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
- Business Applications
- Business in a Global Context
- Digital Accounting
- Financial Accounting
- Financial Services: Regulation & Ethics
- Management Accounting
- Personal Development Planning
- Financial Management
- Investment Markets & Principles
- Money, Banking & Risk
- Performance Management
- Research Skills
- Work Experience with Personal Development Planning or
Employability Skills Business Project with Personal Development Planning
- Audit and Assurance
- Corporate and Business Law
- Financial Accounting in Islamic Finance
- Financial Reporting
- Financial Services
- Advanced Financial Management
- Advanced Performance Management
- Investment Management
- Advanced Financial Reporting
- Advanced Taxation
- Audit and Corporate Governance
- Behavioural Finance
- Capital Markets and Derivatives
- European Business Law
- Strategic Management
- The Grand Pursuit
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 ‘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
Applicants will preferably 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).
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 two A levels (or equivalent)
Typical offers may include:
- 112 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
- RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
- 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
- 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 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 – 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
Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background.
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
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.