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Accounting - BA (Hons)

Course Code: US960




3 Years


Business & Financial Services

CAO Points

New Course for 2023

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO



This fully online programme is structured to address many of the competence requirements of professional Accountancy bodies and to give students a range of learning experiences tailored to careers in Accounting and Finance. Students take two 15 credit modules in the semester fully online, allowing students to take this prgramme, ensuring there is no physical/geographical barrier to enter the programme. Its practical focus ensures that on completion you will be a work-ready graduate with employment opportunities in professional accounting practice, commerce, industry, government, the not-for-profit sector and secondary school teaching. The primary aim of this programme is to provide the student with a fast track route to qualifying as a professional accountant by providing maximum exemptions from the professional accountancy bodies.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

.Grade H5 or higher in two Higher Level subjects, together with a Grade 06/H7 or higher in four other Ordinary Level subjects in the Leaving Cer-tificate Examination. Two of these subjects must include Mathematics and a Language (Irish or English).

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1 - Semester 1

    Title: Fundamentals of Accounting

    Credits: 15

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    Learners will be provided with the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to prepare the accounts and records that form part of the double entry system and to prepare and present the financial statements for Partnerships, Companies, Clubs and Nonprofit Organisations in accordance with current statutory requirements and standards.

    Title: Quantitative Methods

    Credits: 15

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    Quantitative Methods covers basic mathematics, equations, financial mathematics, calculus and statistics. It relates the practical application of these concepts in relevant business situations and develops a systematic approach to dealing with statistical data.

  • Year 1 - Semester 2

    Title: Accounting for Management Control

    Credits: 15

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    Learners are provided with an insight and understanding of the use of management accounting systems and techniques that provide information to enable management make better decisions in relation to costing and pricing of products and improving profitability. Learners will also develop an understanding of budgeting, variance analysis and other costing techniques that are essential for planning and controlling business costs.

    Title: Business and Economic Environment

    Credits: 15

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    Learners are provided with a knowledge and understanding of fundamental management and economic concepts and theories that provide a framework to analyse business decision making and organisational performance.

  • Year 2 - Semester 1

    Title: Advanced Financial Accounting

    Credits: 15

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    The aim of this module is to advance student knowledge of the regulatory and conceptual framework of accounting and to equip students with the ability to understand the principles of and demonstrate an ability to apply IAS to a specified range of business transactions

    Title: Business and Company Law

    Credits: 15

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    This module will impart a knowledge of those aspects of law, which are an intrinsic part of business life. It will impart a working knowledge of company and partnership law and further enhance the learner's appreciation of various aspects of commercial law. It will allow learners develop their competence to be able to apply business law to the commercial environment. It will allow the learner to appreciate the importance of legal issues when faced with key business management and development decisions.

  • Year 2 - Semester 2

    Title: Financial Management

    Credits: 15

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    This module provides students with a knowledge of the theoretical principles that underpin business finance, investment and also the practical application thereof. This module develops the student's knowledge of investment, financing and risk management decisions.

    Title: Financial Reporting

    Credits: 15

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    This module equips students with the ability to analyse and interpret financial statements, including earnings performance measures and provides the ability to account for single entities and business combinations in accordance with International Accounting Standards.

  • Year 3 - Semester 1

    Title: Cost Accounting and Decision Making

    Credits: 15

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    This module aims to build on the skills learned in Accounting for Management Control by giving an understanding of specialist cost accounting and the information needed for decision-making The student will gain a more in depth knowledge of budgeting and management control systems, responsibility accounting and various performance measurement systems.

    Title: Personal and Business Tax

    Credits: 15

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    This module aims to develop knowledge and skills in areas of personal taxation and develop an appreciation of the operation of the Irish Tax system. IT will also give students an understanding of stamp duty, local property tax, USC, subcontractors and professional services withholding tax.

  • Year 3 - Semester 2

    Title: Audit Planning and Implementation

    Credits: 15

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    This module introduces students to the role of the external audit and its regulatory and ethical framework. It covers the planning and design of audit procedures to test accounting and internal control systems. It covers audit techniques; preparation of audit reports using appropriate wording and provides the student with the knowledge of auditor liability and of additional reporting requirements imposed by Companies legislation.

    Title: Transaction Tax Applications

    Credits: 15

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    The module provides knowledge and skills in areas of capital gains tax, value added tax. It will also provide students with a knowledge of the Irish Corporation Tax System.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within the institute and/or elsewhere. Successful graduates of this programme who wish to continue their studies towards professional accountancy accreditation can benefit from ‘fast track’ agreements with one or more of the professional bodies.

What are the career prospects?

Positions that graduates can work in include:

  • Trainee Accountant in professional practice, industry and/or the public sector
  • Trainee Tax Advisor
  • Funds Analyst
  • General management opportunities across a range of sectors
  • Secondary School Teaching (subject to the pursuit a Professional Master of Education (PME) degree programme)
  • Leading employers include Deloitte, EY, PwC, Grant-Thornton, BDO, Mazars, BOI and Northern Trust”

More Information

The programme is recognised by leading professional accountancy bodies including: CAI, ACCA, CIMA and CPA. It has also been recognised by the Teaching Council as fulfilling its degree requirement for registration as a post-primary teacher, subject to the complete programme of study being undertaken at TUS (Moylish). As with any other degree, a teaching qualification such as the Professional Master of Education (PME) is also required.