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A keen interest in current affairs, a willingness to travel and an acceptance that this role is a lifestyle choice are all necessary. I believe having lived abroad for a period of time and experiencing different cultures are also an advantage.

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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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Accounting is the process of taking financial data, analysing it, and presenting it in reports that can be easily interpreted by others.

HD3 or OC3 minimum Maths requirement. Minimum of OC3 in English or Irish.

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CW948 - Accounting
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CW948 - Accounting
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Three Distinctions

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Graduate opportunities exist as a trainee accountant in practice or industry.  There are also opportunities in financial services in areas such as banking, insurance, financial analysis and fund management. A period of further study will allow the graduate to qualify as a professional accountant or as a teacher. This will open up many more career opportunities both at home and abroad in practice industry, consultancy, taxation, financial markets, banking and insurance, education and the public sector.

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