Certificate in Financial Accounting and Payroll (Lifelong Learning - Jan 2021)

Athlone Institute of Technology (Lifelong Learning Online Jan 21)
Key Programme Details

Certificate in Financial Accounting and Payroll

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Lifelong Learning

General Information

Maria Slevin




090 6483050


Department of Lifelong Learning,
Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Co. Westmeath.


Programme Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

Key Features:
• Level 6 Programme (60 ECTS)
• Online/Blended flexible mode of delivery
• Developed in partnership with the Midlands Regional Skills Manager and relevant companies
• Personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning
• Problem Based Learning (PBL) based approaches will be used to challenge and expand the students knowledge, skills and competence.
• The programme addresses to a significant level all four key areas, which have been deemed by government as being of critical importance at this time: digital skills, transversal skills, management and leadership skills and the workplace of the future

The programme will give you the knowledge, skills and competencies to become effective employees in the areas of office administration, book keeping and payroll administration.

This programme is aimed at those already working in an administrative, book keeping and payroll function, or aspiring to do so.

Developed in association with industry, this specialist course promotes a critical awareness of the most recent advances in book keeping, payroll administration and legislative changes in this functional area and the critical contribution of the function to business efficiencies and effectiveness.
It is designed to apply across all industries, and will give the participants an opportunity to reskill or upskill to take up roles in the area of administrative, book keeping and payroll administration. It is also suitable for unemployed persons that meet the entry requirements.


On successful completion of this programme the graduate will have:
• Developed a detailed knowledge of the theory, concepts and methods employed within administrative, book keeping and payroll administration
• Developed a keen understanding of the main principles of bookkeeping and accounting
• The ability to carry out a broad range of bookkeeping and accounting procedures
• Acquired the important knowledge and skills required to use both manual and computerised payroll systems.

Entry Requirements

Mature applicants (i.e over 23 years)
Leaving Certificate Grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish)
QQI Level 5 - Full award with a minimum of eight modules
Recognition of Prior Learning.

Long Description

Programme Modules
• Financial Accounting 1A
• Human Resources Management
• Professional Development, Career Planning and Work Based Learning
• Financial Accounting 1B
• Payroll Management
• Introduction to Management

Student Supports
All services detailed below will be available to all registered students on this programme.

AIT has a dedicated team who have been working with the adult learner for the past number of years. In their role, they offer support and mentoring services to students to ensure that they understand theirlearning environment and therefore maximise their learning experience.

All new learners must attend a compulsory comprehensive Induction and Orientation programme which takes place before their course commences.

The objective of the Induction is that on completion each learner has awareness of the AIT operating systems such as:
• Rules and Regulations
• Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle)
• How to access and participate in online virtual classes
• Library Services
• Student Services

Students also receive their AIT ID card, and meet all support staff and lecturers relevant to their programme. This is particularly beneficial to learners on online programmes, as it affords them the opportunity to meet all lecturers in person before they enter online classes with them, and also to meet the support staff that they will be engaging with over the course of the academic year. In our experience, this initial face to face contact with AIT staff helps to support the learner from day one, leading to less fear or anxiety about returning to study and thus better retention rates.

We also have a suite of online short videos developed for students that are available to support the part-time learner. They range in time from 5 to 30 minutes covering topics such as:
• Introduction to Academic Writing
• Essay Structure – Writing an Essay
• Sentences and Paragraphs
• Academic Style
• Exam Timetables
• Moodle for Students
• MS word referencing
• Paraphrasing
• Presentations – Planning
• Presentation – Delivery
• Accessing your student e-mail account
• Submitting an assignment online
• Submitting to Turnitin online.
• Accessing Student Exam Results

We offer ongoing support and free courses to all part-time students, delivered in the evening or on Saturdays, in the area of Academic Writing and Basic IT skills – with the objective of supporting the learner to achieve their academic goals.

We also offer free Career Workshops, which take place several times over the academic year on Saturdays – these cover CV and cover letter preparation in real time, job searching, interview preparation and creating LinkedIn profiles.

This portfolio of supports is constantly evolving and it is anticipated that they will be added to further in the forthcoming
academic year.

In 2020, the Faculty of Continuing, Professional, Online and Distance Learning has engaged with a number of remote working centres across the Midlands. They have been licenced as AIT Learning Gates. Their objective to provide a local learning space to student and staff avoiding the necessity to travel to AIT if they prefer not to, yet access their learning online in a professional environment where they may also meet and conduct group work and assignments.

Why Choose This Course

Athlone Institute of Technology is a vibrant, contemporary institution distinguished by academic excellence in teaching, learning and research.

The institute has enjoyed considerable success in recent years, most notably being named The Sunday Times ‘Institute of Technology of the Year 2020, 2018 and Runner-Up in 2017.

The institute also tops Ireland’s official league table for research and has been listed in UMultirank’s ‘Top 25 Performing Universities in the World for Interdisciplinary Research’ in 2018 and 2019.

Athlone Institute of Technology is ranked number one for student satisfaction nationally for the sixth
consecutive year with its students rating their educational and student experience as

The programme will give you the knowledge, skills and competencies to become effective employees in the areas of office administration, book keeping and payroll administration.

This course will give learners the opportunity to further their skill, or re-skill and make a positive contribution to the economy through gaining an understanding of the dynamics of business and in particular from a financial accounting and payroll administration perspective ensuring they are better at making decisions, solving problems and skilled for the workplace of the future.

Timetable Info

1 year - Commencing Online Tuesday 2nd February 2021.

Tuesday and Thursday 7.00pm to 9.00pm ONLINE

PLUS 4 Saturdays per semester

AIT Student Induction will take place ONLINE on Saturday 30th January 2021. Registered students will meet their lecturers and become acquainted with AIT operating systems, such as our online delivery platform, Moodle, Rules and Regulations etc.

Delivery Location

Online and AIT.

Delivery Notes

1 Year: 24 weeks. Tuesday and Thursday 7.00 pm - 9.00pm (Online) plus selected Saturdays in Athlone IT 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Maria Slevin


Department of Lifelong Learning,
Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Co. Westmeath.


090 6483050



Application Procedures

This is a FREE programme for those that meet funding eligibility criteria.

AIT operates a two stage application process. You must complete both stages in order for your application to be assessed.

You must make your course application here on www.springboardcourses.ie
You must upload a copy of your highest/most relevant qualification, as per the entry requirements above to this application system.

When making your application (or as soon as possible after) you complete an eligibility declaration here:

https://tinyurl.com/yawowndq (please copy and paste this link into the address line of your browser)

On receipt of your completed course application and completed declaration an initial assessment will be made and you will receive a request from AIT to upload required documentation to a secure folder. You must complete this request as soon as possible after you receive it. It will expire after 5 days.

This request will ask for a scan/clear photo of the following documents to be uploaded:
Your most recent passport/drivers licence to verify your identity.
A copy of your highest/most relevant qualification, as per the entry requirements for your chosen course.

You must also upload a scan / photo of one of the following documents to demonstrate your funding eligibility.
1) If you are employed: a recent payslip / most recent P60 / letter from your employer confirming this (amounts must be redacted/blacked out from financial documents).
2) If you are unemployed: a DSP payment slip / letter from DSP confirming your payment type/what you are signing for.
3) If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarised affidavit confirming this (a template for this is available here: INSERT AFFADAVIT LINK )
4) If you were previously self-employed: a letter/statement from Revenue stating that you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant.

Applicants that do not complete this declaration cannot be assessed for a place on the programme. Places are limited on all programmes, therefore it is imperative that you complete this when making your application (or as soon as possible afterwards).

Please contact Janine King, AIT if you have any queries in relation to this - email jking@ait.ie

The personal data being collected is required for assessing your eligibility for a place on this programme. If you are successful and accept an offer of a place then the details required for registration will be retained in line with our Student Privacy Policy – www.ait.ie/gdpr. Your redacted payslip/ P60 record will be held securely by AIT for at least 6 years, in line with ESF funding requirements. If you are not successful, or if you withdraw from the programme within six weeks of commencement, your data will be destroyed securely.

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