Diploma in Accounting and Finance

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
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Diploma in Accounting and Finance

Diploma in Accounting and Finance Overview 

This one year programme has been designed with an emphasis on the practical application of Accounting and Finance knowledge to the commercial work place. It is intended for participants wishing to gain a solid foundation in the major components of the Accounting and Finance discipline and to allow them develop their financial literacy skills. 

Aims and Objectives


The Diploma in Accounting and Finance is a learning and professional development programme, providing an understanding of accountancy, finance and business. This helps the candidate build technical knowledge, professional skills and practical experience needed to progress towards studying for a professional accounting qualification, studying a professional banking or finance qualification, or just as a means to develop their knowledge of accounting and finance.


The objectives of the Diploma in Accounting and Finance qualification are to:

  • Equip learners with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding in on the practical application of Accounting and Finance knowledge to the commercial workplace.

  • Provide knowledge, skills and understanding for a range of careers in the accounting and finance disciplines.

  • Provide opportunities for progression in their career, employability or to higher education qualifications.

  • To provide learners with the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in the major components of the Accounting and Finance discipline and to allow them to develop their financial literacy skills.

  • To provide learners with an opportunity to achieve a recognised qualification.

  • To provide maximum flexibility to those wishing to pursue a career in accounting and finance.

Dublin Business School’s Diploma in Accounting and Finance is a gateway course to our Accounting and Finance degree. Learn more about DBS’ BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.


Click here to view provisional timetable.


To meet the requirements of the Diploma in Accounting & Finance, a student will be required to complete end of term examinations (100%), which will be held twice yearly in January and May.
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Diploma in Accounting and Finance Course Content

The Diploma in Accounting and Finance contains the following modules:

  • Accounting Essentials

  • Introduction to Finance

  • Cost Accounting

  • Business Management

  • Corporate Finance 

  • Management Accounting

  • Legal Environment for Business

  • Accounting Software Systems


Diploma Structure

Our Finance and accounting Diploma is held over two evenings per a week over one year duration. The lecturing team consists of staff that combine both academic qualifications with substantial practical experience. A wide range of teaching techniques including lectures, seminars and case studies will form part of the course. The programme also encourages discussion and contributions from students on all aspects of accounting and finance.


Click here to view provisional timetable.

Career  Progression Opportunities

This is an ideal introductory programme and will provide students with the skills necessary to progress and advance within numerous accounting support roles and with future academic qualifications. It would also be suitable for anybody interested in business.

In particular, this programme will suit learners who are seeking entry or advancement in the following careers:

  • Accounting

  • Finance

  • Taxation

  • Business management

  • Financial Services

  • Banking and insurance

  • Business


Student Profile

Participants on the programme have had no prior education in the subject areas of accounting and/or finance. Some students have completed the programme as a foundation programme with a view to progressing to degree or postgraduate/ professional accountancy level. It is also beneficial to those who are not employed directly in an accounting related role but who are responsible for financial transactions in an organisation.

Progression to DBS Programmes

For students interested in further study, the Diploma in Accounting & Finance will entitle students to exemptions at Level 1 of some of the Evening Business Degree programmes at DBS.


The fee for our Diploma in Accounting and Finance is €2,000. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

DBS Student Facilities

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details. 

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.  
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

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  • Accounting & Finance
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  • Part-Time

Course overview


 2 evenings per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Next Intake: January 2023
Duration: 1 year part-time
Awarding Body:

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Kaplan Professional Awards is an Awarding Organisation recognised by Ofqual, the Government regulator of qualifications and examinations in England and Wales .

This programme is a KPA Level 4 Diploma in Accountancy and Finance (RQF). This is aligned to Level 6 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2023. Contact our admissions team for more information

Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm