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Accounting - BA (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

The BA (Hons) Accounting degree course at Cardiff Met is professionally accredited by the by the Association of Certified Chartered AccountantsChartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. As such, 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. 

You have the option to spend a year in industry on a work placement after successfully completing your second year of study​. In addition, we have an ongoing strategic partnership with Graham Paul Chartered Accountants, which provides paid 12-week summer placements for a number of Cardiff Met students, with a view to offering permanent graduate training contracts.

100% of graduates in work or further study within 15 months of graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023)​

Foundation Year

This degree can be studied as a three-year full-time degree or a four-year degree that includes a year of foundational study. Our foundation year is intended to prepare you for your subsequent years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence.

The foundation year will be relevant to:

  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.

Find out more about the foundation year.

Please note: You will need to apply using a specific UCAS code if you wish to undertake the 4 years including foundation. Please refer to Key Course Information at the bottom of this page.

​Course Content​​​

Year One (Level 4)

In your first year, all six modules (120 credits) are compulsory and designed to give you a solid introduction to Accounting.

You will be introduced to financial and digital accounting and global financial services, as well as being equipped with quantitative and academic skills to succeed in your studies and future career.

All modules are taught in English and there is provision for the Welsh language equivalent in two modules in Level 4. These are indicated below with an asterisk (*).

Compulsory modules (20 credits each)

  • Financial and Digital Accounting
  • Global Financial Services*
  • Management Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods for Data Analysis
  • Understanding the Economy
  • Sustainable Money Management*

Year Two (Level 5)

In your second year, all six modules (120 modules) are compulsory, and you will build on your knowledge and skills within the world of Accounting.

Compulsory modules (20 credits each)

  • Audit and Assurance
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Performance Management
  • Taxation

Year in industry

You have the option to spend a year in industry on a work placement after successfully completing your second year of study. We have a dedicated work placement team to support you in securing a placement. A year-long placement can boost your career prospects and give you an advantage when applying for jobs after graduation.

Year Three (Level 6)

In your third year, five modules (100 credits) are compulsory, and you select one optional module (20 credits).

You will advance your finance-related knowledge and skills to prepare for professional qualifications. You will develop the knowledge and skills expected of a finance manager responsible for managing the finance function of an organisation.

Compulsory modules (20 credits each)

  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Advanced Performance Management
  • Audit and Corporate Governance
  • Advanced Taxation

Select ONE Optional module (20 credits each)

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Industrial Work Experience^

Optional modules are delivered subject to demand and availability.

^ If you’re taking a year-long industry work placement between year two and three, you have the option to select ‘Industrial Work Experience’ as your optional module. If not, select Forensic Accounting.

Learning & Teaching

In most modules, teaching consists of a series of short lectures each week, accompanied by two hours of seminars per week. Seminars are practically based and are usually run as workshops where students have an opportunity to practise the material covered in the lectures. All modules are fully supported by the University's VLE for a blended learning approach and students may also make appointments with module tutors and personal tutors at any mutually convenient time.

Students are encouraged to engage with extra-curricular activities including short courses in various computer applications and entrepreneurship.

The teaching team consists of enthusiastic professionals with both industry experience as qualified accountants and relevant research activity.​


Coursework is generally of a very practical nature to reflect the skills and techniques required by a professional accountant. Assessment for professionally accredited modules includes closed book examinations 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' (Deloitte, PwC, EY, KPMG), finance sections of businesses, high street practices and the public sector.

Students will engage with university experts in Employability alongside their core curriculum throughout their course of study and will be invited to attend regular workshops with the professional accounting bodies delivered specifically for students at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

The course is fully accredited by the main accounting bodies and you will be able to obtain maximum exemptions from the ACCA, ICAEW and 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.

Progression to postgraduate study within the Cardiff School of Management is also an option.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Typical Offers

​The following requirements are based on typical offers relevant to entering year 1 of the degree.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, we also offer a Foundation Year which allows progression to Year 1 upon successful completion.​

  • Tariff points: 112
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include Grades CCC. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Tec​hnical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • T Level: Merit.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 2 x H5. No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 2 x H2 grades. No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades DD. No specific subjects required. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.

How to Apply​

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

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 Judi Stockford: 
Tel: 029 2020 5638

We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

UCAS Codes:
N400 - 3 year degree
N40F - 4 year degree (including foundation year)

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
​Three years full-time.
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.​

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