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Course Details

Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting & Finance

CAO code: BN114 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • Special circumstances
  • QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates


Duration: 4 years
NFQ level: 8
Method of application: CAO
2018 Points: 270
Award title: Bachelor of Business (Honours)
Credits for Full Award: 240 @ NFQ Level 8
Awarding Body: ITB  

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate applicants will require a H5 in any two higher level subjects and a 06/H7 in four other subjects, these subjects must include Maths and English or Irish.

Foundation level mathematics will meet the minimum entry requirement where a grade F2 or higher is achieved.

Mature students may be admitted without meeting these formal requirements.

Minimum entry requirements for QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates, see


Graduates are granted generous exemptions from the examinations of professional accountancy bodies.

Current exemptions include:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA): Full exemption from CAP 1 examination for 2.2 Honours graduates. Based on students obtaining 50 % or more in examinations of relevant subjects.
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA): Exemption from F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7, and F9 at fundamental level.
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA): Exemption from C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, P1, F1, E1, P2, F2, E2
  • Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (ICPAI): Formation Levels: Full exemption; Professional Level 1: Auditing, Managerial Finance. Based on students obtaining 50% or more in examinations of relevant subjects.
  • Irish Tax Institute (AITI): exemption from Accounting and Law Part 1


All exemptions awarded are subject to annual review and revision by the various professional bodies and are based on students achieving clear passes in completion of specific modules.


Course Content

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Accounting 1
  • Fundamentals of Economics : Micro Economics
  • Exploring Modern Enterprises
  • Skills for Success in Higher Education
  • Business Mathematics & Statistics 1

Electives :

  • French PLC 1a or Spanish - Ab Initio 1a or Spanish PLC 1a or German - Ab Initio 1a or German PLC 1a or French Ab Initio 1a or Irish Culture and Society

One elective must be selected

Semester 2
  • Fundamentals of Economics: Macro Economics
  • Leading Modern Enterprises
  • Business Mathematics & Statistics 2
  • Business Information Systems


  • French PLC 1b or Spanish – Ab Initio 1b or Spanish – PLC 1 b or German – Ab Initio 1b or German PLC 1b or French Ab Initio 1b or Applied Media Studies in Business

One elective must be selected
Year 2
Semester 3
  • Introduction to Management & Cost Accounting
  • Human Resource Management 1
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Business Law

Electives :

  • French for Business 2a or Spanish for Business 2a or German for Business 2a or European Studies

One elective must be selected

Semester 4
  • Financial Accounting
  • Information Management
  • Marketing Communications
  • Human Resource Management 2

Electives :

  • French for Business 2b or Spanish for Business 2b or German for Business 2b or Sustainable Business Practice

One elective must be selected

Year 3
Semester 5
  • Financial Accounting : Preparation & Interpretation of Accounts & Accounting Regulation
  • Management Accounting : Cost Accumulation, Planning & Control
  • Financial Management 1
  • Income Tax
  • Auditing 1

Electives :

Business Systems Analysis or Operations Management or German for Business 3a or French for Business 3a or Spanish for Business 3a

One elective must be selected

Semester 6
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting: Decision making & Performance Measurement
  • Income Tax & Corporation Tax
  • Auditing 2
  • Computerised Accounting

Electives :

  • Databases for Businesses or German for Business 3b or French for Business 3b or Spanish for Business 3b

One elective must be selected

Year 4
Semester 7
  • International Accounting Standards
  • Company Law
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Personal Finance
  • Business Ethics

Electives :

  • Project Management or Capital Acquisitions & Capital Gains Tax or German for Business 4a or French for Business 4a or Spanish for Business 4a or Work Placement

One elective must be selected

Semester 8
  • Group & Company Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Strategy
  • Financial Management 2
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Electives :

  • Global Marketing or Process Analysis or Advanced Taxation or German for Business 4b or French for Business 4b or Spanish for Business 4b or Supply Chain Management

One elective must be selected


Note : The choice of electives are dependent upon learner demand and resource availability and may vary from year to year.

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What our students say...

"What attracts me to this course is an opportunity to work in a wide range of organisations : industry, practice, public and financial sector. The course offers a wide range of subjects which gives you a solid knowledge and it will prepare you for your future career. The size of the class group is relatively small, so students have a greater level of contact with their lecturers. The course is challenging but rewarding. I would advise this course to anybody who has an interest in Accounting & Finance. As for myself, I received the Student of the Year Award based on academic performance." Zorica Dragovic
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