Diploma in Accounting and Finance

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
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Click here to view provisional 2020 timetable.
This one year programme has been designed with an emphasis on the practical application of Accounting and Finance knowledge to the commercial work place. It is intended for participants wishing to gain a solid foundation in the major components of the Accounting and Finance discipline and to allow them develop their financial literacy skills.

Programme Aims and Objectives

On completion of this programme students will be able to demonstrate foundation knowledge in core subject areas such as Bookkeeping (manual and computerised), Cost Accounting, Business Law and Finance. The lecturing team consists of staff that combine academic qualifications with substantial practical accounting and finance experience.


To meet the requirements of the Diploma in Accounting & Finance, a student will be required to complete end of term examinations (100%), which will be held twice yearly in January and May.

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Programme Content


Semester I

Bookkeeping & Accounting

This module covers a range of accounting information including, basic principles and concepts of bookkeeping and accounting, preparation of financial statements and the application of control mechanisms in the financial accounting system.

Finance 1

The module is designed to introduce the concepts of analysing and interpreting financial statements, working capital management, sources of business finance, and an introduction to capital investment appraisal.

Cost Accounting 1

Students will gain a basic knowledge of cost accounting and will have acquired the skills to identify and allocate costs to the production process from a stock valuation, profit measurement and decision making perspective.

Business Management & Administration

Participants will gain an overview of management and administration systems. Students will be introduced to the areas of marketing, research and development, personnel function, organisational structure, production and administration.

Semester II

Finance 2

Building on material covered in semester one, the module will use financial management techniques to appraise capital investment opportunities within a 
business environment. Sources of business finance will also be explored in greater detail, and there will be an introduction to strategic management.

Cost Accounting 2

The focus is on the use of costing for internal reporting, enabling managers to provide information for planning and control. In addition to this the use of budgeting, standard costing and relevant costing will enable the student to have an appreciation of the nature, function, format and value of internal reporting.

Computerised Accounting Systems – Sage Line 50: The Accounting Fundamentals

This programme utilises the Sage Line 50 software package and its application within the accounting function. This software assists business in managing their finances, accounts, customer and supplier information. The module explores the principle aspects of accounting software packages through the integration of topics studied previously in semester one along with exploring daily business tasks such as invoicing, managing suppliers, credit control, budgeting and managing
bank accounts etc.

Business & Company Law

This module is designed to equip students with a sound understanding of  business and company law enabling professionals to apply the rules and principles of contract law to common situations. There will also be a focus on certain key principles of the law of torts.Consumer protection law will also be studied.


The Diploma in Accounting and Finance is held over two evenings per a week over one year duration. The lecturing team consists of staff that combine both academic qualifications with substantial practical experience. A wide range of teaching techniques including lectures, seminars and case studies will form part of the course. The programme also encourages discussion and contributions from students on all aspects of accounting and finance.

Career  Progression Opportunities

This is an ideal introductory programme  and will provide students with the skills necessary to progress and advance within numerous accounting support roles andr with future academic qualifications.

Student Profile

Participants on the programme have had no prior education in the subject areas of accounting and/or finance. Some students have completed the programme as a foundation programme with a view to progressing to degree or postgraduate/ professional accountancy level. It is also beneficial to those who are not employed directly in an accounting related role but who are responsible for financial transactions in an organisation.

Further Study Options

For students interested in further study, the Diploma in Accounting & Finance will entitle students to exemptions at Level 1 of some of the Evening Business Degree programmes at DBS.


The fee for this Diploma is €2,000. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

Visit Us

Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

DBS Student Facilities

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details. 

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.  
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

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Course overview


Schedule: 2 evenings per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake: September & January
Duration: 1 year Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm