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Structure of the programme


What will I study?

The course is made up of four modules:

  • Income Tax & Payroll Fundamentals
  • Capital Taxes Fundamentals
  • Corporation Tax Fundamentals
  • VAT Fundamentals

To find out more about the content of each module, please see the Student Handbook.

Completion of all four modules provides 120 hours of CPD.

(students may choose to sit only individual modules in which case a certificate of completion will be awarded on the completion of each module).

How will I learn?

This practical, flexible course is designed around you – choose to attend weekend lectures in Dublin and other regional locations (subject to demand) or opt for our online self-study option where lectures are recorded and can be taken at a time that suits you.
All modules are delivered in tutorial format by experts in their field, with an emphasis on using case studies and examples to bring tax to life.

Course materials are designed to develop a solid working knowledge across all areas of tax, through the use of real life examples and self-assessment tasks so you can review your progress.

How will I be examined?

Each module is examined through a three hour written exam.

How quick you complete the qualification depends on you. There are two exam sittings each year for you to choose from - April and August. You can elect to sit one or more exam(s) in an exam sitting, but must complete the qualification within a 2 year timeframe.

We would recommend that you speak to us to discuss how you intend to approach the exams, so that we can advise you on the best options for you.

What are the entry requirements?

To register on the course, you must have at a minimum a Level 5 qualification (Leaving Certificate or equivalent).

If you do not have a Level 5 qualification, you may be considered on a case-by-case basis based on Recognition of Prior Learning. For more details, please refer to the Handbook.

There are no exemptions available from any of the modules on the qualification.