Accounting and Finance (BSc)
3 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
At Cardiff you will have the opportunity to pursue a challenging and stimulating combination of applied and academic study of accountancy and finance. Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research and a significant number are qualified accountants with many years of professional experience. An opportunity for a professional placement in your third year will kick start your professional training and provide you with a competitive edge in the employment market. This accredited degree programme provides exemptions from certain examinations of all the major UK professional bodies.
|How to apply||www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply|
|Accreditation||This course is recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)|
|Typical places available||The School admits 500 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes|
|Typical applications received||3,500|
|Scholarships & Bursaries||www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships
|Typical A-level offer||AAB|
|Admissions Tutors||Dr Louise Macniven|
029 2087 5755
In response to student demand, a second single-honours degree programme within the Accounting and Finance Section of the Business School was introduced in 2004. The Accounting and Finance degree programme shares a common first year syllabus with the Accounting degree programme, providing essential grounding in a range of business related areas including statistics, economics, law, marketing and management.
The second and third years of the programme combine the study of the core areas of financial accounting, business finance and management accounting with a diverse range of specialist finance topics. Final year students in particular have the opportunity to select areas of relevance and benefit to their career interests.
Graduates of this versatile degree programme will be equally prepared for a career within the accounting profession or within the financial services sector, including corporate finance, financial consultancy, investment and retail banking, insurance and share dealing.
A number of classes are taught by practising accountants currently working for global firms such as PwC, KPMG and Grant Thornton. Each year we organise a range of skills-based workshops in partnership with the large accounting firms and the professional accounting bodies.
ICAEW Undergraduate Placement Cardiff is one of only three universities in the UK which participates in the ICAEW Undergraduate Partnership Programme, UPP. Under the programme students enrolled on the BSc Accounting or the BSc Accounting and Finance degrees, who achieve a specified level of attainment in their first year, are eligible to apply for a year working in industry as part of their studies.
The UPP offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain a year’s work experience in a professional accountancy firm or similar business environment as part of their degree, which becomes a four year programme. This salaried placement, which will take place during the third year of study, will also be classed as the first year of a ICAEW training contract. This gives students the the opportunity to commence the ACA qualification, the premier professional accountancy qualification. Students will subsequently be able to qualify as a chartered accountant in two years post-graduation, rather than the customary three years.
The UPP provides students with an excellent opportunity to develop their professional skills and gain valuable work experience whilst studying for a degree. Eligible students will apply for the work placements which will be awarded through a competitive interview process.
Credit for prior learning
Studying for an accounting-related degree at Cardiff Business School offers the opportunity for exemptions or credit for prior learning from the professional examinations that are a requirement to qualify as an accountant. We are accredited by ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA as well as offering modules that will provide exemptions from other organisations such as ICAS, ICAI and CIPFA. We also support students studying for the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business which is awarded by the ICAEW. This is a gateway to chartered accountancy (ACA) as well as being a standalone qualification.
Year 1 – Requirements
Three compulsory double modules
- Applied Statistics and Mathematics in Economics and Business
- Introduction to Economics
- Legal Studies
One compulsory single module in the Autumn Semester
- Principles of Business Management
One compulsory double module in the Autumn Semester
- Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting
Three compulsory single modules in the Spring Semester
- Introduction to Finance
- Principles of Marketing & Strategy
- Fundamentals of Financial Reporting
Year 2 – Requirements
Four compulsory double modules
- Business Finance
- Corporate Reporting
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- Management Accounting
and two double modules from
- Auditing and Assurance
- Inferential Statistics, Statistical Modelling and Survey Methods
Year 3 – Requirements
Four compulsory modules
- Business Finance
- Advanced Financial Reporting
- International Corporate Finance
- Management Accounting and Control
Plus one compulsory module per semester
- Financial Derivatives
- Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
Plus either one double module
Or one single module per semester
Autumn Semester: 1 single module from
- Development of Accounting
- International Accounting
- Analysis of Financial Reporting Information
- Exploratory Data Analysis
Spring Semester: 1 single module from
- Corporate Governance & Accountability
- Public Sector Accounting
- The Accounting Profession
- Modelling in Management Science
Cardiff Business School’s teaching is research-led, combining academic rigour with practical relevance. Our faculty consists of world-leading academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons from their most recent research into the classroom, giving students access to the latest information and business thinking.
You will find that the phrase ’learning and teaching’ is commonly used in UK universities. This phrase emphasises the two-way nature of the process in which you will be taking part. You, we hope, will be doing the learning; we will be providing not only teaching, but also many other things which contribute to a good environment for learning, such as computer resources, a well stocked library, suitable lecture rooms, and so on.
Unless both sides of the ‘learning and teaching’ equation are in place, satisfactory educational outcomes cannot take place. It follows that the responsibility is divided equally between staff and the University as a whole on the one hand, and students on the other. The Business School and University will provide good quality teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to the needs and views of you, our students. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided. Only when both these aspects are present will you be able to reach your full potential in your chosen subject.
Methods of teaching:
Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (classes/seminars/workshops/tutorials). In the lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of an aspect of the module content (as well as giving opportunities for the student to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic.
All modules will require a considerable element of independent study alongside the formal scheduled teaching. Independent study is designed so that you can expand on the knowledge given to you during lectures, seminars and tutorials. Independent study is an important component of Higher Education because it helps you to develop the ability for enquiry and critical evaluation, which in turn leads to you developing transferable skills, helps you to learn how to respond to change and it is key to ensuring that you have sufficient understanding of the subject you are studying. The amount of independent study you are expected to undertake will increase throughout the duration of your degree as your expertise also increases.
All academic staff in the Business School have designated office hours when they are available to meet with students and these are posted on their office doors along with their contact details. Office hours provide an important source of contact with your lecturers and enable you to ask questions you may not wish to ask in a large class setting. This time can help you to clarify anything you have been taught that is unclear or can give you advice on further reading or preparation for assignments.
You will be allocated a Personal Tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your Personal Tutor will teach on your own degree programme and you will keep the same Personal Tutor throughout your course.
Your Personal Tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your Personal Tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the student support services provided by the University and the Students’ Union as appropriate. It is normally the Personal Tutor who writes references for job applications and therefore you should keep your personal tutor informed about how you are getting on. Students are required to meet with their personal tutors at three points during the year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.
|Typical A-level Offer||AAB, from any combination of A-levels, excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship|
|Typical WBQ Offer||Pass in the Core and grades AA at A-level|
|Typical Int Bacc Offer||
35 points, including Mathematics and English (Standard level with scores of 5
|Other||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.|
A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.
In 2010, 76% of the Business School’s graduates were in employment within six months of graduation while a further 14% were engaged in further study. Employers included: banks, local and international governments, shipping companies, auditors and airlines with organisations such as Deloitte, the European Commission, National Assembly for Wales, Rolls Royce, HSBC and L’Oréal. Career destinations included: Accountant, Business Analyst, Economist, HR Manager, Lecturer, Marketing Executive, Production Manager and Stockbroker.
Having graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance you will be equally prepared for a career within the accounting profession or within the financial services sector, including corporate finance, financial consultancy, investment and retail banking, insurance and share dealing.
We have also recently invested in a new Careers and Employability Centre which is based at the School. We have two dedicated career officers available to offer an expert service to Business School students.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Louise Macniven
Telephone: 029 2087 5755
Fax: 029 2087 5666