Accounting and Finance COURSES

BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance

Overview

Awarding Body:   Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award Level: 
Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree) 
Award Title: 
BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance
 
Award Type:  Major 
Course Length: 
4 years, 2 evenings per week.  


The BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance degree programme is designed to prepare students for a career in the accounting and finance function in business. It features a blend of specialised accounting and finance subjects together with general business subjects. It aims to develop an awareness of the international relationships between finance and other business disciplines, to develop a critical and methodical approach to problem solving and decision making in a financial context and to develop the ability to interpret and communicate financial and other information.

The course covers a wide range of essential accounting and financial disciplines such as auditing, taxation, financial accounting, management accounting and finance, and also provides options for additional study in areas such as business policy and law. Successful completion of this degree gives substantial exemptions from professional accountancy examinations such as ACCA.

Key Features of the BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance

  • Designed to prepare students for a career in the accounting & finance function in business 
  • Covers a wide range of disciplines such as auditing, taxation, financial accounting, management accounting and finance 
  • Successful completion of this degree gives substantial exemptions from the professional accountancy examinations, such as ACCA.
  • Currently, the BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance degree will grant  the maximum 9 exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations. 

Aims & Objectives


On graduation from this programme students should have the ability to:

  • Display an excellent understanding of the theory and techniques used by professional accountants and financial managers 
  • Practice the analytical skills, theoretical knowledge and management techniques required in a wide variety of accounting and business related careers 
  • Apply financial models and techniques to business decision-making problems at both operational and strategic environment level 
  • Display and use transferable skills in a variety of business contexts
  • Show awareness of the challenges and contemporary issues emerging in the world of accounting and finance 
  • Proceed in a highly competent manner to further postgraduate or professional studies in the areas of accounting and finance.

Programme Content

The BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance programme comprises of 3 levels.  Students should complete this course in 4 years part-time.  Students attend lectures 2 evenings per week on average

This programme has the following content:

 Level 1 Core
  • Economic Perspectives
  • IT Essentials
  • Business with Law
  • Maths & Statistics for Finance
  • Accounting
  • Learning to Learn 
  • Communication for Personal Success
 Level 2 Core
  • Employability Skills 
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Financial Management 
  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Management
  • Business & Company Law
  Level 3 Core
  • Employability in Action 
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Performance Management 
  • Financial Reporting 
  • Taxation Systems
  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Audit & Assurance

DBS Employability Pillar

In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Year 3
Employability in Action Lifelong Learning: Learning for Life
Year 2
Employability Skills
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Year 1
Learning to Learn Communication For Personal Success

The DBS Employability Pillar, which runs throughout the duration of the degree, will demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and their applicability in ‘real-life’ situations, projects undertaken and how they are applied in different circumstances so that students can take ownership of your own career management. Students will present themselves and their skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications, through effective job applications, CVs, interviews and voluntary activities. This will enable students to develop the necessary skills to compete effectively for a broad range of employment, postgraduate study options and innovative opportunities available to them and further develop lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

Teaching and Assessment

Student assessment will be based on a combination of continuous assessment and end of year examinations. Continuous assessment will include essay writing, case studies, presentations, literature reviews and projects, and students will be required to work individually as well as in groups. End of year examinations are typically held in late April/early May. Level 1 subjects may also include an in-class assessment usually held in December.

Assessment 

Student assessment will be based on a combination of continuous assessment and end of year examinations. Continuous assessment will include essay writing, case studies, presentations, literature reviews and projects, and students will be required to work individually as well as in groups. End of year examinations are typically held in late April/early May. Level 1 subjects may also include an in-class assessment usually held in December.

Structure

Level 1 is a foundation level, which provides knowledge in the primary business and accounting disciplines, as well as developing the broad cognitive skills of students.

Level 2 builds on the foundation year by providing a more detailed and specialised accounting and finance focus to develop students' knowledge, competence and skills in their chosen specialist business area. Modules at this level also seek to provide initial development of the analytical and critical faculties of students thus providing the necessary underpinning for Level 3 studies.

Level 3 further advances student knowledge in technical accounting and finance areas and seeks to further develop their analytical and critical faculties. At this level modules have a focus on managerial issues and seek to develop judgmental and problem-solving abilities to prepare students for the rigours of professional examinations and/or commercial life. An emphasis is given to current and emerging issues and their likely impact on the future development and direction of the accounting profession.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme often use it as a fast track to professional accountancy qualifications, availing of their entitlement to exceptional exemptions from ACCA. Former students from this programme are employed worldwide in a range of business, accounting and finance positions. They work in tax, audit and general accounting firms as well as multinational blue-chip companies and small and medium-sized enterprises across a range of industry sectors.

Fees

The Course Fees for the BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance are:

• Level 1: €575 (10 credit modules) / €290 (5 credit modules) per annum.

• Level 2: €685 (10 credit modules) / €350 (5 credit modules) per annum.

• Level 3: €735 (10 credit modules) / €370 (5 credit modules) per annum.

To view all Part-Time Business fees for 2016/2017 click here. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

All undergraduate programmes of 2 years or more have been approved for tax relief purposes. Tax relief is granted to Irish resident taxpayers at the standard rate of income tax in respect of tuition fees paid exceeding €1,375 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only.

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Standard Applicants for the Evening Business Degree programmes must meet the minimum entry requirements of the College. For Evening Business Degree programmes the minimum entry requirements are 2 honours in higher level subjects and 4 passes in ordinary level subjects (to include English & Maths) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. Please forward the relevant documentation or any other second or third level qualifications (original & official English translation where issued in another language) to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

Standard Applicants 

Standard Applicants for this programme must meet the minimum entry requirements of the College. The minimum entry requirements are 2 honours in higher level subjects and 4 passes in ordinary level subjects (to include English) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. Please forward the relevant documentation or any other second or third level qualifications (original & official English translation where issued in another language) to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

FETAC Applicants

Minimum admission requirements for graduates of FETAC awards (former NCVA Level 2 or 3) are a full FETAC award in a course in a cognate area with a distinction grade in at least three modules. A full FETAC award normally consists of 8 modules. A full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

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