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What is the Course about?

Historically, the disciplines of business and law have been closely associated in both the public and private sector. In the global economy, businesses deal with more complex issues concerning government regulations and international trade policies. Equally, legal expertise is required to contend with constantly evolving commercial organisations and business practices.

There are three broad themes running through the course:

  • Business
  • Law
  • Transferable Skills (Research and Communications, IT, Statistics/Mathematics and Team skills).

Years 1 and 2 introduce students to essential business areas such as economics, management, IT, accounting, mathematics, marketing and fundamental legal subjects relevant to business such as: Contract Law and Tort Law. Years 3 and 4 have a strong emphasis on core management competencies (Year 3), strategic management, international aspects of business (Year 4) complemented by legal knowledge and skills relevant to these areas in subjects such as: Company Law, Employment Law, Media Law and the Digital Environment, Consumer Law and EU Law. The students will go on work placement in Year 3 Semester 2. This course provides maximum flexibility to students.

Special Features:

Maximum flexibility - Higher Certificate in Business and Law (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2 and Ordinary Degree in Business and Law (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3. Transfer option after Year 2 into other Honours Business Degree courses (See SE401 or LLB).

Students have the option to transfer to the Business or Law or Accounting courses.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Business Financial Accounting 1 (M) Business Financial Accounting 2 (M)
IT for Business (M) Introduction to Law and Legal Research (M)
Microeconomics (M) Macroeconomics (M)
Quantitative Techniques 1 (M) Quantitative Techniques 2 - Business Mathematics (M)
The Irish Legal System 1 (M) The Irish Legal System 2 (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Introduction to Marketing (M) Management 2 (M)
Management 1 (M) Business Management Accounting (E)
Business Cost Accounting (E) Contemporary Marketing Practice (E)
Human Resource Management 1 (E) Human Resource Management 2 (E)
Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 (E) Income Tax and Corporation Tax (E)
Contract Law 1 (M) Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 (E)
Tort Law 1 (M) Macroeconomy of Ireland (E)
Constitutional Law 1 (E) Supply Chain Management (E)
Contract Law 2 (M)
Tort Law 2 (M)
Constitutional Law 2 (E)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Business Finance (M) Work Placement (M)
Capital Taxes for HC in Accounting & Business with Law (M) Business Internship Project (E)
Contemporary Issues In HRM (M) Corporate Finance for Business (E)
Business Information Systems 1 (E) Corporate Social Responsibility (E)
Managerial Economics (E) Global Supply Chain Management (E)
Organisational Behaviour 1 (E) Organisational Behaviour 2 (E)
Purchasing and Supplier Management and Negotiation (E) Administrative Law 2 (E)
Employment Law 1 (M) Employment Law 2 (E)
Administrative Law 1 (E) Media Law and the Digital Environment 2 (E)
Media Law and the Digital Environment (E) New Product Innovation (E)
Marketing for Services (E)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 4

Semester 7 Semester 8
International Business (M) Strategic Positioning (M)
Strategic Analysis (M) Corporate Finance for Business (E)
Enterprise Development I (E) Enterprise Development II (E)
Global Logistics (E) Global Supply Chain Management (E)
Industrial Relations 1 (E) Industrial Relations 2 (E)
Strategic Financial Management (E) Organisational Behaviour 2 (E)
The Global Economy 1 (E) The Global Economy 2 (E)
Company Law 1 (M) Company Law 2 (M)
Consumer Protection Law 1 (E) Administrative Law 2 (E)
European Union Law 1 (E) Consumer Protection Law 2 (E)
Global Marketing Strategy (E) Employment Law 2 (E)
European Union Law 2 (E)
Media Law and the Digital Environment 2 (E)
New Product Innovation (E)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7
  • English or IrishO6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates achieving a minimum of a second class Honours Degree are eligible to apply to undertake a Research or Taught Masters at SETU Carlow or other third level institutions.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates will be qualified to work as fully-trained legal executives or can also pursue careers in law, banking, stockbroking, politics, lecturing, journalism, property management, taxation, accounting and many other areas.


Course Leader

Ms Annette Holden

Assistant Lecturer -

Email: [email protected]