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Credit Union Business (BSc (Hons))

Programme Description

The BSc in Credit Union Business, comprising 120 credits, is offered by the Department of Food Business and Development, UCC in collaboration with Adult Continuing Education, UCC and the Irish League of Credit Unions. The aim of this course is to equip those involved in credit unions in an operational or governance capacity with the reflective and analytical skills necessary to reach a high level of competence in their respective roles.

The Degree in Credit Union Business will provide the necessary learning supports to ensure that each credit union officer has the practical knowledge and skills to carry out their role in a responsible and effective manner.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours:
CPD hours can be gained for Degree modules through the ILCU’s CU CPD and the LIA’s CPD schemes.

The course is delivered in a blended learning format, including:

  • One/two classroom-based tutorials with a qualified tutor (at two venues)
  • independent study using high quality student manuals
  • e-learning activities and assessment
  • online support and interaction via Blackboard (UCC’s virtual learning environment)
  • one five-day Credit Union Summer School in University College Cork
  • a guided research project on a topic related to credit unions




Why Choose This Course

The Degree in Credit Union Business aims to develop the capacity of those working in either operational or governance roles as leaders in their respective areas with strong reflective, analytical and innovative abilities so as to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the credit union as a community based, member owned co-operative.

Study Abroad

There are opportunities to fulfil the work placement module in a credit union abroad.

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Practicalities & Assessment

On completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a professional standard
  • Demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice
  • Engage in the application of frameworks and techniques in organisational settings
  • Demonstrate competency in credit union business
  • Research and report on Credit Union practice


This course is assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-semester written examinations.  Continuous assessment may include:

  • Essay assignments
  • Online exam
  • Work-based assignments
  • Learning logs
  • Practical case studies
  • Scenario-based assignments
  • Guided research project

Who teaches this course

This course is taught by a team of experienced tutors appointed by UCC.

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be required to hold a Diploma in Credit Union Governance (NFQ Level 7 Award) or Diploma in Credit Union Operations (NFQ Level 7 Award).

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

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Application Process

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact

International students contact

Currently not open for applications.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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