BA(Hons) in Business in Social Enterprise, Leadership & Management


  • This is a unique BA Honours Degree Programme, with a cross sectoral focus, which provides the learner with a range of practical skills, knowledge and experience, equally applicable to leadership and management roles in the public, private, ‘not for
    profit’ and social enterprise sectors of the economy

  • A key objective of this, and other EQUAL Ireland programmes, while enhancing employability, is moreover, to encourage and
    support the development of learners who are self-directed and independent through providing them with learning skills and
    knowledge, which can be effectively used in a variety of life, community and employment situations.

Who is it For

Completion of this programme will be of particular interest to you if you are:

  • Graduates of the EQUAL Ireland BA Degree in Business, Enterprise & Community Development or Graduates of Comparative degrees in other similar subjects 
  • Business Manager/Owner
  • Community Workers and Activists or Workplace Representatives
  • Entrepreneurs or innovators who want to establish a successful private or social enterprise 
  • Volunteers in Community Groups or organisations  

Entry  Requirements

Applicants are required to have successfully achieved either:

  • A BA in Business, Enterprise & Community Development 

  • A Level 7 programme in another appropriate discipline or Higher Certificate award in a relevant discipline
  • Successfully completed a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process, EQUAL Irleand will provide special supports to participants who wish to enter using the RPL process, please askl 

Recognition of Prior Learning

We operate a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) system which allows us to recommend acceptance of people who have a relevant work, life and educational experience, demonstrating that they have already achieved the Learning Outcomes of the EQUAL Ireland BA and Higher Certificate in Business, Enterprise and Community Development. Please ask us about this process and we will give you the necessary information and advice.

Assessment Information

This programme is assessed through an array of continuous applied projects, both group and individual. 

To apply, please complete the Application Form (click to download) – to be Signed, Scanned and returned to

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Course Structure


Leading & Managing Organisations   (10 Credits)
‘Not-for-Profit’ Organisation Theory & Practice   (10 Credits)
Social Enterprise Development and Governance   (10 Credits)
Digital Marketing   (5 Credits)
Youth Work Approaches & Principles    (5 Credits)  
Community/Workplace Research Project   (20 Credits)

Programme Delivery & Supports

The programme will be delivered through Workshops held locally or centrally, or through a mixture of both. Engagement is on average two days per month over a 12 month period. An increasing proportion of delivery will be online using our eLearning platform. 

Key Learning Supports:

  • The EQUAl Ireland Moodle eLearning Platform
  • Access to tutor and other support stafff between workshops
  • On Line materials for each subject
  • Summary Video Presentations
  • Organised Study Groups