HND Business and Accounting

Accounting and financial professionals are in demand all over the world. By enhancing your qualifications in this area you’ll find yourself part of a skilled workforce with an exciting career ahead. The HND in Business and Accounting is suitable for anyone who wants to progress from a Level 3 qualification in an appropriate discipline. With input from industry, the content of the HND Business and Accounting course has been finely tailored to address the needs and expectations of employers – ensuring you graduate with the vital skills and knowledge sought-after by industry.

Graduates will be armed with business, accounting and finance skills and knowledge that will enable you to consider a career in this specialist field. The business element of the HND course means you will not only become proficient in the field of finance and/or accounting but you will have attained holistic knowledge of how an organisation functions. This double function affords you the opportunity to consider job vacancies in areas other than the field of finance and/or accounting if you wish.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 2 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 2 Years September Pontypridd

The HND Business and Accounting course structure is ‘modular’ in format and comprises the following modules:

Year One

  • Foundations in Marketing
    This module will provide you with the knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles of marketing. You will develop the ability to evaluate and interpret these within the context of the marketing environment.
  • Academic and Professional Development
    On this module you will adjust to the future demands of employment practicing the skills necessary for the world of work. The module will prepare you for academic study in order to maximize your learning opportunities that lead to higher grades.
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Startup
    Gain a practical understanding of entrepreneurship, the business start-up process and identify key components of a successful business start-up process.
  • The Management of Financial Information
    Develop an understanding of the financial and cost accounting systems, the principles and techniques employed in the recording and accumulation of financial and cost data, the conceptual basis on which accounting statements are compiled and the importance of financial control in a variety of business contexts.

You may choose two further modules in the first year from the following list:

  • Economics, Law and Regulations
  • Work and Organisational Behaviour
  • Understanding Financial Service Regulation
  • Introduction to Personal Taxation

Year Two

  • Live Research Project
    This module augments previously developed skills with higher level skills associated with investigation, research and presentation through written (and oral) assessment elements. It enhances employability opportunities through the application of skills to real-time organisational problems.
  • Managing an Enterprise
    This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required in managing a small business enterprise. You will explore some classic management theories attributed to a small business enterprise, in addition to developing essential management skills.
  • Strategic Business Analysis
    You will be introduced to the concept of strategy and its relevance to business planning, including vision, mission, goals and objectives. The importance of competitive positioning and the analysis of both the internal and external environment are developed in order to gain an understanding of how organisations add value. An important element of the analysis is the role of models and their strengths and limitations.

You may choose three further modules from the following list:

  • Debt, Investment and Risk
  • Financial Planning, Protection and Insurance
  • Pensions and Retirement Planning
  • The Wider Role of the Accountant
  • Business and Financial Analysis
  • Accounting for Managers

Teaching

The Business and Accounting course has a balance between theory and practice and is delivered on a full-time basis with around 12 hours of lessons per week although students are expected to engage in individual study outside of the teaching hours. A guideline figure is around 3-4 hours individual study to each 1 hour lesson. The University has an excellent record in terms of student support and there are supporting mechanisms provided by the University of South Wales that augment the student experience.

Assessment

You will usually have to complete portfolios, presentations and coursework as you progress, and normally sit exams at the end of each academic year.

UCAS Code
TR3W
Institution Code
W01

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

DD

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and DE at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Diploma Merit Merit

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £8000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

You will develop an array of key transferrable skills sought after by employers. These include thinking, problem solving and working with others. On this course you will work closely with businesses and organisations, learn about how they operate and start building a network of contacts.

Graduates of the HND Business and Accounting will be armed with business, accounting and finance skills and knowledge that will enable you to consider a career in this specialist field. The business element of the HND course offers the benefit that you will not only become proficient in the field of finance and/or accounting but you will have attained holistic knowledge of how an organisation functions. This double function affords you the opportunity to consider job vacancies in areas other than the field of finance and/or accounting if necessary.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.