Higher Certificate in Business, Enterprise and Community Development

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 Essential Skills Certificate (Workplace Community and Education) or the Leaving Certificate or their equivalent.

However even if you haven’t obtained these 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. Don’t be easily put off and don’t give up. Best advice come along to an EQUAL Ireland Information Session and we will see where we can go from there!

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 staggered payment system to take the immediate pain out of paying.  Don’t let money stop you coming to at least the Information Session


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Content What Skills & Knowledge will I acquire?

This programme aims to provide you with a set of practical hands on business and community skills, enabling you to improve your competencies as an effective resource manager in the public, private and social enterprise sectors.

 

The Modules for this programme are listed below:

CONTEMPORARY MANAGEMENT

The aim of the module is to familiarise the learners with key elements of the business environment, with particular reference to the nature and evolution of management thought, key skills in business accounts and business finance and the development of the Irish economy.

PSYCHOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE

The aim of this module is to provide the student with a firm grounding in the perspectives and applications of psychological theory in organisational settings.

CAMPAIGNING & MEDIA SKILLS

This module aims to provide the learner with introductory skills in media communications, campaigning, lobbying and public relations.

APPLIED SOCIOLOGY

This module introduces students to sociology by explaining the historical context of the discipline, by identifying the basic concepts used in sociological analysis and by applying these concepts to a range of social issues and social institutions.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT & COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

This module aims to familiarise students with the world of information. It aims to decode the information universe, through addressing key issues such as quality, accessibility and confidentiality. It shows how information is created and introduces some basic skills for reading assessing and carrying out research.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

This module aims to develop an understanding of community and the role and work of the community development worker.

COMMUNICATIONS (Organisational)

The aim of this module is to further enhance the learner’s development of interpersonal communication skills and to enable the learner to apply communication strategies and solutions in a variety of business contexts.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

The aim of this module is to build on the student’s knowledge of the systems, policies and procedures that are required in the workplace to protect the rights of employees and set out the rights and obligations of managers and employees in the workplace.

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. 

 

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
Higher Certificate in Workplace & Community Studies 10 18 Months[One workshop on average per Module. Workshop are held at a time best suited to the participants not the tutor] HETAC Level 6 120

 

 


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?

With a successfully completed Higher Certificate in Workplace & Community Studies you will now have a much higher level of confidence in your own learning and practical abilities and in your capacity to apply yourself in a planned systematic manner.

Importantly you will be automatically qualified to enter the BA in Business Enterprise and Community Development should you wish to continue your education to degree level at this stage.

Moreover your understanding of Psychology in the Workplace and Applied Sociology will be solid and your knowledge of Information Management & Computer Applications will be at a higher level. You will be more aware of Organisational Communications and the essentials of Campaigning & Media Skills and your familiarity with the functions of the European Union will be an asset.

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 Higher Education Level 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.

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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