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ACCA Diploma in Accounting & Business

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Special Qualification

  • Type of Qualification:

    Special Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    28th September 2018

Course summary

CIT has been awarded Gold Status as part ACCA Approved Learning Partners. Gold status is awarded to tuition providers who have demonstrated that they can meet a range of challenging performance targets set by ACCA.


Organisation and Professional Development

Timing Details

Tuesday 6pm – 10pm & Wednesday 6.30pm – 9.00pm

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.

Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions. Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

An Information/Registration session will take place on Tuesday 5th September from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Institute staff will be in attendance to offer career guidance and assistance.


Course Fee: €1,500 (excludes examination fee)
CIT fee to be paid on Registration

Professional Accountancy Courses

Note: Registration fees, annual subscription, examination fees etc. are payable to Professional Bodies for each of the accountancy courses. These are not included in the course fees quoted. Please take note of the closing dates for examination registration. Before accepting a place on this course, students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable). 

Delivery & Duration

Tuesday 6.30pm - 10.00pm and Wednesday 7pm - 9pm for one academic year.

The Diploma is suitable for those aspiring to work or already working in the following types of roles:

  • basic bookkeeping;
  • trainee accountant in a commercial organisation or accounting practice;
  • accounts clerk in public or private sector.

The Diploma in Accounting and Business is broadly equivalent to HND level/equivalent to the first year of a degree.

  • F3 Financial Accounting (FFA);
  • F2 Management Accounting (FMA);
  • F1 Accounting in Business (FAB) and
  • Foundations in Professionalism (offered entirely online via ACCA).

Students who successfully complete the Diploma in Accounting and Business via Foundations in Accountancy can either:
transfer to the ACCA Qualification and commence their studies at F4 onwards of the ACCA Qualification
continue to study for the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification.

However, please note students who continue with the CAT Qualification will have to complete a further 6 CAT exams and gain one year’s relevant work experience. The CAT qualification involves completing 9 exams, three of which you will have completed as part of the Diploma in Accounting in Business, and one year’s relevant work experience.

Course Structure

Subjects FFA, FMA and FAB will be taught from September to May with examinations taking place in early June.


Diploma in Accounting & Business

Awarding Body

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)


Candidates may be eligible to apply for Exemptions. These may be viewed at

  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Registration Details
    Students must register online with ACCA by December at
    W: and also register directly with ACCA for paper based exams.

    Note: ACCA* registration, exam and exemption (if applicable) fees are payable directly to ACCA. CIT fee to be paid on registration.
  • Some candidates may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning based on previous academic or work experience.  If you think  you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, please check out
  • ACCA registration, exam and exemption (if applicable) fees are payable directly to ACCA.

           ACCA Ireland,
           9 Leeson Park,
           Dublin 6
           T: 01 4475678


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