Online course Part-time course
Modular Diploma in New Business Enterprise Skills

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Funded by the Government of Ireland as part of the July Stimulus Higher Education Provision

Diploma in New Business Enterprise Course Overview and Audience

According to Enterprise Ireland 60% of companies who engaged with the state body from March to September 2020 say that COVID-19 has had an extremely negative or critical impact on their business to date. In addition to financial support, Business owners and entrepreneurs who are just starting out require education and training support to ensure that they can navigate the uncertain months ahead and also to mitigate risk from Brexit. This course will enable participants in a flexible and practical way to avail of this training on a modular basis. Participants will obtain a knowledge on legislation impacting on the workplace in the Business Law module and will also develop skills to manage innovation, approaches to generate innovative thinking and practical skills to resolve poor organisational performance in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship module. The Marketing module examines the macro and micro marketing environment in which they find themselves operating.

This modular course will appeal to a range of adult learners who may be currently experiencing business difficulties due to COVID-19 from a legal, marketing or sustainability point of view but who do not themselves have the experience or skills to navigate the unprecedented challenge. It may also be of interest to returners and other groups including the unemployed who may wish to re-skill and/or who are are seeking to explore new business opportunities. It will give those who are already business owners the skills and confidence to pivot their business model continue to operate successfully in a changed economic landscape and those who wish to start their own business the tools to help make it work.

This CCT College Dublin modular course consists of modules from CCT’s Level 8 BA (Hons) in Business (180 credits) awarded by QQI. The modular course certificate is awarded by CCT and is not an NFQ award but successful completion of the modules will entitle the learner to a transcript confirming the ECTS attained and the NFQ level of those ECTS. Upon successful completion of the programme learners will be entitled to exemptions from the specified modules on the BA (Hons) in Business at CCT College Dublin. Successful completion of the programme may also entitle a learner to exemptions from alternative programmes, including those offered by other Higher Education Institutions, subject to entry requirements.

    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. Current the practices and processes that entrepreneurial managers require to manage the new business effectively.
2. The elements of innovation management within an organisation.
3. Important emerging trends in entrepreneurship and innovation are identified, and their implications are explored.
4. How to think analytically about designing entrepreneurial systems and to continuously build and commercialise new products and services.
5. The skills to identify, evaluate, and resolve a variety of issues relating to poor entrepreneurial performance in firms.
6. Appreciation of the role of innovation management in the organisation such that they would be able to make contribution at a strategic level.
7. Skills to conduct research to analyse and evaluate organisational innovation performance.

    • Marketing Fundamentals

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. The marketing concept and its role in the modern businesses.
2. The internal and external marketing environment that businesses operate within.
3. The role of marketing research within organisations.
4. Concepts of market segmentation and the main types of market segmentation used;
5. Concept of the management tools of the four P’s used by organisations.

    • Business Law

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. The foundations of Irish law and the Irish legal system, including the courts systems in Ireland, the four sources of Irish law, the distinction between criminal and civil law in Ireland and the Irish Constitution.
2. The laws of Contract and Negligence and their development through common law within this jurisdiction and the remedies available. The laws governing consumer contracts and the Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980;
3. Employment and Health and Safety law, its impact on the employer/employee and the organisation, the role of the Health and Safety Authority and penalties/remedies for breaches of Employment and Health and Safety legislation in Ireland;
4. Company Law, its impact on different business models, covering the role and duties of directors and shareholders, the raising of company capital and the liquidation, receivership and examinership of companies.

Those who are in employment/working : 

For eligible applicants who are currently in employment/working 90% of the tuition fees will be covered by the HEA and the remaining 10% is payable by the student or their employer.

  • The Course Tuition Fee is €1,800 so €180 euro is payable by the student or their employer

Those who are unemployed, formerly self-employed and ‘Returners’:

The course is free and 100% funded for eligible applicants who are unemployed, formerly self-employed or who are classified by the HEA as ‘Returners’ or ‘Homemakers’.


Admission to this modular programme is through one of the following:

Evidence of prior learning, including experiential learning,


Possession of an NFQ level 5 award, including leaving certificate, FET award, or equivalent.

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

Applicants are encouraged to apply for entry based on prior learning (RPL) or prior experiential learning (RPEL) in line with the College policy. 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 qualification requirement and demonstrate potential to succeed and benefit from the programme.

This course will be delivered online. Online activities can include live or pre-recorded lectures, independent learning and assessment activities such as research tasks, discussion forums, simulations, quizzes and e-portfolio work along with online group activities such as live classes, group project work, virtual labs and tutorials.


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