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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.
Today, accountancy careers offer great salaries, travel opportunities and
the chance to work your way to the top.
Accountancy careers offer great salaries, travel opportunities and the chance to work your way to the top. This degree gives you a solid grounding in the four main themes you’ll need for the workplace: financial reporting, management accounting, financial management, and computerised accounting systems.
If you successfully complete your degree, you’ll be well on your way to membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The ACCA has fully accredited this degree, meaning you’ll only be five papers away from a professional qualification.
We also offer work placements, so you can use what you learn and gain new skills. Companies include Atriadus, Alcatel-Lucent and the Welsh Government.
This undergraduate accounting leaflet provides an overview of information that applicants will find useful when making the decision to apply.
Undergraduate Accounting Leaflet (PDF, 119KB)
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Areas of study in your first year will include financial accounting, management accounting, data analysis and quantitative techniques, the business environment, and business and corporate law.
In year two you will further your understanding of financial reporting, performance measurement and control, computerised accounting and auditing systems, audit and assurance, corporate finance and taxation.
The final year explores advanced aspects of accounting with options to study specialist option modules, including forensic accounting, international taxation, private investment advice and management and the theory and practice of equity trading, where you would make use of the simulation trading room. You could also apply for a short-term placement (up to three months) as part of your final year of study.
You will learn through a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops, innovative e-learning techniques and directed self-study. As well as our links with the ACCA, you will benefit from regular presentations from guest lecturers representing many aspects of the profession. Throughout your course, you will get practical experience of the accounting, auditing, and general software packages you will use after you graduate – another skill to add to your CV.
Most modules are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework. There is a variety of coursework – helping you develop your employability skills through the use of IT, preparing written reports, and giving presentations.
All kinds of financial careers will be available to graduates of this course, in all kinds of organisations. You could work in management or financial accounting, tax-related work or management consultancy. Accounting and finance is an ideal foundation for senior management roles, or even starting your own business.
At the University of South Wales, you can also choose to study over four years, so you can spend a year in the workplace gaining practical experience and putting what you have learnt into practice. Work placements are offered with a number of organisations, including Atradius – one of the world’s largest credit insurers, Alcatel-Lucent – a global communications industry leader, and the Welsh Government. Names like this on your CV will certainly help you stand out from the crowd.
To give you a head start following graduation the University organises an annual employability conference for its accounting students. Previous attendees have included PwC, Eversheds, JK Accountancy, Civitas Law and Watkins & Gunn.
My favourite part is probably the coursework because it’s really challenging. The tutors support you to achieve your potential. You really are learning something new every day. You also get a huge number of exemptions, so you only have to sit five ACCA exams to be Chartered. Plus, my work placement year counts towards one of the three years’ experience I need. I’m definitely really glad I came to this university.
Stephanie Thomas, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
The University of South Wales’ accounting students have access to a brand new financial Trading Room including state-of-the-art computer hardware and software, and large plasma screens featuring the classic financial data from Bloomberg (the premier site used across the financial trading world) for updated business news and financial information. It delivers breaking news, stock market data and personal finance advice to brokers and dealers the world over.
The Trading Room will add a new experiential dimension to the accounting and finance courses, allowing simulation of share dealing and decision making incorporating theory and practice.
Through the simulations, you will experience the dynamic and exciting environment of real-time trading in the classroom. You will learn and experience firsthand the complex strategies associated with buying and selling, understand the volatility and fluctuations of the market and the uncertainty of risk.
You will be able to assess your individual performance and compete against fellow students. This will give you a range of skills and tools to take into the workplace, ready for a successful career.