This accountancy and finance degree is about much more than just the numbers. It will give you the technical skills you need but also the ability to think critically and creatively to understand how an organisation can succeed. It features a blend of specialised accounting and finance subjects together with general business subjects.
The course will help you understand the relationships between finance and other business disciplines. You will develop a critical and methodical approach to problem-solving and decision making in a financial context and develop the ability to interpret and communicate financial and other information. The broader business viewpoint of the course will give you an excellent foundation in leadership and management and give you the broad perspective necessary for the modern interconnected business world.
This degree will equip you for a career in accountancy, finance and related fields. NCI have particular expertise in this area and graduates have achieved excellent employment rates.
As a graduate of this course you will:
Understand the theory and practice of accounting and finance.
Develop your skills and knowledge in all areas of business.
Be able to pursue a career in general management, accountancy or related fields.
Be eligible for professional accountancy body exemptions.
Who is the course for?
The course will appeal to students looking to move into the international world of accounting and finance. The course is for school leavers, mature students and graduates of QQI level 5/6 programmes who wish to embark on a course of full-time study.
Course Structure and Award
This undergraduate course is a three- year honours degree. The course is run over six semesters with continuous assessment held throughout the course and examinations at the end of each semester. On completion you will receive a QQI BA (Honours) Degree in Accounting and Finance at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Graduates who meet the criteria decided by the professional accounting bodies may apply for generous exemptions from the examinations of professional accountancy bodies on completion of the course. These include Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA) and Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Ireland.
Exemption criteria are subject to change, so students and graduates should check with the relevant professional bodies for the up-to-date criteria.
Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
Association if Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Ireland
Work placements are highly regarded by graduate recruiters and offer many advantages to students including, valuable work-based skills and experience, the opportunity to make contacts in industry, assisting in developing personal and professional confidence and an opportunity to boost your employability prospects when you graduate.
This programme offers high achieving students the option to complete an 8-month paid work placement after successful completion of second year. This option is subject to strict requirements and will be discussed with students on entry to the course.
On-the-job experience before you graduate will give you the edge in today’s job market. Complete a professional work placement and graduate knowing what your future career really entails and whether it’s right for you.
Further Study Options
Upon successful completion of the BA (Honours) in Accounting and Finance, graduates can progress to postgraduate courses at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications such as the MSc in Finance at NCI or pursue a professional accountancy qualification such as ACA, ACCA or CIMA.
The points for this course in 2018 were 341.
The CAO course code is NC022.