Diploma in Finance for Non Financial Managers

Finance and Accounting Courses
Professional / Short Course
12 Weeks x 1 Evening (6.30pm – 9.30pm)
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Course Overview

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

The programme 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 The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM). This course focuses on the development of professional skills and does not sit on the national framework.

Why Study Finance at Griffith College

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

  • Understand how financial statements are prepared complying with accounting standards and legislation.
  • Interpret and analyse company accounts.
  • Communicate more effectively with the Finance Department.
  • 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

We run two intakes for this course, commencing as follows:


  • Autumn: October*
  • Spring: February*


*subject to sufficient numbers

Please see the timetable section for the next course dates.

Course Details


  • Types of business entities, users of financial information, characteristics of useful financial information, structure of the regulatory framework, comparing different business set up e.g. sole trader versus Limited company

  • The Accounting Regulatory Environment. The Fundamentals of Accounting Conventions and Concepts     

  • Preparing the Business Day Books. Sales Day Book, Purchases Day Book, Cash Receipts Books and Cash Payments Book. Sales Return and Purchase Return Book.

  • Nominal Ledger, Double Entry Rules, Posting of the Day Books

  • Preparing the Trial Balance.
  • Preparing the Trading Profit and Loss Account
  • The Balance Sheet

  • Accruals
  • Prepayments
  • Interest
  • Depreciation
  • Provision for Bad and Doubtful Debts

  • Limited Liability
  • Directors Remuneration
  • Auditors of Remuneration
  • Debentures
  • Profit and Loss Appropriation Account
  • Corporation Tax
  • Treatment of Ordinary and Preference Shares
  • Capital and Reserves in the Balance Sheet
  • Transfer of Reserves

  • Control Accounts and Personal Ledgers
  • Debtors Control Accounts and Personal Ledger
  • Creditors Control Accounts
  • Purpose of Control Accounts
  • Advantages of Control Accounts

  • What is a Budget
  • Functional and Master Budgets
  • The Different Types of Budgets
  • Budget Committees

  • The Purpose of a Bank Reconciliation Statement
  • The Preparation of a Bank Reconciliation Statement
  • Management Accounting Vs Financial Accounting
  • Cost Classifications
  • Cost Behaviour
  • Budgets and Forecasting, Basic Costing, Relevant Cash Flows

Course Contacts

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


Dublin Main Campus

This course is scheduled to commence on Wednesday, 18th October 2023 at Griffith College Dublin, Main Campus, South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

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

Year 2023

  • Oct: 18, 25
  • Nov: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
  • Dec: 06, 13

Year 2024

  • Jan: 10, 17, 24

Contact [email protected] for further information.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College Short Courses Department

Applicants under 23 years of age:

Old Leaving Cert (Pre 2017)

Two Honours Level, Grade C3s or above and four Ordinary Level D3s (subjects to include Maths and a language, English, Irish or another language) or equivalent exam taken.

New Leaving Cert

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

Applicants over 23 years of age (Mature students):

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.



What further study can I do?

Upon completion of the course participants are encouraged to further their studies through joining our Diploma in Business Management course, and by doing so they will broaden their knowledge and academic studies within the business environment.

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