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BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance

BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance


Gain the accounting, finance and management skills needed for a dynamic career in the world of finance and business

The BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance degree is delivered on a full-time, part-time and blended learning basis and is ideal for students interested either in a career in the accounting profession or who wish to develop the expertise to analyse business activities from a financial perspective.

Why Study Accounting and Finance at Griffith College?

This Accounting and Finance degree reflects the multiple requirements of today’s business and finance world, preparing you for a career in accounting, banking, stockbroking, currency trading, management, insurance or positions in the financial sector. Whether you want to change career or are studying accounting and finance, or are a school leaver, the BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance is for you.

  • If you are interested in the application of numerical techniques and the interpretation and communication of financial information, this course is ideal.
  • Once completed, students will have the necessary skills to pursue a dynamic rewarding career in accounting and/or finance.
  • The city centre location delivers the programme in the evening on a part-time basis
  • You can qualify for 9 ACCA exemptions, ACA CAP 1 exemptions and a number of CPA exemptions
  • You will receive lecturing from vastly experienced professionals from a wide range of industries.

Course Highlights

  • Excellent reputation within industry
  • Excellent rates of graduate appointments
  • Convenient part-time city centre location
  • Gain an honours degree in three years
  • Excellent study progression opportunities

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • 4th of February, 2019* **

  • September 2019

*subject to sufficient numbers

** Please note that part-time is unavailable for this intake at the Cork campus.

Worried about commuting to class, have you considered Blended Learning?

Blended Learning combines traditional classroom based learning with online formats like webinars and lecture videos meaning you only have to travel to class one Saturday per month on campus. Read more about the blended learning course option here

    What our students say

    Accounting and Finance Courses

    Enrolling in the Accounting & Finance part time degree was a huge decision, but the lecturing staff, and indeed everyone at Griffith College, made the transition easy and enjoyable. Managing a full-time job along with studies was made easier by the consistent level of support. I found the classes to be a fantastic open environment full of discussion as well as structured lectures and great reading material. I would highly recommend anyone considering studying Accounting & Finance to choose Griffith College.

    Sam Mc Dougall
    BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance (part-time)
    Accounting and Finance Courses

    I am a second year student studying on the Accounting and Finance degree in Griffith College. It is a very interesting course and the lectures are extremely helpful and kind; they're always ready to help. Griffith College is a place that encourages students to work hard and the BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance recognises the efforts that students put into their work.

    Chizara Chimdi-ejiogu
    BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (Full time)
    Course details

    The year one and two Finance/Accounting and Management modules act as a perfect introduction and development for the final year modules. 

    Core Subjects
    Year One
    • Business Management
    • Effective Learning and Development
    • Micro Economics
    • Quantitative Analysis for Business
    • Financial Accounting (linear)
    • Information Technology Skills
    • Legal Aspects of Business
    • Macro Economics
    Year Two
    • Accounting Information for Managers
    • Company Law
    • Finance and Wealth Management
    • Professional Development
    • International Financial Reporting
    • Management Accounting Systems and Analysis
    • Management Practice
    • Technology in Accounting and Finance
    Year Three
    • International Corporate Reporting
    • Performance Management
    • Professional Development Portfolio
    • Taxation 1
    • Audit and Assurance
    • Corporate Finance
    • Strategic Management
    • Taxation 2
    Year Three Electives - one must be chosen

    Students choose one elective from the elective list below. Electives are delivered in semester one of the final year. Electives are offered subject to demand. 

    1. Corporate Governance and Accountability

    This module examines in detail the subject of Corporate Governance. The module assesses the importance of identifying, assessing, controlling and mitigating risk within the context of Corporate Governance.

    2. Derivatives

    The aims of the module are to develop an appreciation of the key features of major derivative instruments and the principles of derivatives pricing. Students develop a practical understanding of the possible uses of derivative instruments and the ability to apply that knowledge to explore how derivative instruments can be used in risk management.

    3. Project Management

    The module assesses the importance of identifying, assessing, controlling and managing projects in a business context. Students gain an appreciation of project management best practice and assess the relationship between project management, technology and strategy.

    4. Valuation and Securities Management

    This module provides students with an understanding of security analysis and valuation from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. It is designed to provide the tools required to analyse the performance of securities, value securities and assess returns on active investment strategies.

    How to Apply

    Entry Requirements

    Leaving Certificate

    2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or another language) and Maths.

    English Language
    If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

    How to Apply

    Applicants under 23 years

    Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2018 must apply through the CAO system www.cao.ie. Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2018 applications.

    Applicants over 23 years

    Mature Students
    Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2018 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website homepage. Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport.

    Tuition Fees

    General Fee Information 

    An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

    Study Mode: Full-Time


    Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 3,180.00


    Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 4,150.00


    Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 4,550.00

    Study Mode: Part-Time


    Irish/EU Living in Ireland: EUR 3,700.00


    Irish/EU living Ireland: EUR 2,300.00


    Irish/EU living Ireland: EUR 2,900.00


    General Fee Information 

    An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

    Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

    Study Mode: Full-Time


    Non-EU Living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

    EU Living Abroad: EUR 6,650.00


    Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 7,000.00

    Non-EU living Abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

    EU living Abroad: EUR 6,000.00


    Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 5,600.00

    Direct Debit Scheme

    Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


    Is your company paying for your course?

    They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

    • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
    • Email: [email protected]


    2% Learner Protection Charge

    All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

    QQI Award Fee

    Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


    Academic Progression

    Upon successful completion of their honours degree course, graduates may wish to continue their studies with a postgraduate qualification in Griffith College or with one of the many third level institution in Ireland or abroad.

    The Griffith College Graduate Business School offers a portfolio of programmes which may be of interest. The following programmes prepare graduates for the world of international business; at MSc and MBA levels, and in full and part-time modes

    • The MBA in International Business programme is divided into three stages, taking one year to complete full-time and approx. two years part-time.

    • The MSc programme is divided into three stages, taking one year to complete full-time and approx. two years part-time.

    • The MSc Accounting and Finance programme is divided into three stages, taking one year to complete full-time and approx. two years part-time.

    Professional Accountancy Exemptions

    Graduates of this programme may wish to pursue further studies they can gain substantial examination exemptions from the following professional accountancy bodies:

    • 9 ACCA Fundamental exemptions

    • ACA CAP 1 exemptions

    • CPA Formation 1, Formation 2 and Professional 1 exemptions (subject to electives chosen).

    Career Progression

    The programme gives you an understanding of the business, legal, and social environments in which accountancy operates and enables you to be conversant in the technical languages and practices of the accounting sector in a market economy. These include measurement and disclosure in financial statements, managerial accounting, auditing, taxation and business law. While typical careers focus on the world of finance and accounting in particular, any aspect of the business arena is open to graduates. A significant advantage is the many exemptions from the professional exams for which graduates of the course are eligible. Students who do not wish to focus on a career as an accountant will find numerous opportunities in banking, stockbroking, currency trading, management, insurance or positions in the financial sector.

    What our students say


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