Professional Diploma in Finance for Non Financial Managers

Professional / Short Course
12 Weeks x 1 Evening (6.30pm – 9.30pm)
Validated by
Griffith College
Part-Time / Online
Dublin Main Campus / Cork / Limerick
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Course Overview

Designed to equip non-financial managers with the essential financial tools and knowledge.

The course is suitable for working professionals and managers from various non-financial backgrounds to give them the skills and confidence to make informed and objective financial decisions.


The course is validated by Griffith College. This course focuses on the development of professional skills and does not sit on the national framework.

Why Study Finance For Non Financial Managers at Griffith College:

This course is designed to equip non-financial managers with the essential financial tools and knowledge to fully participate in strategic policy. It provides both a theoretical and practical understanding of financial and management accounting, introducing students to a broad programme of accounting experiences from day books to financial statements and their interpretation to the practical business financial activity of budgeting, and controls demanded by contemporary organisations.

On successful completion of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Understand how financial statements are prepared complying with accounting standards and legislation.
  • Interpret and analyse company accounts and performing ratio analysis for better decision making.
  • Communicate more effectively with the Finance Department.
  • Understand budget preparation and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Analyse financial risks within their departments.
  • Gain an insight into the role of financial strategy in an organisation and develop an understanding of financing and resource allocation.

Intake Dates

  • Limerick - Part-Time - February 2024
  • Cork - Part-Time - September 2024
  • Limerick - Part-Time - September 2024
  • Dublin - Part-Time - October 2024
  • Dublin - Online - October 2024
  • Dublin - Part-Time - February 2025
  • Dublin - Online - February 2025

Course Details

Course Content 

Financial Accounting

  • Context and purpose of financial reporting
  • Nature, principles and scope of accounting and its limitations
  • The role of financial accounting, management accounting, financial management and auditing
  • Characteristics of useful information, problems associated with its production, user groups of this financial information.
  • Terminology, concepts and conventions.
  • Theory of double entry and underlying assumptions
  • The accounting equation
  • Types of business entities
  • Forms of capital and capital structures

Accounting Records, Procedures and Systems

  • Techniques of double entry book-keeping
  • Books of prime entry
  • Ledgers
  • Personal Ledgers
  • Nominal Ledgers
  • Control accounts
  • Journals
  • Recording transactions and events:
  • Preparing basic Financial Statements
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial statements

Financial Management 

  • Sources of Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Budgeting and Budgetary Control

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.



This part-time evening course will run one evening per week from 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm over 12 weeks, course dates outlined below.​


On-Campus Delivery - Classes will commence on Monday, 21st October 2024.


Year: 2024 - 2025

  • Oct: 21
  • Nov: 04, 11, 25
  • Dec: 02, 09, 16
  • Jan: 06, 13, 20, 27


Online Delivery  - Classes will be delivered live online using Zoom and will commence on Wednesday, 30th 2024.


Year: 2024 - 2025

  • Oct: 30
  • Nov: 06, 13, 20, 27
  • Dec: 04, 11, 18
  • Jan: 08, 15, 22, 29


Exams will take place on campus for courses delivered on campus and online. It is mandatory to attend exams in person. Contact [email protected] for further information.

Cork Campus

This course is scheduled to commence on Thursday, 29th February 2024 at Griffith College Cork, Wellington Road, Cork. 

This part-time evening course will run one evening per week from 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm over 12 weeks, course dates outlined below.

Year: 2024

  • Feb: 29
  • Mar: 07, 14, 21, 28
  • Apr: 04, 11, 18, 25
  • May: 02, 09, 16


Contact [email protected] for further information.

This course is scheduled to commence on Monday, 16th October 2023 at Griffith College Limerick, O Connell Avenue, Limerick. 


This part-time evening course will run one evening (Monday) per week from 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm over 12 weeks, course dates outlined below.

Year: 2023

  • Oct: 16, 23,30
  • Nov: 06, 13, 20, 27
  • Dec: 04, 11


Year: 2024

  • Jan: 08, 15, 22

Contact [email protected] for further information.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College 

Applicants under 23 years of age:

Under 23 Years

5 O6/H7 grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent award


FETAC Level 5 Full Award

Applicants over 23 years of age (Mature students):

Direct Entry - If you are 23 years or over from the 1st January of this year, you can apply for this course directly using the College’s online application form.


It is recommended that applicants have a good understanding of both written and spoken English.


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Dublin Main Campus

Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 1290.00

Early Booking Discount: Pay a €250 deposit before 30th June and receive a 10% discount. 



Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 990.00



Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 1,150.00


What further study can I do?

Graduates from this course may develop their skills further by completing the BA in Business or the Professional Diploma in Leadership Skills at Griffith College and by doing so will broaden their knowledge and academic studies within the business environment.

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