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The springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

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From May 2018 Springboard+ offers 8,088 free places on 245 courses leading to awards at certificate, degree and post-graduate level. The majority of courses are part-time for a maximum of 12 months and are open to all eligible applicants regardless of their employment status.

The following are eligible to apply for courses in 2018/19 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all requirements, e.g. academic requirements)

  • Retuners (Formerly known as Homemakers)
    May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.
  • People in employment
    May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.
    Please note that a 10% course fee contribution for Level 7, 8, and 9 courses is applicable for employed participants. This is payable directly to the provider.
  • The unemployed or formerly self-employed
    all courses are open to these category of applicants, with the exception of the two year part-time ICT conversion courses which are not open to those in receipt of a Jobseekers-related payment

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.

Professional Accountancy Training (PAT) have collaborated with the ACCA to deliver the Diploma in Accounting and Business at Level 6 equivalent of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

The programme will be delivered in two modes of learning namely –
1. on a part time evening basis with live streaming of lectures to a national audience and
2. on an E learning / online basis

PAT are gold standard approved learning partners of the ACCA with accredited recognition. ACCA Gold status is only awarded to those institutions able to meet a highly challenging set of performance standards and is a formal recognition of PAT’s technical experience and delivery.

You gain the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business when you pass:

1. the first three exams of the ACCA Qualification (F1, F 2 and F 3),
2. the foundations in Professional ethics module.

Depending on when you take your ethics module, you could get this award in 6 – 12 months.

Entry Requirements

No previous academic or accountancy qualifications are required to study for this qualification and is suitable for those aspiring to work or already working in the following types of roles –

1. Basic Bookkeeping
2. Trainee accountant in a commercial organisation or accounting practice
3. Accounts clerk in the Public Sector

Students who successfully complete the Diploma in Accounting and Business via the Foundation level route can then transfer to the ACCA qualification.

Timetable Info

Evening and Online

Delivery Location

Wicklow House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2

Online

Delivery Notes

Blended

Evening face to face

Online

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