ABE Diploma Level 6 in Business Management – GDBM

ABE Accredited College

Hours: 15 Hours per week
Start date: September & January annually
Level 6 (NFQ Level 8)


EU student: €1,850 pa
Non-EU Ireland: €1,850 pa
Non-EU Abroad: €4,500 pa
* Above Fees excl. Awarding Body Fees

Length: 1 Year



The Graduate Diploma in Business Management is the flagship qualification. It is highly respected around the world for its in-depth study of vital management skills and business insight. The qualification looks at International business, strategic marketing, corporate finance, management of information and human resources, considering these at both macro and micro level. The advanced diploma has such standing that several universities accept it for direct entry to the final year of a degree course and in some instances a candidate with the relevant work background may, subject to the rules of the university, gain direct entrance to the MBA.

Potential job occupations: Credit Manager, Human Resources Officer/Manager, Manager, Marketing Manager, Sales Manager.

The Graduate Diploma qualification consists of five units. Learners must complete three mandatory units , plus two optional units. All units are mandatory to pass the Written Examination.


The Graduate Diploma consists of a total of 5 units. All 3 units in group A must be taken plus 2 of the 5 options in group B

Group A – Mandatory

  • Corporate Strategy and Planning
  • International Business Case Study
  • Managing in Organisations

Group B – Optional (Choose two)

  • Corporate Finance
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Project Management
Entry Requirements for Higher Diploma Courses

Applicants must have obtained one of the following:

  • Diploma
  • A UK Honours Degree or Overseas equivalent
  • Other recognised qualifications of approved Overseas Institutes of Higher Education.
Important ABE Dates

In order to take ABE examinations, students must be registered members of the Association. Registration and examination deadlines are strictly enforced. Entries received after the deadline will incur late entry fees.

Registration Exam Entry Exam Date:

15 September | 13 October | December | 16 February |13 April | June