Accounting with a European Language (French) (BSc)

Our Accounting with French programme is a four year degree with your third year spent studying at a French university.

The degree in Accounting with French combines the main elements of an Accounting degree with the study of French language and culture.

As the European Union develops, language skills are becoming increasingly attractive to employers. Studying Accounting with French will help to prepare you for a career in Accounting by providing you with a sound knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles and techniques of the discipline. 

The scheme will also give you the added advantage of acquiring a language. Your third year will be spent at a University in France being taught through the medium of French. This accredited degree programme provides exemptions from certain examinations of many of the major UK professional accounting bodies.

Your understanding of the French language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a French-speaking country at first hand.       

Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging course of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.

Distinctive features

Distinctive features of the course include:

Accounting

  • the opportunity to learn in a school which achieved 6th place in the UK at Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014;
  • the involvement of research-active staff in course delivery;
  • an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment;
  • emphasis on acquisition of high quality practical skills and the development of innovative ideas;
  • staff which includes leading international experts in their fields of research and a significant number are qualified accountants with many years of professional experience; 
  • an opportunity to undertake a professional placement in your third year which can help kick start your professional training and provide you with a competitive edge in the employment market;
  • An accredited degree programme which provides exemptions from certain examinations of many of the major UK professional accounting bodies.

 

Key facts

UCAS CodeN410
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration4 years
ModeFull time
AccreditationsInstitute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Typical places availableThe school typically has 425 places available
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 2850 applications
Typical A level offerAAB with a B in French, excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core and grades AB from two A-levels including the relevant language. OR Grade B in the Core and grades AA from two A-levels including the relevant language.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer35 points, including Mathematics at 6SL or 5HL, with 6SL or 5HL in relevant language.
Other qualificationsApplicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a four year full-time programme consisting of 120 credits per year.  All modules are compulsory in year one.  In year two and year four you choose modules to the value of 120 credits from a range of core and optional modules.  Your third year is spent in France studying modules to the equivalent of 120 credits in a range of accounting, business and economics subjects in French.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

The first year provides the essential accounting and related modules that form the basis of a degree in Accounting together with one module in French.

 

Year two

Year 2 covers core elements of Accounting, but gives equal weight to the study of the language element. The study of translation and oral skills provides an ideal preparation for the third year which is spent abroad.

 

Module titleModule codeCredits
Business CorrespondenceML270410 credits
Oral Comprehension & ExpressionML270310 credits
Business FinanceBS250220 credits
Corporate ReportingBS251620 credits
Business LanguageML270220 credits
Management AccountingBS250720 credits
Vocational Skills IIML270120 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Year three consists of one year's study at a university in France as part of your degree. The programme of study is subject to approval by Cardiff Business School and will be equivalent to 6 double or 12 single Cardiff Business School modules (120 credits). It will consist of modules in accounting, economics, management, business etc., taught and assessed in French, providing a competency in the language within a framework of accounting, economics and business specialisations.

We have developed links with several universities or equivalent institutions in France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. It is intended that the size of each group from the School at any host institution will be two to four students. Students studying in Europe as part of their degree programme may be eligible for a grant from the Erasmus scheme, operated by the British Council.

We have international partnership agreements with high ranking institutions in Europe and currently have bi-lateral exchange agreements with:

In France:

  • BBA ESSEC Ecole de Management International
  • Audencia Nantes School of Management
  • Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II
  • Toulouse Business School
  • ESSCA Ecole de Management

In Switzerland

  • University of Lausanne

 

Module titleModule codeCredits
Intercalary Study Programme in EuropeBS4009120 credits

Year four

In your fourth year, after returning to Cardiff, you will concentrate on accounting modules, while taking one module in your chosen language to retain the competency acquired during the year abroad. In addition to taking the core modules, you will have the opportunity to choose modules in areas where you have a particular interest, such as public sector accounting, international accounting or international business and marketing.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. While our internationally recognised faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learned from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to critical business thinking and contemporary real life examples and scenarios.

We will provide your teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Undergraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback following each examination period and will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Other information

Our Trading Room is used as part of some economics and accounting courses but is open to all Business School students. This facility is supervised by trained PhD students who will help you become familiar with the software and modelling techniques used in real-life trading rooms.

As part of the opportunities we present to our undergraduates, you will be offered the opportunity to undertake the Thomson Reuters Certification qualification, a leading industry qualification to prove your ability in using this commercial platform. This five-element training process involves one-to-one training and phone conferences with a Thomson Reuters representative. Our Trading Room therefore gives you the opportunity to become attractive potential graduates in the City, where the job market is becoming ever more competitive.

Our business degrees give students a broad range of skills which are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors. In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation

In addition to the central University Careers Service, our students benefit from a dedicated on-site Careers and Placements service to help them find internships, job opportunities and to access business-industry specific advice, training and guidance.

Jobs

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Economist
  • HR Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Production Manager
  • Stockbroker

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

We recognise the importance of gaining work experience during your studies. Our dedicated Placements Manager offers advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available from the Business School’s in-house Careers Consultant.


Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.