Accounting and Finance COURSES

Bachelor of Business in Accounting


Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications (QQI) 
Award Level: 7 (Ordinary Bachelor Degree)
Award Type:  Major 
Course Length: 3 years
CAO Code: DB572

For many students, the rewards and prestige offered by a career in accounting make it an attractive path to pursue. This degree in Business and Accounting will be a major step towards achieving that goal. It will be 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 Bachelor of Business in Accounting programme provides foundation education in the quantitative, computational and analytical skills required in the world of business and accounting. Students learn about the role and operation of accounting in a range of contexts. All major accountancy disciplines are covered including financial and cost accounting, management accounting, auditing and taxation.

Programme Content

The Bachelor of Business in Accounting programme has the following content. 

Bachelor of Business in Accounting Modules

Teaching and Assessment

The Bachelor of Business in Accounting is taught mainly through lectures and tutorials, with students taking responsibility for a personal study outside scheduled class contact times. Assessed work may consist of a practical accounting solution, a report, a spreadsheet model, an essay, or a piece of research. The majority of subjects are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.


Students on this programme will gain an in-depth knowledge of the major theoretical and practical aspects of accounting 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 more advanced study of particular areas of the major accounting, business and finance disciplines. In year 3 there is a greater emphasis on independent work and on the development of a critical and analytical approach to the subject matter.

Year 1

Sieven mandatory subjects provide foundation knowledge in core business and accounting disciplines and develop students' communication skills.

Year 2

Year 2 further develops technical knowledge in the key accounting and finance disciplines while simultaneously advancing students’ expertise in the management of business and information.

Year 3

In year 3, students examine current theory and practice in specialist financial fields and learn to deal with financial and business situations in an integrative and cross disciplinary manner.

Transfer Students

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme may seek to use it as a fast track to professional accountancy qualifications by availing of their entitlement to exemptions from ACCA. Accounting graduates who enter employment immediately usually find well-paid jobs very quickly. Typical positions would be in audit and general accounting firms as well as multinational blue-chip companies and small and medium-sized enterprises across a range of industry sectors.

Further Study Options 

Students who complete this programme successfully will qualify for direct entry into the final year of our BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance (NQAI Level 8).


The fees for Full-time Bachelor of Business in Accounting 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 CAO before 20th January. Late applications to CAO will be charged €50 for online and €80 for paper 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