Accounting & Finance / Cuntasaíocht ┐Airgeadas

New for 2020
Choice of Location Guaranteed, Blanchardstown OR Tallaght

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English OR Irish

O6/H7/F2 or higher


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  • (This course is subject to validation)

This three-year programme aims to prepare students for middle-level responsibility in an accounting environment and enter the world of employment with a solid qualification.

You don’t need to have studied any Leaving Certificate Accounting, Business or Economics subjects. We start at an introductory level, which will prepare you for the more complex concepts you’ll meet at a later stage of your studies. Modules are divided into 6 pillars including: Financial Accounting and reporting; Decision Making and Risk Analysis; Economics and Finance; Compliance: Law & Taxation; Business Management & Communications (Corporate Dynamics); Data Management and Business Intelligence.

As you progress, you build up credits and generous Accountancy Body Professional Examination exemptions including ACCA, CPA and CIMA.  You will also be given the opportunity to obtain Microsoft Office Accreditation during your studies on this programme.

One of the core goals of our department is to enrich the development of our graduates to maximise their employment potential and we embrace the 'T Graduate' concept as a model to achieve this. 

Our core disciplinary skills, as exemplified in the 'T Graduate' concept, are evidenced in the exemptions awarded by professional bodies.  We compliment these skills with strong interpersonal and computer skills.  Along with obtaining skills on accounting packages, the management of big data and an understanding of the digital enablers for accountants, students will also have the opportunity to obtain Microsoft Professional Accreditation. 

Each year of the programme is designed for the student to build on accounting skills they have gained in the previous year. In year 1 the student learns the basic foundation skills in both business an accounting areas. In year 2 the student will begin to exploit these skills and in year 3 they will begin to apply the knowledge and skills they have learnt from previous years in time for their work placement.

Career Planning & Preparation The programme is complimented with a Professional Communication & Work Place Preparation module. This provides the students with broader professional communication skills through detailed CV and ‘linked in’ preparation and simulated professional mock interviews. This module is also supported by a series of guest speakers from the Professional bodies, firms and Industry including. The opportunities afforded to the students in meeting these guest speakers is very valuable in building their professional network and career opportunities.

Work Placement is core to this programme. It takes place in the second semester of year 3 when the student will have gained competencies in some accounting and business modules.  Our goal is to provide you with practical focused skillset you need for the work place. The work placement/work based project takes place in the second semester of year 3 in an accounting/finance work environment when the student has gained competencies in some accounting modules. 

Professional Accreditation: On successful completion of this programme, graduates qualify for generous exemptions from the professional accountancy bodies, including ACCA, CIMA, CPA.  You may also progress to year 4, where you will also obtain exemptions from ACA and The Irish Tax Institute.

Progression and Exit Awards: On successful completion, you will be eligible to progress to the final year of Level 8 in Accounting & Finance.

Should your circumstances change, you can postpone your studies or continue them part-time in the evening or you can exit the programme at Level 6 (Higher Certificate in Business & Accounting)

Advanced Entry: The programme welcomes advanced entry with specific recognition of the 2 year ATI Diploma and the ACCA Diploma, both of which will provide for advanced entry to year 3, of this 3 year programme.

  • Trainee Accountant (various firms)
  • Junior Hedge Fund Manage
  • Business Analyst (Trainee)
  • Junior Fund Accountant
  • Internal / External Auditor (trainee)
  • Junior Corporate Banker
  • Tax Trainee
  • Settlement Administrator

This 3 year programme is made up of 6 semesters over 3 years.  Each year of the programme is designed for the student to build on the accounting and business skills they have gained in the previous year, for this reason our modules are built in disciplinary pillars.  The core disciplinary skills are wide in breadth and are covered in 4 pillars throughout the programme with the remaining two pillars delivering the complimentary skills in professional communication, corporate dynamics and strong Data Management and BI skills. 

The pillars are outlined below:


Financial Accounting and reporting:

This pillar includes financial accounting and international financial reporting from basic reporting standards to consolidation standards.

Modules within this pillar are designed to meet the growing demand for up to date coverage of International Accounting Standards with a very strong emphasis on the application of those standards in preparation of company and group accounts. 

The early modules start with the basics of bookkeeping: the process of recording, summarising, and analysing transactions resulting from business operations and the preparation of accounts for a variety of unincorporated entities.  As your studies progress the pillar offers a more in-depth look into specific international financial reporting standards.


Decision Making and Risk Analysis


The pillar commences with business maths and progresses to cover introductory management accounting and auditing and assurance.

This pillar is designed to give students a thorough understanding of how to ensure effective and appropriate governance, allowing evaluation and monitoring of appropriate risk identification procedures. Management Accounting and Auditing are both core elements of any professional accounting qualification.

The role of the Management Accountant involves preparing and analysing financial and non-financial information in a business and preparing budgets. The key aspects of the Management Accountants role are explored including decision making in the business and preparation and analysis of the data used to enable decisions. 

The Auditing and Assurance Modules provide students with an understanding of the nature and purpose of an external audit and the role of the auditor, as well as an appreciation of the legal framework, auditing standards and ethical procedures relevant to the auditor. Students will gain knowledge and basic understanding of the process of carrying out assurance engagements, in the form of controls and substantive testing, and the value of auditing for validating financial statements and improving control within a business.  


Economics and Finance 

This pillar commences with economics and then builds the student competencies in a wide range of topics in areas of financial management and investment analysis.

The Economics modules aim to introduce students to microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and to demonstrate their role in consumer and business decision making and the micro and macroeconomic forces affecting the Irish Economy by seeking to explain what drives human behaviour, decisions and reactions. From the Economics modules you gain a new way of thinking that you can apply to a wide range of problems.

The Finance modules aim to provide students with a basic knowledge of finance issues affecting individuals and businesses, from sole trader to multi-national enterprises. Students explore a wide range of topics in including financing, dividend and investment decisions, risk management, corporate governance, and issues relating to financial management for individuals, multinational corporations and institutions. 


Compliance: Law & Taxation


This pillar commences with Business, Employment and Company Law and then introduces the student to the areas of Taxation.

By building competencies primarily in law and tax compliance, students will acquire knowledge in business legislation, including employment law and business formation, corporate governance, ethics and ethical behaviour relating to business, income tax, capital gains tax, corporation tax and VAT.

These modules take a largely practical approach where students will learn to calculate liabilities of individuals and businesses whilst also learning the underlying principles of the various taxes.


Business Management & Communications (Corporate Dynamics)

This pillar includes modules such as: Business management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, Operations management.

The Pillar is designed to give learners a thorough understanding of core management modules preparing them for future leadership roles, commencing with the fundamentals underpinning modern enterprises with a preparatory module on getting work ready (CVs, Interviews etc.) followed by real-world work placement in an accounting/finance work environment. 


Data Management and Business Intelligence

The pillar will cover areas such as: Business Information Systems, Data Technology and Computerised Accounting.

The Accountancy Profession has largely been data driven and the analysis of that data is core to the role of accountant. This Pillar provides a pathway for the professional development of the accountant with the ability to use a variety of packages and the confidence to embrace emerging business challenges. 




Small classes, excellent lecturers and a well-balanced course structure combine to create a high-quality learning environment delivering content relevant to professional employer demands. Lecturers are extremely approachable and supportive, which fosters an environment in which students can reach their full potential and accelerate their professional career. I would highly recommend the course to all those who are interested in accounting and aiming to undertake professional accounting exams.
This course prepares each individual student for the workplace, by giving particular attention to the skills that they would need to become a successful accountant. The lecturers are approachable and take time out of their day to help any students with any queries they may have. The content of the course aligns with the professional accounting bodies and in turn this gives a greater degree of preparation than most other accounting courses. 

At final year level, the lecturers are involved in preparing every student for the workplace before they complete the course in May, and are always on hand to offer advice when needed.

On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to progress to the final year of Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting and Finance.

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Bachelor of Business


3 years

Number of Places

60 in each campus


Blanchardstown, Tallaght


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