Accounting and Finance COURSES

Certificate in Financial Services for IT Professionals



Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) - formerly Higher Education & Training Awards Council (HETAC)
1 Academic Year (September – May), 2 evenings per week
Study Mode: 
Course commencing:
September 2014
Award Level:
Level 7 Special Purpose Award
ECTS Credits:


According to the Action Plan for Jobs (2014), almost 7,600 gross new jobs have been created by IDA sponsored companies since the commencement of the Strategy for the International Financial Services Industry in Ireland 2011-2016. Throughout 2014, efforts will continue to attain the Strategy's target of 10,000 net jobs by 2016. In addition, as outlined in the National Skills Bulletin (2013), amongst the difficult to fill vacancies, the financial services sector was frequently mentioned.  Cross disciplinary skills between ICT combined with financial applications also remains difficult to source.

The proposed Certificate in Financial Services for IT Professional aims to meet the identified skills demand for IT professionals with financial experience. These can be named Hybrid Technologists (i.e. Business with IT systems skills). The programme will enable participants to develop an understanding and gain an appreciation of the Business and Financial Services environment, in order to be able to more readily understand and develop IT solutions to work based problems. Upon successful completion of these skills, participants will have acquired technical skills and knowledge to pursue employment roles in areas such as Business Analysts, IT Project Managers and Hybrid Technologists.

Programme Aims and Objectives

According to the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (December 2007), there are 148,000 people employed in financial occupations across the Irish economy. It is projected that by 2013, this employment figure will have risen to approximately 187,000 persons, with 45% of this total employed in clerical positions, 37% in professional/associate professional and the remainder in managerial occupations. According to the EGFSN ‘Future Skills and Research Needs of the International Financial Services Industry (2007)’, ICT skills shortages in the financial services still remain in demand in 2014.

This programme will enable participants to develop an understanding and gain an appreciation of the Business and Financial Services environment, in order to be able to more readily understand and develop IT solutions to work based problems. Participants will develop Business Finance skills while the Business Information Systems module will bridge the gap between IT and Business. The Financial Services Environment module is designed to provide a general overview of the Financial Services Sector, changes in recent years and the importance of the industry to the Irish economy. In addition, the Institutional Regulation, Governance and Ethics will introduce learners to the laws and regulation of the financial services industry in Ireland. It examines both the general legal and regulatory framework and also the rules relevant to individual areas of financial services. Finally, the Business Finance module will introduce learners to the areas of management accounting and financial management and aims to provide knowledge and application of basic principles, concepts and techniques in the context of business decision-making encountered by non-finance professionals.

Programme Content


  • Business Information Systems
  • Institutional Regulations, Governance & Ethics
  • Financial Services Environment
  • Business Finance

Teaching & Assessment

The proposed teaching, learning and assessment methodologies are intended to facilitate springboard participants to take ownership of, and responsibility for, their own learning in partnership with the academic faculty. 

Specific methods adopted will include:

  • Conventional lectures
  • Lab practical sessions
  • E-Learning
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials 
  • Projects
  • Seminars
  • Assignments
  • Analysis of case studies
  • Group research and project work
  • Guest lectures
Students will be actively encouraged and assisted to manage their own studies outside of lectures. This is facilitated by the teaching styles and methods adopted and by placing greater emphasis on practically focused assessment. A particular focus of this programme will be for students to work in collaborative teams with their tutors on a variety of projects. Through this process they will learn key life skills of good teamwork towards achieving a common goal. In addition, the E-learning platform, Moodle, will also provide lecturers and students with a virtual learning environment to complement and enrich the more traditional learning environment.

Assessment Methods

The programme assessment strategies have been developed to help learners acquire the transferable skills relevant to the workplace. These include working as part of a team, report writing, presentation skills etc. 

Methods will include:
  • Problem solving exercises 
  • Practical projects incorporating a variety of competencies and skills
  • Case studies
  • Research-based projects
  • Individual assignments 
  • Management reports
  • Group projects
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Exams and other time constrained assessments (open and closed book)

Dedicated Programme Leader 

From the outset, students will be provided with an array of academic and IT supports to ensure that the varied academic and learning needs of participants are being attended to. All students will be informed of the support mechanisms available throughout their induction and will be provided with the relevant contact details of their dedicated programme leader and level manager.



The course duration is one Academic Year (September – May). Typically students will attend classes on two evenings per week from 6pm. Course timetables will be available in due course. 



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Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme, applicants must:

  • Hold a minimum Level 5 NFQ award or equivalent OR
  • If you are over 23 years of age as on 1st January in the year of entry and do not meet the minimum course 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.
In addition, an IELTS score of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent is required, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or for applicants whose first language is not English.

Next Steps


 Apply online via the Springboard portal here 

Career Opportunities


This programme has been designed specifically to provide participants with the business skills necessary to work successfully as Hybrid technologists; thus developing their technical business analysis skills.
DBS fully recognises the importance of job readiness to the Springboard participant and has put in place an integrated and comprehensive Personal and Professional Development Service for Springboard participants entitled 'Jump Start Your Career'. This intensive programme covers every aspect of the job hunting process and has greatly assisted Springboard participants with their job search activities and preparation for employment. 
A suite of careers motivation, self-confidence and job ready workshops will be delivered and timetabled for programme participants.  Additional sessions will be scheduled to include:
- CV preparation, interview skills & techniques & job searching tools
- One-to-One sessions
- Individual coaching & feedback, review of experience and progress & candidate/employment matching process

Out of hours one-to-one consultations, with evening appointments, will also be offered to programme participants who are unable to attend during the day. Furthermore, DBS will offer strong assessment processes and feedback tools to assist in one-to-one training sessions on behavioural competencies style and to career match aptitudes that will significantly enhance the career guidance, personal development, employer engagement and interview skills of the participant. Significant emphasis will be placed on building communication and interpersonal confidence and skills to demonstrate one’s own value to an employer. Each participant will have access to a careers coach/mentor to support the candidate/placement matching and placement process with potential employers.

DBS have also secured commitment from a number of suitable industry partners within the Financial Services sector to deliver guest presentations to participants. This provides an exciting opportunity for participants to learn more about the sector and to network with potential employers. DBS also has extensive engagement with industry and in addition to companies who have pledged interest of placements, it has over 1,100 employers on its database and active engagement with 1,500 DBS Alumni, all of whom are being contacted to offer work experience opportunities to Springboard students.  In addition, DBS have met with IBEC, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin City Enterprise Board, Small Firms Association and ISME who have also expressed interest in working with DBS in providing internships to our Springboard participants.


Contact us

Contact us

The Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
T: + 353 (0) 1 4177500
F: + 353 (0) 1 4177543