BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance

Accounting & Finance - BA (Hons)

Key Facts

​​​​​Accredited by:
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

UCAS Code: NN43
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.


Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Management

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

 

Course Overview

​Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course is professionally accredited by the ACCACIMA and ICAEWand 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 2017 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 enter 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.

Degree:

Year One:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • IT​
  • ​Digital Accounting​
  • Applied Management​
  • Statistics
  • Financial Services

Year Two:

Core:

  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Credit Management and Risk
  • Research Skills
  • Work Placement

Options:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Taxation
  • Auditing
  • Corporate Law
  • Islamic Finance

Year Three:

Core:

  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Investment Management​

Options:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Taxation
  • Auditing and Corporate Governance
  • Strategic Management
  • European Law
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Economic History
  • Capital Markets
  • Dissertation

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. ​

Assessment

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 ‘the big four’, 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

Please note:  Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff.  Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Foundation route:

Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A Level (or equivalent).

Degree:

Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) , plus 112 points from at least 3 A levels (or equivalent)  Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least 3 A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
  • 112 points from at least 3 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2 grades.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search  for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

Candidates who do not posses s 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. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

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 www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international​.

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 www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader Malcolm James: 
Email: mdjames@cardiffmet.ac.uk 
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 www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms