BA in Business, Enterprise & Community Development Tuam Graduating Class 2013

BA in Business Enterprise & Community Development



  • This is Year Three of a four year BA (Hons) in Business, in Social Enterprise, Leadership & Management. It is a part-time Distance Learning Programme Accredited by Athlone Institute of Technology.
  • You will have the opportunity to develop our interest in the fields of Business, Enterprise & Community Development and to enhance your competencies towards becoming effective administrators, managers or organisers in these areas.

Who is it For

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

  • A Graduate of Equal Ireland’s Higher Certificate in Business, Enterprise & Community Development
  • A Graduate of a Comparative Level 6 programme
  • An owner/Manager or Sole Trader
  • A Community Activist
  • An Entrepreneur with a business idea
  • A Volunteer in a Community Group or Organisation

Entry  Requirements

 Applicants are required to have successfully achieved either:

  • The EQUAL Ireland Higher Certificate in Business, Enterprise & Community Development 
  • A Level 6 Higher Certificate award in a relevant discipline
  • Successful completion fo a Recognition of Prior Learinng Portfolio (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning

This method of entry is available to you in the event that you do not have the required formal educational qualifications, but have gained relevant knowledge and experience from work and community involvement etc. 

Assessment Information

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


Equal Ireland have made it possible for me to achieve my lifelong goal of graduating with an 1st class (Hons) Degree and for that I am eternally grateful. If like me, and the majority of my former classmates, you have spent your adult life working in positions of responsibility having gained invaluable experience at all levels, but without that "bit of paper" to validate your life's work, then Equal Ireland is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Access is through RPL or Recognised Prior Learning, where your life's work and experience is finally acknowledged and validated in academic terms and allows you pursue your chosen degree course. The course is delivered, taking account of people's busy lifestyles and are a mix of online material via moodle and tutor led lectures delivered in community classroom settings. The peer learning is equally as beneficial as the course content as your classmates are all individuals who are community leaders, business leaders, social enterprise owners/managers with vast experience and practical advise and support to give. I cannot recommend Equal Ireland and their team highly enough and would encourage people to embrace this second chance education with both hands. You won't regret it!
Sinead Dooley

 What opportunities might it lead to?

This programme prepares graduates for career opportunities in planning, supervision and business development, administration, management and leadership with business, and the social/community enterprise sector. Graduates from this programme will for example enable a graduate to engage in any of the following career options. 

Accounts Manager, Business Development, Employment Services, Office Manager, HR Officer

Community Project Officer, Community Development Officer, Supervisor/Manager,Training Coordinator            
Team Leader,Youth Worker, Services Administrator, Public Relations Manager, Team Leader         


Progression from this programme is to a BA (Hons) in Business, in Social enterprise, Leadership & Management and subsequently to an MA in xxx.


Course Structure


Business Development (10 Credits)
Community Development (15 Credits)
Applied Human Resource Management (10 Credits)
Financial Analysis (5 Credits)
Applied Information & Communication Technology (5 Credits)
Integrated Learning Project (15 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
  • Module Manuals
  • Summary Video Presentations
  • Organised Study Groups
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