BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and 1 Year Part III ACCA

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  • Career Opportunities
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For many students, the rewards and prestige offered by a career in accounting and finance make it an attractive path to pursue. An honours degree in Accounting & Finance with Part III ACCA Professional qualification 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  BA in Accounting & Finance (Hons) with Part III ACCA Professional qualification 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.

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 which gives students the confidence to critically evaluate information, ideas and opinions.

On completion of the three year BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance degree at DBS students can obtain exemptions from Part I and Part II of the ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) professional qualification. ACCA is the global body for professional accountants and aims to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

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.

Course Content

The BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance and 1 year Par t III ACCA programme has the following content.

Year 1

Economic Perspective

IT Essentials

Business with Law for Accounting Students

Maths & Statistics for Finance


Learning to Learn

Communication for Personal Success

Year 2

Employability Skills

Innovation & Entrepreneurship


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

Year 4


Part III

Strategic Business Leader (SBL)

Strategic BusinessReporting (SBR)

Advanced Financial Management (AFM)

Advanced Performamce Management (APM)

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 development.

Teaching and Assessment

The BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance with Part III ACCA Professional Qualification 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.

Learner protection for this programme is provided in accordance with Section 43 of the Qualifications (Education and Training ) Act 1999.


Year 1 - BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance

Six mandatory subjects provide foundation knowledge in core business and accounting disciplines  

Year 2- BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance

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

Year 3 - BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance

At the final year of the degree, students critically examine current practice and developments in specialist financial fields and learn to deal with complex financial and business situations in an integrative and cross-disciplinary manner. 

Year 4 - ACCA Part III Professional Qualification

DBS is a Platinum Approved Learning Partner
On completion of the three year BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree at DBS students can obtain exemption from Part I and Part II of the ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) professional qualification. ACCA is the global body for professional accountants and aims to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. 

ACCA highlights at DBS include:

  • Over 37 years providing tuition support.

  • Over 925 students achieving examination placings at National and Worldwide level.

  • Free subject specific Master Classes & on-line support available to all ACCA registered students.

  • EN-gage: Online learning platform, free to all DBS students which replaces written materials and contains a self-testing facility.

  • Starboard Technology: All notes, questions, solutions are written on screen during class and are uploaded to Moodle (the College’s virtual learning environment) allowing students to concentrate on learning and not note taking in class.

  • Free Careers Service

The Part III Professional level is divided into two modules; Essentials and Options. Both of the modules at Professional level have been set at the same ability level as a Masters degree.

This level builds on the technical knowledge you will already have. It will also explore more advanced professional skills, techniques and values. These are required at a senior level by accountants working in an advisory or consultancy role.

Please note: 

*All students must successfully complete all components of and graduate from the BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance before applying for exemptions and enrolling on ACCA papers.
**To maximise exemptions students must choose the Law and Finance II options.

Career Opportunities

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.


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Fee Payment

The most effective method of payment is through our International Student Payment System (ISPS) The ISPS System is a free service – no bank charges will be added to your transfers. By using this system you are able to pay in your home currency, so there is no need to buy Euro from your bank prior to transferring.

All payments can be tracked by you the student 24 hours a day online. Therefore you will not need to contact the college to confirm whether or not we have received payment. All visa authorities now accept the ISPS as means of payment of tuition fees. You will need to add the confirmation of payment receipt to your visa application.

Using the ISPS payment method is quick and simple - start payments today.

Please note there is a €10.00 ISPS fee for all Euro to Euro transactions.

Alternative Payment Methods/Payment methods available to International Students Already Resident in Ireland:

Bank Draft or Cheque: Payable to ‘Dublin Business School’ and submitted to the college at 13-14 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland – only available to students already resident in Ireland.

Credit Card: Credit card payments can be made at Dublin Business School, Aungier Street.

Bank Transfer: The DBS student number should be quoted on the transfer, and remittance advice should be submitted to Dublin Business School:

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]  


  • Course fees are quoted for the academic year 2020/ 2021 only. Course fees for subsequent academic years may be subject to price increases.

  • Students who fail examinations are required to repeat their full academic year and pay full tuition fees

  • Tuition fees are not refundable. However, 

  • For International Students resident overseas fees will only be refunded if the visa application has been refused as outlined in the DBS Terms and Conditions section 5.7

  • For International Students already resident in Ireland, fees will not be refunded under any circumstances after commencement of the course. Where a visa is required to be renewed during the DBS programme of study it is the responsibility of the student to check with the relevant authorities that the renewal application will be approved.

  • Course commencement and start date is subject to student numbers.

  • All students for whom English is not a first language will be required to sit an English language test prior to commencement of their course. Students whose level of English does not meet the required standard will be redirected to an English language programme appropriate to their English language standard. Tuition fees for this additional English language tuition will be charged to the student. Upon successful completion of exams students may be allowed to commence their original first choice programme, subject to availability.

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

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Making an application online is the quickest and easiest way of applying for your chosen course. As part of your application process the College needs to receive the following supporting documentation from you:

  • A completed application form, either submitted online or in paper

  • All academic qualifications & transcripts to date

  • Evidence of your English level (usually IELTS/TOEFL or Cambridge)

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume

  • An academic or employer reference

  • Statement of Purpose - i.e. an introduction letter explaining your CV and also detailing why you would want to come to Ireland and DBS to study and how you think it would benefit you when you return home

  • Photocopy of the first page of your passport

  • If you are currently resident in Ireland a photocopy of your current GNIB card is also required

Please note that all of this documentation can be sent to us by email initially however we will need to receive the official notarised translated copies of all academic documentation prior to issuing a formal confirmed offer.
Decisions can normally be made within 5 working days as long as we have received all of the necessary documentation and within 48 hours if you are applying through an approved agent.
If you meet the entry requirements of the course you will be notified by email and issued a provisional offer. Formal confirmed offers can only be issued to applicants who have met the conditions of their offer, and once the fees have been received by us and cleared by the bank.

Once you meet the entry requirements and have paid your fees you should then apply for a study visa.  
Please note that not all countries are visa requiring and some students can get a visa after their arrival in Ireland. To check whether or not you require a visa to enter Ireland please visit this website.

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Course overview

Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Duration: 4 Years
Next Intake: September 2024
Professional Awarding Body:
 Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

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