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BA in Education, Business Studies & Accounting (International applicants only)

This degree is level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) awarded by University of Limerick.
PLEASE NOTE: This programme page is for International Students/students from abroad only who wish to study this programme in Ireland. It is not relevant for CAO applicants. Relevant programme page for CAO applicants may be found in the Undergraduate section and is labelled with a CAO code.
Places Offered: Up to 30
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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, 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 and Further Study

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


MIC Thurles

T: +353 504 20535 / 21201


Admission Enquiries

EU Applicants:

Non EU Applicants:

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

Programme intake is once a year in September.

EU Applicants

You are advised to contact the MIC Admissions Office before applying.


Non-EU Applicants

Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. For information that is specific to your home country, click here.

Application Information

Intake onto this programme is once a year in September.

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. Click here for English language requirements.
  • 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.

Intake onto this programme is once a year in September.

You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying.


Telephone: +353 61 204988

Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution

The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old course and the number of places on the new course in the year you apply. Before submitting an application you should contact where we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

EU/Non-EU Status Assessments

Details on EU/Non-EU Status Assessments.


Undergraduate programme fees available here.

US Students please note that you can apply for Federal Aid. 

Fitness to Teach

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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