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.
Note: In accordance with our quality assurance processes, we conduct a full programmatic review of all our courses every 5 years. This current review may result in some changes to the content of this programme starting September 2020.
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:
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
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.
In each year of the degree, any student with an overall average of 70+ will win a Dean's Award.
On completion, you will receive a QQI BA (Honours) Degree in Accounting and Finance at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
This undergraduate programme is a three-year honours with the option to extend to a four-year honours degree if the 8-month paid work placement option is availed of.
Recent graduates from current accounting and finance degrees at NCI are employed as trainee accountants and tax advisors within the Big 4 and Top 10 accountancy firms together with industry and financial services. Many are undertaking the professional accountancy exams and specific employers include: EY, Deloitte, BDO, Grant Thornton, JPA Brenson Lawlor, JP Morgan, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Citi, BNY Mellon, Moore Stephens, Cornmarket, PwC and Daiwa.
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 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.
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, students and graduates should check with the relevant professional bodies for the up-to-date criteria.
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.
Minimum entry requirements are a grade H5 and above
in two higher level subjects together with a minimum of
O6/H7 in four other subjects. A minimum of grade O6/H7 must be obtained in English. A grade O5/H6 must be
obtained in Mathematics.
Mature applicants, applicants with a disability or those applying through DARE or HEAR can find out more information on the application process.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
The points for this course in 2019 were 338.
The CAO course code is NC022.
This course qualifies under the Free Fees Initiative and Student Grant Scheme.
The fees for this course for international students is €10,000 per year.
For domestic students applying through the CAO, this course applies under the free fees initiative.