Business & Computing

AT Level 5 Diploma for Accounting Technicians

Start Date: 18th September 2017
Course Code: C01913 NAE2A
QCF/NDAQ: 600/0107/0

  • Higher Education
  • Part-Time
  • Newtownabbey


Duration: 1 Year Part-time
Number of weeks: 33
Start date: 18th September 2017
End date: 13th June 2018
Day: Mon|Wed
Time: 18:30 - 21:30

Fee for 2017/2018 Academic Year:

£320.  There may be fees paid directly to ATI.

Course Content

To fully register you must enrol at the College and then register online with Accounting Technicians Ireland (see useful links).

For the Diploma for Accounting Technicians you are required to gain experiential learning through two years full-time employment (or the equivalent part-time), in addition to successfully completing the following subjects:
• Advanced Financial Accounting
• Advanced Taxation
• Management Accounting
• Integrated Accounting Systems

The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is a QCF Level 5 award in the UK and Northern Ireland and is aligned for Level 6 of the Irish National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) in the Republic of Ireland.

Work Experience
In addition to passing the examinations, students are required to have at least two years relevant work experience. Accounting Technicians Ireland will recognise any relevant experience obtained prior, during or after completing the examinations. The reason for the work experience requirement is that, as a member of Accounting Technicians Ireland, you will be offering your services as a qualified Accounting Technician so you must actually be able to do the work involved as well as understand the theory behind it.

Accounting Technicians Ireland do not specify the precise experience to be obtained given the variety of Accounting Technician roles. Obviously, if you are already working in industry, commerce, the public sector or private practice while studying for your qualification, you will be gaining valuable experience for yourself and putting the theory into practice.

Once students have passed the examinations and obtained their two years relevant work experience, they may be eligible for Full membership of Accounting Technicians Ireland to use the letters MIATI.

Course Aims

Accounting Technicians have excellent career prospects and there is always a strong demand for their skills in the work place. An Accounting Technician may work in a wide variety of finance roles for many types of organisations, including manufacturing companies, local and central government, the health service, banks and insurance companies and private accountancy firms. Self employment is also a possibility for qualified technicians. In addition, many who qualify as Accounting Technicians go on to continue their studies, using the qualification as a stepping stone to eventually become professional accountants with one of the accounting bodies. Accounting Technician students come from all walks of life. You may already be working or going to college, or perhaps you are a mature student who wants to get back into work. You may even be currently working in an accounting related area, and although experienced, wish to pursue a formal qualification.

Special Features

In addition to passing the examinations, students are required to have at least two years relevant work experience. Accounting Technicians Ireland will recognise any relevant experience obtained prior, during or after completing the examinations. The reason for the work experience requirement is that, as a member of Accounting Technicians Ireland, you will be offering your services as a qualified Accounting Technician so you must actually be able to do the work involved as well as understand the theory behind it. Accounting Technicians Ireland do not specify the precise experience to be obtained given the variety of Accounting Technician roles. Obviously, if you are already working in industry, commerce, the public sector or private practice while studying for your qualification, you will be gaining valuable experience for yourself and putting the theory into practice. Once students have passed the examinations and obtained their two years relevant work experience, they may be eligible for Full membership of Accounting Technicians Ireland to use the letters MIATI.

Useful links

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Work Experience

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Assessment Methods

The course is assessed by candidates sitting four externally set and marked examinations and one practical assessment in the Integrated Accounting Systems unit

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Entry into second year of this programme will require successful completion of Year 1 of the course.

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Students who hold both the IATI foundation and admissions level qualifications can progress to become fully qualified chartered accountants recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI). The route they take is similar to that of graduates. They will need to be in a training contract with an employer and at the same time study for and take the chartered accountancy professional examinations:‘CAP 1, CAP 2 and Professional 3’on a part time basis. These can be taken at Queens University in Belfast as well as in various institutions in the Republic of Ireland. ACCA and CIMA are alternative accountancy progression routes. Students may also wish to continue their studies on the BSc(Hons) Business degree delivered at the NRC. This route requires the student to achieve 9 modules over 5 semesters.

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