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Business (Common Entry) CR021

  • Course Code

    CR 021

  • Field of Study

    Accounting,Business Studies,Marketing

  • Type of Course:

    Higher Certificate,Degree

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.

Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.

Work Placement

Formal work placement (minimum of 15 weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Accounting, Business,and Economics.

Course summary

If you would like a broad range of business topics, with the opportunity to choose a specialism such as Business or Accounting or Marketing at a later stage, you should apply for CR 021.


Management and Enterprise


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - open days 2017

26th October 
National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy County Cork

17th November  
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork
18th November  
CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork.

For more information, please click here.


CR021 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

Business brings together Management, Marketing, Accounting, Communications, and applications of Information Technology. Business courses aim to provide a broad business education with many opportunities to specialise. The courses are designed to be employment oriented. They are structured to give an interesting variety of topics, choice of specialist areas and choice of levels of qualifications, and they also provide the necessary skills for those seeking to set up their own enterprises.

Students applying under CR 021 share a common Year 1 and then choose their preferred Degree at the end of Year 1. This gives students the opportunity to study business subjects before deciding on the stream they wish to follow.

Students can choose from the following Degree programmes:

  1. Bachelor of Business (Level 7)
    This Business programme provides the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute effectively within a business and management setting and is designed to provide a solid foundation for success in a business career.
  2. Bachelor of Business in Marketing (Level 7)
    The Marketing programme focuses on the concepts, theory, processes and techniques of Marketing necessary to function in marketing, sales or customer service roles with particular emphasis on the skills required within the digital economy.
  3. Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting (Level 8)
    The Accounting programme focuses on the specialist education and training necessary to enable graduates to gain employment in an Accounting/Financial capacity in any business sector. At the end of Year 1, students can choose the Accounting Stream. On successful completion of Year 2, students can transfer to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting (Level 8) programme.

Further Studies

For details, see

Subject to availability of places and specialisation, suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to Year 4 (final) of:
> Bachelor of Business (Honours) (Level 8)

> Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Marketing (Level 8)

A large proportion of graduates progress onto postgraduate studies. The Bachelor of Business Honours degree (Level 8) satisfies the degree requirements of the Teaching Council. As with other recognised degrees, a postgraduate programme of Initial Teaching Education, accredited by the Teaching Council, consisting of two years full-time study or 120 ECTS credits must subsequently be completed to be eligible for registration with the Teaching Council.

Question Time

What is the advantage of doing the Common Entry?
If you would like a broad range of business topics, with the opportunity to choose a business specialism such as Business, or Accounting or Marketing at a later stage, you should apply for CR 021. If, however, you are confident that Accounting or Marketing is your preference, you should consider applying for the relevant Level 8 course (i.e. CR 420 BBus (Honours) in Marketing or CR 400 BBus (Honours) in Accounting) which specialises in that area from Year 1.

Is there a European language requirement for the course?
No, however, students who pursue French as an elective in Year 1 are expected to have completed a French Course at Leaving Certificate Level.

Will I be at a disadvantage if I did not study Business or Accounting in the Leaving Certificate?
No, the core fundamentals of Accounting and Business are delivered in Year 1.

What Award will I receive after successful completion of the course (3 years, 6 semesters)?
It depends on the specialisation. Choose from
• Bachelor of Business
• Bachelor of Business in Marketing
• Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting

Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate after two years?
Yes, students who successfully complete Year 2 and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive a Higher Certificate in Business.

Graduate Profiles


Mike O'Neill
Associate Sourcing/Global Commodity Manager

“My choice to complete the Bachelor of Business Honours degree was the perfect bridge from school/college life to the real world. It offered a great balance between structure and freedom - one of the most important attributes of work-life balance. My lecturers were always available to provide guidance and support, no matter how many questions I asked, (and I use to ask a lot!). I received practical and insightful responses.

Since leaving CIT, I completed the MSc in Strategic Management and now work for Stryker beginning September 2011. I started as a Supply Chain Graduate where I worked across the different areas of Supply Chain in Ireland and the USA. I am currently living in Amsterdam and working in Stryker’s European Head Quarters as an Associate Sourcing/Global Commodity Manager.


Sophie Creevy
Graduate Internship

“I graduated from the Bachelor of Business (Honours) Degree in October 2014. What stood out to me most about my time in CIT were the lecturers - they went above and beyond to ensure their students succeeded. I am currently working in Apple, a job that I was informed about from a lecturer of mine. Another lecturer then helped me with my interview skills and CV to prepare me for the interview.

I have been working within Apple’s Supply Chain for almost a year now and am constantly finding myself using knowledge I have learned throughout this course to assist me in my day-to-day work. I would highly recommend this Business Degree course to anyone interested in a future in business.”


Marketing graduates are qualified for positions in manufacturing and service industries. Their roles may be in marketing, sales, customer relations, market research or brand management.

Business and Management graduates have a broad range of abilities which may lead to employment, in an administrative capacity, in areas such as accounting, marketing, computing, banking, insurance, travel and retailing.

Accounting graduates obtain employment in areas such as banking, computing, insurance or general management. Many graduates obtain positions as accounting trainees, completing professional accountancy examinations on a part-time basis while in employment.

Potential Areas of Employment
• Marketing and Marketing Research
• Brand Management
• Sales and Sales Management
• Business Development
• Accounting
• Banking and Finance
• Insurance
• General Management
• Teaching and Lecturing

Further Studies

The Honours Bachelor of Business Degrees satisfy the degree requirements of the Teaching Council. As with other degrees, a training and teaching qualification such as a HDip is also required.


Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:


CAO Cut off:

Not Specified

CAO Average:

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