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Niamh Briggs


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I would advise to any young person to go to college first and/or travelling and gain some life experience as this will help you deal/cope with situations a lot better.

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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This course puts students on route to achieving a professional accounting qualification. After three years, graduates will hold an honours degree in accounting and can expect to be exempt from all CAP1 examinations with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI). The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, case studies, problem-based learning and computer laboratory work. 

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SG146 - Accounting
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Three distinctions and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or LCE Maths

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The majority of graduates from this course progress to a professional accounting qualification. The course also provides the necessary skills for a career in the finance function of any organisation, banking and financial services, second level teaching (add-on HDip required) or lecturing (add-on MA required).

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