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BA in Education, Business Studies & Accounting (International)

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  • Programme Overview

    The BA in Education, Business Studies and Accounting programme (post-primary) is a four-year, full-time, undergraduate concurrent teacher education degree (Level 8), currently offered at MIC, St Patrick’s Campus, Thurles. Graduates are qualified to teach Business Studies and Accounting to honours Leaving Certificate level.

    BA in Education, Business Studies and Accounting, MIC, St Patrick's Campus, Thurles

    Why study on this programme?

    Graduates of the programme will:

    • Demonstrate subject knowledge, curriculum process and content, and professional knowledge
    • Engage in critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving, reflection and self-evaluation
    • Engage in planning, teaching, learning, assessment, classroom management and organisation for the classroom and the school as a learning organisation
    • Articulate a commitment to and vision for the development of the uniqueness of the pupil in all its dimensions
    • Integrate and apply knowledge skills, attitudes and values in complex and unpredictable educational settings
    • Exhibit strong interpersonal skill and a readiness to be leaders and innovators of curriculum change
    • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong personal and professional development and actively participate in professional learning communities

    Modules & Undergraduate Dessertation

    Students are educated in the most current methodologies and technologies available to enhance the teaching of their subject areas at post-primary level. The degree programme includes four years of modules in Business Studies and Accounting. These are taken concurrently with education modules which include theoretical, pedagogical and professional studies along with a number of school placement experiences.

    This programme places great emphasis on teaching and research. As part of their development as research-active teachers, students undertake an Undergraduate Dissertation. The dissertation can be in either Education or a Subject discipline. Students begin the preparation for the dissertation in Year 3 where they undertake their Research Methods module.

    School Placement

    The School Placement element of the programme is designed to meet the Teaching Council’s requirements, and students will spend approximately 21 weeks in schools during the programme. This period will allow students to engage in observation, class based and whole-school teaching and learning activities. Working in partnership with schools, the placements are designed to enable students to experience class levels from junior to senior cycle within a range of school types, where the student is guided and empowered along his/her learning-to-teach journey. The level and range of teaching and learning activities increases from School Placement 1 to School Placement 4 and the student is assisted by the placement tutors and cooperating teachers to ensure that his/her practice is reflective of professional knowledge and his/her own personal commitment to the pupils’ wellbeing and learning. There is an integrated focus on subject knowledge and also inclusion and differentiation for each placement. Placements occur at four points in the programme: 

    • Teaching and Learning 1 – Year 1, Semester 2: Students are given the opportunity to observe teaching in practice for one week in a senior primary classroom. This observation placement enables students to challenge their experiences of learning and their conceptions of teaching and it provides post-primary students with developmentally appropriate learning experiences. The placement inducts student teachers into the practice of teaching and reflection.
    • School Placement 1 – Year 2, Semester 4: The focus for this six-week School Placement is on lesson planning and preparation, scheme planning and developing effective teaching strategies in their subject areas. There is also a strong emphasis on the development of critical and reflective practice, and on developing an understanding of schools as organisations. Both observation and teaching elements are integrated into this placement which is located at Junior Cycle level and /or Transition Year level. This School Placement marks the beginning of their Professional Portfolio, to be completed on an on-going basis throughout the remainder of the degree programme.
    • School Placement 2 – Year 3, Semester 6: In this two week placement, students will work in special settings including the possibility of an international placement. The purpose of this placement is to support the student in becoming an inclusive teacher and to develop their confidence and competence in responding to diverse needs in the classroom.
    • School Placements 3 & 4 – Year 4, Semester 8: School Placement 3 and 4 will run simultaneously over 12 weeks. School Placement 3 addresses the whole school elements of the extended placement beyond the classroom and provides structure to the student’s whole school learning throughout the placement including the continuation of the Professional Portfolio. In School Placement 4 the student teachers will plan, prepare and implement schemes of work and lesson plans in their subject areas at Junior and Senior Cycle level. There will be a strong emphasis on reflective practice throughout these modules.
    Real Teaching Scenarios
    Real Teaching Scenarios
    Both observation and teaching elements are integrated into the professional placements
    MIC Thurles
    MIC Thurles
    Small class sizes and a friendly atmosphere are a distinctive feature of the campus,

    Career Opportunities

    This programme is accredited by the Teaching Council and has been developed in response to the growing need for excellence in teaching at post-primary level. The programme prepares graduates for their roles in all areas of professional life in education.

    The following list demonstrates just some of the careers our graduates have pursued:

    • Post-primary teacher
    • Accountant in industry or practice
    • Accounting Technician
    • Retail Management
    • Procurement Management
    • Inventory Management
    • Fund Accounting
    • Banking
    • Marketing and PR
    • Human Resource Management
    • Training and Development
    • Educational Management
    • Sales
    • Entrepreneurship

    Admissions Enquiries

    MIC Thurles

    T: +353 504 20535 / 21201


    Programme Content

    Semester 1 (Year 1)
    Becoming a Student Teacher 
    Fundamental Accounting
    Regulatory Framework
    Two of the following modules will be offered:
    Management Principles 
    Business Mathematics
    Semester 2 (Year 1)
    Teaching and Learning 1 - Planning to Teach 
    Understanding Contemporary Schools and Society
    Adolescent Development - Understanding Young People and How They Learn
    Financial Accounting Principles
    One of the following modules will be offered (excluding the modules already offered): 
    Management Principles 
    Business Mathematics
    Semester 3 (Year 2)
    Teaching and Learning 2 - Planning for Differentiation
    Teaching Business Studies and Accounting 1
    Management Accounting Principles
    Financial Accounting 1
    One of the following modules will be offered:
    Legal Environment of Business
    Semester 4 (Year 2)
    Inclusive Education: Contemporary Perspectives 
    School Placement 1
    Management Accounting 1
    One of the following modules will be offered (excluding the modules already offered):
    Legal Environment of Business
    Semester 5 (Year 3)
    Curriculum Studies; Assessment for and of Learning
    Diversity in Education - Ethics Interculturalism and Inclusive Classrooms
    Financial Accounting 2
    Two of the following modules will be offered:
    Organisational Behaviour
    Entrepreneurship and New Enterprise Creation
    Business Information Systems
    Ireland and the Global Economy
    Semester 6 (Year 3)
    Research Methods - Ethical foundations for Teaching and Research
    School Placement 2
    Advanced Management Accounting
    Financial Management
    Two of the following modules will be offered (excluding the modules already offered):
    Organisational Behaviour
    Entrepreneurship and New Enterprise Creation
    Business Information Systems
    Ireland and the Global Economy
    Semester 7 (Year 4)
    Policy and Leadership in Education
    Dissertation 1
    Teaching Business Studies and Accounting 2
    Strategic Management
    Financial Reporting
    Semester 8 (Year 4)
    School Placement 3
    School Placement 4
    Dissertation 2

    How to Apply

    EU/Non-EU Status Assessments

    The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies and would qualify for the HEA's 'Free Fees' Scheme, for example. 

    To determine status, EU/Non-EU Status Assessments are conducted in MIC by the International Office.

    More information here.

    EU Applicants

    You are advised to contact the MIC Admissions Office before applying on or on +353 61 204348 / 204929.

    Non-EU Applicants

    Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. Check your country here.

    You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying on or +353 61 204988 / 774790.

    Fees: Click here.

    Federal Aid: Click here

    Download and complete the application form, paying particular attention to the requirements:

    • Please enclose detailed certified results and awards for all examinations mentioned in the application form (certified original documents and certified English translation where applicable).
    • Official results and award of examinations to be taken should be submitted as soon as they are available.
    • If you are from a non-English speaking country, you will be required to show evidence of a high level of competence in English as part of the application.
    • Please note that your application form cannot be considered unless certified results and awards are submitted.
    • When detailing result/grade/mark, please include QCA/GPA, mark or percentage relative to marking system at your university.

    USA Entry & Visa Requirements

    • High school graduation diploma with GPA of 3.0 or above that includes English, another language and mathematics.
    • SAT score in the range of 1240 to 1600 (new 3-component SAT) including 530 or above in Math and 480 or above in Critical Reading/Writing or a minimum ACT score of 25.
    • Particular programmes at MIC require applicants to have passed Advance Placement tests or Sat II tests in specific subjects.

    You do not require a visa to study in Ireland. However, you will be required to register with the Immigration Officer in Limerick within one month of arrival in Ireland. Full details on how to register will be given to you during orientation.

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. 

    Student Fitness to Teach Form

    In order to establish students' fitness to teach, all incoming teacher education students are required to complete a Student Fitness to Teach Form.

    Garda Vetting

    Registration will be conditional upon successful completion of the Garda vetting process.

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