New BA8 FeatureWe are delighted to offer you a place on this new and innovative programme, the Level 8 Honours Degree Programme – Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business, in Social Enterprise, Leadership and Management. Now approved by Athlone Institute of Technology this programme will be delivered in both Tuam and Athlone, Ballinasloe and Longford commencing in October, 2014 and concluding in July 2015

The programme has been developed by an AIT/EQUAL Ireland led team integrating expertise from other 3rd level institutes, enterprise and the community sector. The Team was particularly conscious of the views expressed by previous EQUAL Ireland graduates regarding all elements of the new programme and have incorporated these views, in so far as was possible, into the final product.  The content, delivery methodology and assessment strategy have been externally examined and validated by experts appointed by Athlone Institute of Technology and the design team have given very positive feedback on the future employment relevance of the programme.



The programme has 5 Modules worth a total of 40 credits plus a Community/Workplace Research Project having a value of 20 credits.

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



This Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI  – formed in part by HETAC and FETAC) Level 8 Honours BA is delivered via blended learning, which essentially consists of Tutor Facilitated Learning Clinics, an eLearning environment using EQUAL Ireland’s Moodle Platform with support being provided face to face or electronically by AIT/EQUAL Ireland Qualified Teaching Staff.



EQUAL Ireland strongly encourages the continued use of study groups and will work to facilitate this with local centres. Our experience, and for most of you, your experience, is that  participants who engage in local study groups find them very beneficial, get most out of the programmes through collaborative learning and find them a huge help in terms of motivation and simply enjoying the course experience.



Learning will be assessed, as is the tradition of EQUAL Ireland programmes, through completed Project Assignments.



Information Sessions, covering all aspects of the programme will take place as follows:





Monday 22nd September Corralea Court Hotel Tuam 7 pm. – 8 p.m.
Monday 22nd September Harbour Hotel, Galway 7 pm. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday 23rd September Emerald Ballroom Ballinasloe 7 pm. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday 23rd September Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone 7 pm. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday 24th September EDI Centre Longford 7 pm. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday 24th September Castle Hotel, Trim, Co Meath 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 25th September Blackwater Valley Learning Centre Emyvale 7 p.m. – 8  p.m.

We hope that your circumstances and interest are such that you will be able to avail of this genuine opportunity to continue your studies to a new level, among people whom you know and in a new and exciting learning environment.



The programme fee is €1900.  This is highly competitive and cost effective. A twelve monthly phased payment schedule of €158 is available. For those who choose to avail of it, a reduced fee of €1700 will apply provided payment of two instalments of €850  each are made, at the programme commencement and a final payment 6 months into delivery.



Leading & Managing Organisation – 10 Credits

This Module is designed to develop the students’ understanding of the necessity for effective leadership supporting continuous change and performance improvement. It will look at the extent to which change yields real improvement in an organisation’s performance towards achieving strategic objectives.

Digital Marketing – 5 Credits

This Module is designed to develop the students’ understanding of the necessity for effective digital marketing and operations to support  customer/client engagement . It will focus on growing and   leveraging the organisation’s brand communications supporting sustainability and align the business and digital marketing objectives.

Social Enterprise Development and Governance – 10 Credits

This Module introduces the foundations of Social Entrepreneurship that are important to understanding the decisions that social entrepreneurs make, the environment in which they make those decisions and thetasks they must undertake before launching a new venture. The module will have an applied focus on ethical behavior, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

Not-for-Profit Organisation Theory & Practice – 10 Credits

This Module will examine the different types of organisation that exist in the not for profit sector and will investigate the distinguishing features of these organisations. In addition the module will explore the factors that have led to the emergence of social enterprises and other not for profit organisations and how they contribute to communities.

Community Youth Work Approaches and Principles- 5 Credits

The aim of this Module is to develop professional and transferable skills of learners through an

examination of the approaches and principles of youth and community work in Ireland and internationally. The module examines community and youth focused participation and explores theoretical and practical approaches to working within communities and with young people in a community setting. It provide students with the knowledge, skills and values to manage community and youth based Youth Projects.

Community/Workplace Research Project – 20 credits   

The aim of this Module is to further facilitate the development of the students’ academic and research skills to enable them to complete a research project of 6,000- 8,000 words.  The project will be carried out in conjunction with communities and/or enterprise organisations, placing learners in their own communities. The project will focus on analysis, critical thinking, judgment and investigation, in accordance with accepted criteria and ethical standards. Each student will be given an opportunity to present their project through a final viva oral presentation which will form part of the final assessment.



These are available on the EQUAL Ireland Moodle site or through the EQUAL Ireland Office 091778682


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