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Programme Aims and Objectives

The primary aim of the Higher Certificate in Arts is to prepare you for future challenges, whether those challenges lie in the areas of study or work. The objectives of the programme can be summarised as follows:

  • To provide a substantial and extended introduction to a range of subjects
  • available for study within the arts and social sciences.
  • To prepare students for the challenges of studying particular subjects at higher
  • levels.
  • To promote an understanding of how different academic disciplines or subjects
  • engage and explore different and related concepts and issues.
  • To facilitate the development of writing, oral presentation and IT skills.
  • To promote the practice of writing in a range of conventions, forms and styles
  • appropriate to different academic subject or disciplines.
  • To facilitate in the development of independent study, research and learning
  • skills.
  • To facilitate in the development of team-working, project-management, time
  • management and careers skills.
  • To offer the opportunity for advanced level entry onto honours degree programmes
  • of education and training in subject areas related to the content of the programme.


The Higher Certificate in Arts is a two year programme divided into two levels and offering a series of internal options or pathways at level 2. All students take all of level 1 of the programme and then take the common elements of level 2 alongside one of the five optional specialised subject pathways during their second year. Whatever internal pathway they choose students will encounter an attractive mix of traditional academic education and a course of continuing academic, personal and professional learning development that will put them in good stead for the future.

Career Opportunities

The programme will be of equal interest to those interested in an arts or social sciences third level education and those interested in pursuing a career in any area of work that requires strong skills of written expression, oral presentation, communication, conceptual and critical thought, teamwork or project management. Related DBS courses have an excellent record of inspiring and enabling students to go on to further study, with a very high proportion of graduates progressing onto further educational programmes at honours degree level and beyond and to a very wide variety of jobs and careers.

Our graduates can now be found working in education, journalism, health and social services, the film and theatre industries, business and in a range of other employment contexts.

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Dublin Business School

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (2 )

Costos de estudio
€9.850,00 (US$ 11.635) por año
Fecha de inicio

Septiembre 2021, Enero 2022


Dublin Business School

13/14 Aungier Street,


Republic of Ireland

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes internacionales

Leaving Certificate

Under the new Common Points Scale for Leaving Certificate 2017 applicants must obtain a minimum of 5O6/H7, including a language. Some degree programmes will also require a minimum of O6/H7 in Maths.

Using the old pre 2017 grading scheme, applicants must have obtained a minimum of Grade D3 in five ordinary level subjects, including a language. The Maths requirement for some degree programmes is a minimum of a D3 grade.


Applicants must obtain four GCSE passes at grade C to include Maths and English plus one pass at A –level.

FETAC Applicants

Minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC Level 5 awards is a full FETAC award. A full FETAC award normally contains 8 modules. A record of achievement does not meet these minimum entry standards.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum English language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.0 (or equivalent).

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.