BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

This multi-accredited degree offers you the chance to develop and practise your technical knowledge, skills and expertise, while gaining professional recognition from the world’s leading accountancy bodies.

You will gain a solid grounding in the core elements of accounting and finance, ensuring you are well prepared for a variety of accountancy careers. Topics covered include financial reporting, management accounting, corporate finance, taxation, audit, and computerised accounting systems.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has fully accredited this degree, so you will gain maximum exemptions from a professional qualification when you graduate. We are also a recognised Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) ‘Partner in Learning’ and, depending on your module choices, you can gain exemptions from ICAEW, with further exemptions offered towards Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations.

National Student Survey 2015: 100% of our BA Accounting and Finance students were satisfied with their course

Gain CIMA accredited Sage certificate

You will have the opportunity to gain an additional professional qualification provided by the UK’s biggest accounting software provider Sage. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Sage certification covers the fundamentals of computerised accounting software.

What you will study

Year One

Your first year includes the core disciplines of financial accounting, management accounting, an introduction to finance, quantitative techniques for accounting, the business environment, and business and corporate law. Modules include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Management Accounting
  • The Business Environment for Accountants
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Quantitative Methods for Accounting and Finance
  • Introduction to Finance

Year Two

Year two studies include financial reporting, performance measurement and control, accounting and audit simulation (where you can gain the CIMA accredited...

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The University of South Wales’ accounting students have access to a new financial Trading Room including state-of-the-art computer hardware and software, and large plasma screens featuring financial data. 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...

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Many of our staff are professionally qualified accountants and financial planning professionals who have a wealth of experience in teaching accounting and finance at all levels, including preparation for the examinations of professional accounting bodies. Many of our accounting lecturers are members of our Business Accountability and Responsibility Centre (BARC).

Work and Study Placements

At the University of South Wales, you can also apply for a one year work placement after your second year of study or short-term placement (up to three months) between your second and third year. It’s a great option if you want a mixture of academic and practical learning, teaching and assessment. 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...

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This course is taught at: Treforest Campus, Pontypridd

UCAS CODE: N420 N421

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If you would like to apply for this course, then you will need to apply online through UCAS.

Tuition Fees

Home & EU Students

For full-time and part-time undergraduate fees please see our Home & EU Student Fee pages

International Students

For full-time undergraduate fees please see our International Student Fee pages


  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • SW 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
      • Part Time 6 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
        • SW 4 - 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
          • SW 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
            • Part Time 6 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
              • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017


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