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Accounting and Finance - Higher Cert

Course Code: LC221




2 Years


Business & Financial Services

CAO Points


Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO



Our two year Higher Certificate (Level 6) programme in Accounting & Finance will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a successful career at Accounting Technician level. This programme is both a qualification in its own right and a stepping stone to the Level 7 (Ordinary) Degree programme in Accounting & Finance.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 O6/H7 grades in five Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish.

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.

Who can I contact?

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Business Computers and Communications

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to engage students with the business application software most used in business. The module will provide an introduction to computing and the application of computing in a business context. Students will engage with verbal, non-verbal and written forms of communication and will be introduced to the communication process and the essentials of effective business communication.

    Title: Cost Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the basic concepts of cost accounting.

    Title: Economics

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is provide learners with business decision-making skills and an understanding of the economic environment. The module will develop learners’ analytical ability and critical thinking.

    Title: Entrepreneurship & Business Management

    Credits: 10

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    This module is designed to introduce students to Entrepreneurship. On completion of the Entrepreneurship section, it will examine Business Management.

    Title: Financial Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to develop learner's ability to prepare financial accounts and be able to deal with all other routine business transactions involved in the preparation of accounts.  All issues are explored through practical examples in the form of question packs dealing with various situations that occur in the real accounting environment.

    Title: Quantitative Methods for Business

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to Mathematics in a Business context. Learners will use maths to measure inflation, predict time series, examine capital investment decisions and deal with uncertainty in business.

  • Year 2

    Title: Financial Accounting 2

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to allow learners develop and practice their skills in financial accounting so as to allow them prepare financial statements for a variety of entities successfully. 

    Title: IS/IT & Computerised Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is for learners to develop an understanding of the role and application of IS and IT in the management and control of organisations, particularly in the Accounting & Finance function.  Learners will also develop the ability to utilise all of the fundamental features of computerised accounts & payroll packages.

    Title: Law and Business

    Credits: 10

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    This course in law emphasises the legal issues inherent in Irish business and provides an understanding of the legal framework within which a business operates.

    Title: Management Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to enable students understand how relevant management accounting techniques can be used to assist managers in decision-making and in planning and controlling the activities of their organisations. Students should be able understand and skilfully apply a number of calculative management accounting techniques and have an appreciation of their limitations in business situations.

    Title: Marketing

    Credits: 10

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    This module is designed to provide an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of Marketing in contemporary organisations. Learners will gain a knowledge of and an appreciation for marketing in the financial services sector. Students will be assessed on their communication skills, i.e. writing and presentation skills as well as the underlying marketing therory.  

    Title: Public Finance

    Credits: 10

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    The module is designed to address the main theories and practices of public finance in Ireland and other jurisdictions. In addition the module examines the economics of taxation and possible tax reforms.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this programme will have the opportunity to progress to the Level 7 (Ordinary) 1 year add-on degree programme in Accounting and Finance. Successful graduates of this programme may, alternatively choose to pursue Professional Accountancy Examinations and may benefit from examination exemptions from the relevant bodies.

What are the career prospects?

This qualification equips learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to secure, and succeed in, junior accounting roles such as:

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Finance Assistant
  • Credit Control Assistant
  • Purchases Ledger Clerk
  • Accounts Administrator/Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Clerk


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