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Accounting and Finance

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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Accounting is the process of taking financial data, analysing it, and presenting it in reports that can be easily interpreted by others. This is crucial for businesses, where managers don't always have training in finance, but need this information to make informed decisions.

Finance is a general term, which encompasses topics such as economics, accounting, statistics, and investment, all with the focus on managing money efficiently.

This course provides a broad base in finance related topics, but with an emphasis on accounting.

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MH403 - Accounting and Finance
Maynooth University

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MH403 - Accounting and Finance
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Note: Information for 2018 Entry
Old Code New Code Award Title
  6M5012  Tourism with Business
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
DSRXX  5M5146  Sports, Recreation and Exercise
DTXXX  5M5011  Tourism with Business
CELTX    Electronic Technology
CITXX    Information Technology
  6M0691  Software Development
  5M0536  Computer Systems and Networks
  5M0529  Software Development
EBXXX    Broadcasting
CNSSX    Networks and Software Systems
DCXXX  6M2007  Early Childhood Care and Education
  6M2218  Social and Vocational Integration
  5M1761  Intellectual Disability Practice
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
  5M5028  Applied Ecology
BMANX  6M4587  Management
BITSX  6M5014  International Contact Centre Service
BBMXX    Business Management
BALBX  6M4985  Business
BBMSX    Business
AAAXX  6M3618  Arts Administration
BAXXX  6M5013  Administration
BACXX    Administration - Construction
  6M5149  Broadcasting
EMMWD    Multimedia and Web Development
  6M5132  Multimedia
  6M5159  Film and Television Production
EFTVP    Film & TV Production
  6M5130  Media Production
EMPRO    Media Production
  6M5131  ?
EMXXX    Multimedia
BBSSX  5M1997  Office Administration
BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
BLSXX  5M3789  Legal Studies
  5M3371  Horsemanship
CHMSX    Horsemanship
  5M18294  Office Informatics

Essential Module Requirements:
CHMSX - Horsemanship; 5M3371 - Horsemanship
Five Distinctions which must include: C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or 5N0556 - Maths for STEM
or 5N2066 - Statistics
(or O4/H7 in LCE Maths) And two from:B20005 - Business Administration
or 5N1610 - Business Administration Skills
B20034 - Business Calculations
or 4N2279 - Business Calculations
B20137 - Bookkeeping - Manual & Computerised
or 5N1354 - Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised
B20138 - Payroll-Manual & Computerised
or 5N1546 - Payroll Manual and Computerised
ECHSX - Cultural and Heritage Studies; 5M2154 - Cultural and Heritage Studies; ELESX - Language and European Studies; 5M2073 - Language and European Studies; ECAXX - Community Arts; EPJXX - Print Journalism; 5M2464 - Journalism; ELAXX - Liberal Arts; 5M3114 - General Studies; EMPXX - Media Production; 5M0528 - Media Production; 5M18518 - Media Production; 5M18519 - Film and Television Production; 5M5048 - Creative Media; EMEXX - Media Engineering; 5M2149 - Sound Production; EPAMX - Music; 5M2011 - Music; 5M2155 - Creative Media; 5M5162 - Media Engineering; DCHCC - Community Care; 5M2786 - Community Care; DCHSN - Nursing Studies; 5M4349 - Nursing Studies; DCHSC - Childcare; 5M2009 - Early Childhood Care and Education; DCHSX - Community and Health Services; 5M4468 - Community Health Services; EASSX - Applied Social Studies; 5M2181 - Applied Social Studies; EYXXX - Youthwork; 5M4732 - Youth Work; ERPXX - Radio Production; 5M4511 - Radio Production; ETFPX - TV & Film Production; 5M5158 - Film and Television Production; EMMPX - Multimedia Production; 5M2146 - Multimedia Production; 5M0828 - eBusiness; BBSAX - Administration; 5M2468 - Business Administration; BBSIT - International Trade; 5M2111 - International Trade; BBSXX - Business Studies; 5M2102 - Business Studies; 5M18294 - Office Informatics; BMXXX - Marketing; BLSXX - Legal Studies; 5M3789 - Legal Studies; 5M2069 - Marketing; 5M2067 - Information Processing; 5M1997 - Office Administration; EMXXX - Multimedia; 6M5131; EMPRO - Media Production; 6M5130 - Media Production; EFTVP - Film and TV Production; 6M5159 - Film and Television Production; 6M5132; EMMWD - Multimedia and Web Development; 6M5149 - Broadcasting; BAXXX - Administration; BACXX - Administration - Construction; 6M5013 - Administration; BALBX - Applied Languages & Business; AAAXX - Arts Administration">AAAXX / 6M3618 - Arts Administration; BBMSX - Business; 6M4985 - Business; BBMXX - Business Management; BITSX - International Teleservices; 6M5014 - International Contact Centre Service; BMANX - Management; 6M4587 - Management; 5M5028 - Applied Ecology; 5M4339 - Healthcare Support; 5M1761 - Intellectual Disability Practice; 6M2218 - Social and Vocational Integration; 6M2007 - Early Childhood Care and Education; CNSSX - Networks and Software Systems; EBXXX - Broadcasting; 5M0529 - Software Development; 5M0536 - Computer Systems and Networks; 6M0691 - Software Development; CITXX - Information Technology; CELTX - Electronic Technology; 5M5011 - Tourism with Business; 5M5146 - Sports, Recreation and Exercise; 5M3807 - Laboratory Techniques; 6M5012 - Tourism with Business
Five Distinctions which must include: C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or 5N0556 - Maths for STEM
or 5N2066 - Statistics
(or O4/H7 in LCE Maths)

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

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There is an option of a one year work placement between years two and three. Students may also choose to take an Erasmus sudy year abroad.

This course entitles successful graduates to exemptions from CAP 1 examinations from the Chartered Accountants in Ireland and equivalent examination papers from the ACCA, CIMA and CPA professional accounting bodies. 

Graduates are likely to focus on Professional Accountancy careers but given the finance and economics content of the course careers in banking, stock market and economic research are also possibilities. 

Postgraduate courses are also available.

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