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HCI Courses

Applications are now open for the ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business funded under the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1. Course fee – 90% funded (for eligible applicants). Find out more below. 


Eligibility requirements:

This course is open to all ,regardless of their employment status provided they meet the minimum academic requirements of having a cognate degree award at Level 8 or equivalent of the NFQ and meet the entry requirements for advanced programme entry and satisfy the appropriate national admissions eligibility requirements.

As under Springboard+, other eligible participants will include the unemployed, returners and those in employment. The unemployed and returner categories will have the full cost of the course covered, while those in employment will pay 10% of the cost of the fee.

Category Criteria:

Recent graduates - who hold level 8 qualification.
The Employed -  who hold a level 8 qualification and wish to upskill or reskill to meet required skill needs across a range of sectors.
Those in receipt of eligible DEASP payment -  who hold a level 8 qualification and may require additional upskilling or reskilling in order to re-enter employment.
Previously self employed - who hold a level 8 qualification and may require a new qualification to return to self employment or to enter employment.
Returners -  who hold a level 8 qualification who may require additional upskilling or reskilling in order to re-enter employment.

Students will be able to enter these courses directly from their undergraduate courses without requiring a year’s break. For example, a student graduating in summer 2020 will be eligible for an HCI Pillar 1 course in autumn 2020. This cohort will be required to pay 10% of the cost of the cost of the course fee.

Any student wishing to study the ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business must have successfully passed or been exempt from the following ACCA subjects:


  • BT/FBT - Business and Technology;
  • MA/FMA - Management Accounting;
  • FA/FFA - Financial Accounting;
  • LW - Corporate and Business Law;
  • FIP - Foundations in Professionalism.


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Should you have any questions in regards to this course, please contact:

Ieva Kajeniene

E: admissions@pat.edu.eu                            

T: 087 – 7095982


About HCI

The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) was announced as part of Budget 2019. This initiative will provide additional capacity across the Higher Education Sector to meet priority skill needs for enterprise, representing an additional investment of €300m (€60m per annum from 2020 to 2024) from the surplus in the NTF in line with recommendations contained in the independent review of the NTF on the use of the surplus and the development of labour market skills.

Skills needs are identified through the detailed and comprehensive framework now in place under the National Skills Council, including  publications from the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU), the work of the Regional Skills Fora, the NTF Advisory Group, and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, and direct involvement of employers.

The HCI consists of 3 main pillars – graduate conversion and specialisation courses, additional places on undergraduate provision, and an innovation and agility fund.

Pillar 1, Graduate Conversion Programmes extends the approach currently in place for ICT under Springboard+; these programmes will offer incentivised places for graduates to reskill in areas of skills shortage and emerging technologies. These are being run alongside, and complementary to, the Springboard+ offerings.

€65.6 million has been allocated to HCI Pillar 1 for the duration of the Human Capital Initiative, with €13.12 million allocated for the courses recommended to commence in 2020.

HCI Pillar 1 courses are open to all, regardless of employment status. Eligibility criteria have been aligned with the eligibility for ICT Conversion Courses under Springboard+. Those who are eligible for the DEASP Back to Education Allowance may undertake the courses free of charge, with all others paying just 10% of the course fee.