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Accounting (BBus Honours)

  • Course Code

    CR 400

  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BBus (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

4 years (8 semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish. Mathematics must be at least Grade O4/H7.

Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.


Work Placement

Formal work placement (minimum of 15 weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Accounting, Business, and Economics.

Course summary

This is a specialised accounting course designed for students who intend entering the accounting profession. This four year Honours Degree programme offers an advanced specialist education in accounting as a firm base for either further academic study, a career in business or the pursuit of a professional qualification with one of the accountancy bodies. CIT offers Accounting students the benefit of small class sizes initially which assist with a smoother transition from second level and all CIT Accounting lecturers have professional qualifications and relevant industry experience.


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CR400 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

All businesses need to record details of their trading transactions (e.g. sales and purchases) so that they know who owes them money and what money they owe. This information is also used to assess the financial ‘health’ of the business and to make plans for the future. Accountants are involved in making many decisions necessary for the efficient operation of a business. Therefore, a well-run accounting function is critically important to the long-term management of a business.

Further Studies

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Upon successful completion of the Honours Degree, graduates with excellent exemptions from the professional accountancy bodies can enter industry or practice (i.e. work for a firm of accountants).

Graduates of the BBus (Honours) in Accounting may apply to the CIT full-time ACCA Programme. This programme provides graduates with the opportunity to complete the ACCA qualification on a full-time study basis. The advantage of completing this programme is that graduates will have their ACCA studies completed before they commence work and will not have to try to combine work and study.

Honours Degree holders who achieve the specified level of academic performance are eligible to apply for a postgraduate course of study, both at CIT and at other third level colleges in Ireland and abroad.

Question Time

What do I need to do after qualifying in CR 400 to become an accountant?
After attaining your BBus (Honours) in Accounting, you need to fulfil the additional requirements of the Accountancy Body with which you wish to qualify. This typically requires 3 to 3½ years relevant work experience and additional examinations.

Will I receive exemptions from the main professional bodies?

Yes. The BBus (Honours) in Accounting currently has excellent exemptions for Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and Certified Public Accountants. These exemptions ensure that our graduates can minimise the number of exams necessary to qualify as an accountant after completing this Honours Degree.

If I did not study Accounting at Leaving Certificate, can I study Accounting CR 400?
Yes. You do not have to have studied Accounting as all modules in Year 1 assume no prior knowledge of content.

What career options are available other than a professional accountant?
Accountancy is a relevant background for any career in business. Many leading CEOs have an accountancy qualification. Accounting graduates can work in management, finance, insurance, banking, risk and compliance, project management, management consultancy, teaching and lecturing.

Graduate Profiles


Laura O'Callaghan
Financial Analyst

“I graduated from the Accounting degree in CIT in 2011. It was a great place to study as all the lecturers get to know you. The exemptions I got from the course were definitely a benefit to me when I was looking for my first graduate position. I was well prepared for the working world and professional accountancy exams. I am now a qualified ACCA accountant working as a financial analyst in Eli Lilly.”


David Coughlan

“Accounting has afforded me the opportunity to work with KPMG and experience the role of an accountant in a large practice and transition to working in industry with PepsiCo. Accounting offers endless opportunities in the types of roles you can undertake within a company or practice. One of the best decisions I've made was choosing CIT andf studying there has played a massive role in helping me to get to where I am today.”

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting CR400

Potential Areas of Employment

• Accountant in Practice
• Accountant in Industry
• Banking/Finance
• Teaching and Lecturing

Career Opportunities

Graduates from CIT accounting programmes secure employment within accountancy practices and also as accountants in industry.

In practices, graduates work in the “Big 4” accountancy firms (PwC, KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte), and with medium and small accountancy firms. Industry employers include Apple, EMC, Dairygold, Kerry Group, Quintas, Musgrave Group, South Western Services (SWS), Financial Control Outsourcing Services (FCOS), PepsiCo, Bank of New York Mellon, and State Street Bank.

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)


EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2019: 316

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

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