Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree at Cardiff Met is professionally accredited by the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. As such, students may obtain substantial exemptions from these bodies’ professional examinations.

The course will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to all areas of accounting and prepares you for further study at the final stages of professional accounting qualifications.

In addition, we have a strategic partnership with Graham Paul Chartered Accountants, which provides for paid student placements with a view to graduate training contracts. Students taking the sandwich option will also undertake a year-long work placement between their second and third years.

Course Content

Foundation Year (Year 0):

This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


Year One:

  • Business Applications (10 credits)
  • Business in a Global Context (20 credits)
  • Digital Accounting (10 credits)
  • Financial Accounting (20 credits)
  • Global Financial Services (20 credits)
  • Management Accounting (20 credits)
    • Quantitative Methods (20 credits)

Year Two:


  • Financial Management (20 credits)
    • Investment Markets & Principles (20 credits)
  • Money, Banking & Risk (20 credits)
  • Performance Management (20 credits)
  • Research Skills 2 (10 credits)
  • Work Experience (10 credits)


  • Audit and Assurance (20 credits)
  • Corporate and Business Law (20 credits)
  • Financial Accounting in Islamic Finance (20 credits)
  • Financial Reporting (20 credits)
  • Financial Services (20 credits)
  • Taxation (20 credits)

Year Three:


  • Advanced Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Advanced Performance Management (20 credits)
  • Investment Management (20 credits)


  • Advanced Financial Reporting (20 credits)
  • Advanced Taxation (20 credits)
  • Audit and Corporate Governance (20 credits)
  • Behavioural Finance (20 credits)
  • Capital Markets and Derivatives (20 credits)
  • European Business Law (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management (20 credits)
  • The Grand Pursuit (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Industrial Work Experience

Learning & Teaching

In most modules teaching consists of one lecture and one seminar per week. Seminars are practically based and are usually run as workshops where students have an opportunity to practice the material covered in the lecture. All modules are fully supported by the university’s VLE and students may also make an appointment with module tutors and personal tutors at any mutually convenient time.

Employability & Careers

There is a considerable demand from UK employers for accounting graduates and past experience suggests that a significant proportion of graduates will obtain graduate training places in ‘the big four’ (Deloitte, PwC, EY, KPMG), finance sections of businesses, high street practices and the public sector.

The course is fully accredited by the main UK accounting bodies and you will be able to obtain maximum exemptions from the ACCA and ICAEW examinations and substantial exemptions from the CIMA examinations. This is therefore a demanding course, which combines academic content with the development of the knowledge and skills required to pass the accounting bodies’ final examinations.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Foundation route:

Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A Level (or equivalent).


Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) , plus 112 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent)

Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
  • 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated January 9, 2019
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Sep 2019
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