Foundation Course in Business/Commerce

Course overview

This programme is designed for individuals who have been out of the formal education system for some time and now wish to begin third level studies in the areas of Business, Law or Arts.

The preparatory nature of the programme builds up participants’ confidence in their academic ability and equips them with skills that will help them to participate in future third level education programmes in a business related area.

Key facts

Entry requirements

No specific entry requirements but Leaving Certificate is desirable.

Duration: 26 weeks:
Tuesday 7pm to 10 pm
Thursday 7pm to 10pm
One Saturday per month 10am to 5pm

Next start date: September

ECTS weighting: 30

Average intake: 45

Closing date: 13th September 2014

NFQ level: 6

Mode of study: Part-time, classroom based

Course outline

To prepare students in academic and core modules to progress to degrees in Business, Law or Arts.


Subjects include Economics, Accountancy, Maths, Applied Writing, Study Skills, IT and Educational Guidance.


The aim of the teaching programme is to foster in the participants confidence and enthusiasm for each subject and to introduce them to the conceptual framework and language for each subject area.

Applications and selections

Apply here



Trish Bourke
Mature Students Officer
NUI Galway
T: 091-492695

Requirements and assessment

Most modules on the programme are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination. For modules where coursework counts for less than 100% of marks, exams take place at the end of each module or semester.



The courses are a recognised entry requirement at GMIT and NUI Galway and for full-time and part-time Business, Science, Engineering and Technology courses at both institutions. Participants on these Foundation courses must apply through the CAO mature students route for a place on a full -time course. Participants must apply to the CAO before 1st February in the year of entry to a third level programme, that is, participants apply for a full-time, third level place that will start the following autumn while still completing the Foundation Course.

Find out more

Trish Bourke
Mature Students Officer
NUI Galway
T: 091-492695

Fees for this course

€380 if in employment and €60 if in receipt of Social Welfare.


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