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Accounting & Finance - BA (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree at Cardiff Met is professionally accredited 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 substantial 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. 

Students selecting the sandwich option undertake a yearlong work placement between their second and third years 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.


​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 & Digital Accounting (20 credits)
  • Global Financial Services (20 credits)
  • Management Accounting (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (20 credits)
  • The Economy – Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • The Economy – Macroeconomics (20 credits)


Year Two:

Compulsory:

  • Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Investment Markets & Principles (20 credits)
  • Money, Banking & Risk (20 credits)
  • Performance Management (20 credits)
  • Work Experience OR Volunteering Project (20 credits)

Options*:

  • Audit and Assurance (20 credits)
  • Bank Management (20 credits)
  • Corporate and Business Law (20 credits)
  • Financial Accounting in Islamic Finance (20 credits) 
  • Financial Reporting (20 credits)
  • Public Finance (20 credits)
  • Taxation (20 credits)


Year Three:

Compulsory:

  • Advanced Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Advanced Performance Management (20 credits)
  • Investment Management  (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Finance (20 credits)


Options*:

  • Advanced Financial Reporting (20 credits)
  • Advanced Taxation (20 credits)
  • Audit and Corporate Governance (20 credits)
  • Capital Markets and Derivatives (20 credits)
  • Economic Tools for Government
  • Forensic Accounting (20 credits)
  • International Banking Regulation (20 credits)
  • Islamic Capital Markets (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Industrial Work Experience (20 credits)


*Please note that optional modules are delivered subject to demand and availability.

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 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.

Many modules on the course are accredited by the main accounting bodies and you will be able to obtain 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

  • 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 Technical 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.

If you do not meet the above entry requirement, we also offer a Foundation Programme which allows progression to Year 1.

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 askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader Judi Stockford: 
Email: jstockford@cardiffmet.ac.uk
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 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.

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