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


Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at

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  • This course is subject to validation

This four-year programme prepares you for a career in professional accountancy and finance and can lead to a contact with an accounting practice. 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 that you meet at a later stage in the programme. All modules gradually develop students' knowledge with each module building on the knowledge acquired in previous semesters. 

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. 

Professional Accreditation: On graduation, you’ll qualify for generous exemptions from the professional accountancy bodies, including ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CPA and The Irish Tax Institute.

Progression and Exit Awards: 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) or Level 7 (Bachelor of Business in Accounting & Finance)

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.

Advanced Entry: The programme welcomes advanced entry where will take account of prior learning experience for entry to year 2,3 and 4 of the programme. Specific recognition is given to 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 Manager
  • Tax Associate, Audit Associate
  • Business Analyst (Trainee)
  • Trainee Trader
  • Junior Fund Accountant
  • Financial Accountant
  • Internal /  External Auditor (trainee)
  • Junior Corporate Banker
  • Banking (graduate programmes)
  • Tax Trainee
  • Management Consultant
  • Settlement Administrator
  • Teaching

This 4 year programme is made up of 8 semesters over 4 years.  Modules are organized in pillars.  The core disciplinary skills are wide in breadth covering 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 more complex 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.  The programme builds over the 4 years concluding with complex consolidations and advanced international financial reporting.

Decision Making and Risk Analysis

The pillar commences with business maths and progresses to cover basic and advanced 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, monitoring, and implementation 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.  This subject is taught at an introductory and advanced level.

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 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 delves into the areas of financial management, investment analysis and international corporate finance.

This pillar aims to build the student competencies in a wide range of topics in national and international finance.

Economics is essentially the study of people, their behaviour and to understand the world around us. It seeks 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. You gain a toolkit of skills underpinning the study of business. 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.  

The Finance modules aim to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the key strategic and finance issues affecting individuals and businesses, from sole trader to multi-national enterprises. Students explore a wide range of topics in national and international finance, including financing, dividend and investment decisions, banking and financial services, 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 explores the areas of  Income Tax, Corporation Tax and more advanced tax concepts.

This pillar aims to build the student’s competency primarily in law and tax compliance. Students will acquire knowledge in business legislation, including employment law and business formation, corporate governance, ethics and ethical behavior relating to business.  These modules give students a knowledge of Irish tax under a range of tax heads. These include income tax, capital gains tax and capital acquisitions tax, all of which are relevant to individual tax- payers.  Also included are tax heads relevant to businesses: corporation tax, capital gains 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: Human Resource Management, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, Operations and Supply chain management.

The Pillar is designed to give learners a thorough understanding of core management and strategy modules preparing them for future leadership roles.  The pillar commences with the fundamentals underpinning modern enterprises and over the course of the 4 years looks at corporate Dynamics in action, with a preparatory module on getting work ready (CVs, Interviews etc.) followed by real-world work placement in an accounting/finance work environment. This Pillar further supports the learner’s professional development in final year by facilitating an analysis of the strategic issues relating to Operations/Supply Chain culminating with a capstone module on Corporate Strategy formulation and implementation.

Data Management and Business Intelligence

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

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 from the novice Microsoft Office Specialist, to the experienced Data Manager, Analyst and Business Intelligence Consultant 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.

Progression and Exit Awards: 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) or Level 7 (Bachelor of Business in Accounting & Finance)

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Bachelor of Business


4 years

Number of Places

60 in each campus


Blanchardstown, Tallaght


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