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Accounting and Finance with a Professional Placement Year (BSc)

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Our accredited programme balances theory and practice so you can develop the knowledge and skills to make a difference in your accounting and finance career.

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Course overview

Multiple financial crises, technological developments, globalisation and regulatory changes have revolutionised the international financial sector. As organisations find ways to respond to these unprecedented changes, employees with cross-cutting accounting and finance expertise are in high demand.

Our BSc Accounting and Finance with a Professional Placement Year programme is accredited by the Accounting Professional Bodies and is designed to equip you with practical skills and professional confidence for a successful career in accounting and finance-related roles, or in preparation for postgraduate study and research.

On a universal first year, shared with our BSc Accounting programme you’ll develop business and finance expertise from our team of international researchers and qualified accounting professionals. They’ll introduce you to corporate finance and strategy, markets, institutions and taxation while encouraging you to consider the social, economic and ethical implications of your decisions.

Your Professional Placement Year is an opportunity to put your university knowhow into practice as you take up a paid accounting or finance role and complement your academic study with exposure to real-world business scenarios.

Distinctive features

  • Study on a degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
  • Acquire business and finance skills from leading international researchers and qualified accounting professionals.
  • Train in our state-of-the-art Trading Room, the largest in Wales.
  • Prepare for your career in finance with exemptions from chartered accounting professional examinations.
  • Attend industry-specific workshops organised in partnership with professionals from the leading financial sector organisations and accrediting bodies.
  • Pursue a professional placement year to kick start your professional training and stand out in the employment market.

Accreditations

UCAS code751G
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration4 years
ModeFull time with sandwich year

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Get career-ready on a professional placement and fast-track your career with exemptions from chartered accounting professional examinations.

Entry requirements

AAB-ABB. Please note General Studies, Citizenship Studies and Critical thinking will not be accepted.   

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DDD-DDM in Business only.

IB 34-32 or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the Cardiff Business School admissions criteria pages.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

GCSE Maths grade B or 6. GCSE English Language Grade C or 4 or an accepted English Language equivalent

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,000None

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£18,450None

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Costs for sandwich years

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.

Additional costs

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This is a four-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a 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. 

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

Get to grips with the fundamentals of accounting and finance.

You’ll discover how these core business disciplines intersect with economics, statistics, law and marketing.

Year two

Combine theory and practice as your understanding of the basics grow.

You’ll start to appreciate current developments in real-world accounting and finance scenarios before choosing from a range of specialist pathways.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Management AccountingBS250720 credits
Corporate Financial ManagementBS250820 credits
Financial Markets and InstitutionsBS251420 credits
Corporate ReportingBS251620 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Apply your university know-how in the real world, as you embark on a salaried placement year.

This is your chance to enhance your career prospects by building a network of business contacts.

You’ll gain insights into organisations and industries with no long-term obligations, develop new skills and hone your competitive edge ready to stand-out in the graduate job market.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Professional PlacementBS4020120 credits

Year four

Master advanced aspects of financial management as you bring your professional experience back to the lecture theatre in your final year.

Modules in security analysis and portfolio management, corporate finance and financial derivatives will preface opportunities to tailor your degree to your career ambitions.

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.

Learning and assessment

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.

What is expected of me?

 

 

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. It is normally your personal tutor who writes references for job applications and therefore you should keep your personal tutor informed about how you are getting on. 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 in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you 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
  • learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development

Careers and placements

Career prospects

Our track record speaks for itself. 97% of our students are in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Our dedicated career professionals have got you covered on things like industry placements, internships, work experience and insights.

You’ll benefit from career consultations, interview and CV writing workshops, industry-specific events and specialist psychometric assessment and broad skills training.

Placements

Students are responsible for finding their own placements, though support will be given by the School’s employability team. Students unable to secure a suitable placement will be permitted to transfer to the equivalent ‘non-placement’ programme, assuming the relevant academic requirements are met. Placements can be conducted in English or in Welsh.

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