BA (Hons) Forensic Accounting

Forensic accounting is financial detective work. It combines accounting, IT, legal, and investigative skills. Professionals often work on fraud and hidden asset investigations, valuations, dispute resolution, and act as expert witnesses in court.

In the first year of this ACCA-accredited Forensic Accounting degree, you will take the same modules as the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree giving you a solid grounding in the principles of accounting. In years two and three you’ll focus on applying forensic accounting techniques whilst continuing with the core accounting subjects. You’ll also learn from our computer forensic experts, use specialist digital analysis software Encase and data analysis package IDEA.

ACCA Accredited

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has accredited this Forensic Accounting degree fully, so you’ll 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’, depending on your module choices, you could gain exemptions from ICAEW with further exemptions offered towards Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations. You can also gain student membership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) the world’s leading anti-fraud educational organisation.

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 studied:

  • 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 covers the principles of forensic accounting, and develops your knowledge of financial reporting and management accounting. Youll study financial...

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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 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...

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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. Recent placements have been at Atradius, Alcatel-Lucent and the Welsh Government.


This course is taught at: Treforest Campus, Pontypridd

UCAS CODE: N490 N491

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  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
    • Part Time 6 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
      • SW 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
        • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2018
          • Part Time 6 Years Start Date: Sep 2018
            • SW 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2018


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