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What is the Course about?

The Accounting & Finance stream allows students to specialise in Accounting and Finance in the final two years of their BBS (Hons) degree and is primarily for those students who wish to pursue a career as an accountant or in the financial services sector. This course is accredited by various professional accounting bodies and boasts maximum available exemptions for those students wishing to pursue a professional accounting qualification. Further exemptions are available with the Irish Taxation Institute allowing graduates the opportunity to pursue various roles in taxation.

Course Structure

This is a 4-year degree, consisting of 60 credits per stage and 30 credits per semester. The first two years of the course includes core foundation business modules ensuring that students acquire the necessary foundation knowledge, skills and competencies in business. A suite of mandatory and elective modules are offered to students across the first 2 years of the course.

Following successful completion of year 2 students choose a stream that they wish to specialise in. Accounting & Finance is one of these streams which specialises in core accounting and finance modules in years 3 and 4 of the course.

The final 2 years of the course is structured around four key specialisms, namely: Accounting, Finance, Taxation and Audit & Assurance, where basic accounting, analytical and problem-solving skills are developed.

Is this course for you?

Mathematics and English are good indicator subjects for a career in accounting. Mathematics is useful as Accounting is a mathematical subject. English is important as you will need to explain complex accounting concepts to non-accountants in simple language. The course will start your journey to a professional accounting qualification which will open local, national and international career opportunities.

Special Features:

  • Maximum available exemptions from the professional accounting bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland (ACA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants Ireland (CPA).
  • Further exemptions available from the Irish Taxation Institute (ITI).
  • Embedded Sage Accounting On-Line Software Digital Badge, accredited by ACCA.
  • Final year CPA Ireland sponsored award and prize.
  • Strong practical transferrable skills developed in On-Line Accounting Software, Revenue On-Line Services (ROS) and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Range of graduate job opportunities in multiple sectors including professional services, accountancy practices, industry, financial services and government upon completion of the course.
  • Summer internship programmes available in various accounting firms at the end of year 3.
  • Annual networking opportunities including guest lectures, employer presentations, EY business challenge, professional accounting body presentations, interview skills workshop and CV preparation workshop.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Business Financial Accounting 1 (M) Business Financial Accounting 2 (M)
IT for Business (M) Macroeconomics (M)
Microeconomics (M) Management (M)
Quantitative Techniques 1 – Data Analysis (M) Quantitative Techniques 2 - Business Mathematics (M)
Communications and Academic Writing (E) Business Psychology 1 (E)
French I (E) French II (E)
German I (E) German II (E)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Business Applications 3 (M) Business Management Accounting (M)
Business Law (M) Contemporary Marketing Practice (M)
Human Resource Management 1 (M) Macroeconomy of Ireland (M)
Introduction to Marketing (M) Supply Chain Management (M)
Business Psychology 2 (E) Business Applications 4 (E)
French III (E) French IV (E)
Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 (E) Human Resource Management 2 (E)
German III(E) Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 (E)
German IV (E)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Cost Accounting for Accounting Degree Students (M) Commercial/Corporate Law for Accountants (M)
Financial Reporting 1 for Accounting Degree Students (M) Business Tax for Self-Employed and VAT (M)
Income Tax for the Accounting Degree (M) Corporate Finance in Accounting (M)
Information Systems (M) Financial Reporting 2 for Accounting Degree Students (M)
Managerial Economics (E) Management Accounting 1 for Accounting Degree Students (M)
Operations Management for Business (E)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 4

Semester 7 Semester 8
Corporation Tax for the Accounting Degree (M) Advanced Corporate Finance 2 BA in Accounting (M)
Advanced Corporate Finance 1 BA in Accounting (M) Advanced Financial Reporting 2 for Accounting Degree Students (M)
Advanced Financial Reporting 1 for Accounting Degree Students (M) Advanced Management Accounting for Accounting Degree Students (M)
Audit and Assurance 1 (M) Audit and Assurance 2 (M)
Management Accounting 2 for Accounting Degree Students (M) Capital Taxes and Succession (M)
Strategic Analysis (M) Strategic Positioning (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 2 Subjects: H5
  • 4 Subjects: O6 / H7
  • English or Irish: O6 / H7
  • Mathematics: O6 / H7

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Professional Accountancy Exams (see exemptions below)

Professional Taxation Exams (see exemptions below)

Master of Business or other taught or research Master's Degrees at SETU and other universities.

Professional Master's in Education (PME)

What exemptions will I receive?

Chartered Accountants Ireland (ACA)

  • CA Proficiency 1 (CAP 1) - all subjects

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

  • Applied Knowledge Level - all subjects
  • Applied Skills Level - all subjects

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

  • Financial Leadership Programme (FLP)
    • Certificate Level - all subjects
    • Operational Level - all subjects
    • Operational Case Study

Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA)

  • Foundation Level - all subjects
  • Professional Level - all subjects

Irish Tax Institute (ITI)

  • Chartered Tax Advisor (Part 1) - 3 subjects



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

Graduate opportunities exist as a trainee accountant in professional services firms such as Ernst & Young (EY), Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Grant Thornton, Deloitte, KPMG and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).

Many graduates also find employment in accountancy practices, industry, government roles and in the financial services sectors such as banking, insurance, financial analysis and fund management.

A period of further study will allow the graduate to qualify as a professional accountant.

Completion of a Professional Master's in Education (PME) will allow the graduate to pursue a career in post-primary teaching.


Course Leader

Ms Tracy Byrne

Lecturer -

Call: +353599175372

Email: [email protected]