Program Name

Business and Information Technology Certificate

(1 Year, Certificate)


Qualification Awarded

Certificate in Business and Information Technology 


Level of Qualification

Certificate (One Tier)


Language of Instruction



Specific Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the one-year certificate programmes must normally be 17 years of age and possess one of the following:

  • A sixth form Secondary School Leaving Certificate with an average of at least 55% and a working knowledge of English as may be demonstrated through an appropriate oral test. Alternatively, students may have a minimum of four GCSE/GCE passes including English Language (at least one of which must be at A level; only grades A, B, or C are acceptable).
  • Students who may lack a working knowledge of the English language will be required to attend a short course before the commencement of the regular        programme of studies. A student’s failure to pass this short course will result in him/her having to attend one or two semesters of English language preparation, depending on the student’s performance.
  • International students not possessing one of the above qualifications may be admitted on to any of the College Certificate programmes if:
    • on top of a secondary school leaving certificate with an average of at least 55% they have a working knowledge of the English language, preferably demonstrated through a recent TOEFL score of at least 450 or they have passed the English Language GCSE/GCE test with at least grade C
    • they have at least six GCSE/GCE passes at least at "O" Level with grades A, B or C, including English Language
  • If they possess any qualification officially deemed to be equivalent to the above.


Course structure table with credits

Semester 1



Course Id



ECTS Credits

ACC 101

Financial Accounting


CSC 101

Computing for Business


ENG 101

English Language I


MAT 101



MGT 101

Introduction to Management






Semester 2



Course Id



ECTS Credits

ACC 201

Cost and Management Accounting


ECN 101

Introduction/Principles of Microeconomics


ENG 102

English Language II


MAT 201

Statistics I


Elective 1*







Option List



Course Id




ECTS Credits


MGT 201

Organisational Behaviour


MKT 207

Marketing Principles and Concepts



Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

General arrangements as specified in Part I: Information on the institution apply


Qualification Requirements and Regulations

P.A. College implements the Qualifications Framework as established within the framework of the Bologna process.  Accumulation of credits is documented in the official institutional transcript of record and in the Diploma Supplement.


Profile of the Programme

The programme is designed to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the environment in which business and commercial organisations operate together with an introduction to the role, structures, and operations of the major functions in such organisations (e.g. Accounting functions). A major emphasis of the programme is towards developing the individual skills and competencies essential for effective employment in business and commerce. These include: English language, communication, and quantitative and computing skills, which will enhance both the students’ competence and self-confidence in the work environment. In addition, the programme seeks to operate as a foundation course, enabling the students to develop a range of study skills and to prepare them for further study at the degree/honours degree levels (Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/ Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)).


Key Learning Outcomes

On completion of this programme, the student will be able to:

  • Develop a sound understanding of the fundamental environment in which a business organization operates.
  • Explain and understand the basic principles of financial accounting including the understanding of the basic accounting equation, the listing of the main users of accounting information, the constructing of the statement of profit and loss and other basic accounting documents, and successfully performing a bank reconciliation.
  • Explain the principles relevant to microeconomics including the constructing, understanding and interpreting the demand and supply relationship, calculating and interpreting elasticity of demand and supply, as well as explaining other fundamental microeconomic principles.
  • Appraise the main principles and methods of cost and management accounting and integrate costing methods for effective basic planning, control and decision-making. Evaluate business problems on the basis of qualitative and quantitative criteria.
  • Explain the main functions of management and the role of managers in the business unit; comprehend the major management theories and how these have affected and/or are used in today’s business organisations; explain the various forms of structures in businesses and the reason(s) why and where each one is used.
  • Review and explain the main principles governing the behaviour of individuals within a business organisation.
  • Apply mathematical and statistical principles towards solving various problems including possible business related problems. 
  • Complete assigned work using computer software including Microsoft Office, utilizing relevant features.
  • Develop English language skills and fluency through the application of grammar rules and syntax/structure principles.


Occupational Profiles of graduates with Examples

The Certificate in Business and Information Technology gives the student the potential to undertake non-managerial employment in the business sector.


Access to Further Studies

The successful student will pursue further specialised academic study at a 1st Cycle level, either in the business or the computing fields of study. 


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Course assessment comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment.  Continuous assessment can include among others, mid-term tests, assignments and class participation.

Final exam comprises of 70% of the overall mark of the course and continuous assessment equals 30%.


Graduation requirements

The award of the Business and Information Technology programme will require the satisfactory completion of the elements specified in the respective programme structure. (Normally, 60 ECTS as quoted in the programme structure.)

Students successfully completing each element of study must have achieved at least 50% in the coursework assessment and 50% in the final examination in each of the subjects they take.


Mode of Study

Full-time and Part-time are both possible.


Programme Coordinator

Mr Demetris Toumbas

Assistant Professor


P.A. College

Corner of Faneromenis Ave. and Kalvou Str.

P.O. Box 40763

6307 Larnaca, Cyprus