Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 309*
  • Course Code SG146
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary


There is a significant shortage of accounting graduates in Ireland. This course offers one of the fastest routes to achieving a professional accounting qualification. Our final-year students are experiencing high demand for their skill set and receiving numerous offers of employment both locally and nationally, often prior to completion of the course. No other University or Institute of Technology in Ireland offer more exemptions from the professional accountancy exams than IT Sligo. Read all bout these exemptions below.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

After three years, graduates will hold an Honours Degree in Accounting and will qualify for generous exemptions from all the professional accountancy bodies in Ireland. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, case studies, problem-based learning and computer laboratory work. Students develop a detailed comprehension of core concepts and principles in accounting and will have the ability to apply this knowledge in problem-solving. 

YEAR ONE

The first year is focused on giving students foundation knowledge in core business areas, including Accounting Principles, Business Management, Business Law, Business Mathematics, Information Technology Skills and Understanding the Dynamics of an Organisation. 

YEAR TWO

Students explore core business areas in greater depth. Modules include Management Accounting, Financial Reporting, and Information Technology. Knowledge and understanding of key business disciplines are broadened with the Introduction of Company Law, Economics, and Business Management. Opportunity to avail of a summer internship at the end of year two.

YEAR THREE

Students study more advanced accounting topics with a focus on financial management and strategic thinking. Students also explore their career options.

WHY IT SLIGO ACCOUNTING?

This course is highly commended by all of the professional accountancy bodies. No other University or Institute of Technology in Ireland offer more exemptions from the professional accountancy exams than IT Sligo.

On completion of the three-year programme, graduates are exempt from all CAP1 examinations with Chartered Accountants Ireland; three applied knowledge and six applied skills examinations with ACCA; all examinations up to Professional 2 stage with CPA; Certificate and Operational Level (except for Operational case study exam) with CIMA.

The key skills built into the course will mean you are well-grounded and prepared for a career in accountancy, or further study:

  • Business finance, accounting and reporting
  • Taxation
  • Management principles and strategic management
  • Business law, economics and human resource management
  • Marketing and enterprise
  • Personal financial services

Graduates from this stimulating and challenging course will be competent to work in the finance function of any organisation, large or small, both in Ireland and internationally. Many graduates will work in banking and financial services or may choose a teaching career; such is the broad range of options open to students.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:

Accountancy at Leaving Certificate level is not required as the programme starts with beginners Accounting.

Career Opportunities

CIMA Global CIMA Ireland is delighted to announce the commencement of an internship programme with the school of business at Institute of Technology Sligo. This programme aims to provide summer work-placements with employers and CIMA members, to IT Sligo undergraduate accounting students. Details can be found here.

The majority of graduates from the BA in Accounting will progress to a professional accounting qualification. Most of the recent graduates are either on Master’s programmes; some sponsored by employers or are in training contracts with local and national accounting and consultancy companies.

Graduates also pursue careers in finance, banking and financial services, second-level teaching (add on Professional Master's in Education (PME)) or lecturing (add-on master’s required). This programme meets the Teaching Council of Ireland criteria for secondary school teaching for Accounting teacher to Leaving Certificate level and Business teacher to Junior Certificate level. 

There is a significant shortage of accounting graduates in Ireland. Our final-year students are experiencing high demand for their skill set and receiving numerous offers of employment both locally and nationally, often prior to completion of the course. 

Further Study

On completion, masters opportunities and professional qualifications apply.

Successful graduates of this programme are exempt from the following professional examinations:

  • ALL CAP1 examinations with Chartered Accountants Ireland
  • 9 of the total 13 examinations with ACCA
  • ALL examinations up to Professional 2 Stage with CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
  • Certificate and Operational Level with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

No other University or Institute of Technology in Ireland offer more exemptions from these professional examinations.

Graduates can become a post primary school teacher by completing a Professional Master's in Education (PME) to teach Accounting to Leaving Certificate level and Business teacher to Junior Certificate level. 

Testimonials

"The content of the modules range from Financial reporting (the accounts/figures) to company law to tax. It is an extremely interesting course and the lecturers are top class. They really keep it so interesting and relevant to real life. The lecturers make the course because of their attention to each individual student with small class sizes they get to know you your not just a number. You grow to have great friendships and ones for life.

IT Sligo has the maximum exemptions for all the professional exams. I was not aware of this before I started the course. In my own case I have chosen Chartered Accountants Ireland exams and I will be exempt completely from CAP 1. My advice - Do not be afraid to ask the lecturers for help they are there to facilitate you and guide you through everything."

Tara Jayne Wade, Sligo, BA (Hons) in Accounting graduate

"We had a small class size, less than 20 people, which I found very helpful as it gave us a chance to ask lecturers to explain anything that was causing problems which wouldn’t be as possible in a larger class. The lecturers are very helpful to students when they are seeking employment in their final year. They do everything possible to help which made it a lot easier to find a job which is the ultimate goal for everyone when they finish their degree."

Keelan Dowd, Longford, BA (Hons) in Accounting graduate

Did you know?

No other University or Institute of Technology in Ireland offer more exemptions from the professional accountancy exams than IT Sligo.

This is one of the fastest routes to professional accountancy.

Students do not need to have studied accountancy for their Leaving Certificate to apply for this course.

Small class sizes mean students get extra support if they need it.

The course has a low student-to-lecturer ratio which enhances the learning experience and facilitates more individual attention between you and your tutors.

There is a significant shortage of accounting graduates in Ireland. Our final-year students are experiencing high demand for their skill set and receiving numerous offers of employment both locally and nationally, often prior to completion of the course. 

Graduates can become a post primary school teacher by completing a Professional Master's in Education (PME) to teach Accounting to Leaving Certificate level and Business teacher to Junior Certificate level. 

Alumni

Darragh Devaney, BA (Hons) in Accounting, tells us about his experience of studying with IT Sligo.