Business Entrepreneurship Course Certificate in Galway, Ireland

The programme

Start preparing yourself for a successful future in business.

On the Certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship course you will explore contemporary business issues and gain a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge for business.

You will learn the fundamental elements that make up the business owner lifecycle as well as management skills that will help you during your entrepreneurial ventures or to successfully overcome challenges and obstacles you may face in your workplace.

The aim of this certificate is to equip you with the knowledge you need to analyse a range of business management issues and overcome the challenges facing successful entrepreneurs. 

  • Duration

    One academic semester

  • Next Start Date

    23 September 2024

  • Mode

    Full-time Day
    Part-time Evening

  • ECTS

    20 ECTS

  • Assessment

    Continuous Assessment & Exam

  • Level

    National Framework of Qualifications Level 6

  • Minimum English Level

    IELTS Level 6.0 or equivalent

  • Accrediting Body

    Quality and Qualifications Ireland

“The course was excellent, from delivery to content. The lecturers were very informative and had plenty of real world experience. Just go for it. Nothing will happen if you don’t.” James Grealish, Certificate in Business & Entrepreneurship course participant
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What to expect

This course will be taught through a mix of relevant theory and through the use of practical case studies and in-class simulations. The lectures and tutorials will be interactive and you'll be expected to keep up to date with reading material.

You will be assessed using a combination of exams and continuous assessment throughout the semester. This includes a variety of assessments components, such as continuous assessment, proctored written examinations and e-activities. 

Course structure and award

The Certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship is delivered over a semester (18 weeks, including exams). 

On completion, you will receive a QQI Certificate in Business & Entrepreneurship at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. 

About Galway Business School 

We offer internationally recognised undergraduate degree programmes, complemented by a wide range of professional, short term certificate courses and pathway programmes. 

At Galway Business School you can choose a programme to suit you:

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You’ll find not only an excellent location but also top-class facilities, teachers and programmes.

Career opportunities and progression routes 

After completing this certificate, you can progress on to a career in business or innovation management in SMEs or multinational organisations.

Students who would like to further their academic career can choose to continue their studies through our Bachelor of Business degree and would be exempted from the modules completed within their certificate. 

Entry requirements

Students are required to have a Leaving Certificate 5 pass or High School Diploma equivalent and are required to have an English Language qualification at CEFR B2 or above.

English language classes at the start of the programme are obligatory for non-native speakers.

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Next steps

For further information please contact our friendly admissions team.

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Who is this Business and Entrepreneurship certificate for?

Are you looking for an internationally recognised qualification that will enhance your employability? 

Our Business and Entrepreneurship courses offer an excellent learning experience that will give you an understanding of the problems that exist in today's business environments- and the ability to propose solutions to them. For example, the Covid-19 pandemic has created severe challenges for Irish businesses with significant job losses, worldwide disruption and an uncertain road ahead. Many businesses have to rethink the way they work and operate, adaptability being key. Your role as a business developer would be working closely with businesses to help them mobilise, stabilise and return to delivering profits.

These are the perfect business courses for entrepreneurs interested in starting and growing a successful business. 

Upon successfully completing this certificate, you will be able to identify the attributes a successful entrepreneur requires and devise strategies to overcome the challenges businesses today face.  

Programme learning outcomes

The Certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship will empower you to:

  • Analyse a range of business management issues
  • Identify the qualities of successful entrepreneurs and the challenges they face
  • Discuss the concepts underlining innovation, entrepreneurship, business ethics and the fundamentals of management
  • Examine concepts such as developing a business idea and creating a innovative work environment
  • Create an entrepreneurial culture within an organisation
  • Understand contemporary business issues
  • Examine the integration of various functions of management

Programme Content

The Certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship programme has two core modules, Contemporary Global Business and Entrepreneurship. The modules are mandatory. 

Contemporary Global Business  (10 ECTS)

This module will provide you with an understanding of the key roles a manager plays in terms of planning, organising, leading and controlling the organisation. You'll be able apply tactics and strategies in learning to win in an international negotiation.  By means of group case analysis you'll be able to apply key concepts within today’s organisation and their global environments.

You will study:

Fundamental management functions 

Managing the process of modern business negotiations 

Corporate social responsibility

Ethics in business and sustainability 

Entrepreneurial activity in Ireland and Europe 

By looking at various organisations and how they are managed, you'll develop a broad overview of the concepts and exhibit a foundation in the analytical and practical skills necessary to effectively manage within organisations.

Entrepreneurship (10 ECTS)

This module introduces the foundations of entrepreneurship that are important to understanding the decisions entrepreneurs make, the environment in which they make those decisions and the tasks they must perform before launching a new venture.

This course will involve a substantial amount of application of theory as part of the learning process. There will be lecture presentations on key concepts. 

You will cover:

How to recognise opportunities

Creativity and idea generation 

Feasibility and business plan 

Financing the enterprise 


Innovation growth strategies

 You will then apply the theory in a practical way, building up a portfolio of information relating to the course content through discussion, debate, self-directed learning, presentation and guest speakers. This also provides an opportunity for class discussion and peer learning.

"The staff are very supportive and are always available to answer questions and help out where required. The lectures are very well delivered and interesting." Jimmy Norman, GBS Graduate

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