Yes, a basic broadband connection is required. Tests show a 1mb connection is sufficient. Likewise, your computer will require some free video plugins to watch the mp4 file format.
The courses can only be viewed on a PC or laptop with Internet Explorer installed (preferably Windows 10 or earlier)
No, but they can be watched online at any time.
No, currently individual student online activity is not recorded
Subject to capacity we have no objection to this. Simply contact the course coordinator in advance of attending.
Yes, the fee is the same and distance students have access to all the same facilities as students taking a non-distance programme.
Yes, distance students sit the same interim assessments and exams as those on non-distance courses.
Students are strongly advised to attend all classroom-based sessions in order that they are best prepared for their examination.
Yes, there will be a distance course for FAE in 2016/2017
Yes. Some subjects have interim assessments that count towards final exam grades, while others have home assignments to give you feedback on progress. Likewise there are mock exams that give invaluable insights prior to final exams.
Yes. Study groups will be setup based on where students live. All distance students automatically become members of their local student society. Likewise, classroom-based sessions will form a bond between distance students.
Yes. Students can request a call-back from a lecturer; ask questions in class, through the online forum or via email. Lecturers are committed to helping you understand the course content and to assessing your progress.
A learning journal will guide you through each subject in sequence and allow you to track your progress.
Yes. A courier will deliver your materials to your preferred address.
Chartered Accountants Ireland ran distance programmes until 2006 when growth in numbers saw a large amount of regional centres open; negating the reason for a distance offering. Up to that time, the performance of distance students was equal to those on our traditional programmes. However, the key to success in professional examinations is ongoing structured study. The distance programme actively supports this.
There are exam centres for final exams in Athlone, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford. Mock exam centres vary by level.
The course and exams are only offered in English; therefore students need to have oral and written fluency in Business English. Likewise, the material is examined in English.. The course and exams will expect students to construct coherent arguments, for which fluent English would be required.
Many students return to study Chartered Accountancy after a number of years. The key to success is accurately gauging how much time you will be able to commit to your studies and choosing an appropriate amount of subjects.
It is possible to defer exams during the course year. If you find yourself struggling, seek advice from your course coordinator or lecturer.
The Student Services team is available to respond to all students’ queries. There are also several other mechanisms by which you can engage with the lecturing team and fellow students (callback requests, email, online forum, CASSI events etc). When you enrol on the programme you will be provided with contact details.