Mullingar Community College

Pre Apprenticeship Accounting Technician – 5M2102

Pre Apprenticeship Accounting Technician – 5M2102

Course description

This one year* programme, validated by QQI, is designed for students seeking to train for a career in Accounting and Finance. Students learn essential skills to progress to Accounting Technician Apprenticeship. It is also ideal for students who wish to get a points for Business or Arts courses in Third Level colleges
There is an emphasis on developing workplace skills in the area of Bookkeeping, Accounting, Taxation and Spreadsheets. This course introduces learners to key business techniques and concepts and the factors which influence business success.

*This is a daytime course (Monday – Friday), school hours, from Mid-September to April (8 months). One day per week will be in the work setting.

Course Content

Accounting Manual and Computerised 5N1348
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Payroll Manual and Computerised 5N1546
Business calculations 4N2279
Marketing Practice 5N1400
Spreadsheets 5N1977
Word Processing 5N1358
Professional presentation skills 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356

Work Placement

Work experience is a core element of this Pre apprenticeship program and we will assist you to secure work experience. Many Graduates obtain employment as a result of their work experience placement. Work placement is arranged in professional accounting offices and business firms.

Entry requirements

All applicants will be considered. If the Leaving Certificate has been completed, details should be submitted with your application. Mature learners may be exempt from the academic requirements. First round offers will be made in May to all eligible applicants with subsequent offers made in September.


An accounting technician supports the work of accountants by undertaking a wide range of accountancy, financial and taxation tasks. Graduates of this course fulfil the minimum requirements to be registered as an Accounting Technician Apprentice and train in a professional accountants’ office or in a local business.
Graduates may also continue to complete their Diploma in Advanced Business Management Level 6 here in MCC.
Through the QQI FET Links Scheme-Graduates can apply entry to Year 1 of related courses in the Business area in Universities and many Business and other courses in Institutes of Technology with continuity of SUSI grant / BTEI if applicable.

Examples of linked courses including:
Athlone Institute of Technology

AL852 Accounting Level 8
AL650 Business Level 6
AL752 Business Level 7

NUI Maynooth

MH101 Arts
MH404 Business

For further details contact Ms Lorraine Larney, PLC Coordinator,
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