Higher Certificate in Accounting CW936

  • NFQ Level 6
  • CW936
  • 20
  • 205
  • 2 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subjects
  • Enquiries

What is the Course about?

Accounting is one of the most important parts of any organisation. Accountants provide essential information and professional advice to help individuals and organisations make the right financial and business decisions.  

This two-year programme will equip students with a foundation level of competence in accountancy and information technology skills. Modules include: financial accounting; quantitative techniques; business applications; economics; management; business and company law; taxation and financial management. There is a strong emphasis over the two years on computer applications ensuring graduate have the ICT skills required for modern business environments. The broad foundation base also enables students to pursue further studies in business or accounting.

Special Features:

  • The Higher Certificate in Accounting is a broad foundation in business and accounting, providing students with flexibility to choose a career or further study in either accounting or business.
  • Strong emphasis on computer applications throughout this programme equipping students with the ICT skills required by modern businesses.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates can progress to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting (CW948).  Graduates can also choose to take further studies in business and progress to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Business (Honours) (CW908) and choose a specialist area from one of the following options:

  • Business Management (BMT)
  • Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • International Business (INT)
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Marketing (MKT)
  • Finance and Accounting (FAC).

What exemptions will I receive?

In general, the various accountancy bodies will exempt holders of Higher Certificates in Accounting from the first year of their professional qualifications. Exemptions depend upon the policy of the various institutes and the relevant marks obtained by students in various exams.



What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

At certificate level, graduates may expect to work in accounting positions in a variety of sectors including financial services and the public sector.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.


For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Mairead Bohan, BComm, MDA, FCA
E: mairead.bohan@itcarlow.ie