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Business - Common Entry - Cork

Higher Education CAO

If you would like to undertake and engage in an extensive range of business disciplines, with the opportunity and flexibility to choose a specialism such as business (general) or accounting or marketing, you should apply for MT 550.

Award Name Degree - Ordinary Bachelor (Level 7 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Major
Awarding Body Munster Technological University
NFQ Level Level 7 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Degree - Ordinary Bachelor (Level 7 NFQ) Major Munster Technological University Level 7 NFQ
Course Provider:
Cork City
Attendance Options:
Daytime, Full time
Qualification Letters:
Apply to:
CAO Points Round 1
Year Points
2023 250
2022 255
2021 253
2020 255


3 Years

Specific Subjects or course requirements

Score the necessary CAO points and meet Leaving Certificate Minimum entry requirements

5 Subjects
Subjects O6/H7 5
Subjects H5 0
Maths Grade O6/H7
English or Irish Grade O6/H7

Leaving Certificate General Entry Requirements

Applicants must be 16 years of age or over on 1st January of the year of entry to the course. For the majority of courses, applicants for first year admission to MTU must score the necessary CAO points and satisfy the relevant minimum entry requirements for their programme of study.

Minimum entry requirements may be satisfied by the results of more than one Leaving Certificate. The minimum entry requirements may be varied for non-standard applicants and holders of QQI-FET awards.

2nd Chance Maths Exam
Some students who apply for MTU courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Maths through the Leaving Certificate examination. For such applicants, the University offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Maths Exam.

This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Maths Exam) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Maths entry standard and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate Maths entry standard.

Common Bonus Points Scale for Higher Level Maths

A bonus of 25 points is awarded to applicants who achieve a grade H6 or above in higher level (HL) Maths.

All students presenting H6 or above in HL Maths will have 25 points added to their score for Maths.

The six highest subject points scores will then be counted to achieve a cumulative points score, as is normal practice. The bonus points will only be relevant in cases where the subject HL mathematics (including bonus points) is scored as one of the candidate’s six best subjects for points purposes. Consequently, if HL mathematics (cumulative points score) is not among these six subjects, the bonus points will not be included in the total points score. Bonus points will be awarded irrespective of the year in which the examinations were taken.

Foundation Maths

A minimum grade of F2 in foundation level Maths fulfils the minimum entry requirements in Maths for the following programmes

MT 541 Bachelor of Business
MT 571 BA in Early Childhood Education and Care
MT 574 BA in Social Care
MT 654 HC in Arts in Hospitality Studies
MT 655 HC in Arts in Culinary Studies
MT 941 Bachelor of Business (Honours)
MT 971 BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care
MT 974 BA (Honours) in Social Care
Maths is not required for entry to:

MT 575 BA in Community Development
MT 572 BA in Early Childhood Education & Care
MT 820 BA (Honours) in Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass, Textiles)
MT 821 BA (Honours) in Fine Art
MT 822 BA (Honours) in Photography with New Media
MT 823 BA (Honours) in Visual Communications
MT 931 BA (Honours) in Popular Music - Electric Guitar
MT 932 BA (Honours) in Popular Music - Electric Bass Guitar
MT 933 BA (Honours) on Poplular Music - Keyboards
MT 934 BA (Honours) in Popular Music - Drums
MT 935 BA (Honours) in Popular Music - Voice
MT 936 BA (Honours) in Music
MT 938 BA (Honours) in Musical Theatre
MT 939 BA (Honours in Theatre and Drama Studies
Although not a requirement, if an applicant achieves a minimum grade of F2 in foundation level Maths this grade is recognised for entry and CAO points are awarded as follows: F1 = 20 points, F2 = 12 points.

Full details of minimum entry requirements for courses are outlined in the relevant course webpage. Applicants are advised to check the relevant subjects, tests, portfolios, and dates very carefully. In particular, there are early assessment procedures for some courses.

Leaving Certificate Vocational Progamme LCVP

Points Scoring for Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) Link Module
Holders of the LCVP apply in the normal way through the CAO. Points are awarded on the same basis as for the Leaving Certificate. The link modules ‘subject’ may not be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

LCVP Grade Points
Distinction 66
Merit 46
Pass 28

Leaving Certificate Applied Programme LCAP

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme
The LCA subjects do not meet the minimum requirements for entry to MTU full-time courses. Holders of Leaving Certificate Applied qualifications may wish to proceed to a FET-QQI course and in turn apply to third level on the basis of their FET-QQI award.

QQI FET Entry Requirements

Careers / Further progression

Further Studies
Subject to availability of places and specialisation, suitably qualified Level 7 graduates are eligible to apply for entry to year 4 (final year) of:

• Bachelor of Business (Honours) or
• Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Marketing

The Bachelor of Business (Level 8) satisfies the degree requirements of the Teaching Council. A postgraduate programme of initial teacher 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.

Career Opportunities
Depending on specialisation
Depending on specialization:

Brand management
Business development
Human resource management
Marketing and marketing research
Sales and sales management
Supply chain management

Course Web Page

Further information

Course size: 200 / Class size: 50

Entry 2024

Early online application (discounted): Fee €30 Closing Date: 20 January 2024 at 5pm

Normal online application: Fee €45 Closing Date: 1 February 2024 at 5pm

Late online application - restrictions apply (see page 3 2024 CAO Handbook): Fee: €60 Closing Date: 1 May 2024 at 5pm

Change of Mind - restrictions apply (see page 3 2024 CAO Handbook): Fee: Nil Closing Date: 1 July 2024 at 5pm

Exceptional online late application (see page 34 of the 2024 CAO Handbook): Fee €60 Closing Date: 22 July 2024 at 5pm

Be sure to complete any action well in advance of closing dates. You should avoid making an application close to a closing date. No extensions to closing dates will be allowed and all application fees are non-refundable.

Late Applications are those which are received after 5pm on 1 February 2024. The closing date for late applications is 5pm on 1 May 2024, subject to the restrictions listed on page 3 of the 2024 CAO Handbook. The online facility for late applications opens on the 5 March 2024 at 12:00 noon - a fee of €60 applies.

Exceptional Late Applications (Exception to the timetable)
The exceptional closing date of 22 July at 5pm applies only to applicants who are registered as an undergraduate student on 1 May 2024 in any year in any one of the participating HEIs (subject to the exclusions listed below). In order to avail of the Exceptional Late Application facility you must have entered the HEI through the CAO system. This is an exceptional late closing date and all steps must be completed by 5pm on 22 July. No changes may be made after this date.

If you did not enter your current course through the CAO system, you must first contact the Admissions Office of the HEI to which you wish to apply and they will inform you if you may submit an application direct to the institution.

You may submit a late application only for entry to courses other than your existing course. If you wish to repeat the year in the same course you must arrange this within your HEI.

Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Marino Institute of Education, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick and Maynooth University have special procedures in place in the case of current or previous students who wish to apply for entry to another course in the same HEI. Such applicants must contact their Admissions Office to determine the application procedure. However, if you are a student in another HEI and you wish to apply to any of these five HEIs, you should apply through CAO.

Refer to page 34 of the 2024 CAO Handbook on how to make an Exceptional Late Application.

As a CAO applicant you may experience one or more of the following restrictions based on your course choices, your category of application, or restrictions imposed by the HEIs that you wish to apply to. Please read the section on 'Restrictions' on page 3 of the 2024 CAO Handbook carefully. This section includes information on:

General Restrictions
1. Making a late application
2. Making changes to your course choices

Restricted Courses
3. Applying for a restricted course

Mature Applicants
4. Mature applicants

Supplementary Admissions Routes
5. Applying for DARE and/or HEAR

Award Title: Depends on specialisation. Choose from:
• Bachelor of Business
• Bachelor of Business in Marketing
• Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting

If you would like to undertake and engage in an extensive range of business disciplines, with the opportunity and flexibility to choose a specialism such as business (general) or accounting or marketing, you should apply for MT 550.

Students applying under MT 550 share a common first year, giving students the opportunity to study a wide variety of business modules before deciding which stream they wish to pursue. Having engaged with specialised electives in second year, students then select their preferred degree at the end of year 2. All programme options have a formal work placement, minimum of 15 weeks, which is an integral element of the course.

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 wide variety of business career options.

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 a marketing environment, 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 will transfer to year 3 of the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting (Level 8) programme.

First Year at a Glance:
• Mathematics: the study of mathematics supports the study of accounting, and financial management

• Information Technology: development of information technology (IT) skills

• Economics: this gives students an essential understanding of the environment in which businesses operate

• Communication Skills: assists students in the transition to third-level education; team projects, oral and written presentation skills, and develop important personal and professional skills for the business world

• Fundamentals of management: this acts as a foundation for the subsequent study of Contemporary Management, Marketing, and Human Resource Management

• Financial Accounting: this is the first of a number of accounting modules offered to students throughout the courses

• It is encouraged that students take a foreign language for the benefits they will derive from it in their careers, however, this is optional

Question Time
What is the advantage of doing the Common Entry degree?
If you would enjoy exploring 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 MT 550. If, however, you are confident that accounting or marketing is your preference, you should consider applying for the relevant Level 8 course (i.e. MT 943 BBus (Honours) in Marketing or MT 942 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.

Trudie Murray
T: +353 (0)21 433 5806

Course Provider:
Cork City
Attendance Options:
Daytime, Full time
Qualification Letters:
Apply to:
CAO Points Round 1
Year Points
2023 250
2022 255
2021 253
2020 255