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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Accounting CW948

What is the BA (Honours) in Accounting course about?

This three year Honours Degree programme is designed to develop in the student a high level of competence in accountancy, information technology and management skills to enable him/her to gain suitable employment and make an immediate contribution to the business community. Economic development, business expansion, and an increased recognition of the importance of the finance function has ensured a demand for accountants. Furthermore, the Accountant’s pivotal role in most organisations facilitates advancement to senior management and opens many diverse, challenging and rewarding career opportunities.


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

Graduate opportunities exist as a trainee accountant in practice or industry. There are also opportunities in financial services in areas such as banking, insurance, financial analysis and fund management. A period of further study will allow the graduate to qualify as a professional accountant or as a teacher. This will open up many more career opportunities both at home and abroad in practice industry, consultancy, taxation, financial markets, banking and insurance, education and the public sector.


What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Professional accounting exams; Masters course in Accounting or Business; Higher Diploma in Education. Graduates may also apply to undertake a Taught Masters or a Masters by Research at IT Carlow.



What exemptions are available from Professional bodies?


Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA)

Formation 1 and Formation 2 - All subjects.

Professional 1 – Corporate Reporting & Managerial Finance

Subject to: Minimum mark of 50% in exempted topics.


Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI)

CA Proficiency 1 (CAP 1) – All subjects.

Subject to:

1. Minimum 2.2 Honours Degree.

2. Minimum mark of 50% in exempted topics.


The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Certified Accounting Technician – All subjects

ACCA Qualification - Fundamental Level – Accountant in Business, Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Corporate and Business Law, Performance Management, Taxation, Financial Reporting & Financial Management.


The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Certificate Level - All subjects

Operational Level - All subjects Management Level -

Performance Management and Financial Management.



What subjects will I study?


Year 1
Mandatory Subjects

Business and Company Law
Financial Accounting 1
Computer Applications 1
Quantitative Techniques


Year 2
Mandatory Subjects

Taxation 1
Financial Accounting 2
Information Systems
Management Accounting
Organisational Behaviour
Plus One Elective:
Operations Management
Audit and Assurance


Year 3
Mandatory Subjects

Advanced Management Accounting
Corporate Financial Management
Financial Reporting
Strategic Information Systems
Strategic Management
Taxation 2



What are the entry requirements?


Leaving Certificate: 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade C3 or better. 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade D3 or better.

Subjects required: English and Mathematics at Higher Level Grade D3 or Ordinary Level C3 or better.

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


Special features of this course

Core accounting techniques and theories are supplemented with skills that will optimise future career and progression prospects.

There is a particular emphasis on communications and computing.



Course Code CW948
Course Places 2013 20
Last Years Points Range MAX 485 AVERAGE 395 CUT-OFF 300
Duration 3 Years


For Further Information Contact:


Susan Brennan


Course Director

Phone: 059 9175340        

Email: susan.brennan@itcarlow.ie


Martin Meagher


Head of Department

Phone: 059 9175303        

Email: martin.meagher@itcarlow.ie



Martin Meagher

Mr Martin Meagher, BComm, ACA, MBA
Head of Department

T: 059-9175303
E: martin.meagher

Susan Brennan

Ms Susan Brennan, BA, ACA
Course Director

T: 059-9175340
E: susan.brennan

Yvonne Scully

Miss Yvonne Scully,
School Administrator

T: 059-9175302
E: yvonne.scully