media Communications             100   in Pharmaceutical Data Analytics                     147
Student Liaison Officer                              12
                                                          CPA                                                        55     MA/Postgraduate Diploma                                BA (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Business Operations      148
International Student Information                    13                                                                     in Journalism & Public Relations                 101
                                                          Accounting Technicians (ATI)                               55                                                            MSc in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology          149
English Language Courses                             16                                                                     MA/Postgraduate Diploma
                                                                                                                                                                                   BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations             150
                                                          Law                                                        60     in TV & Radio Journalism                         102
Griffith Halls of Residence                          19
                                                                                                                                                                                   Certificate in Pharmaceutical Data Analysis          151
                                                                                                                            MSc/Postgraduate Diploma
Student Life at Griffith College                     20   LL.M. in International Law                                 64     in Applied Digital Media                         103
Student Services                                     22   LL.M. (Blended) in International Commercial Law            64                                                            Short Courses                                        152
                                                                                                                            BA (Hons) In Journalism & Visual Media           105
Griffith Conference Centre                          171   LL.M. in International Human Rights Law                    64                                                            Griffith College Short Courses                       154
                                                                                                                            BA in Journalism                                 106
Griffith College Cork                               172   Post Diploma in International Law                          66                                                            Lifelong Learning                                    155
                                                                                                                            BA in Film And TV Production                     107
Griffith College Limerick                           172   Post Diploma in International Commercial Law               66                                                            Customised Training                                  155
                                                                                                                            BA in Photographic Media                         108
                                                          Post Diploma in International Human Rights Law             66     Certificate in Photography                       111   Diploma in Marketing Management                      156
                                                          Special Purpose Award in Mediation                         68     Media Techniques (Video)                         112   Diploma in Human Resource Management                 157
          Our Courses                                     LL.B. in Law                                               69     Certificate in Music Production for Games        113   Diploma in Business Management                       158
                                                          LL.B. in Law Blended / Online                              70     BA (Hons) in Music Production                    114   Diploma in Leadership Skills                         159
Faculty of Business                                 24
                                                          Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice                      71                                                            Diploma in Project Management                        159
BA (Hons) in Business Studies                        28                                                                     Faculty of Design                                116
                                                          Certificate in Legal Studies                               72                                                            Diploma in Credit Management & Debt Collection       160
BA (Hons) in Business Studies (Marketing)            28
                                                                                                                            MA in Design (Interior Architecture)             120   Diploma in Capital Markets                           160
BA (Hons) in Business Studies (HRM)                  28   The Professional Law School                                74
                                                                                                                            BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture               122   Certificate in Online Marketing & Digital Strategy   161
BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance                  30   Preparatory Course for the Law Society                            BA in Interior Architecture                      123   Diploma in Online Marketing & Digital Strategy       161
BA in Marketing                                      32   of Ireland ’s Final Examination (FE1)                      78
                                                                                                                            BA (Hons) in Fashion Design                      125   Certificate in Administration & Office Skills        162
BA in Business                                       33   Preparatory Course for The Honorable
                                                          Society of King’s Inns Entrance Examinations               79     BA (Hons) in Design Communications               127   Certificate in Desktop Publishing                    163
Higher Certificate in Business                       34
                                                                                                                            BA in Interior Design                            128   Diploma in Desktop Publishing                        163
BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management    35   Faculty of Computing Science                               80
                                                                                                                            Diploma in Interior Design (Griffith College)    129   Certificate in Web Design & Development              164
Diploma in International Hospitality Management      36
                                                          MSc in Computing Science                                   84                                                            Diploma in Dynamic Web Applications Development 164
                                                                                                                            Faculty of Training and Education                130
Graduate Business School                            38    MSc in Big Data Management and Analytics                   85                                                            2D AutoCAD 7689-02 Level 2                           165
                                                          MSc in Cloud Computing                                     86     MA in Training & Education                       132   2D AutoCAD 7689-05 Level 3                           165
MBA/MSc in International Business                    42
                                                          MSc in Network and Information Security                    87     Post Diploma in Arts in Training & Education     133   3D AutoCAD 7689-06 Level 3                           165
MSc in International Business –
Global Brand Management                              44   Postgraduate Diploma in Software Development               88     Special Purpose Postgraduate Award                     PC Maintenance & Repair                              166
                                                                                                                            in Training and Education                        134
MSc in International Business –                           Postgraduate Diploma in Networking                         88                                                            CompTIA A+                                           166
Tourism & Hospitality Management                     45   Higher Diploma in Science in Computing                     89     The Leinster School of Music and Drama           136   CompTIA Network+                                     167
MSc in International Business –                           Higher Diploma in Science in IT Infrastructure             90                                                            CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)             167
International Business & Law                         46                                                                     Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education        140
                                                          Higher Diploma in Science in Web Development               90                                                            Certificate in Counselling &
MSc in International Media Management                47                                                                     Certificate in Drama Education – 40 Credits      141
                                                          BSc (Hons) in Computing Science                            91                                                            Psychotherapeutic Skills & Practice                  168
MSc in Accounting & Finance Management               48                                                                     Certificate in Drama Performance – 20 Credits    141
                                                          BSc in Computing                                           93                                                            BA in Counselling Skills & Psychotherapy Studies     169
                                                                                                                            Higher Diploma in Arts in Music Education        142

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Our Validating Partners                                                                                                     Entry Requirements

Griffith College works in partnership                      City & Guilds has been at the forefront of the national
                                                           drive to help people to gain the skills they need. City
with a number of validating bodies
                                                           & Guilds is committed to helping learners into a job,
in Ireland and the UK. This ensures                        develop into the job and move into the next job. City &
that all programmes are recognised                         Guilds also has awards and international recognition.
nationally and internationally.
                                                           The Institute of Commercial Management
QQI                                                        Established in the 1970s, the Institute of Commercial
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) was established   Management is the leading professional body for
on 6 November 2012 under the Qualifications and            Commercial and Business Development staff working in
Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.       key industry sectors. ICM programmes are designed to
The Authority was created by an amalgamation of            address the personal development and training needs
existing bodies including the Higher Education and         of those wishing to enter the commercial sector and
Training Awards Council (HETAC). Awards continue to        to support the continued development and workplace
be made by QQI under the HETAC brand as this brand         flexibility of those already in employment. The Institute
has an international recognition and reputation that is    is also an international examining and awarding body,
very high. The international status and value of a HETAC   providing globally recognised awards for business and
qualification is assured as the demand for graduates       management students. ICM provides examinations in                These pages highlight key information                 Postgraduate Programmes
continues to grow at home and abroad.                      more than 200 subject areas ranging from accounting                                                                    Please review the Entry Requirements for each
                                                                                                                            points about academic requirements                    postgraduate programme on their relevant course web
                                                           and finance to tourism and hospitality and from
City & Guilds                                              marketing and advertising to project management, and             set by our validating partners for                    pages. Please visit
City & Guilds is a leading vocational education and        examines and certifies candidates to an internationally          both undergraduate and postgraduate
training organisation, providing services to training      consistent standard.                                                                                Language requirements
providers, employers, and trainees across a variety of                                                                      programmes.                                           All undergraduate degree programmes require a pass
sectors to meet the needs of today’s workplace. City                                                                                                                              in either English, Irish or a modern language.
& Guilds qualifications are valued by employers and
                                                                                                                            Undergraduate programmes
delivered through over 10,000 training centres across
the world to help individuals develop their talents and
abilities for future career progression.
                                                                                                                               Entry Requirements      Leaving Certificate       A Level/GCSE               FETAC

                                                                                                                               Level 8                 Min. of 2 HC3s & 4 OD3s   Min. of 2 Grade C A        Level 5 Full
                                                                                                                               Honours Degree          (some programmes will     levels & 4 subjects from   Award with
                                                                                                                                                       require OD3 in Maths).    either A levels (Grades
                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 distinctions
                                                                                                                                                                                 A-E) or GCSE (Grades A,
                                                                                                                                                                                 B or C).

                                                                                                                               Level 7                 Min. of 5 OD3s (some      Min. of 1 Grade E A        Level 5
                                                                                                                               Degree                  programmes will           Level & 4 subjects from    Full Award
                                                                                                                                                       require OD3 in Maths).    either A levels (Grades
                                                                                                                                                                                 A-E) or GCSE (Grades A,
                                                                                                                                                                                 B or C).
                                                                                                                               Level 6                 Min. of 5 OD3s (some                                 Level 5
                                                                                                                               Higher Certificate      programmes will                                      Full Award
                                                                                                                                                       require OD3 in Maths).

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Our Students                                                                                                           Application Process

                                                                                                                       The following pages detail how to apply                     CAO applications
                                                                                                                                                                                   Students under the age of 23, on January 1st of the year
                                                                                                                       for courses offered at Griffith College                     of entry, who wish to apply to the first year of any QQI
                                                                                                                       Dublin. They provide guidelines for CAO                     validated undergraduate full-time programme, must
                                                                                                                                                                                   make that application through the CAO system. The
                                                                                                                       and Direct Entry applicants.
                                                                                                                                                                                   closing date for applications for EU citizens is February
                                                                                                                                                                                   1st, with late applications being accepted until May 1st.
                                                                                                                       CAO courses
                                                                                                                       These are only available by applying through the CAO
                                                                                                                                                                                   Up to July 1st, students may also fill out a CAO
                                                                                                                       system. As such a points level may apply to these
                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘Change of Mind’ form. Application forms and copies
                                                                                                                       courses. Currently Griffith College Dublin offers 28
                                        Sinéad Mac Fhionnlaoich and Patricia                                                                                                       of the current handbook are available from the GCD
                                                                                                                       courses through the CAO system.
Tiberio Ventura, Student Media Awards   Barber, Silken Thomas Inter-varsity Moot                                                                                                   Admissions Office or from the CAO directly. More
Double-winner                           Competition Winners
                                                                                                                                                                                   detailed information regarding CAO deadlines and the
                                                                                                                       Direct entry courses
                                                                                                                                                                                   CAO application process can be obtained by visiting
                                                                                                                       Griffith College Dublin also offers a large number of
                                                                                                                       courses in each faculty that may not appear on the CAO
                                                                                                                       system. Applications to these courses must be made
                                                                                                                       directly to the GCD Admissions Office or via our website:

                                                                                                                       Calculation of points

                                                                                                                          Republic of Ireland                                        UK and Northern Ireland
                                                                                                                          Applicants                                                 Applicants

                                                                                                                          Leaving                                                    A-Level	A/S Level
                                                                                                                          Certificate                                                A* 150
                                                                                                                          Points            Higher              Ordinary
                                                                                                                                                                                     A 135 	A 65
Sean Cronin and Fergus McFadden,                                                                                          A1                100                 60
Irish Rugby Internationals                                                                                                                                                           B 120 	B 60
                                                                                                                          A2                90                  50
                                                                                                                                                                                     C 100             C 50
                                                                                                                          B1                85                  45
                                                                                                                                                                                     D 75              D 35
                                                                                                                          B2                80                  40
                                                                                                                                                                                     E 40 	E 20
                                                                                                                          B3                75                  35
                                                                                                                          C1                70                  30                   - 25 bonus points will be added to the points
                                                                                                                          C2                65                  25                     score for A Level mathematics, pure
                                                                              Matthew Foyle, GradIreland                  C3                60                  20                     mathematics and further mathematics.
                                                                              National Student Challenge Winner
                                                                                                                          D1                55                  15
                                                                                                                                                                                     - 25 bonus points will be added to the points
                                                                                                                          D2                50                  10                     score for Leaving Certificate Higher Level
                                                                                                                          D3                45                  5                      mathematics.

                                                                                                                          LCVP Link Modules
                                                                                                                          Distinction = 70 , Merit = 50, Pass = 30

Lamis Goumaa, Vodafone                                                        Philip Murray,
Student Design Awards Winner                                                  1st in the World ACCA F5
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Selection of CAO applicants                                  FETAC application process                                         Depending on the nature and duration of their studies,      The Admissions Office will endeavour to have a decision
Selection is made on the basis of the total points           Applications must be made through the CAO for those               such students may be eligible to join the second or third   regarding transfer applications within ten working days
awarded in a student’s top six subjects, in a single         courses offered through the CAO. For direct entry                 year of the College’s QQI Ordinary and Honours Degree       or by the closing date of August 31st.
sitting of the Leaving Certificate. The results of two       programmes, applicants must send a completed                      programmes.
sittings of the Leaving Certificate may be combined for      direct entry application form to the College. For
the purposes of meeting the programme requirements           more information on this access route please contact              Mature applications for undergraduate courses               Other points to consider when applying:
for minimum entry. Please note that not all students         the Admissions Office on +353 1 415 0400 or email                 Griffith College Dublin welcomes applications from          Griffith College Scholarship Scheme
presenting the minimum entry requirements will be                                                  mature applicants. Applicants interested in applying        Established in 2001, the Griffith College Scholarship
guaranteed a place at the College. Please consult                                                                              for a course as a mature student should contact the         Scheme is designed for students who wish to enter a
individual course descriptions in this prospectus            Direct entry courses (including full-time,                        Admissions Office for more details and applicants           programme of study at the College but are unable to do
for the most recent CAO points.                              part-time and postgraduate)                                       should apply directly online at      so due to financial constraints or social circumstances.
                                                             Applicants for all Griffith College direct entry courses          Mature applicants should demonstrate an ongoing             The scheme is open to students interested in applying
Leaving Certificate Vocational                               are required to meet the minimum entry requirements               interest and commitment to the subject matter of            for our full-time undergraduate programmes and
Programme (LCVP)                                             as indicated in the individual course descriptions in             the course for which they are applying through their        who are presently attending an approved second level
Holders of the Leaving Certificate Vocational                this prospectus. Mature applicants for any full or                life and/or work experience. A brief summary of past        institution. It is envisaged that students who would not
Programme apply in the normal way through the CAO            part-time undergraduate programme are required to                 educational and work experience (with a copy of relevant    otherwise have access to the course of their choice at
system. Points are awarded on the same basis as the          supply photographic identification and evidence of date           documentation) should be attached to the direct entry       Griffith College Dublin could do so under this initiative.
Leaving Certificate. The Link Modules are considered         of birth. Applications for all direct entry programmes            application form.                                           Application forms and details can be obtained from
as a single unit and are awarded points based on the         (undergradute, postgraduate, part-time/evening time)
                                                                                                                                                                                           your school or from the Admissions Office at Griffith
result per unit. The Link Modules can be used as a sixth     must be made on the website                 Transfer to Year 2 of an honours                            College Dublin. The closing date for applications is
subject for points calculations only.                        and supporting relevant* supporting documentation                 degree programme
                                                                                                                                                                                           April 30th each year and a decision will be made by
                                                             can be emailed to or posted to:            – Students holding a relevant QQI Higher Certificate
                                                                                                                                                                                           May 31st regarding successful applications. In 2008,
Leaving Certificate Applied Programme (LCAP)                 The Admissions Office, Griffith College Dublin, South                (NFQ Level 6) may qualify for exemption from all or
                                                                                                                                                                                           the scholarship scheme was extended to include one
The College does not recognise LCA subjects as meeting       Circular Road, Dublin 8.                                             part of the first year of a relevant Honours Degree
                                                                                                                                                                                           scholarship for a FETAC student.
its minimum entry requirements. If combined with                                                                                  programme.
a Grade 5 FETAC Award, applicants may apply for              * All applications for direct entry to undergraduate
                                                               programmes should include a copy of official Leaving            – Students holding a relevant Higher National Diploma       Students with Disabilities
a Higher Certificate or Degree course in the College.                                                                                                                                      and Special Needs
                                                               Certificate results with the exception of mature                  (HND) may qualify for exemption from all or part
                                                                                                                                                                                           Applicants with disabilities and special needs wishing
FETAC/NCVA Links to Academic                                   applicants (who must supply evidence of date of                   of the first year of a relevant Honours Degree
                                                                                                                                                                                           to pursue an academic programme at the College,
Programmes at GCD                                              birth). All applicants for postgraduate programmes                programme.
                                                                                                                                                                                           are recommended to contact the College in writing
Griffith College welcomes applications from students           should include an official copy of third level
                                                                                                                                                                                           with details of the nature and extent of your disability.
who hold a full FETAC Level 5 Award which normally             qualifications.                                                 Transfer to Year 3 of an ordinary degree programme
                                                                                                                                                                                           This will allow us to give you the best advice prior to
contains eight modules. A full award may be                                                                                    – Students holding a relevant Higher National Diploma
                                                                                                                                                                                           application. Applicants will be given ample opportunity
accumulated over more than one academic year. In such        Accreditation of prior learning                                      (HND) may qualify for exemption from all or part
                                                             and prior experience (APL/APEL)                                                                                               to advise the College of any specific requirements and
cases, it is the responsibility of the student to apply to                                                                        of the second year of a relevant Ordinary Degree
                                                             Griffith College welcomes applications from those with                                                                        can be assured that this disclosure will not adversely
FETAC for a full award where the modules are taken                                                                                programme.
                                                             prior academic and/or professional learning experience                                                                        affect their application or legal rights in any way.
over more than one year. Please note that a record
of achievement does not meet the minimum entry               relevant to the programme of their choice. Please                 Transfer to Year 3 of an honours degree programme
                                                             contact the Admissions Office for more information on                                                                         Tax relief
requirements.                                                                                                                  – Students holding a relevant QQI Ordinary Degree
                                                             the policies regarding the accreditation of prior learning                                                                    Most courses of two or more year’s duration have been
– To be eligible for consideration for an Honours                                                                                 (NFQ Level 7) may qualify for exemption from all or
                                                             and experience (APL/APEL).                                                                                                    approved for tax relief. Applicants should note that the
  Degree programme, the applicant must hold a FETAC                                                                               part of the second year of a relevant Honours Degree
                                                                                                                                                                                           qualifying conditions for relief may differ for full and
  Level 5 certificate with a distinction grade in at least                                                                        programme. Students who wish to transfer to Griffith
                                                             Transfer applications                                                                                                         part-time students. Relief is granted at the standard
  three modules.                                                                                                                  College should complete an application form online
                                                             The College welcomes applications from students                                                                               rate of tax and details can be found at
                                                                                                                        , and email a photocopy of their
– To be eligible for consideration for an Ordinary           holding qualifications from other accredited institutions            existing subject results and a full course syllabus to
  Degree or Higher Certificate programme, students           and universities.                                          
  are required to hold a FETAC Level 5 Award.

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School Liaison Officer                                                                                        International Student

Every year Griffith College receives        Just some of these initiatives are listed below:                  Griffith College specialises in successful                      Studying in Griffith College:
                                                                                                                                                                              GCD International Office
hundreds of enquiries from teachers,        – School Visits/Presentations                                     people! The College provides career-                            The International Office is committed to ensuring
guidance counsellors, school students       – IGC accredited, free Guidance Counsellor Training               focused education, producing graduates                          excellent support services for the integration of
                                              Workshops (CPD hours)                                                                                                           international students into the College. The experienced
and their parents in relation to the wide                                                                     who are highly employable worldwide and                         international staff are available to assist students with
                                            – CAO presentation, tips and advice
selection of courses we offer.                                                                                who excel in their chosen careers.                              any academic or welfare issues they may have.
                                            – Griffith College Scholarship Scheme and Grants
                                            – Schools Week 2016                                                                                                               Applying for a study visa
Due to this demand, our dedicated           – Free Leaving Certificate Revision Courses                       Living in Ireland                                               If you need a visa to study in Ireland you must apply to
School Liaison Officer, Richard Murphy,       (Accounting, Business, Maths & Music)                           Ireland is an exciting place to live and study. Our blend       your local Irish Embassy/Consulate. If there is no Irish
                                            – Portfolio Preparation Workshops                                 of tradition and contemporary living is unique. We are          Embassy/Consulate in your country, GC’s Visa Officer
will be happy to answer any queries and                                                                       proud and protective of our ancient culture, yet we have        can apply for the visa on your behalf.
                                            – Film/TV/Radio Workshops
also advise on admission procedures,                                                                          embraced our role as a centre for the digital revolution
                                            – School Business Enterprise Competition
                                                                                                              and international trade. Over 4.5 million people enjoy          For further information please visit the GC website:
CAO information, the numerous school        – School Legal Debating Competition                               our mild, oceanic climate and a landscape that stretches or contact the International
competitions and other school initiatives   – Taster workshops for students to sample                         across lakes and mountains, and more than 2,000 miles           Office by email at
that we run throughout the year.                                                                              of coastline which attracts over 6 million tourists to
                                            School Liaison Officer                                            our shores yearly. In recent years, Ireland has become          Application guidelines
                                            If you are interested in any of these, you can                    a global centre for the banking, telecommunications,            To make an application to the College you need to
                                            contact Richard on +353 1 415 0449 or by emailing                 pharmaceutical and software industries. With an                 complete the appropriate application form. These
                                                                         impressively high quality of life and a well-educated           are available from our website
                                                                                                              workforce, many international companies have set up             international or by emailing the International Office
                                            More information can also be found online                         their European headquarters in the country. Ireland has         at
                                            at                                       had one of the highest economic growth rates in the
                                                                                                              EU and much of this success can be attributed to our            Please ensure that you include the following with your
                                                                                                              education system. Our long and impressive academic              application:
                                                                                                              tradition has been established over many years and,             – Fully completed application form.
                                                                                                              today, the country offers one of the highest standards of
                                                                                                                                                                              – CV/Resume detailing your academic/work history
                                                                                                              education in the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                year-by-year with no gaps.

                                                                                                              The city of Dublin                                              – Statement of Purpose/Student Profile indicating the
                                                                                                              Dublin continues to be one of Europe’s most vibrant               reasons for your choice of course and why you want
                                                                                                              and exciting capitals. It is a university city and home to        to study in Ireland and at Griffith College.
                                                                                                              many renowned centres of learning. A large percentage           – Two reference letters (in sealed envelopes),
                                                                                                              of the city’s population is under 35 and with many cafes,         at least one of which should be academic i.e.
                                                                                                              restaurants, cinemas, music venues, pubs and clubs to             from a professor, lecturer or teacher.
                                                                                                              choose from, there are few better cities in which to enjoy      – Copies of second level/high school certificates
                                                                                                              your time as a student.                                           (including all grades achieved in examinations and/or
                                                                                                                                                                                transcripts of grades achieved).
                                                                                                              The city’s mix of cultural and economic success, along
                                                                                                                                                                              – Copies of university/third level award certificates
                                                                                                              with the strength of its literary and musical tradition,
                                                                                                                                                                                (where applicable). Provisional certificates must be
                                                                                                              makes Dublin an ideal location for study. At Griffith
                                                                                                                                                                                provided if the award has not yet been issued.
                                                                                                              College Dublin you’ll be right at the heart of it, just a few
                                                                                                              minutes away from the city centre itself.                       – A transcript of results for all subjects taken at third
                                                                                                                                                                                level must be provided.

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                                                                                                                               Park                                                                     O’Connell St

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  River Liffe

– Proof that education was conducted in English if          – English Language Test: students who are not in                                                                                                           College
                                                                                                                                                                                    Christ Church
  applicable (letter from school/college required).           possession of an internationally recognised English                                         Guiness                   Cathedral
– Copy of relevant pages of passport.                         language test or who have not achieved the required                                                                                                 Graon St

                                                              score will be required to compl ete an English
– Two passport-sized photographs.                                                                                                                                                       St Patrick ‘S                            Merrion
                                                              Language Test before a final offer can be given.                                                                          Church                   St Stephens     Square
– TOEFL/IELTS score sheet or other internationally


  recognised English language test score if applicable.     There is an Irish Government Department of Justice
                                                            requirement for students from certain non-EU countries
English language entry requirements                         to have an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 5.5/6.0 or above                                    Griffith College
Students from countries where English is not the native     (depending on the course they are applying for) in order
language must show that their language level is of a        for them to be considered for a Study Visa for Ireland.
suitable standard. GC can appraise a student’s English      Please contact the us for further details.

language level as follows:

– TOEFL/IELTS/TOEIC (or other): If a student                International student information
  has achieved a sufficient score in one of these           All entry requirements are intended for use as
                                                            guidelines only. Applicant acceptance is at the                   Accommodation                                                       Working in Ireland
  internationally recognised English language tests
                                                            discretion of the relevant GC Programme Director.                 Accommodation is available on campus in the                         Griffith College Dublin’s non-EU students are entitled to
  they may progress to their chosen programme.
                                                            Entry requirements may vary from country to country.              Griffith Halls of Residence. This is a safe and secure              work 20 hours per week during term time and 40 hours
  (Please see table below indicating scores required for
                                                                                                                              environment on the grounds of our historic Dublin                   per week outside of term time. The Irish Department of
  each GC programme). Test results older than 2 years
                                                                                                                              campus. Further information about the Griffith Halls of             Education and Skills has compiled a register of approved
  will not be accepted.
                                                                                                                              Residence and the application procedure is available on             third-level courses and students who are registered
                                                                                                                              page 19 or on the accommodation website:                 on these courses are permitted access to part-time
Griffith College English Language Entry Requirements
                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can view the listing of approved courses on the
     Programmes                                                    Minimum                    Entry With                                                                                          Department of Education website
                                                                   CEF Level/IELTS            Language                                                                                            Additional information is available from our International
                                                                   Level                      Support                                    Dublin,                                                  Office on request. It is essential that any part-time work
                                                                                                                                         Ireland                                                  undertaken by students does not interfere with their
                                                                                                                                                                                                  studies and that their academic performance is not
     Postgraduate Programmes
                                                                                                                                                                                                  affected by their part-time employment.
     Postgraduate Programmes in Journalism and Media               CEF C1/ IELTS 7.0          Not Applicable
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Erasmus +
     Postgraduate Programmes in Law                                CEF B2+ / IELTS 6.5        Not Applicable
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Griffith College Dublin is an active participant in the
     All other Postgraduate Programmes                             CEF B2+ / IELTS 6.5        CEF B2/IELTS 6.0                                                                                    EU Erasmus + mobility programme. Agreements are in
                                                                                                                                                                                                  place with a large number of European institutions and
     Undergraduate Programmes                                                                                                                                                                     the College is continuing to develop additional linkages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  For further details please contact the International
     Undergraduate Programmes in Journalism – Stage 1              CEF B2+ / IELTS 6.5        CEF B2/IELTS 6.0
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Office at
     Undergraduate Programmes in Journalism – all other stages     CEF B2+ / IELTS 6.5        Not Applicable

     Undergraduate Programmes in Law                               CEF B2+ / IELTS 6.5        Not Applicable

     All other Undergraduate Programmes - Stage 1                  CEF B2 / IELTS 6.0         CEF B1+ /IELTS 5.5

     All other Undergraduate Programmes – Stages 2/3/4             CEF B2 / IELTS 6.0         Not Applicable

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Griffith College Academic Prospectus 2016 Dublin Campus - Education Link
English Language Courses

Griffith Institute of Language is one of                    Semester Abroad and Gap Year
                                                            (English + Academic Modules)
Ireland’s leading English language schools                  For learners with a higher level of English who need to
and offers the very best English language                   develop their language skills in specific areas related to
                                                            their continued study, or professional development.
learning programmes within a fun and
safe college environment. We offer English                  Learners have an opportunity to choose academic
                                                            modules carefully selected from Griffith College’s
language programmes in Dublin, Cork
                                                            undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
and Limerick.                                               They can then support these choices with 15 hours
                                                            of English in our language institute.
We have a wide variety of programmes, including
General English, Business English, English for              Modules include:
Academic Purposes and Exam Preparation, not to              – Introduction to Photography (Journalism Faculty)
mention an exciting social programme. So apply today
and prepare to experience language learning in an           – Understanding Society (Journalism Faculty)
exciting and immersive environment.                         – Event Management (Business Faculty)

                                                            – E-Business (Business Faculty)
Griffith Institute of Language is recognised by ACELS,
                                                            Participation in academic modules is subject to
a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for
                                                            availability and dependent on the language level
English language teaching (ELT). Griffith Institute of
                                                            of the students.
Language is a member of Marketing English in Ireland.

                                                            Request a brochure
Selected programmes
For our full selection of programmes please see the
Griffith Institute of Language Brochure or visit

Pathway Programmes (English + Degree)
For learners who are looking to enrol on Griffith College
degree programmes but do not meet the language
requirements Griffith Institute of Language offers a
range of excellent pre-degree supports. This includes
extensive cultural and academic orientation as well
as core language skill development. In addition, we
offer further supports in English language, such as
English for Academic Purposes and English for Specific
Purposes during degree programmes for those learners
that require them.

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Griffith College Academic Prospectus 2016 Dublin Campus - Education Link
Griffith Halls of Residence

                        Griffith Halls of Residence (GHR) is                         – Residents have access to FREE uncontended WiFi
                                                                                       Internet throughout the complex. The cost of Internet
                        a community of student apartments
                                                                                       access is included in the utility charge.
                        located on landscaped College grounds                        – Students are advised to bring bed linen, crockery
                        overlooking the canal and the Dublin                           and cutlery. However, they can be rented for a small
                                                                                       additional charge.
                                                                                     Additional features
                        GHR is open to any student from any third level
                                                                                     – On-site accommodation team
                        institution. Just 20 minutes walk from St. Stephen’s
                                                                                     – 24-hour security personnel on-site and CCTV system
                        Green in Dublin’s city centre, GHR’s enviable central
                        location is ideal for students studying at any of Dublin’s   – On-site maintenance team
                        third level institutions. Griffith Halls of Residence have   – On-campus restaurant/bar
                        been sensitively designed to complement and reflect          – Four elevators per block
                        the historical significance of the campus as a whole,
                                                                                     – On-site laundry facilities (coin operated, additional
                        while offering comfortable, modern living with 24-hour
                                                                                       charges apply)
                        security for residents. The Halls of Residence are built
                        in two blocks which consist of 165 apartments and            – Apartment specific post-boxes
                        provide accommodation for over 600 students during the       – Access to free fitness room (limited spaces available)
                        academic year and over the summer months.                    – Access to the building is controlled by unique
                                                                                       security key fobs personalised for each student
                        Specifications of a typical apartment
                                                                                     – Underground bicycle park
                        The majority of apartments typically contain two twin
                        rooms and a shared living space. There are also a            – Over 170 underground car parking spaces
                        number of single rooms available in shared apartments.
                                                                                     Booking information
                        – Each student is provided with a single bed, bedside        Apartments are available throughout the academic
                          locker, wardrobe, study desk, chair and waste paper        year which runs for 40 weeks from September to
                          bin. The rooms are fully carpeted.                         June (limited semester only terms are available),
                        – Each two-bedroom apartment typically has two               or for a calendar year over 52 weeks. Either the full
                          bathrooms, one of which is en-suite.                       accommodation fee or 55% of the total fee for the
                                                                                     relevant period should be paid in advance to secure
                        – The living area has two couches, a coffee table,           the booking.
                          dining table and chairs.

                        – The kitchen is equipped with a hob, toaster,               Students are required to initially pay an Application Fee
                          microwave, fridge, iron and ironing board, cleaning        (by either Bank Transfer or Draft/Cheque/Postal Order/
                          equipment, cooking pots, storage cupboards and an          Credit Card). Students will also have to sign a lease
                          electric kettle.                                           agreement for the period requested. In addition, certain
                                                                                     rules and regulations will apply.
                        – Each apartment has an average floor area of 58
                          square metres, is tastefully decorated and has
                                                                                     For further information, details on rates etc, please visit
                          controllable heating.
                                                                                     our website: or phone +353 1 416 3320 or
                        – Lighting, heating, refuse, cleaning of communal            email
                          areas and water rates are charged at a flat utility rate
                          (on which a fair usage policy applies).

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Student Life
at Griffith College

                                                            There are many sports clubs including basketball, rugby,
                                                            soccer (men and women’s), self-defence classes and
                                                            table tennis. Sporting facilities are provided in several
                                                            locations. Students may enjoy the use of a games room,
                                                            including pool tables, table tennis and much more. Past
                                                            sporting achievements include becoming champions
                                                            of soccer, tag rugby and rugby leagues. Students may
                                                            learn about and join the various clubs and societies at
                                                            the Freshers’ Bazaar, which is held during the first week
                                                            of term. The College offers some sports scholarships for
                                                            suitably qualified and experienced students. For more
                                                            information please contact

                                                            The Students’ Union currently assists
                                                            and funds the following societies and clubs:
                                                            – Soccer              – Paintball
As part of a full student experience at
                                                            – Basketball          – Volleyball
Griffith College, there is a large choice of
                                                            – Golf                – Yoga
Clubs and Societies to join. Check out the
                                                            – Poker               – Beerpong
Students’ Union for more information.                       – Pool                – Skiing
                                                            – Rugby               – Surfing

Clubs and Societies                                         – Table-Tennis        – Fencing
The range of active clubs and societies on campus           – Cricket             – Drama Society
                                                                                                                              Entertainment and events                                   Semester two usually sees the crew setting off for
continues to grow on an annual basis. In addition to the    – Dance               – Running Club                              GCD’s Students’ Union organises a wide range               an idyllic part of Ireland to visit some of the great
traditional sporting clubs, the Students’ Union currently
                                                            – Toastmasters        – Go-Karting                                of student events throughout the academic year             attractions Ireland has to offer as well as another SU
assists and funds a wide range of other societies
                                                            – L.G.B.T.            – Photography                               providing affordable, quality entertainment in a safe      arranged night out. For the second trip the SU brings
including Beer Pong, Poker, L.G.B.T., the International
                                                                                                                              and student-friendly atmosphere. The Students’ Union       students to the west coast of Ireland for the annual
Society, and Pool. Students are encouraged to approach      – Debating            – DJ Society
                                                                                                                              regularly attracts promotional sponsorship, and all        surf trip.
the Sports and Societies’ Officer with any ideas for new    – Film Society        – Griffiti Magazine                         events are advertised well in advance. Events include
clubs and societies. Schedules for all societies and
                                                                                                                              Freshers’ Week and the Freshers’ Ball, Rag events, DJ      Recent highlights in GCD
clubs are available from the Students’ Union office and
                                                                                                                              Competitions, the Battle of the Bands, and of course the   – GCD Basketball team won the division 2 title in 2015
are posted on College notice boards.
                                                                                                                              seasonal Halloween, Christmas, Welfare and Refresher
                                                                                                                                                                                         – GCD Table Tennis team reached the league finals in
                                                                                                                              events. The highlight is undoubtedly the annual Griffith
The Sports and Societies Officer is available to provide                                                                                                                                   2015
                                                                                                                              Ball where students get the chance to party in style and
information and to offer guidance and advice. A                                                                                                                                          – GCD Table-Tennis team retained their shield title for
                                                                                                                              celebrate the end of the academic year.
comprehensive range of sports is offered to suit the                                                                                                                                       the 2nd year in a row 2013
needs and interests of the student body. GCD’s range
                                                                                                                              The SU hosts two discovery trips each semester. These      – GCD SU staff and students ran the Connemara
of sports clubs and societies is constantly expanding.
                                                                                                                              overnight trips have become legendary and sell out           marathon for charity 2013
In many cases, the societies are organised by students,
                                                                                                                              quickly. Semester one usually involves a weekend at an     – GCD Cricket team won the inaugural NCI Cricket
thus providing an opportunity to develop organisational,
                                                                                                                              adventure centre where students get the opportunity to       Blitz 2013
fundraising and social skills. Students are encouraged
                                                                                                                              test themselves at rock-climbing, canoeing, bog walking
to start new societies to cater for other interests.                                                                                                                                     – GCD Volleyball, Badminton and Cricket all reached
                                                                                                                              and lots more, and of course, an obligatory SU night out
                                                                                                                                                                                           the league finals in 2014
                                                                                                                              in the middle of it all!

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Student Services

We support our students by providing a                         Computing, photocopying and printing facilities                   Library and information service
                                                               There are 248 fully networked workstations located                The College Library holds an extensive range of set
range of services and facilities to ensure                     across the College’s ten computer laboratories. The               course texts and background reading material for all
a smooth experience for the duration of                        College Library also offers network access for students           college programmes. Library texts are easily accessed
                                                               with their own laptops, while a computer-booking                  via the online library catalogue available through the
their time here. Counselling information
                                                               scheme allows students to secure the use of a PC for              College website. As well as the large range of up to date
is available from the Students’ Union free                     scheduled periods in the dedicated 48-seater lab. WiFi            texts, we have thousands of online books. Online books
of charge.                                                     802.11g access is also available for laptop users. All            are the quickest way to get access to the most up to date
                                                               computing resources are maintained by the College’s IT            computing references.
                                                               Services Department.
                                                                                                                                 Texts not held on site can be ordered through our inter-
Student publication
                                                               Printing and photocopying facilities are available to             library loans service. As a student, you will also have
The Griffiti society produces a monthly magazine. It
                                                               students (using an online system) in the Open Lab and             access to over 15,000 journals, a growing catalogue
provides students with a mix of student news on campus
                                                               the Library. A variety of other equipment including digital       of multi-media information resources, including
and the opportunity to flex their creative muscles. The
                                                               cameras, scanners, plotter, CD recorders, and USB and             CDs, CD-ROMS, VHS, DVD and music scores, and a
magazine is written, edited and put together by students
                                                               memory device readers are also available for student              comprehensive array of on-line databases including
involved in the society. The society is open to all students
                                                               project and assignment work. Many of our lecture                  BSP, ABIInform, Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis, Infotrac, the
to join.
                                                               rooms accommodate the use of television, DVD, video               ACM Digital Library and Safari Tech Books online. While
                                                               projection and computer-based teaching tools.                     we have thousands of volumes on site, the most up to
                                                                                                                                 date and comprehensive information available is through
                                                                                                                                 our state-of-the-art database collection.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Health/medical services
                                                                                                                                 The Library has a wireless network throughout with          The College has an arrangement with a local medical
                                                                                                                                 networked PCs available for those without laptops.          practice which recognises the European Health
                                                                                                                                 Printers, digital photocopiers and scanners are also        Insurance card and will also offer a 10% student
                                                                                                                                 available. The library consists of the enquiry area;        discount for students who don’t have the card.
                                                                                                                                 the main bookstock; a reference room with journals;         Information about the doctor is supplied by the Students’
                                                                                                                                 catalogues and photocopiers; a study room with over         Union President.
                                                                                                                                 8,000 music manuscripts and dissertations; a photocopy
                                                                                                                                 lobby which also contains Official Publications; and        Student information
                                                                                                                                 a secondary study room which also contains our              A SU wall planner is available from the SU. Drop into the
                                                                                                                                 dictionaries.                                               SU for more information and help. Faculty guidelines
                                                                                                                                                                                             will also be issued to you, providing important contact
                                                                                                                                 Library staff are always available to deal with queries     details and information specific to your course. We
                                                                                                                                 and offer research advice. It’s not all hard work,          also arrange an induction for all our new students.
                                                                                                                                 because with such a wide range of subjects taught           Induction will introduce students to key staff members
                                                                                                                                 we have many magazines, novels and other books of           and student services. Faculty Heads and lecturers
                                                                                                                                 general interest for you to take advantage of. We also      will present students with an overview of their chosen
                                                                                                                                 have an exciting international range of DVDs which are      course. Students can also sign up for sports and societies
                                                                                                                                 free for our students to borrow and watch at home.          run by the Students’ Union during induction. The College
                                                                                                                                 This service is very popular and we are adding to our       intranet offers information and guidelines required by
                                                                                                                                 collection all the time.                                    students, staff and lecturers. Students can log on to the
                                                                                                                                                                                             system – either from home or from one of the many
                                                                                                                                                                                             campus network points – and access lecture notes,
                                                                                                                                                                                             examination material, library resources, along with a host
                                                                                                                                                                                             of additional information to make student life easier.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Business students and Irish Rugby Internationals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sean Cronin and Fergus McFadden,
                                       “The personal nature of the faculty made                             The Best Bits of Griffith Business
 BA (Hons) in Business Studies         it easy to excel in coursework, I was never
                                       left without an answer to a question, no                             ACCA exemptions:                                     Work placement:
 BA (Hons) in Business Studies         matter how trivial.                                                  Graduates of the Honours business and finance        The BA (Hons) in International Hospitality
 (Marketing)                                                                                                programmes at Griffith obtain excellent exemptions   Management and the Diploma in International
                                       I feel like I’m seen as an individual with
                                                                                                            from the ACCA. Those who complete the BA (Hons)      Hospitality Management facilitate work placement
                                       potential to be reached instead of a cog
 BA (Hons) in Business Studies                                                                              in Accounting and Finance programme may qualify      during the programmes.
                                       in a machine. Griffith College has truly
 (HRM)                                                                                                      for up to 9 exemptions while those from the BA
                                       helped me grow as a person, an academic
                                                                                                            (Hons) in Business programme may qualify for up to   Progression paths:
                                       and a manager.”
 BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance                                                                        5 exemptions.                                        Transfer and progression opportunities are
                                                                                                                                                                 available across all programmes within the faculty,
 BA in Marketing                                                                                            Teaching Council recognition:                        from Level 6 to Level 8. On successful completion of
                                                                                                            As the BA (Hons) in Business Studies is recognised   all of the level 8 programmes students will have the
 BA in Business                                                                                             by the Teaching Council of Ireland, graduates from   opportunity to progress on to postgraduate level.
                                                                                                            this programme are eligible to pursue secondary
 Higher Certificate in Business                            Matthew Foyle                                    teaching careers.                                    Personal attention:
                                                           BA (Hons) in Business Studies                                                                         Personal attention provided along with
 BA (Hons) in International                                Winner of the 2015 GradIreland                   Programmatic reviews:                                an excellent student/lecturer ratio.
 Hospitality Management                                    National Student Challenge                       Griffith College business courses undergo rigorous
                                                                                                            programmatic reviews to ensure pragmatic and         Disability Services:
 Diploma in International                                                                                   relevant business tuition.                           Please contact the faculty for more details.
 Hospitality Management

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Part-time Study

                                                                                                                                         The hallmark of a Griffith business
with Griffith Business                                                                                                                   education remains the development
                                                                                                                                         of innovative, globally orientated
                                                                                                                                         business professionals who are able
The Business Faculty in Griffith College Dublin offers      This is vital in light of the current business
                                                                                                                                         to integrate theory and practice.
two undergraduate programmes on a part-time basis;          competition. Graduates of these programmes may
the BA (Hons) in Business Studies and the BA (Hons)         wish to pursue postgraduate studies in our Graduate
in Accounting and Finance. Griffith College Dublin has      Business School. Or alternatively, students can gain
since 1973 provided opportunities for study in the areas    substantial examination exemptions from professional
of business and accountancy. We recognise that studying     accountancy bodies.
part-time and working can be very demanding, and as
such Griffith College endeavours to put the needs of its    What time do evening classes
students at the forefront, providing excellent facilities   commence and end for part-time students?
and supports to students.                                   Students should expect to attend college for between
                                                            two and three nights per week between September-
Opportunities                                               December and January –April, classes are normally
The part-time business and accounting programmes            held two to three evenings each week from 6.15pm to
offer students the opportunity to develop new skills,       9.45pm, Monday to Thursday.
knowledge and gain an honours degree qualification
thus allowing for greater career opportunities.

                                                               “I have studied for my Business Studies
                                                               degree for the past three years as a part-time
     “I was looking for something that would                   student, and have found the service delivered
     give me an edge in the ever more competitive              to be excellent. The course material is directly
     employment market. I decided to undertake a               industry relevant and of the highest quality.
     part-time degree in Accounting and Finance at
                                                               The programme was delivered by great
     Griffith College and I am delighted that I did.
                                                               lecturers who have always gone the extra mile
     The lecturers at Griffith College really                  to assist and support students in any way
     understood the challenges facing part-time                possible. The environment that this creates
     students, juggling careers and life, along                is ideal for students to excel and achieve
     with study. The support offered by the staff at           their goals. I would have no hesitation in
     Griffith College was second to none. I have no            recommending Griffith College for anyone
     hesitation in recommending a part-time course             considering further education”.
     at Griffith College.”

                                 Stephen Stapleton                                           Daniel Dempsey
                                 BA (Hons)                                                   BA (Hons)
                                 Accounting and                                              Business Studies
                                 Finance Graduand                                            Graduand 2015

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BA (Hons) in                                                BA (Hons) in

Business Studies                                            Business Studies
BA (Hons) in
Business Studies

                                                             BA (Hons) in Business Studies (Marketing)
     Points Level 2014: 230 pts                              The BA (Hons) in Business Studies (Marketing) offers
     CAO Course Code: GC400                                  students an opportunity to specialise in the area of
     Apply Direct:                           marketing, while the broad scope of the course means
     Course Duration: Full-Time 3 years                      that students also gain a deep understanding of the
     Part-Time 3 years                                       many aspects of the world of business. Marketing
     Award Level: Level 8                                    is central to all business activities - whether in a
     Validated by QQI                                        large multinational or in a small local business.
                                                             The purpose of any business is to meet consumers’
                                                             needs and wants while making a profit. A marketing
                                                             qualification can open doors to a number of exciting
About the course                                             and challenging careers. These include, but are not
BA (Hons) in Business Studies                                limited to, advertising, PR, sales management, market
This honours degree programme will help students             research, retailing, product design and development,
to appreciate fully the vital business roles played by       and branding.                                                     Careers                                                      Year 3
finance, accounting, marketing, human resource                                                                                 The varied and in-depth content of these courses means       Semester I:
management and information technology. In addition,          BA (Hons) in Business Studies (HRM)                               that graduate prospects and opportunities are virtually      Strategic Management, Financial Management
graduates will be shown how the ever-changing                The BA (Hons) in Business Studies (HRM) allows                    endless. Electives/Specialisations in the final year are a
business environment is influenced by political, legal,      the student to focus on the area of Human Resource                platform on which a career in this area can commence.        Semester II:
economic, social and technological factors on both a         Management in the final year of their degree. This                Specialisations could include management, HRM,               Business Plan, International Business Environment
national and international scale. In first year, students    follows on from gaining a deep understanding of                   finance or marketing.
take subjects that are common to the first year of the       the world of business in the first two years of the                                                                            Year 3 Electives*
BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. This model gives        programme. Significant developments in the business               Course content                                               Four electives must be chosen**
students the flexibility to adjust their degree choice,      environment have led to an increased demand for                   Year 1                                                       International Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, Sales
if necessary, after year one.                                human resource management practitioners. Students                 Semester I:                                                  Management, Integrated Marketing Communications,
                                                             undertaking this programme will find opportunities                Micro Economics, Quantitative Analysis for Business,         Brand Management, Taxation 1, Taxation 2, Audit
The purpose of the course is to give students the            to apply the knowledge and skills which they have                 Effective Learning and Development, Business                 and Assurance, Advanced Financial Management,
business skills that are in demand by companies today.       gained on the programme within a wide range of                    Management, Financial Accounting, Semester II: Macro         Strategic Management 2, Project Management,
In a complex and dynamic environment they will be            business sectors.                                                 Economics, Legal Aspects of Business, Information            Corporate Governance & Accountability, Supply Chain
able to identify changes in business requirements,                                                                             Technology Skills, Financial Accounting                      Management, International HRM, Contemporary
and have the confidence to develop and implement             Progression                                                                                                                    Employment Relations, Performance Management &
new procedures to satisfy them. Students will be             Graduates who see an opportunity to make themselves               Year 2                                                       Reward, Human Resource Development
able to recognise the key characteristics governing a        more attractive to employers may want to consider                 Semester I:
particular company and then identify the factors that are    the Masters programme in business. The Griffith                   Operations Management, Accounting Information                * Electives are offered subject to demand.
critical to its success. The course syllabus, developed      College Graduate Business School offers a portfolio of            for Managers, Organisational Behaviour, Marketing,
                                                                                                                                                                                            ** Students undertaking the BA (Hons) in Business
by Griffith College and validated by QQI, reflects the       programmes in International Business Management,                  Professional Development
                                                                                                                                                                                               Studies (Marketing) and the BA (Hons) in Business
multiple requirements of today’s business world. The         each of which provides a route to the award of MBA.                                                                               Studies (HRM) will be required to undertake four
participation and support of full-time and external          Such programmes are available on a part-time and                  Semester II:
                                                                                                                                                                                               electives from the Marketing or HRM streams
lecturing staff, from a wide range of industries, has        full-time basis, allowing graduates the flexibility to work       Digital Marketing, Enterprise and Innovation, Business
made a vital contribution to the degree’s content.           while continuing their studies.                                   Information Systems, Human Resource Management

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BA (Hons) in

Accounting and Finance

                                                              Careers                                                                    Professional Body Exemptions
     Points Level 2014: 255 pts                               The programme gives you an understanding of the
     CAO Course Code: GC401                                   business, legal, and social environments in which                          Professional Exempt from To be attempted                                                                  Expected
     Apply Direct:                            accountancy operates and enables you to be conversant                      Body			                                                                                                   Duration
     Course Duration: Full-Time 3 years                       in the technical languages and practices of the
     Part-Time 3 years                                        accounting sector in a market economy. These include                       ACCA              Fundamental Level (9 papers)         All of Professional Level (5 papers)               1 year
     Award Level: Level 8                                     measurement and disclosure in financial statements,
                                                                                                                                         CPA               Formation 1, Formation 2             Professional 2                                     1 year
     Validated by QQI                                         managerial accounting, auditing, taxation and business
                                                                                                                                                           and Professional 1
                                                              law. While typical careers focus on the world of finance
                                                                                                                                                           (subject to electives taken)
                                                              and accounting in particular, any aspect of the business
                                                              arena is open to graduates. A significant advantage is                     ACA               Please contact Faculty for details
About the course                                              the many exemptions from the professional exams for
The BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance degree is             which graduates of the course are eligible. Students who
ideal for students interested either in a career in the       do not wish to focus on a career as an accountant will
accounting profession or who wish to develop the              find numerous opportunities in banking, stockbroking,                      Course content                                           Year 3 ElectiveS* (One to be chosen)
expertise to analyse business activities from a financial     currency trading, management, insurance or positions                       Year 1                                                   Corporate Governance and Accountability, Derivatives,
perspective. If you are interested in the application         in the financial sector.                                                   Semester I:                                              Project Management, Valuation and Securities Analysis
of numerical techniques and the interpretation and                                                                                       Business Management, Effective Learning and              Semester II: Audit and Assurance, Corporate Finance,
communication of financial information, this course is                                                                                   Development, Micro Economics, Quantitative Analysis      Strategic Management, Taxation 2
ideal. It explores the theory and practical application                                                                                  for Business, Financial Accounting
of accounting and finance, and will give you a thorough          My time in GCD was amazing. The College had a                                                                                    * Elective are offered subject to demand
grounding in the key business disciplines. Once                  great campus that not too big, yet it has everything                    Semester II:
completed you will have all the necessary skills to              you need. Having the library and several computer                       Information Technology Skills, Legal Aspects of          Programme modules and content are subject to
pursue a dynamic and rewarding career in accounting              labs made getting all your work done during college                     Business, Macro Economics, Financial Accounting          ongoing quality assurance reviews and evolve to reflect
and finance.                                                     times a lot easier, allowing you to have the evening to                                                                          educational developments.
                                                                 de-stress at home or go to the SU events, which were                    Year 2
This Accounting and Finance programme provides                   always fun!                                                             Semester I:
the learner with the computational, analytical and                                                                                       Accounting Information for Managers, Company
                                                                 The thing I liked most about GCD was the friendly
management skills required for a dynamic career                                                                                          Law, Finance and Wealth Management, Professional
                                                                 atmosphere; the lecturers were extremely helpful,
in business. Whether you want to be an accountant,                                                                                       Development                                                  In Griffith College, the education and
                                                                 very patient and down to earth. GCD is a great
financial analyst or indeed, start your own business,                                                                                                                                                 knowledge I received was, I believe, very
                                                                 college with a really nice learning environment, I
then this is the programme for you. As with the BA                                                                                       Semester II:                                                 beneficial for my future career plus I made a
                                                                 would recommend it to anybody looking to enjoy
(Hons) in Business Studies, the College designed this                                                                                    International Financial Reporting, Management                number of great friends.
                                                                 getting their degree.
degree programme with the help and considerable                                                                                          Accounting Systems and Analysis, Management
expertise of its full-time and external lecturing staff, as                                                                              Practice, Technology in Accounting and Finance               The College itself provides some excellent
well as a wide range of people in industry. As a result,                                                                                                                                              facilities for its students, including an
the programme reflects the multiple requirements of                                                                                      Year 3                                                       underground car park, a restaurant, and
today’s business and finance world.                                                                                                      Semester I:                                                  student accommodation.
                                                                                                                                         International Corporate Reporting, Performance
Progression                                                                         Graduand Profile                                     Management, Professional Development Portfolio,
Graduates of this programme may wish to pursue                                      Shauna Tate                                          Taxation 1
postgraduate studies in our Graduate Business School.                               Shauna has successfully gained a paid
They can also gain substantial examination exemptions                               internship in an accountancy firm in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Graduand Profile
from the professional accountancy bodies listed                                     Dublin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Marcus Hughes
opposite. Such programmes are available on a part-time                                                                                                                                                                   Marcus has successfully gained an
and full-time basis, allowing graduates the flexibility to                                                                                                                                                               accounting position in a professional
work while continuing their studies.                                                                                                                                                                                     accountancy firm in Dublin city.

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