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Commerce with Gaeilge
The BComm (Gaeilge) has been introduced following demand from students for a programme that combines the study of Business and the Irish Language. This is a four-year degree programme in Commerce including the study of the Irish Language, allowing students to develop their language skills while gaining valuable insights into business and culture.
It is the ideal qualification for students who want to build a career in business or who simply wish to expand their career choices. A great advantage that students studying this course have is that in year three the programme is divided between a one-semester internship in an Irish-speaking environment and a semester studying at NUI Galway’s Gaeltacht campus in an Cheathrú Rua.
All business subjects are taught through English.
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Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
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Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required GA191: Gaeilge & Scileanna Cumarsáide 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC139: Principles of Microeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AY104: Introduction to Financial Accounting - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MA119: Mathematics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS120: Business Information Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MG3116: Management: Enterprise and Society - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ST1120: Data Science for Business Analytics I - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS1100: Information Management for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required GA192: Gaeilge & Scileanna Cumarsáide 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC141: Principles of Macroeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AY105: Introduction to Management Accounting - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MK1100: Foundations of Marketing Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Required MK206: Consumer Behaviour - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required ST2120: Data Science for Business Analytics II - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EC2100: Applied Microeconomics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MG2100: Organisational Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required GA2111: Gaeilge & Scileanna Cumarsáide 3 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required AY207: Management Accounting I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required LN105: Bunscileanna Aistriúcháin - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional EC247: Introduction to Financial Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EC259: Economics of Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MG325: Employment Relations - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW190: Business Law 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional AY209: International Financial Reporting I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional AY208: Business Finance I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MG2101: Entrepreneurial Venture Development - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EC2101: Macroeconomics and the Business Environment - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MS2100: Cybersecurity - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MK2102: Marketing & Sustainability - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional BSS2104: Introduction to Sustainability 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required NG2109: Téamaí i Nuafhilíocht na Gaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required GA2112: Teanga an Ghnó - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Required GA3111: Gaeilge & Scileanna Cumarsáide 4 - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required GA3103: Scileanna Tionscadail agus Fiontraíochta - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required GA3101: Bunscileanna Aistriúcháin 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required GA3102: Córais Faisnéise & Feidhmchláir don Ghnó - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required GA209: Inniúlachtaí Gairme - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required GF306: Dlí, Eiticí agus an Córas Poiblí - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required GA3104: Taithí Oibre - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)Optional AY321: Management Accounting II - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC369: Money And Banking - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AY308: Taxation I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS325: Contemporary Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS414: Business Intelligence and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS218: Database Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS403: IS Strategy & Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MK311: The Marketing of Services - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AY325: International Financial Reporting II - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MK314: Media & Marketing Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG328: Human Resource Management - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional IE309: Operations Research - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC345: Health Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MK3101: Cases in Marketing Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC3101: Microeconomics and Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC388: Environmental And Natural Resource Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS321: Web & Interactive Media Design - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC3105: Econometrics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MK3104: Marketing Research - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG3104: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG3110: Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG3111: Entrepreneurial Finance - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG3113: Megatrends - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional ST311: Applied Statistics I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required NG2101: An Gearrscéal sa Ghaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required EC423: Ireland in the Global Economy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC382: International Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AY319: Taxation II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AY322: Management Accounting III - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC386: Public Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK341: Brand Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK303: Global Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AY326: International Financial Reporting III - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC362: Economics Of Financial Markets - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW3122: Law and Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MK3103: Digital Marketing Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MS319: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG323: International Business - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC3102: Macroeconomics and Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG3102: Work in a Global Context - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AY314: Business Finance II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MS4101: Implementing Digital Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC3100: Economics and Philosophy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK3105: Marketing Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional ME353: Quality Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG3112: Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG3114: Founder Selling - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC429: Marine Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC3106: Behavioural Finance - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional ST312: Applied Statistics II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required NG4109: Próslitríocht na Gaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required MG3109: Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required NG4105: An Béaloideas - An Scéalaíocht - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required MG3103: Business Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required GA4111: Gaeilge & Scileanna Cumarsáide 5 - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC3104: Agricultural and Food Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC357: Development Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Graduates can take postgraduate programmes in all of the core business disciplines, the Irish language, education or translation. This course satisfies the Irish Requirements for students who want to pursue careers as secondary school teachers. A number of current students have alos expressed an interest in pursuing careers in Conference Interpreting.
Why Choose This Course?
Who’s Suited to This Course
Transferable Skills Employers Value
The work experience in an Irish speaking environment is central to the programme and is a continuous learning process where the learner aims to use the information and skills acquired in the first two years of the programme. The work experience will give the learner the opportunity to taste life in a real work environment and there will be a correlation between the work experience and the learner's area of study. Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge will organise the work experience in conjunction with Údarás na Gaeltachta. Údarás na Gaeltachta has 400 client companies, in various sectors – including biomedicine and pharmacology, ICT, niche manufacturing, audio visual and digital media, tourism, fish processing and aquaculture, renewable energy, food processing and arts and crafts – the students will be based in the Údarás headquarters or in one of these client companies.
Students will spend a full semester studying in Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain, a NUI Galway centre in an Cheathrú Rua. They will study six modules in this Gaeltacht environment, and blended learning will form the basis for some of the modules whilst a more traditional approach will be used in other modules. ‘Inniúlachtaí Gairme’ or Professional Competencies is a module that will prepare the students to confidently undertake a period of work experience after the Gaeltacht semester.
Students of the BComm le Gaeilge will be entitled to the accommodation allowance provided by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and this, along with a contribution from Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, will allow them to stay with host families (full accommodation and meals) for the 12 weeks of the semester at a cost of just €420 per student.
Irish Teaching Council Requirements
This degree is designed to allow graduates to teach both business related subjects and Gaeilge at second level once they have acquired a teaching qualification and meet the Teaching Council’s subject specific requirements.
Where the BComm (Gaeilge) can take you:
Graduates of the BComm (Gaeilge) at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics will be highly sought after in all areas of Business. Graduates can go on to work in a variety of careers including:
- Accounting - both professional practice and industry
- Management Consultancy
- Commercial Advisory Services
- Economic Policy Advisory Services
- Human Resource Management
- Information Systems Management
- Finance (including Banking & Insurance)
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What Our Students Say
Amy Hardiman | Customer Service & Sales Adviser at Aviva
I chose the course as business and Irish were my favourite subjects in school. This year I spent a semester studying in the Acadamh, an Cheathrú Rua and living in the Connemara Gaeltacht, a unique aspect of B.Comm le Gaeilge. This was very beneficial in improving my Irish as I was learning in a natural environment outside the classroom. I spent second semester on work experience through the medium of Irish. In my opinion the opportunity to do this is the biggest advantage of this course as I learned lots of new skills for the world of work. Another benefit of this course is that it only accepts a small number of students therefore it is easy to make new friends for life.
Hayley Ní Thuathail | Final Year Student
I have enjoyed being immersed in the Irish language and I’ve grown up around successful business people so I wanted to gain a vast amount of information for working within a business and promote and keep the Irish language progressing. I have enjoyed learning about all the aspects of business and found that marketing has a huge role to play in todays business world. My ability has grown regarding with using the Irish language and this will help me going forward in the work place as I am very confident using the language. I was prepared for the working world as I was able to apply a lot of things that I had learned over the course of my studies.
Kayleigh Laffey | Digital Marketing and E-Commerce Executive at Caseys Furnitu
I chose to study the B.Comm le Gaeilge as I’ve always wanted to continue the use of Irish throughout third level education and onto my professional career. Having not attended a Gaelscoil, I was worried that I’d struggle with the Irish aspect of the course, but I found there was a happy medium between both Irish and English modules. Taking classes with the general B.Comm group for business modules gave us the opportunity to mix with others. Immersing our small group in a Irish language environment in third year, both with a semester studying in Connemara and a semester work placement in an Irish business environment, has really prepared me for my final year and the working world.
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