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Accounting & Finance - Tallaght

Lifelong Learning

This three year course aims to provide a level of knowledge and skills in Accounting and Finance that prepares students for middle level responsibility in an Accounting environment. Students who gain the Bachelor Degree Award may exit into the world of employment with this solid qualification.

Award Name Degree - Ordinary Bachelor (Level 7 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Major
Awarding Body Technological University Dublin
NFQ Level Level 7 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Degree - Ordinary Bachelor (Level 7 NFQ) Major Technological University Dublin Level 7 NFQ
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3 years

Mode of Study
Part Time

Method of Delivery
Classroom, Online

Students have 12 hours direct contact per week over three evenings from 6pm to 10pm. The course is delivered in a blended learning environment, with approx. 1 day on campus and 2 online.

Some continuous assessments are on campus during the semester.

The term is semesterised with exams in January (first two weeks) and May (middle two weeks). All final exams take place on campus.

Entry Requirements

Under 23 applicants must have ordinary level Grade 06 or better in five subjects. The subject list must include either English or Irish. Ordinary level Mathematics Grade 06 or better is also a requirement to apply for year one of this course.

A mature student must be over 23 years on 1st January of year of application. All applicants must have competence in spoken and written English.

NFQ Level 6 in Accounting or ATI is a requirement for advanced entry into Year 3.

Careers / Further progression

A career in Accounting & Finance can offer you a strategic role in the management and development of an organisation. The career opportunities are broad ranging, interesting and dynamic. A career in Accounting and Finance is considered financially attractive, recession proof and a passport to travel globally. While many go on to work in practice or in core financial reporting roles, the majority of accountants work in industry, many as auditors, tax consultants and management consultants. Graduates of this programme also enjoy rewarding careers in banking, finance and charities as well as public sector roles.

Students can opt to exit after TWO years receiving a Higher Certification in Business & Accounting (NFQ Level 6) or after THREE years receiving a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Finance (NFQ Level 7). Alternatively, students can choose to progress their studies at TU Dublin Tallaght at honours degree level in Accounting & Finance.

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Further information

Commencement Date September 2023


Programme Flexibility
Should your circumstances change, you will have the flexibility to postpone your studies (exiting with a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Accounting) or continue your studies full time.

Career Preparation & Professional Exemptions
The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance prides itself on its industry links and its approach to supporting our students in the preparation and securing of employment. Our students are supported in semester 6 of year 3 of the course, through a formal module, 'Professional Communication and Work Preparation', to develop their CV's, enhance their linked in profiles and perfect their interviewing skills.

In year 3 the full and part time programmes diverge and with the part time students having the option to

(a) Focus on exemptions doing two full semesters of modules. This option allows you to obtain up to 8 ACCA exemptions, (along with CPA, CIMA and Chartered exemptions). Students may also progress to the part time level 8 in Accounting and Finance.

(b) Do a single semester of modules and take the second semester of work placement. This would result in achieving a maximum of 6 ACCA exemptions and progression to level 8 could be through full time study only.

Professional Exemptions
Visit Partnership TU Dublin to find out more our professional exemptions.

This 3 year course is made up of 6 semesters over 3 years. Each year of the course 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 course 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.

Modules are examined by way of a combination of continuous assessment (during tuition semester) and final examination. A breakdown of the assessment split for each module is contained under the course content/ module map.

School of Accounting, Economics & Finance
01 220 6475/6425

Department of Lifelong Learning
01 220 7432

Attendance Options:
Blended, Evening, Part time
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