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Accounting and Finance

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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.

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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. This is crucial for businesses, where managers don’t always have training in finance, but need this information to make informed decisions.

Accounting is for logical thinkers. The course offers an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of accounting and finance, as well as an understanding of the business, legal, taxation and IT context of this work.

The degree is structured around three main areas: Accounting, Finance and Buisness. Students may also choose to study a Eurpoean language (French, German or Spanish) for all or part of their course.

Graduates are granted significant exemptions from examinations of professional accountancy bodies.

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DC115 - Accounting and Finance

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DC115 - Accounting and Finance
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration

Essential Module Requirements:

Distinction in B20029 or 5N2066 or C20139 or 5N1833 (or OC3 or better in LCE Maths)

Distinctions in 5 modules including 4 from the following modules:
B20001 or 5N1348
B20005 or 5N1610
B20029 or 5N2066 or C20139 or 5N1833
B20131 or 5N2091 or B20132 or 5N1394
B20151 or 5N1350

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Graduates find careers as Accountants, Financial Managers, and work in the fields of Industry, Commerce, Financial and Public Service and Education

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Andrew Dunne 3
Irish Tax Institute

Andrew Dunne is a senior tax manager with Ernst & Young. He earned his degree in accounting and finance at DCU. His work involves advising clients on their corporation tax affairs. Andrew is also an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).

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Irish Tax Institute
Joseph Conboy is currently employed at KPMG as an Associate Director. He studied a degree in Accounting and Finance and then went on to do a Masters in Accounting, both in DCU. His role involves dealing with a range of tax issues that arise in aviation finance.
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Clodagh completed her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance and subsequently a masters degree in Accounting. Through Deloitte she has become involved in tag rugby, sailing and the running club.

Peter works in the Financial services group at Deloitte with a significant portfolio of clients. He enjoys the variety of opportunities and challenges that working with the company brings.  

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