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BBs in Accounting & Finance

Course Code: A7221




1 Year (Following on from 2 Year Higher Certificate LC221)


Business & Financial Services

CAO Points


Course Type

Undergrad Add Ons



This programme is a one year add-on degree programme designed for students who wish to build on previous learning. It is both a qualification in its own right and a stepping stone to the Level 8 (Honours) Degree in Accounting & Finance. It is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in professional accountancy, finance, management, banking and the financial services industry.

The programme offers students a contemporary approach to accounting and finance, focusing on the exploration of key practical and theoretical issues in accounting, auditing, management accounting, taxation, company law and people management. It also allows students to develop highly desirable transferable skills including analytical thinking and problem-solcing skills as well as enabling you to think logically and quantitatively.

What are the entry requirements?

  1. A Higher Certificate (Level 6) in a relevant field.
  2. An equivalent qualification to a Higher Certificate (Level 6) with appropriate pre-requisite subjects.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

  • Semester 1

    Title: Business Problem Solving

    Credits: 30

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    Business problem solving is available as an alternative for students who have not been successful in gaining work placement. The aim of this module is to offer students the opportunity to engage in real- world business problems by participating actively in problem solving activities related to business issues. The module will advance the student’s ability to problem solve, to think critically and to communicate effectively, whether through presentations or written reports

    Title: Work Placement/ Study Abroad

    Credits: 30

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    This Work Placement/Study Abroad component is an integral part of all academic programmes of the Institute and is provided in compliance with HEA/DES requirements for practice-based learning on all third level courses as laid out in the “Higher Education System Performance Framework 2018-2020”. The overall aim of the module is to offer the student the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout their course of study up to this point in a new and relevant experiential setting. This is to be achieved whilst facilitating the student in developing the practical life-skill competencies and communication skills necessary to function as an effective member of the work environment and wider society.

    The skills developed during work placement include technical job-related skills, numeracy and literacy skills, use of new technologies, critical evaluation of the host organisation and meta-cognition skills such as reflective learning and self-regulation. Students will apply previously acquired learning, work with less explicit instruction and cope with a variety of workplace challenges. 

    The student’s employability is enhanced by working on a wide range of employment skills, from adapting to workplace culture, managing time and stress to demonstrating initiative and engagement in their work tasks.

    Throughout work placement, students have ample opportunity to build confidence in their personal brand.  The work placement assessment requires students to identify and actively improve key skills such as productivity, professionalism, communication, motivation, initiative, problem-solving and decision-making.  Students must reflect on how they have managed challenges in the workplace, how they operate within teams and are also guided to explore an area in their workplace which lies outside their designated area of work.

    Students choosing to study abroad will be provided a comparable programme of study in an approved foreign partner Institution

  • Semester 2

    Title: Advanced Financial Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of the module is to develop the learner's ability to critically analyse and prepare financial statements in accordance with International accounting standards and International financial reporting standards.

    Title: Advanced Management Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    This module aims to deepen learners knowledge and understanding of more advanced concepts in management accounting and to extend their understanding of the roles of management accounting information in organisational decision-making, planning and control. Emphasis will placed on interpreting management accounting outputs as well as evaluating the managerial implications of management accounting techniques. Learners will critically evaluate academic research, looking at key themes in contemporary management accounting practice. Learners will also examine how and why management accounting has changed and will appraise the modern issues that influence and shape management accounting practice.

    Title: Company Law 1

    Credits: 5

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    This module is intended to provide learners with an understanding of the legal rules governing the formation, capacity and governance of companies in Ireland.

    Title: Corporation Tax And Capital Gains Tax

    Credits: 5

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    This module will build on the foundations laid in Income Tax & VAT. It will hone learners skills to deal with the compliance aspects of two additional pillars of taxation being Corporation Tax and Capital Gains Tax.

  • Year 1

    Title: Financial Accounting 3

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop the learner's ability to critically analyse and prepare financial accounts and be able to deal with non 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: Management Accounting and Operations Research

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Management Accounting and Operations Research is a study of management accounting methods and strategies. The module also includes resource planning and the principles of project management.

    Title: Taxation

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the Irish Taxation System. It examines the four tax heads of Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax & VAT.  The objective of the module is to provide candidates with the skills necessary to attend to the compliance issues associated with the aforementioned taxes. An introduction to Capital Acquisitions Tax & Stamp Duty is also provided.

    Title: Company Law

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The module aims to give students an understanding of Irish Company Law.

    Title: Auditing and Forensic Accounting

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Auditing and Forensic accounting is an introduction to auditing techniques and strategies.

    Title: People Management Theory and Practice

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This subject examines the theory, practice and skills involved in managing people at work and their contribution to organisational performance. It explores the conceptual frameworks and paradigms that underpin people management and critically assesses the contemporary and emerging debates in the field. It provides students with opportunities to develop and practice people management competencies and employability sub-skills and in the process to gain greater understanding, confidence and insight into the role of a people manager. 

Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates have the opportunity to immediately progress to the Level 8 honours degree programme in Accounting and Finance offered at LIT (Moylish). Graduates may alternatively choose to pursue Professional Accountancy examinations. The list of exemptions is reviewed annually by the professional accountancy bodies and is subject to change, due to ongoing revisions to their professional syllabi

We seek to continue to secure exisiting or corresponding exemptions but this cannot be guaranteed. You are therefore advised to refer regularly to the relevant professional accountancy body's website and to note that exemptions are awarded at their discretion.

What are the career prospects?

Gradautes of this programme often choose to join an accountacny firm or large company to complete their accountancy training, while others use their expertise within financial services or branch out into more general management roles. If you wish to widen your focus to industry and commerce in areas such as banking, insurance and funds management this relevant and practical degree will put you to the forefront in your chosen industry.