DCU Pathway


DCU Pathway - Entry Requirements

Age Requirements

Applicants must normally be 17 years old by the 31st of December in the year that they start a UniHaven programme.

Academic Requirements

Have successfully completed the equivalent secondary education of pass grades in 5 IGCSE/GCSE subjects (including a minimum pass in Mathematics). Use Table 3 to find out the relevant qualifications for your country. If you do not meet these entry requirements, please get in touch with us to discuss your application.

Please note for some DCU undergraduate programmes, higher level of Mathematics is required, and any offer may be conditional upon presentation of this requirement. For example, GCSE C in Mathematics or equivalent. For more information, see the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

English Language Requirements*

Duration IELTS
12 Months 4.5 No single element below 4.0
9 Months 5.0 No single element below 4.5
7 Months 5.5 No single element below 5.0

12 months 5.5 No single element below 5.0
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Foundation Pathway (Business)

Dublin City University

Our Foundation in Business, Management and Study Skills is designed to provide students who have chosen a career in a business-related sector broader knowledge of effective management skills, while focusing on key management areas specific to the workplace. It will prepare international students to progress to year one of the following five different Business degrees at Dublin City University.

  • Bachelor of Business Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing Innovation and Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Digital Business and Innovation

Students will study on campus in Malaysia only.

Key Highlights

  • Programme Duration: 7, 9 or 12 months
  • Programme Credits: 120
  • Format: On Campus
  • Taught by experienced tutors in person.

Programme Content

To complete the qualification a student must study and pass 12 units.

The qualification consists of ten core units:

An Introduction to the Business Environment

This unit will explain different types of businesses and how their ownership exist in an economy. Learners will understand role of owner and stakeholders to fulfil purpose of business.


Business Resources

The unit will explain how a range of resources including human, physical, technological and financial resources are used and managed within business.

Business Communication

In this unit, learners will have the opportunity to develop, analyse and evaluate a range of methods used to communicate different types of business information and will understand the purpose of such communication. They will also produce and evaluate different types of business communication of their own.


Understanding Health and Safety in the Business Workplace

This unit will help to dispel these and to promote good health and safety practise as a means to a productive working environment. Learner will understand about health and safety legislation, regulations and requirements that form the basis of all workplaces.


Managing Business Operations

The aim of this unit is to introduce learners to key aspects of all businesses and how they operate within the wider business environment, as well as internally. Operational control and the provision of best practice and sound policy will be shown to facilitate organisational excellence.


An Introduction to Finance

This unit introduces learners to practical accounting and financial reporting techniques used by managers in business organisations.

An Introduction to Marketing

This unit will develop the knowledge necessary to understand key concepts of the marketing mix, marketing planning and marketing research. As an introduction to marketing, the unit will allow learners who study other, specialist marketing units to keep in mind the strategic purpose of the marketing function and how it contributes to business success.


Human Resource Management

This unit will describe as the most valuable resource of any organisation, its human capital. All resources, especially the most valuable, need to be managed in order to obtain the greatest value from them. The unit provides an overview of some of the key areas that fall within the remit of the human resources function.

English for University Studies

This unit aims to develop the language competencies required of an undergraduate level student. The content is organised around three core skills: listening, reading and writing using authentic academic materials as well as language learning materials. Alongside these skills, learners will have opportunities to develop and expand their range and accuracy of functional, lexical and grammatical structures.


Communication and Cultural Skills for University

The aim of this unit is to support learners to develop confidence and skills to communicate in an academic environment while gaining awareness and understanding of other cultures and addressing the issues relevant to transitioning to higher education.

A further two units must be taken from a choice of four electives:

An Introduction to Leadership Skills

The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with an introduction to leadership skills, and how they can be identified and developed, and to show the importance of providing motivation for others.


Organisational Culture

To understand aspects of an organisation’s culture and their effects on its activities and its management, as well as the significance of an ethical business approach.

Workplace Welfare

To understand that workforce welfare ensures that everybody employed within the organisation is valued and that there are benefits to be gained from being part of the organisation.


Thinking Entrepreneurially

The aim of this unit is to introduce the learner to an evaluation of themselves in an entrepreneurial context by using several techniques including SWOT. Learners will be introduced to critically thinking skills and put into context against a business plan.