Certificate in Business and Information Technology

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

e-mail: d.toumbas@management.pacollege.ac.cy

P.A. College

Corner of Faneromenis Ave. and Kalvou Str.

P.O. Box 40763

6307 Larnaca, Cyprus