All education programmes ACOI members take with the exception of the MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) awarded by DCU and Diploma in Risk Management, Internal Audit & Compliance awarded by Chartered Accountants Ireland are awarded by University College Dublin (UCD), through the Institute of Banking, a recognised college of UCD.

UCD LEVEL DESCRIPTORS
Applicable Programmes
Knowledge and understanding

NFQ LEVEL 7

Have demonstrated basic knowledge and understanding, underpinned by the basic theories, concepts or methods of the field of study, that builds upon secondary education and which is typically at a level supported by introductory third-level textbooks.

NFQ LEVEL 8

Have demonstrated specialised knowledge and understanding, underpinned by the more advanced theories, concepts or methods of the field of study, have begun to show some awareness of the limitations of current knowledge and the sources of new knowledge, and which is typically supported by intermediate and advanced textbooks.

NFQ LEVEL 9

Have demonstrated specialised, detailed or advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding, which is based consideration of current debate and controversy at the forefront of the field and that provides a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and/or applying ideas, often within a research context.

Applying knowledge and understanding

NFQ LEVEL 7

Can apply their knowledge and understanding in specific educational and occupational contexts related to the field of study as well as general educational, occupational and social contexts.

NFQ LEVEL 8

Begins to apply their knowledge and understanding to devise, develop and sustain arguments within the field of study.

NFQ LEVEL 9

Can apply their knowledge, understanding, and problem-solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments, within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts, or to generate new knowledge through research.

Making judgements

NFQ LEVEL 7

Have the ability to identify and use data to formulate responses to well-defined concrete and abstract problems within the field of study and to judge the validity of conclusions against their knowledge, understanding, and the available data.

NFQ LEVEL 8

Have the ability to identify and use data to formulate responses to well-defined concrete and abstract problems within the field of study, and have begun to develop the ability to identify gaps or discrepancies in the data and strategies to eliminate or compensate for these.

NFQ LEVEL 9

Have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments with incomplete or limited information, and to reflect on wider disciplinary, scientific, professional issues and social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments.

Communications and working skills

NFQ LEVEL 7

Can communicate about their understanding, skills and activities, with peers and supervisors.

NFQ LEVEL 8

Can communicate about their understanding, skills and activities, with peers, supervisors and clients.

NFQ LEVEL 9

Can communicate their conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously.

Learning skills

NFQ LEVEL 7

Have the learning skills to undertake further studies with some autonomy.

NFQ LEVEL 8

Have the learning skills to undertake further studies with some autonomy.

NFQ LEVEL 9

Have the learning skills to allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self- directed or autonomous.