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

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.

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Business Law

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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