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What is the difference between the BBS and BESS?

Both the BBS and BESS are excellent degrees.

BESS is the only university degree in Ireland where students can combine the study of business, economics, political science and sociology. It is a uniquely flexible programme offering students 10 different degree options across these four disciplines.

The BBS on the other hand enables students to focus on business from the start of their degree. While economics, political science and sociology can all be studied on the programme, they will be taught through a business-focused lens. Innovation and entrepreneurship are the key pillars of this unique programme.

What are the CAO points?

CAO points vary each year but can provide a rough guide of the standard you will need to achieve to apply for this course. For the academic year 2016/2017 the minimum points were 535. Please note that the CAO points system is changing for the 2017 entry so this entry requirement is likely to change next year.

Do I need business subjects to apply?

There is no requirement to have previously studied business, economics or accounting to study business at Trinity.

Do I need maths to apply?

Students are required to achieve a miniumum Leaving Certificate H6/O4, GCSE Grade B, or the international equivalent. The quantitative modules can be challenging but not so difficult that you should worry. Trinity provides significant support services for students adjusting to studying at third level. This includes a Maths Help Room open every week-day to students who require a little extra help to improve their maths skills. Students must complete a year-long module entitled Quantitative Skills for Business in their first year. In subsequent years, the amount of exposure to maths depends on your choice of modules.

How many lecture hours are there?

Depending on your module choices there will be approximately 12 hours of lectures each week, along with an additional 6 hours for tutorials (smaller interactive class groups). Students are also expected to dedicate 24 hours a week to individual study, group projects, assignments and class preparation. In total, students should spend between 40 and 45 hours a week on their academic work in first year.

Are there CAP1 exemptions?

Depending on subject choice, Trinity undergraduate students can receive up to three out of five exemptions from the CAP 1 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Click here for full details. Students can also achieve four out of nine ACCA exemptions, again dependent on their subject choices.

I’m an international student, where can I find out more about studying in Trinity?

Trinity's international reputation, unique city centre location and the opportunities available for study and reflection, socialising and personal development are just some of the reasons why international students choose to study at Trinity College. Find out more in the links below:

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What supports are offered for international students?

The Trinity Global Room is a dedicated space and support system for international students. All students are assigned a personal tutor to advise them during their studies. An International Student Survey ranked Trinity as the top university in terms of educational experience. The graduate visa scheme allows students to work for up to one year in Ireland immediately after graduation.

What are the admissions criteria for international students?

International students must have completed secondary school with pass grades in English, Mathematics and one other language. Results must be comparable to Irish Leaving Certificate. They must also have an IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL IBT 90 score.

Can I study a language during my BBS degree?

Yes. Students may choose from the following languages in first year: French, German, Spanish, Polish and Russian. These modules can also be studied in second year. Modules in French, German and Spanish require prior knowledge of the language (Honours Leaving Certificate C2 minimum or C at A-level for both French and German, Honours Leaving Certificate B3 minimum or B at A-level for Spanish). The Polish and Russian modules assume no prior knowledge of the language.

Can I do an internship?

All BBS students have the opportunity to do an internship with one of our global business partners. There are no pre-requisites for this module, which takes place in the third year of the BBS degree. The Business School will assist you in this process. Upon completion of a report based on this experience, students receive 5 ECTS.

What is Experiential Learning?

The BBS degree has a strong focus on Experiential Learning and the practical side of Business. We offer modules designed and delivered by both academics and practicing entrepreneurs. We also offer a module on personal and professional development. Students undertake experiential learning in one of the following contexts – (1) a summer intern in an approved firm, (2) a volunteer in an approved non-profit organisation, (3) in a self-directed project undertaken as part of an approved student society in TCD or as agreed with the module coordinator or (4) as a developer of a new business idea or entrepreneurial venture. We offer the possibility of completing internships in a wide variety of firms including banks, accounting firms, student organisations, social entrepreneurship and non-profit organisations. Our modules offer students an entrepreneurial journey moving from theory to practice throughout their degree. Students can obtain the entrepreneurship skills needed in second year, develop their ideas in third year and leave in fourth year with a completed Business model having gained exposure to potential investors.

Can I study abroad?

Students have the opportunity to study abroad for one year or one semester in the third year of the programme. We have exchange agreements with over 50 universities in 18 different countries across 4 continents – Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. Applications to study abroad are on a competitive basis (based on first year results) and while all students can go abroad, the more popular locations cannot always be guaranteed.