BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance – Full-time

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Ireland has an exceptionally strong international financial services sector with particular strengths in administration and management of funds; reinsurance; cross border insurance and specialist finance, such as aviation leasing and asset finance. As a result, there is a continuing need for well-educated staff to work as managers, accountants, auditors, financial accounting, management accountants, professional advisers, regulators and service providers with sophisticated domain knowledge in the key business provision of financial services. Ireland is a very profitable location for multinationals and financial service providers, due to the combination of high productivity and a cost base that is very competitive with other locations, which have similarly sophisticated ecosystems. 

The IFS 2020 identifies a need for further education in this area to fill the skills gap, which arises in start-up, indigenous and multinational companies. This programme accommodates a wide audience of learners whose specific interests in Accounting & Finance. This programme is a 3-year Full Time programme and a 4-year Part-Time programme.


The programme is aligned to the ACCA syllabus and graduates are currently exempted from all 9 of the Fundamental level ACCA exams and 7 CIMA paper exemptions. In order to maintain exemptions, delivery and assessment of the programme may be subject to additional requirements which do not apply to other programmes or to modules which are cross listed with other programmes.

Aims and Objectives

On completion of this programme graduates will be able to effectively demonstrate the following attributes:

- Core accountancy (financial and management) practices and skills;
- Fundamental financial decision making techniques
- Knowledge and awareness of a variety of business organizations;
- Numerical and quantitative skills;
- Problem solving and analytical ability;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Entrepreneurial and innovative instincts;
- Capacity for further studies


All learners are expected to attend in person in class.

Student Testimonial

"DBS is not just a college that will help you succeed, but also a community that can help you and nurture you as a better individual. Some of the lecturers I had really helped me a lot. They inspired me to pursue and never give up when I was on the verge of quitting. I believe a small institution like DBS can provide greater opportunities for interaction with lecturers."

Honey Abijay
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting and Finance



Course Content

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

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Core Modules

Principles of Accounting

Economic Perspectives 

Business Context and Organisation

IT Essentials

Business Maths & Research Methods

Learning to Learn

Accounting Information Systems


Core Modules

Business and Company Law


Cost Accounting

Financial Accounting

Financial Management

Ethics and Corporate Governance

Advanced Economic Perspectives


Core Modules

Performance Management

Advanced Financial Management

Financial Reporting

Taxation Systems

Audit and Assurance

Capstone Project


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.

Awarding Body and NFQ Level

This programme has been validated and approved by the Irish state agency, QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland). The programme is positioned at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), a framework for the development, recognition and award of qualifications in Ireland. The programme is listed on the Irish Register of Qualifications.

Under QQI, DBS is obliged to carry out reviews and re-submit the programme for re-approval on a cyclical basis. This means that, during your programme of study, there may be changes to programme content or delivery. Where this occurs, transition arrangements are carefully considered to ensure coherence and consistency for learners.


Stage 1 will provide learners with knowledge of relevant disciplines such as management and organisation, law and regulation, Information Technology, Economics and Accounting and Finance practice. Learners will also learn skills relevant to professional practice such as business frameworks, context, etc.

Stage 2 will build on the knowledge developed at Stage 1 in economics, business strategy, regulation and control in financial environments and financial management. In addition, learners will gain an understanding of principles of professional practice, specifically finance and accountancy.

Stage 3 will complete learners’ instruction in finance, audit, tax and financial reporting. Students will complete their award stage with a capstone project.

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.

All learners are expected to attend in person in class.

Career Opportunities

There are currently numerous employment opportunities in the following areas:

·         Accountancy Firms;
·         Management Consultants;
·         Commercial Banks;
·         Investment Banks;
·         Asset Managers;
·         Insurance Companies.

Employment opportunities also exist across the diverse SME (Small Medium Sized Enterprises) sector and within the public sector.



The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance are €5,995 per annum for EU students.

Click here to view international fees.  

Click here to view EU fees.

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 €3,000 and up to €7,000.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

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.

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

Early applicants to CAO can benefit from a reduced fee of €30 for early online applications. There is a standard application fee of €45 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form or online application to before the normal closing date. Late applicants will be charged €90 for paper applications and €60 for online applications.

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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level:
 Level 8 
Title of Award: 
BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance
Award Type: Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB521
Next Intake: September 2024

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