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Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Entry Routes

Entry Routes


What qualifications are required?

A. The Graduate Route

The majority of students that enrol with the Institute are graduates from 3rd level institutions, comprising of business and non – business graduates alike.

Business Graduate Exemptions 
The Institute recognises that business graduates already have a broad academic foundation for the further study required for professional examinations. The range of exemptions offered reflects the content and level of the qualification obtained, some qualifications gaining an entire exemption from CA Proficiency 1.

Non – Business Graduate Exemptions Many Chartered Accountants have qualified in non-business related disciplines such as law, computer science, engineering, arts etc. The Institute encourages this, recognising that their diverse backgrounds bring an invaluable mix of skills and knowledge to the profession. The first examination for non-business graduates is CA Proficiency 1.

The programme leading to the CA Proficiency 1 examination, and especially the subject “Financial Accounting” assumes some prior knowledge of the subject. We therefore recommend that students participate in an introductory course in basic accounting.

B. Post-Graduates

Business Graduates

Full-time, one year, post-graduate Masters in Accounting for business graduates are offered in

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • NUI Galway
  • NUI Maynooth
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin - Smurfit School
  • University of Ulster at Jordanstown
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

Students who have met the CAP1 requirement and successfully meet the criteria on these courses are exempt from the entirety of CA Proficiency 2 and join the Institute having completed all but the Final Admitting Examination.

Non – Business Graduates

Full time, one year post-graduate Diploma programmes are available for non- business graduates. These are offered at

  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology (Aungier St)
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
  • National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • University of Ulster at Jordanstown
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

Students who successfully complete these programmes and meet the agreed exemption criteria are exempt from the entirety of CA Proficiency 1.  Exemptions are awarded on an all or nothing basis.

Details of these post-graduate courses can be obtained from the Dept of Accounting / Finance at the respective bodies.

C. School-leaver / Direct Entry Route

School Leavers who have obtained 360 points in their Leaving Certificate out of 6 subjects (must include English and Mathematics at Higher Level grade D or better, or Ordinary Level grade C or better) OR 3 GCE Advanced Level subjects at a grade C or better with GCSE Ordinary Level English and Mathematics at grade B or better, who go onto secure a merit pass in the Accounting Technicians Ireland 1st year examination, are eligible to progress to the Chartered Accountants Ireland CA Proficiency 1 Examination. Students register with Accounting Technicians Ireland and Chartered Accountants lreland at the same time.

D. Other Entry Routes

Prospective students who do not fall into any of the above entry routes are typically:

  • Holders of other professional qualifications e.g. Accounting Technicians Ireland
  • Mature Students
  • Holders of HETAC / NVQ or equivalent awards

 

What are the typical routes into this sector?

 

The Graduate Route

The majority of students that enrol with the Institute are graduates from 3rd level institutions, comprising of business and non–business graduates alike.

Business Graduate Exemptions  The Institute recognises that business graduates already have a broad academic foundation for the further study required for professional examinations. The range of exemptions offered reflects the content and level of the qualification obtained, some qualifications gaining an entire exemption from CA Proficiency 1.

Non – Business Graduate Exemptions Many Chartered Accountants have qualified in non-business related disciplines such as law, computer science, engineering, arts etc. The Institute encourages this, recognising that their diverse backgrounds bring an invaluable mix of skills and knowledge to the profession. The first examination for non-business graduates is CA Proficiency 1.

The programme leading to the CA Proficiency 1 examination, and especially the subject “Financial Accounting” assumes some prior knowledge of the subject. We, therefore, recommend that students participate in an introductory course in basic accounting.

B. Post-Graduates

Business Graduates

Full-time, one year, post-graduate Masters in Accounting for business graduates are offered in

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • NUI Galway
  • Maynooth University
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin - Smurfit School
  • The University of Ulster at Jordanstown

Students who have met the CAP1 requirement and successfully meet the criteria in these courses are exempt from the entirety of CA Proficiency 2 and join the Institute having completed all but the Final Admitting Examination.

Non – Business Graduates

Full time, one-year post-graduate Diploma programmes are available for non-business graduates. These are offered at

  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology (Aungier St)
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Maynooth University
  • The University of Ulster at Jordanstown
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

Students who successfully complete these programmes and meet the agreed exemption criteria are exempt from the entirety of CA Proficiency 1.  Exemptions are awarded on an all or nothing basis.

Details of these post-graduate courses can be obtained from the Dept of Accounting / Finance at the respective bodies

School-leaver / Direct Entry Route

From 2017 onwards: To begin the direct entry school leaver route students must pass 6 subjects in their Leaving Certificate in one sitting only, students must achieve at least H6 or O5 in both English and Mathematics, and students must secure at least 365 points from any combination of six subjects in one sitting.

Prior to 2017: Students must get a minimum of 360 points in the Leaving Certificate out of 6 subjects (this must include English and Mathematics at Higher Level grade D or better, or Ordinary Level grade C or better).

In Northern Ireland students must have 3 GCSE Advanced Level subjects at a grade C or better with GCSE Ordinary Level English and Mathematics at grade B or better.

Students must then secure a merit pass in Accounting Technicians Ireland first year examinations.

D. Other Entry Routes

Prospective students who do not fall into any of the above entry routes are generally:

  • Holders of other professional qualifications e.g. Accounting Technicians Ireland
  • Mature Students
  • Holders of HETAC / NVQ or equivalent awards