The Accounting stream is primarily for those students who are interested in either a career in accountancy (industry/practice) or teaching accountancy-related subjects at second-level. In this regard, the stream places an emphasis on modules that address the learning that an aspiring accountant needs. This includes modules on financial reporting, management accounting, taxation, finance, law and auditing. On successful completion of the stream, and the achievement of certain marks in specific modules, many graduates apply for a range of exemptions from the professional examinations of the main accounting bodies. In addition, graduates can also – after completion of other relevant qualifications – apply to the Teaching Council to be permitted to teach accountancy in secondary schools, again subject to the achievement of certain results in particular modules.
While undertaking the Bachelor of Business (Hons) you are encouraged to study one of five languages, although this is not a requirement. Languages offered:
This course is a stream on the common entry BBS (Hons) programme. Modules in year 1 and year 2 are common to all streams and modules in year 3 and 4 are specific to the Accounting stream.
|Introduction to Financial Accounting 1||Business & Financial Maths|
|Introduction to Management||Enterprise|
|Introduction to Statistics||Introduction to Financial Accounting 2|
|Organisational Behaviour||Introduction to Human Resource Management|
|Microeconomics 1||Microeconomics 2|
|Choose one elective below:||Choose one elective below:|
|IT & Communication Skills 1||Data Analytics for Business|
|Irish B1.3||Irish B1.4|
|French B1.3||French B1.4|
|German B1.3||German B1.4|
|Spanish B1.3||Spanish B1.4|
|Spanish A1||Spanish A2|
|Costing||Probability & Operations Management|
|Human Resource Management||Career Development Skills|
|Introduction to Business Law||Integrated Marketing Communications|
|Introduction to Marketing||Choose one electives below:|
|Macroeconomics 1||Macroeconomics 2|
|Choose one elective below:||Management Accounting Techniques|
|International Business Environment||Business Law|
|Irish B2.1||Contemporary Issues in Management|
|French B2.1||Transactional ERP|
|German B2.1||Irish B2.2|
|Spanish B2.1||French B2.2|
|Spanish B1.1||German B2.2|
|Applied Quantitative Analysis||Flexible semester: choose one flexible option below|
|Business Finance||Teaching Skills|
|Company Law 1||Start-up Lab|
|ERP System Skills||International Placement|
|Intermediate Financial Reporting 1||Work Placement|
|Choose one elective|
|Business Strategy||International Corporate Strategy|
|Digital Economy||Advanced Financial Reporting|
|Intermediate Financial Reporting 2||Applied Finance|
|Intermediate Management Accounting1||Performance Measurement|
|Choose one elective||Choose one elective|
For a full list of electives, please see our Elective Modules list.
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Irish: H5 in Irish
French: O3/H6 in French
German: O3/H6 in German
Spanish: O3/H6 in in Spanish
Spanish Ab Initio: For those starting Spanish as a beginner there are no special requirements
Chinese: No special requirements
When you apply to the CAO you basically choose either Business common entry (BUS code on the CAO) or Business common entry with a language (BWL code on the CAO). However, the most important thing to remember is that it does not matter which combination you choose through the CAO - once you start in SETU Waterford in September, you can change both your specialisation and your language options. In fact, you only have to finalise your specialisation option at the end of Year 2. This will give you extra time to figure out which area you are really interested and choose the specialism that is right for you.
|BUS||Business (Common entry with stream options: Accounting, Economics and Finance, Human Resource Management, Management,
|BWL||Business with a Language (Common entry with stream options: Accounting, Economics and Finance, Human Resource
Management, Management, Marketing).
NOTE: Applicants who select one specific degree option are guaranteed a place in that programme (e.g. WD048 BWL), subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who select Business with a Language (BWL) select one of the following language options in year 1: French, German, Irish, or Spanish subject to meeting the language recommendations.
A graduate of this degree will be suitable to take up a position at a junior/middle management level in many types of business organisations ranging from small family businesses to multi-national corporations. Graduates of the Accounting stream will be very well-positioned to pursue a career in areas such as:
The Bachelor of Business (Hons) has a number of competitive awards and scholarships available to students including:
Graduates with a Bachelor of Business (Hons) award are also entitled to exemptions from many of the leading professional accountancy and management bodies including:
Numerous follow on study options at SETU Waterford are available to gradudates of the Bachelor of Business (Hons) including a Master of Business and a Master by Reserach.
This facilitates the development of skills in the areas of communication, customer service awareness, decision making, problem solving, teamwork, commercial awareness, creativity, confidence and reflection. In Semester 6 students will be given an opportunity to participate in one of the following:
Students spend the semester abroad studying in one of our partner colleges in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico, South America, Turkey and the USA. The study abroad elective provides students with an opportunity to spend time in a different country, experience different styles or modes of teaching and live in a different cultural environment. The learning outcomes for the exchange are designed to ensure that the student will:
Student spend the semester in appropriate work placement, representative of many business sectors. The Work Placement Office is responsible for work placement and places over 85 students annually with employers. Work placement is a major opportunity for students to put their academic knowledge into practice in the "real world of work" and develop new professional and business skills.
It also improves students' prospects of future employment and helps students decide on their career path. It is important that students' skills and competencies meet employer requirements so employers select students for interview, and the employers decide to whom to offer a work placement. The School of Business facilitate the process through matching student CVs with employer specifications and setting up interviews.
Students set up and run their own business during the semester. They are provided with professional mentoring from the experienced business community in the areas of business planning, marketing and selling, finance and IT. The Start Up Lab Initiative (NVI) is designed to encourage students to establish and manage a commercial, social or not-for-profit enterprise for the duration of the flexible semester.
The module provides an opportunity for students to spend time acquiring the knowledge, networks, skills and attitudes required to set up and run their own business. Students can work individually or in groups of up to four.
Students who wish to gain experience of teaching for a semester will spend two days a week in college taking classes related to the practice of teaching. The remaining three days are spent in a school setting (Primary or Secondary) teaching students and assisting teachers in the delivery of curriculum.
The success of the programme can be attributed to the relationships developed with the educational establishments in the region. The continued success of our student’s performance in these placements has established the programs reputation. Trainee teachers’ modules include a Teaching Practice Module and a Professional Individual Module.