BA in Business, Enterprise & Community Development

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LTT - PencilWhat boxes do I have to tick?

From the point of view of Entry Requirements it would be best if you had completed the Higher Certificate in Workplace and Community Studies or the Higher Certificate in Business in Enterprise or their equivalent in other qualifications. However even if you haven’t obtained these or equivalent qualifications it may be that the learning and experience that parts of your work and life have given you are relevant to the programme and could enable you to fulfill the Entry Requirements. EQUAL Ireland operates a sophisticated but practical Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) system which will be available to you so as to assist in demonstrating the relevance of your qualifications to the programme Entry Requirements. Don’t be easily put off and don’t give up. Best advice is to come along to an EQUAL Ireland Information Session or call us and we will see where we can go from there!

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If you would like to:

        • Find out more about this programme by phone or email
        • Book a place or
        • Request an invitation to the next EQUAL Ireland Information Session regarding a programme please click here

LTT - MoneyHow much will it cost?

The cost to you depends on your circumstances. If you are unemployed or employed in the private sector there may be funding available. Best advice is to come along to an EQUAL Ireland Information Session and we will try to sort it out there. Even if you do have to pay yourself we have a phased programme fees payment system to take the immediate pain out of paying. Don’t let money stop you coming to at least the Information Session

 

Content What Skills & Knowledge will I acquire?

This unique programme which offers you a cross sectoral qualification aims to provide you with a set of practical hands on business and community skills, enabling you to be an effective resource manager in either the public, private and social enterprise sectors.

 

The Modules for this programme are listed below:

BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

This module focuses on building the learner’s knowledge in the area of management and business development. Its relevance is critical to the Smart Economy concept as the learner will acquire skills and competencies in the areas relevant to most business, i.e.  how to grow the business, how to identify and assess opportunities and how to manage these developments.

APPLIED HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

People management is increasingly complex due to the legislative onus on the employer. However the application of Best Practice Human resources principles can avoid legal issues. This module will develop the learners’ ability to apply the learning in practical situations and to further enhance problem solving skills in relation to human resource management issues.

APPLIED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Recognition of the value of developing social capital in the forms of community work and voluntary activities is core to the programme.  This module will equip learners to successfully run community-based projects, including Social Enterprises and to propose innovative solutions to funding, management and operational issues, which can often occur in community projects.

APPLIED INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES

This module will examine the importance of ICT, Digital marketing, Internet and e-business from a technical, business, marketing and security perspective and will discuss the importance of data security and the legal issues facing information in an ICT environment.

FINANCIAL ANALYSIS

The ability to interpret and present financial information is an important skill in both commercial and ‘not for profit’ organisations. This module will provide you with the knowledge skills and competency to interpret and present financial information is an important skill in both commercial and not for profit organisations. This module will: explain the role and purpose of financial management; develop the learner’s ability in this respect. It includes: the preparation of financial statements, budgeting, profit analysis and sources of finance.

INTEGRATED LEARNING PROJECT

This module will provide participants with the opportunity to integrate the learning, gained in the various modules on the BA programme, in a work-based or community setting and to prepare and submit a project which demonstrates the learners’ judgment and understanding of the interrelationship of the knowledge areas covered on the programme.

 

Learning AssesmentLearning Assessment 

Your learning is usually measure by assignments. There are no traditional exams and you can submit draft assignments on which we will give you constructive feedback before you submit your final paper. Maths and IT skills are tested through ‘In Workshop Assessments’ – not exams – and Assignments

 

 

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How long is the Programme? 

 

PROGRAMME TITLE MODULES DURATION AWARD CREDITS
Bachelor of Arts (Business, Enterprise & Community Development) 6 18 Months[An average of two workshop per month per Module. Workshops are held at a time best suited to the participants not the tutor] HETAC Level 7 60

 

RunnerWhen does it start?

EQUAL Ireland programmes are not tied to any academic year or schedule. Once we have 15 to 25 people in an area or enterprise we can start the programme in a matter of a week or two.

 

 

Jobs OfferWhat Jobs or Job Placements will I get?

Building on earlier qualifications and or work and life experience this degree programme deepens and broadens your understanding examining in a more complex fashion the skills and knowledge required by the modern successful Manager or Project Manager in the Social Enterprise, Private or Public Sectors

With a successfully completed you will now have a much higher level of confidence in your own ability to manage the enterprise application of Human Resource Management, Community Development and Information & Communications Technologies. You will have honed your knowledge and understanding of Business & Enterprise Development and the associated Financial Accounting requirements and be a  more than confident practitioner of best practice in Project Management.

In a nutshell you will have a far greater level of employability.

But remember this is a general studies qualification!

It does not attempt to qualify you as an engineer, a nurse, an IT Technician or a solicitor. What it does is to provide you with a Degree Level Education and above all it demonstrates to a potential employer your level of knowledge and your ability to learn and your ability to apply that learning in the real world.

PROGRESSION:

Importantly EQUAL Ireland can offer you automatic entry to a BA (Hons) in Business, Social Enterprise, Leadership and Management and a Master’s in Social Enterprise and Community Development is currently under consideration.

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More Information

If you would like to:

        • Find out more about this programme by phone or email
        • Book a place or
        • Request an invitation to the next EQUAL Ireland Information Session regarding a programme please click here