BA Accounting specialises in the functional area focusing on accounting and finance skills in a variety of organisational contexts. It is a programme which suits those who prefer to specialise in accounting skills, rather than focusing on a broad range of business skills. Students on this programme are typically numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely, but not mandatory, that they will have previously studied accounting, maths or business. Those with work experience, but few formal qualifications, may also join the programme. A-Levels and Edexcel awards, as well as a range of other certificates at this level from UK, EU and International bodies are respected.
The programme integrates theoretical study, and application to real-world cases, in each module's teaching strategy but also in direct interaction with the University's external partnerships, including employers' organisations, professional associations, international partners and spin-off entrepreneurial activities.
The skills of managing ICT, communication to peers and external organisations, numeracy, problem-solving, interacting in teams, ethical reasoning, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership have been particularly applauded. Students' progress through the programme ensures that they become increasingly self-confident and capable of managing their own learning. Graduates will have developed self-confidence and the ability to work in diverse environments and communicate on a wide variety of levels.
Year 1 provides an introduction to the key business disciplines and development of vital skills. Students will work with an external organisation to see theory in action and acquire valuable skills.
Year 2 includes financial reporting, management accounting, taxation and auditing. It allows a choice of options in contemporary accounting and finance areas. An internship opportunity exists which will be assessed for credits.
Year 3 develops the themes of strategy, corporate reporting and international financial management, with the opportunity to choose options. Students will also study either a dissertation in a contemporary accounting and finance topic or an organisational consultancy project in which they will simulate the management consultant's role developing advice for an organisation.
As the modules are directly mapped to the ACCA accounting qualifications, students gain current skills in areas that are professionally recognised as being necessary for current and future accounting practitioners. In particular our accounting graduates have analytical, research, information technology, interpersonal, cross-cultural communication and empathetic skills.
Final year International Direct Entry Mode
Students who choose this mode will study the International Business Communications module in block delivery format, at the beginning of their study time. They will benefit from personal counselling and support to establish a foundation for their continuing studies. They will study the remaining five modules (all at 20 credits, level 6) and always benefit from full integration into the wider activities of the Faculty eg Enterprise and Industry Weeks, guest presentations, opportunities to enter industry/management competitions or develop business plans to start their own enterprises.
- Chris Thomas
- Huw Thomas
- Vic Saunders
- Richard Dunstan
- Will Fleming
- Jayne Williams
This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students will be expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves.
The programme boasts a high employability rate for graduating students who are in work within six months of completing the degree. A significant number of graduates also progress to postgraduate studies at this and other universities.
The faculty offers an MSc Financial Management for those who wish to undertake further study. The flexibility of study on the programme empowers students to gear their studies to their career ambitions and personal circumstances. The integration of UK, EU and international students and a strong alumni association allows networking and the establishment of long-standing friendships.
NSS Results 2016:
95% of UWTSD's Finance and Accounting students were satisfied with the teaching on their course - NSS 2016.
100% of UWTSD's Finance and Accounting students agreed that staff are good at explaining things - NSS 2016.
95% of UWTSD's Finance and Accounting students agreed that staff have made the subject interesting - NSS 2016.
95% of UWTSD's Finance and Accounting students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching - NSS 2016.
Assessment and feedback
95% of UWTSD's Finance and Accounting students agreed that assessment arrangements and marking have been fair - NSS 2016.
95% of UWTSD's Finance and Accounting students agreed that they have received sufficient advice and support with their studies - NSS 2016.
Organisation and management
91% of UWTSD's Finance and Accounting students were satisfied organisation and management - NSS 2016.
95% of UWTSD's Finance and Accounting students agreed that the course is well organised and is running smoothly - NSS 2016.
100% of UWTSD's Finance and Accounting students were satisfied with their overall experience - NSS 2016.
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- MSc Financial Management