Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting

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

Course Summary

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.

Entry Requirements

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

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.

Graduates also pursue careers in finance, banking and financial services, second-level teaching (add on Professional Masters 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. 

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 Masters in Education (PME) to teach Accounting to Leaving Certificate level and Business teacher to Junior Certificate level. 



Student Profile


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


Did you know?

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

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.