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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Pre-Apprenticeship Accounting Technician - Business Studies (also suitable for Deaf Students)

Pathways to Apprenticeship Programme

PLC Business Studies (5M2102)
PLSS Code 413735 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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Colaiste Ide in partnership with Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) have responded to the need for how people can prepare themselves for entry to an Accounting Technicians Apprenticeship, and a future career in accountancy. 

Course Summary

We have created this innovative Pre Apprenticeship Pathways programme, which will be taught on site in Colaiste Ide.

Work experience will be provided, by Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) with a registered  apprenticeship employer. 

This course is run Monday - Friday from 9am - 1pm.

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

Programme Structure

The programme will be modular in its delivery and will consist of three terms: 

Term One: 18th September 2023 - 22 December 2023

Term Two: 8th January 2024- 3rd May 2024

Term Three: 7th May 2024 - 12th July 2024

Term 1: Modules

  • Induction & Study Skills 
  • Literacy & Numeracy Skills  
  • Spreadsheets Methods 5N1977 
  • Word Processing 5N1358 
  • Personal Effectiveness 5N1390 
  • Work Experience  5N1356  
  • Accounting Manual and Computerized  5N1348 

The modules for the first term have been chosen to ensure that learners can acquire and develop practical IT skills, which will form the basis from which they will study modules in Term 2.  

It is important for learners to be aware, that all who come on to this programme with limited IT skills, will be provided with adequate tuition, which will act as a scaffold in supporting all modules.  

CV preparation, skills audits, rights and responsibilities of employees, health & safety in the workplace, equality trends, socio economic issues and trends are areas of study that will be embedded in the teaching of the  Work Experience module throughout the entire programme. Practical work experience in the work place will take place in Term 3. 

Term 2: Modules

  • Business Administration 5N1610  
  • Payroll Manual and Computerised 5N1546 
  • Legal & Practice Procedures 5N1394  
  • Work Experience  5N1356 
  • Taxation 5N1421 

Term 3: Work Experience

Work Experience will take place in the work place in Term 3. 


Following successful completion of this programme successful learners may progress to one of the Accounting Technicians Apprenticeship programmes in Coláiste Íde or another college within CDETB.  

Course Availability for Deaf Students

This one-year professional programme facilitates suitable Deaf students going on to a full Accounting Apprenticeship in 2024. After completing this course you will be qualified to enter the 2 year full-time Accounting Technician course. ISL interpreters are provided for all classes.

Student Stories

Conor Desmond tells us about the Pre-Apprenticeship Accounting Technician Course for students from the Deaf Community starting September 2023.


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Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board