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Within the building materials industry there are opportunities for people with very different backgrounds.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

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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.

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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This three year programme aims to provide a level of knowledge and skills in core business subjects that prepares students for positions of greater responsibility in a business environment. Students are also introduced to Business Management which includes all the office systems that help management to run a business smoothly and efficiently – information systems, financial accounting, economics and the internal operations of a company. Those who enrol on this programme also have an option to take a European language.

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TA111 - Accounting and Finance
IT Tallaght

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TA111 - 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
BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
BROXX  5M2105  Retail Practice
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade

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Graduate opportunities from this programme are excellent. Students who gain the Bachelor Degree Award may exit into the world of employment with this valuable qualification and work in practice or industry in sectors such as financial services, banking,insurance, manufacturing, construction  and consultancy. 

The majority choose to successfully continue their studies in ITT Dublin at honours degree level in Accounting and Finance. Alternatively, graduates may enter professional practices or industry as trainee accountants.

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