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Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).

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Business Studies

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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The programme provides a strong foundation in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Risk Management and Business Mathematics, which run throughout the first three semesters. You will choose your major option in the second semester of year 2. This consists of 2 modules per semester from second through to fourth year, with an intervening cooperative education placement. A choice of five “major” options is available, of which you will choose one. 

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LM050 - Business Studies
University of Limerick

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LM050 - Business Studies
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration
BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade

Essential Module Requirements:

Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5/6 qualification which must include one of the following: 
B20029 or 5N2066
C20139 or 5N1833
OC3/HD3 in LCE Maths

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Typical Careers include:

  • Tax Consultant
  • Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Marketing Brand Manager
  • PR Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Pensions and Insurance Administrator
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Risk Analyst
  • HR Manager

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Claire Hanrahan 1
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Claire works as an Internal Auditor for CRH Group. She completed a Bachelor of Business Studies in University of Limerick and went on to do the ACCA exams thereafter. Travel is a big aspect of her current role and she spends half of her time away from home.
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