BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance


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Entry Requirements

280 UCAS tariff points, eg, BBC at A-level.

Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English language.

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Today, accountancy careers offer great salaries, travel opportunities and
the chance to work your way to the top.

About BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Essential Information

Think that accountancy is a little bit boring? Then think again. Gone are the days of desk-bound, number-crunching finance. Today, accountancy careers offer great salaries, travel opportunities and the chance to work your way to the top.

If you don’t want to specialise just yet, this is the most general of our accounting degrees. It gives you a solid grounding in four main themes: financial reporting, management accounting, financial management and computerised accounting systems. It is the perfect foundation for lots of different types of careers in the profession. You will develop a broad knowledge of business in the first year, taking an in-depth look at the many areas of accounting in years two and three.

This course is fully accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) – the global body for professional accountants. If you successfully complete your degree, you will have already passed nine of the 14 papers you need to sit for ACCA membership. Not only will you graduate with a fantastic degree, you will be only five papers away from a professional qualification, making you especially attractive to employers.

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What you will study

Areas of study in your first year will include financial accounting, management accounting, the use of information technology and quantitative techniques, the accountant in business, and finance and business law. In year two you will further your understanding of financial reporting, performance management and control, computerised accounting systems, audit and assurance, corporate finance and taxation.

The final year explores advanced aspects of accounting with options to study specialist modules, including forensic accounting and the theory and practice of equity trading, where you would make use of our simulation trading room. You could also apply for a short-term (up to 3 months) placement as part of your final year of study (subject to validation). A great option if you want a mixture of academic and practical learning, teaching and assessment.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Learning and Teaching methods

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.

As an accounting student, you will be part of the Faculty of Business and Society studying within the School of Law, Accounting and Finance.

Assessment methods

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.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance


Career prospects

All kinds of financial careers will be available to graduates of this course, in all kinds of organisations. You could work in audit and public practice, 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.

Work/study placements

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.

Additional Information for BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance


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.