Accounting - BA (Hons)


Course Overview

​Our BA (Hons) Accounting course is professionally accredited by the AC​CACIMA and I​CAEW and students may obtain the maximum number of exemptions from these bodies’ professional examinations. The course will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to all areas of accounting and prepares you for further study at the final stages of professional accounting qualifications. In addition, we have a strategic partnership with Graham Paul Chartered Accountants, which provides for paid student placements with a view to graduate training contracts. Students taking the sandwich option will also undertake a year-long work placement between their second and third years.

Course information on this page relates to September 2016 entry.

​Course Content​​

​Foundation Year (Year 0):​

This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

​​1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to ent​er the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.

Year One:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • IT
  • Digital Accounting
  • Applied Management
  • Statistics and Quantitative Technologies
  • Financial Services​

Year Two:

  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Taxation
  • Auditing
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Law​

Year Three:

  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Taxation
  • Auditing and Corporate Governance
  • Financial Management


  • Strategic Management or
  • European Law or
  • Investment Management or
  • Tax planning or
  • Advanced Audit or
  • Behavioural Finance or
  • Economic History

Learning & Teaching

In most modules teaching consists of one lecture and one seminar per week.  Seminars are practically based and are usually run as workshops where students have an opportunity to practice the material covered in the lecture.  All modules are fully supported by the university’s VLE and students may also make an appointment with module tutors and personal tutors at any mutually convenient time.


Coursework is generally of a very practical nature to reflect the nature of the skills and techniques required by a professional accountant. Assessment for ACCA-accredited modules in year three includes a 3-hour closed-book examination in order to satisfy exemption requirements.​

Employability & Careers​

There is a considerable demand from UK employers for accounting graduates and past experience suggests that a significant proportion of graduates will obtain graduate training places in finance sections of businesses, high street practices and the public sector.

The course is fully accredited by the main UK accounting bodies and you will be able to obtain maximum exemptions from the ACCA and ICAEW examinations and substantial exemptions from the CIMA examinations. This is therefore a demanding course, which combines academic content with the development of the knowledge and skills required to pass the accounting bodies’ final examinations.​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Foundation route:
Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes grade A-C including English Language and Mathematics or equivalent and 80 UCAS Tariff Points (or equivalent).

Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics (at least grade C) or equivalent, plus one of the following:

  • 280 points from at least 3 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Higher passes to include grades CC
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
  • 280 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x B1 grades (C2 minimum grade considered)
  • Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered along with grades CC at A level or equivalent

Those undertaking AAT Level 4, are eligible for 2nd year entry.

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually by members of the course team on the basis of their prior learning or working background.​

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

How to Apply:​
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

UCAS Code:

Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Key Facts

Accredited by:
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Management
Llandaff Campus

Course Length:
Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year or year-long work placement. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year-long work placement.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees, Student Finance & Additional Costs
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available whilst at university, please refer to For information on any potential additional course costs, please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader Malcolm James: 
Tel: 029 2041 6372 ​​

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting