Full-time course
Bachelor of Business (Honours) (Add-on)

Bachelor of Business Add-on Overview

The Bachelor of Business Honours, add-on, is designed to provide an academic progression route for graduates of level 7 degrees in business or a route to an honours degree via RP(E)L for applicants with relevant experience and or professional qualifications. The programme produces graduates with the academic, intellectual and transversal skills to enhance their employability, ensure their capacity to remain competitive in an ever-advancing sector, and equip them for further study. The programme will provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and competence to operate effectively in the business environment, equipping them to question, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate situation and context in seeking solutions to business problems.

The programme comprises of 60 ECTS of modules which reflect the essential curriculum to prepare students for employment in leadership or management roles in a commercial enterprise. The programme utilises a carefully designed curriculum structure with modules focussed on specific disciplinary areas of significance to business practice and operations. These modules facilitate the acquisition of discipline specific knowledge, skill and competence along with the development of transversal skills. The programme will produce graduates equipped to enter organisations in graduate level positions or progress to further academic study at Masters level.

An authentic assessment model is reflected in the programme assessment strategy. Summative assessment is a blend of integrated assessment and module specific assessment utilising both group and individual work, and the programme assessment strategy also features a capstone assessment. Formative assessment is integrated into module delivery through both in-class and independent study activities enabling students to self-assess and / or be assessed by faculty to determine their progress towards attainment of learning outcomes. Summative assessments also include a formative element with feedback provided to learners. The capstone Applied Business Practice module requires students to integrate the learning from the programme’s modules and apply this to a real-world business scenario or problem, provided with the support of the CCT Industry Engagement Forum.

In full-time delivery mode students will attend on-campus classes for 15 hours per week and will be expected to engage in independent study outside of the class time.

Read more about the Bachelor of Business Degree Add-on below:

The Bachelor of Business Honours, add on, has two primary aims:

1. to offer a progression opportunity for graduates of level 7-degree programmes (or equivalent) in business or cognate disciplines to provide them with the discipline, academic and transversal skills to enhance their employability in a variety of business-related functions, establish their own business enterprise, or progress to further study

2. to provide a route to attainment of an honours qualification for applicants with extensive disciplinary knowledge, skills and competence acquired through experience, professional development and industry qualifications.

The Bachelor of Business Honours, add-on will:

  • Provide students with the knowledge and understanding of business matters including but not limited to, the global business environment, strategic management, project management, marketing, innovation, governance, finance, and corporate social responsibility.
  • Provide learners with the intellectual capacity and transversal skills to be resilient to the continuous change in the business environment and develop student’s critical thinking to facilitate a solutions-focused approach to business challenges.
  • Develop students’ ability to undertake research to inform business decisions and propose solutions to business problems or suggest enhancements and innovations.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to understand the integrated nature of business operations and the opportunity to apply theory to practice using different business disciplines for maximum organisational benefit.
  • Provide students with the transferable knowledge and skills along with a sound commitment to personal and professional development to successfully progress their careers or advance to further study.

The Transferable Skills developed by the learner on this programme include:

  • Critical analysis: through analysing the outcomes of module work, case study, and project work.
  • Critical evaluation: through practical work, group work, and individual project work.
    Self-analysis and personal reflection: through group work and individual project work
  • Investigation: through research and applied business practice case studies, designing and developing solutions addressing real-world problems.
  • Problem-solving: through the exploration of various business scenarios and case studies involving exposure to group/team working, PBL and EBL-based techniques, and project work;
  • Communication skills: using presentations, teamwork, reports conveying concepts, designs, implementations and results, peer-based discussion and debate, and in-depth research project work.
  • Time management: through the attention to group and individual submission of assessments and preparation of assignments and meeting deadlines for project deliverables and milestones.
  • Team management and group-work: through group-based activities and interaction with peers and project supervisors.
  • Professionalism: through evidencing academic integrity and ethical practice, interacting with peers, faculty and supervisors and through completion of the Applied Business Practice project.

Semester One

The Global Business Environment (5 ECTS)

The purpose of this module is to provide students with a critical appreciation of the global marketplace in which all business operates. The module explores the effects of globalisation and aims to develop student’s understanding of the ways business can adapt in the changing global environment and respond to emerging challenges.

Project Management (5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:

  • Project Management methodologies including PRINCE2 and PMBoK (Project Management Book of Knowledge).
  • The steps to initiate, plan and define the scope of a project, as well as methods to monitor and evaluate progress within a variety of project formats.
  • Tools and techniques used for planning all aspects of a project including developing a Work Breakdown Structure, Gantt charts, and methods for estimating and budgeting.
    Quality control procedures and industry approaches that can be implemented throughout the project life cycle.
  • Risk identification and management in project environments.
  • The process of selecting, developing and managing effective teams.

Corporate Finance (5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with:

A critical understanding of the key responsibilities and financial decisions facing today’s strategic financial manager.
Knowledge to compose and financially evaluate detailed business plans.
An understanding of the potential financial risks facing firms at various levels of development, and appropriate risk management strategies available to them

Corporate Governance (5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:

  • The principles and theoretical perspectives applicable to the concept of corporate governance in Ireland.
  • The role, responsibilities and rights of the various types of directors in Irish company law as well as the statutory and regulatory legal framework applicable to the carrying out of their functions.
  • The complex variety of rights and obligations affecting employees and employers in an employment relationship as well as the origin of those rights and obligations in common law, contract, statute and constitutional law.
  • The framework of laws that plays a key role in the regulation of the relationships between businesses and their customers/clients, including consumer protection laws and laws prohibiting discrimination in the provision of goods or services.
  • The right to privacy derived from the constitution and its application in the modern corporate environment as well as the obligations attaching to companies and businesses under the Data Protection Acts.

Innovation Management (5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with:

  • An in–depth understanding of the elements of innovation management within an organisation
  • Extensive up to date knowledge of innovation and its role within economic system
    Appreciation of the role of innovation management in the organisation such that they would be able to make contribution at a strategic level
  • Skills to conduct research to analyse and evaluate organisational innovation performance.


Semester Two

Strategic Management (5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:

  • The theories and concepts of corporate and business level strategies and the inter-functional coordination.
  • The diagnostic and analytical tools used in the corporate and business strategy making process.
  • The various strategies for competing in specific industry/organisation situations.
  • The issues associated with building organisational resource strengths and capabilities.
  • The key issues when implementing strategy, including alternative strategies, that can maintain or enhance competitiveness within an organisation.

Leadership and Organisational Psychology (5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:

  • The nature and principles of organisational psychology
  • The various theories, principles, styles and techniques of organisational psychology, and leadership
  • Strategic leaders role in, and various approaches for, the overall formulation, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of organisational strategy and design
  • The different organisational psychology theories and processes relating to leadership, competitive advantage, organisational design and strategy

Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:

  • The various arguments surrounding climate change and the role of sustainable business in effecting change.
  • The various strategies for sustainability that businesses can undertake to gain competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  • The politics of sustainability and the regulatory issues influencing firms.
  • How technology and innovation provide opportunities for sustainable business;

Services Marketing Management (5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:

  • The concepts, models and theories that underpin the study of services marketing.
  • Evaluate the role of customer expectations and perceptions in service delivery and evaluation.
  • Discuss the importance of a service culture and co-creation of value.
  • Aligning service design and standards through a greater understanding of the employees’ and customers’ roles in the strategic management of services

Applied Business Practice (10 ECTS)

This module operates as a capstone module, requiring students to draw upon learning from all modules across the programme and apply this in a real-world business context. Its purpose is to enable students to more fully appreciate the relationship between different business discipline areas and how these come together in the workplace, while also ensuring students are more fully prepared and equipped for the demands of the workplace in a leadership role. As Industry increasingly advocates the use of authentic assessment to ensure graduates are better prepared for the demands of the roles they are appointed to, the capstone module prioritises the practical research of significance to the business environment. While the module does not culminate in an academic research project, the module introduces students to research and academic skills to better equip them for identifying reliable and valid information sources, appreciating ethical considerations, and developing their capacity to write business reports and proposals that are research informed and demonstrate critical and analytical capacity required of graduates today. This aspect of the module is designed to serve students across all modules of the programme and therefore the module is taught across two semesters.

In addition to the 10 core modules, students will complete one of the following two modules, Human Resource Management and Workforce Diversity or Operations Management

Human Resource Management and Workforce Diversity (5 ECTS)

The fundamental goal of this module is to help the student gain a better understanding and appreciation of the importance of human resource management and its role in promoting diversity and inclusion. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of human resource management’s core functions, current practices, and challenges.

Operations Management (5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to:

  • Develop learner’s understanding of the importance of the operations function in organisations.
  • Provide learners with a firm foundation in the principles and concepts of operations management as they apply in diverse business environments.
  • Develop learners ability to evaluate, appraise and comment on current challenges for operations management


The programme employs an authentic assessment approach to provide learners with an insight into real work tasks which require them to evidence their disciplinary knowledge and skills as well as their transversal skills. The assessment tools and the nature of the assessments are selected to facilitate learners to demonstrate their knowledge, skill and competence in the specific module area. Where applicable, opportunities for integrated assessment are maximised to better reflect authentic work-based problems and scenarios. The programme uses a combination of continuous assessment and examination assessment methodologies.

The programme is predominantly assessed by continuous assessment which will take place during modules and as terminal assessments on completing the modules. Assessments may include both group and individual assessments, essays, reports, research projects, in-class tests, portfolios, posters and presentations.  The Corporate Finance module is also assessed via an examination.

Upon successful completion of the programme students may progress to further study at level 8, including Higher Diploma conversion programmes in another discipline, or to advanced study at level 9, including Postgraduate Diploma and Masters programme in the business discipline. They will also be qualified to secure graduate positions in business.

The Monitoring Ireland’s Skills Supply 2020 report published by Solas and the National Skills Council highlights the increased employment potential of graduates with a level 8 award, and specifically references business graduates. The report states: “In quarter 2, 2020, 64% of the 469,700 recent graduates were in employment, representing 299,000 persons. The higher the NFQ level, the higher the share in employment… the highest shares were observed for those with level 8 qualifications (77%) or postgraduate qualifications (83%).” The report further highlights that “At 80%, the highest share in employment was for recent graduates in health, vet & agriculture. This was followed by STEM and social science, business and law graduates at 76% and 73% respectively.” These statistics indicate strong employment opportunities for graduates of level 8 business programmes.

Graduates of the CCT Bachelor of Business Honours programme have secured roles including: Social Media Agent, QA Analyst, Buyer, Tax Technician, Assistant Store Manager, Production Team Leader and Customer Sales Advisor, Social Media Manager, Events and Speakers Coordinator, Cash Clearing Account Manager, Regional Manager, Process Executive, Assistant Manager and Executive Assistant.

Applicants will require a high level of motivation and interest in the discipline, have knowledge of business operations, along with the ability to analyse and evaluate information to draw conclusions, inform decisions and or propose solutions.

These attributes will normally be evidenced through one of the following minimum requirements:

  • An NFQ level 7 major award (or equivalent) in business or cognate discipline, or
  • An RP(E)L application evidencing satisfaction of the level 7 award standards for business.

Applicants whose first language isn’t English must demonstrate a minimum competency in the English Language of CEFR B2+.

Admission to the part time blended learning mode of delivery requires the learners to have access to a laptop or PC with Microsoft Office and internet access and evidence of familiarity with the use of Microsoft word and navigating the internet.

Applications are also welcome from individuals who do not meet the standard entry requirements but wish to apply for entry based on prior learning (RPL) or prior experiential learning (RPEL). The College will thoroughly assess applications received through RPL and RPEL to ensure that candidates are able to evidence learning to an appropriate standard – normally the framework level equivalent to the direct entry qualifications requirement and demonstrate potential to succeed and benefit from the programme. Applications submitted on this basis will be assessed in line with the College RPL policy (linked)


Thayla Goulart – Bachelor of Business (Hons) 

Thayla already had some work experience when she decided to go to Ireland to live and study but she credits the up to date course content in the Bachelor of Business Degree at CCT College Dublin and the careers service in the College for assisting in creating opportunities for her professionally here in Ireland. 


Tiffany Rios –  Bachelor of Business (Hons)

Tiffany studied the Business Degree at CCT College Dublin, which assisted her in obtaining her sales development role for Ergo. She has since completed some IT courses through  her work and also back in CCT which are helping further her knowledge and passion for Data and AI.

Katrine Schubert – Bachelor of Business (Hons)

Katrine went from barely being able to construct an email before she started the Business Degree in CCT College Dublin to writing pages of academic research for her final year project. Not only that but she has just been offered an administrative position in a finance office.


As an independent institution, fees are payable.  Fees may vary on whether you are living in Ireland or living abroad at the point of application.  Full fee listing is available at this link.

Medical insurance for Non-EU nationals is compulsory and as part of the Irish Student Visa requirements and can be arranged by CCT for an additional fee of EUR100 for 12 months.

We are hosting a number of events in the lead up to the next academic year to give prospective students the opportunity to find out more about their course and the College.  At the moment these events are virtual and you can pre-register here.

You can also make an appointment with an Admissions Advisor in the College campus building here from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

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