Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting

This course offers one of the fastest routes to achieving a professional accounting qualification. After three years you will hold an honours degree in accounting and in addition the course currently attracts full exemptions from CAP1 examinations with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and generous exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Certified Public Accountants (CPA).

This course is highly commended by all of the professional accountancy bodies.

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 chose a teaching career; such is the broad range of options open to students.

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*New Common Points Scale

The new Leaving Certificate Common Points Scale from 2017 is not directly comparable with the scale that was in existence from 1992 to 2016.

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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

A minimum of two C3’s at higher level is required. Mature applicants will be interviewed and assessed on an individual basis.  The study of accounting at leaving certificate is not required as all subjects will be delivered from first principles. Median CAO points in 2017 were 382


Career Opportunities

Internship 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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What are my further study opportunities?

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.

What subjects will I study?


Student Profile

Your full name: Tara Jayne Wade

What secondary school did you attend?  Jesus and Mary Secondary School Enniscrone Co Sligo

What is the course title you are studying? BA in Accounting Level 8

What year are you in: 3rd Year


Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you to choosing your course:

I always loved Accounting throughout school but when I had to choose a college course I was advised not to do accounting but instead a business course and branch out into accounting. I went to another college and did their Business course for one year but it really was not for me. The only modules I enjoyed were the accounting ones.  I wish I could have chosen IT Sligo first but every experience teaches you a lesson.


What specifically about the course do you particularly enjoy:

I enjoyed the content of the modules which are so varied. 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. They get to know you, you’re not just a number. You grow to have great friendships which last for life.


What is the best thing about your course that you think new applicants should know:

That 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.


If you were speaking with a first year student about to start your course, what advice/information would you give them?

Keep on top of the work and it will never be a huge workload. Do not be afraid to ask the lecturers for help, they are there to facilitate you and guide you through everything.  Achieve a balance between studying and your social life.


What are your plans after IT Sligo and any long term goals you are aiming for?

I have obtained a training contract with Mulhern Leonard in Boyle.  I hope to successfully complete my Chartered Accountants Ireland Exams and following this possibly travel or take any position that comes my way as well as taking well deserved time out after all the years of study.

Did you know?

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.

Who do I contact?

Marie Moran
Head of Dept. of Business.

For further information, contact:

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510