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A foundation year course comprises 120 credits and provides an entry route on to many of our undergraduate courses. This full-time course is usually completed in 1 year.
A foundation degree is the equivalent of the first two years of an Honours degree, it may be studied full or part-time, and consist of academic study combined with relevant work-based learning undertaken with an employer. It may also be studied as a stand-alone qualification or upon completion you may progress to the final year of an Honours degree. However in some cases you might, on completion of the Foundation Degree, be required to transfer to the second year of an Honours degree. This is known as a 2+2 arrangement. You should check the requirements of your progression route.
An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
A postgraduate degree course comprises 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over one year. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 2 years.
For full information about tuition fees for this course, please visit our money pages.
Full-time, Fast-track: £2,000
Part-time, Fast-track: £2,000 per course (for whole qualification)
Professional UK Chartered Accountancy qualification
Applicants are considered on an individual basis, and in some cases may be interviewed.
The Masters in Accounting course at the City Campus, Newport will significantly enhance your employability and develop your career wherever that may be: accounting practice, public sector, financial management or industry and commerce.
The fast-track MSc at City Campus, Newport is designed to offer a natural progression route for qualified accountants and can be studied full-time or part-time alongside work commitments. A student’s existing professional Chartered Accountancy qualification provides accreditation for prior learning, meaning that less modules need to be studied as compared to a full MSc.
Two MSc pathways provide the core skill set needed by senior finance professionals and business managers operating in today’s global business markets. Contemporary Issues modules give students access to contemporary developments, research and thinking across six key technical accounting fields (which could include Taxation, Corporate Governance, Audit, Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Performance Management and Corporate Reporting). Students are then able to specialise in a chosen field for their Dissertation or Business Research Project.
The MSc provides the opportunity for students to enhance their research and analytical skills, gain experience of analysing and solving complex problems from a creative and critical perspective, and improve their time management, communication (oral and written), motivation, team-working, presentation, independent learning, and life-long-learning skills – all skills that are vital in the workplace.
The City Campus, Newport has an excellent reputation for its Accountancy courses and it has been offering professional accountancy courses for 40 years. The Campus is accredited as an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner (ACCA’s highest and most prestigious level of quality recognition), a CIMA Learning Quality Partner and an ICAEW Partner in Learning, and offers tuition for the professional qualifications offered by these bodies. Newport was awarded the PQ Magazine ‘Public Sector Accountancy College of the Year’ Award in 2010 and 2012, the only institution to have won the award twice, and was shortlisted for the award in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
The teaching team have a variety of research interests, including sustainability accounting, charity governance disclosures and professional education. They also have experience of delivering CPD to professional bodies and large organisations on topics such as governance, performance management, risk management and corporate reporting.
Two compulsory modules:
Contemporary Issues in Accounting (A) & (B) (30 credits)
Dissertation or Business Research Project (‘BRP’) (60 credits)
(including Research Methodology workshops)
Note: the ‘Accounting & Financial Management’ exit award is given if Financial Management/Corporate Finance Contemporary Issues and Dissertation/BRP topics are chosen.
Students may choose between a Dissertation exploring a contemporary accounting area of interest, or a Business Research Project that investigates an organisational or management problem in the workplace. Both allow students to develop the skills of diagnosis, analysis, criticism, synthesis and evaluation required to successfully complete an advanced piece of theoretical research. The Business Research Project may also bring real practical improvements in the workplace, benefitting employers.
The teaching and learning environment at City Campus, Newport fosters critical thinking and analysis, with a mix of personal research, e-learning and group work sessions embedded into a workshop environment. Student interaction and networking is common-place, and the diverse experiences and backgrounds of the students, many of whom hold senior positions in their employing organisations, adds to the richness of the learning environment.
Our lecturers, in addition to being qualified accountants and having many years of business and lecturing experience, are also vastly experienced at working with finance professionals and business managers.
A range of methods, including written assignments, presentations, and a written dissertation or business research project.
This course provides you with a skill-set that will be seen as valuable by employers. This is because senior finance professionals and business managers operating in today’s global business markets require a holistic financial skill-set that enables them to make successful decisions and shape strategy at all levels. Furthermore, it is increasingly recognised that awareness and application of professional and ethical values and sound governance and risk management principles are vitally important.
The ACCA Professional Level orCIMA Strategic Level orICAEW Advanced level can be studied alongside the dissertation phase of the MSc (or on completion of the MSc).
For more information on Certificates of Higher Education available at the University of South Wales, please visit: clearing.southwales.ac.uk/alternative-offers