Higher Certificate in Accounting CW936

  • NFQ Level 6
  • CW936
  • 30
  • 231
  • 2 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subjects
  • Enquiries

What is the Course about?

Accounting identifies, measures and communicates economic information to the managers/owners of a business. It facilitates informed judgements and decisions about the resources and activities of the business. Accounting is an important part of any organisation.

Course Structure

This two-year course will equip students with a foundation level of competence in accountancy and tax and business skills. Modules include: Financial Accounting, Quantitative Techniques, Business Applications, Economics, Management, Business Law, Taxation and Financial Management. There is a strong emphasis over the two years on computer applications, ensuring graduates have the IT skills required for modern business environments. The broad foundation base also enables students to pursue further studies in business or accounting.

Is this course for you?

Are you interested in pursuing an accounting career or a business career with a strong accounting flavour?

Are you comfortable with Mathematics and English as subjects in your academic career so far?

If the answer to the above is yes and you have yet to make up your mind whether you would like to continue your studies beyond two years, then this is the course for you.

Special Features:

  • Higher Certificate in Accounting graduates should be able to apply accounting, tax and business skills necessary for common accounting functions. In addition, they should be able to gather, assemble, display and communicate information and data while working as part of a team in structured, supervised accounting and business scenarios.
  • There is a strong emphasis on computer applications in this course with practical IT elements incorporated in several subjects, equipping graduates with skills required by modern businesses. 
  • 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 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).

What exemptions will I receive?




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

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

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:


Subjects required:

  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Mairead Bohan
BComm (Hons), FCA, MSc Finance, AICA, FCA
E: mairead.bohan@itcarlow.ie