Accounting and Finance COURSES

BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance


Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)   
Award Level: 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree)
Title of Award:
BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance  
Award Type:  Major 
Course Length: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB521 

For many students, the rewards and prestige offered by a career in money management make it an attractive path to pursue. A degree in Accounting & Finance is a major step towards achieving that goal. It is a popular choice with students who want to move directly into a career in accountancy as well as those who recognise the value of an accounting degree in a wider business management context. The Accounting & Finance programme provides comprehensive education in the quantitative, computational and analytical skills required in the business world. Students learn about the role and operation of accounting in a range of contexts, informed by current thinking and research in the discipline. The course also offers exceptional exemptions from professional bodies' examinations and is a major stepping stone towards an ACCA qualification.

Programme Content

The BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance programme has the following content.

Year 1 Core
  • Economic Perspective
  • IT Essentials
  • Business with Law for Accounting Students
  • Maths & Statistics for Finance
  • Accounting
  • Learning to Learn 
  • Communication for Personal Success
Year 2 Core
  • Employability Skills
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Financial Management 
  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Management
  • Business & Company Law 
Year 3


  • 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 be able to develop realistic career plans and initiate and sustain professional networks and relationships to encourage opportunities for employment and internships. 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

    Teaching and Assessment

    The BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance is taught mainly through lectures and tutorials, with students taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside scheduled class contact times. Assessed work will consist of traditional end-of-year examinations plus a significant element of continuous assessment based on coursework. Such coursework may involve research-based reports, case studies, essays or practical assignments and presentations.


    Students on this course will gain an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of accounting and finance from both Irish and international perspectives as well as a strong understanding of business, legal and taxation issues and practices. As the course progresses, the emphasis shifts from foundation knowledge to in-depth study of particular areas of the major accounting, business and finance disciplines with a greater emphasis on independent work and on the development of a critical and analytical approach to the subject matter. This gives students the confidence to critically evaluate information and opinions along with the ability to produce and interpret technical financial data and reports.

    Transfer Students

    Students holding a relevant certificate, ordinary degree or other relevant qualifications may qualify for entry to the second or third year of the degree programme.

    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. Those graduates who enter employment immediately usually find well-paid jobs very quickly. 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.

    DBS is an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner - the highest academic teaching status awarded by the professional body.

    In recent years our students have won over 1,000 prizes and placings at national and international level in external professional accountancy exams.


    The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance are €5,650 per annum.

    To view all Full-Time Undergraduate 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.

    Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €2,000 and up to €7,000.

    Next Steps

    Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

    School Leaver Applicants

    Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code  

    Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

    Please read our information form for advice on completing the CAO application.

    Mature Applicants

    If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. 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. 

    Transfer Students

    Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.   

    EU Citizens

    A European (EU) Application is one made by a person: 

    (a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or
    (b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

    Non-EU Applicants

    Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

    Application fee to CAO

    There is a standard application fee of €40 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form, or €25 if submitting an online application to before 20th January 2013. Late applicants to CAO will be charged €80 for paper applications and €50 for online applications.




    DBS Open Evening

    Now accepting applications for Autumn 2016

    We are now accepting applications for all programmes commencing Autumn 2016. Apply online or contact our admissions team for more information by calling 01 417 7500 Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5.15pm or email