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Accounting with Finance and Placement – BA (Hons)

  • CAO Points: 309

  • Campus: Athlone

  • years: 4


Course Overview

The BA (Hons) in Accounting with Finance and Placement provides students with a comprehensive foundation in accounting principles, concepts and practices equipping students with the skills to work in various business contexts where they can to progress to become professional qualified accountants. The programme places a high emphasis on obtaining exemptions from professional accounting exams. This ensures that graduates from this programme have a minimal number of exams to sit after they graduate in order to become a fully qualified professional accountant. The programme also places an emphasis on building students’ professional and digital skills. Preparing graduates for employment, the professional skills theme that runs throughout the programme encompasses a range of skills, practices and activities to build the professional competencies demanded of the modern workplace. To further enhance employability, the digital skills theme within the programme encompasses a range of software skills widely used in the accounting profession.

This programme includes a year-long placement which runs during year 3 of the programme. This allows students to gain real-world experience in the workplace allowing them to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios. Students will engage with a career-focused module ‘The Evolving Professional’ during year 2 of the programme, in preparation for their placement. The work placement allows students to explore career paths, boosting their self-confidence and enhancing their curricula vitae.

At the Department of Accounting and Business Computing our lecturing staff have extensive industry experience as well as high academic standards. With a strong legacy of accounting within the department, the lecturing team will ensure that graduates are knowledgeable, skilled and well prepared wherever their career takes them.

The BA (Hons) in Accounting won the award for Excellence in Education in Training at the Irish Accountancy Awards in 2022. This award confirms the quality of the programme which is also borne out by the fact that there is a high employment rate among graduates, with many students securing employment while completing the final year of this programme.

Additional Information

Other than the year-long placement, all other modules and exemptions are identical.

There are three key reasons why you should do the placement:

  • After graduation, you will have to undertake a three year training contract to become a qualified accountant. By taking this year-long placement, it can be counted towards your training contract, reducing it to two years
  • It will make you more employable. Most employers give preference to graduates that have completed a placement.
  • You will undergo personal and professional growth

No! All our year 1 courses assume no prior knowledge of accounting.

After graduation, you will undertake an additional three-year training contract to become a fully qualified accountant.

  • This programme is a 4-year, Level 8 honours degree
  • Maximum exemptions from the professional bodies
  • A number of new and contemporary modules that ensure graduates are up to date on current trends in the accounting profession

The introduction of a professional skills theme will develop the student’s soft-skills, with a focus on employability. These skills include how to search for a job, how to develop a professional portfolio and how to find internships and placements

This theme also formalises student contact with industry, with guest lectures, industry events and opportunities to build a professional network prior to graduation.

These skills range from using office applications to embedded certificates from companies such as Sage, which are awarded in addition to the degree, thereby increasing graduate employability. The programme also introduces Data Analytics and Visualisation – an area of increasing importance to the accounting profession.

Contact Details

Bernard Tao Cui

Head of Department

Email: Tao.Cui@tus.ie

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects, plus Grade O6 at ordinary level in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

Course Modules

  • Critical Skills for Learning

  • Business Law

  • Financial Accounting 1A

  • Management Accounting 1A

  • Business Mathematics 1

  • Computer Applications

  • Financial Accounting 1B

  • Management Accounting 1B

  • Corporate Law 1

  • Economics for Accountants

  • Organisational Management 1

  • Taxation 1

  • Financial Management 1

  • Organisational Management 2

  • Corporate Law 2

  • Information Systems for Accountants

  • Sustainability for Accountants

  • Applications for Accountants

  • Financial Accounting 2

  • Management Accounting 2

  • Data Analytics and Visualisation

  • The Evolving Professional

  • Work Placement (September-May, 9 months)

  • Corporate Reporting

  • Management Accounting 3

  • Taxation 2

  • Financial Management 2

  • Strategic Management

  • Audit and Systems Review

  • Professional Skills & Personal Development

What can you do after this programme?

Do you want to be more employable when you graduate? If so, this is the accounting degree for you.The work placement which forms part of this programme offers students an opportunity to gain real-world practical experience which will enhance their ability to gain full-time employment on completion of this programme.

In addition to focussing on professional and digital skills, the programme also enjoys a large number of exemptions from professional bodies, such as Chartered Accountants of Ireland, ACCA, CPA and CIMA. These exemptions reduce the number of professional exams you will have to take once you graduate when you start your training contract. Details of the exemptions are as follows:

  • ACCA offers graduates exemptions from nine papers out of 14 required for qualification.
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland grants exemption from CAP1 for students who pass and achieve at least 50% in year 2 and year 3 modules.
  • CIMA awards graduates of the BA (Honours) in Accounting exemptions from eight out of the 14 examinations in their professional course.
  • CPA Ireland offers graduates exemptions from 10 out of the 15 examination papers through their FastTrack programme.

Successful graduates of this programme, may progress to study for a professional accountancy qualification or you  are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within TUS or elsewhere. While the MA in Accounting at TUS Athlone is a natural progression route, students also have the option of continuing on to the MSc in Data Analytics.

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