The Accounting & Finance with Spanish degree is a major/minor programme, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time studying Accounting & Finance with the Aberystwyth Business School, and one-third studying Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages.
Accounting and Finance is concerned with the measurement and disclosure of financial information. As experts in a highly complex and regulated field, both within companies and as external professionals, accountants have a vital role in ensuring the accuracy of financial information given to private individuals, managers, investors, regulators, decision-makers and the public. A degree in Accounting and Finance from Aberystwyth University will enable you to develop the skills and expert judgement required for financial measurement and presentation together with an understanding of the legal framework regulating operational practice.
Combining your studies with Spanish language will enhance your employability. This course accommodates beginners and advanced Spanish speakers, and involves spending a year abroad in Spain or other Spanish-speaking country in your third year to encourage and further develop your linguistic skills.
Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Accounting and Finance (NSS 2016)
Top 5 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Spanish (NSS 2016)
Aberystwyth Business School: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
96% of undergraduates from the Aberystwyth Business School who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
Department of Modern Languages: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
96% of undergraduates from the Department of Modern Languages who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
Why study Accounting and Finance at Aberystwyth?
Our various Accounting and Finance programmes are accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). This means that, on successful completion of your Accounting and Finance degree, you will be able to gain exemption from certain examinations and achieve professional qualifications at an earlier stage. Your accounting modules are complemented by linguistic and cultural modules including Spanish Civilization, Spanish Language and Language in Society.
The Aberystwyth Business School has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and for the success of its graduates across a wide variety of careers and contexts. We believe in a teaching model which requires active student involvement rather than passive information-gathering, ensuring that you can meet the demands of potential employers on graduation. The most recent figures for the National Student Survey show a high satisfaction rate with the course, so you can be sure that you will receive a very high quality learning experience.
Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organisations. We have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.
Our lecturers are actively engaged in academic and policy-oriented research and consulting. Many have a professional business, as well as an academic, background allowing us to inform you of the latest developments in your subject and pass on a practical awareness of the contemporary business environment. By applying their real-world knowledge to theoretical concepts, your learning experience is firmly located in the context of proper professional practice. Our programmes are supported by visiting speakers who also bring their professional experience to the classroom.
We have arrangements with many partner universities overseas to deliver short academic programmes (2 weeks) to small groups of management and business students (on a self-funding basis), to enable you to experience the impact of the cultural environment when conducting business abroad. We currently have partner universities in India, China, Russia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil and our portfolio of countries is rapidly expanding.
Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.
Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.
All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
Year 1 Core (40 Credits) You must pass a minimum of 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2
Year 1 Options SPANISH ADVANCED: you must take:
Spanish Language Advanced SP19900
Spanish Language Advanced SP19930
Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language
Year 1 Options SPANISH BEGINNERS: you must take:
Spanish Language (beginners) SP10700
Spanish Language (beginners) SP10740
Year 1 Options SPANISH ADVANCED: you must take SP10610 and must also choose an additional 20 credits of the following or other Level 1 content modules:
Introduction To European Film EL10500
Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10800
Hispanic Civilization SP10610
Year 1 Options SPANISH BEGINNERS: you must choose 20 credits of the following or other Level 1 content modules:
Year 2 Core (40 Credits) You must take:
Spanish Language SP20130
Year 2 Core (60 Credits) You must take
Corporate Finance And Financial Markets AC30500
Financial Accounting 2 AC32900
Management Accounting 2 AC33100
Year 2 Options You must choose 20 credits of the following Level 2 SP or IC modules:
Seeing Spain Through Cinema SP25020
Spanish American Cinema SP26120
Cuban Cinema Of The Revolution: Crisis, National Identity And The Critique Of Contemporary Society SP27020
Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages IC31920
Year 3 Core (60 Credits) During your Year Abroad your registration will be as follows:
Year Abroad Assessment SPS0000
Year Abroad Assessment SPS0060
Final Year Core (40 Credits) You must take
Final Year Core (40 Credits) You must take:
Spanish Language SP30100
Final Year Options You must choose 20 credits of the following Level 3 SP, EL, IC or IE modules:
Seeing Spain Through Cinema SP35020
Reading Late 19th Century Literature SP35120
Patagonia Gyfoes IE30420
Cuban Cinema Of The Revolution: Crisis, National Identity And The Critique Of Contemporary Society SP37020
Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages IC31920
Final Year Electives You must take 20 credits of Accounting and Finance electives in Semester 1 or Semester 2
A degree in Accounting and Finance with Spanish will prepare you for a specialist career as a Chartered accountant, Chartered certified accountant, Chartered management accountant, Chartered public finance accountant or Accounting technician. Other career pathways include tax adviser, auditor, investment analyst, financial trader, retail banker, economist and actuary. Our languages training will assist you in work relating to lexicography, speech and language therapy, publishing, translating and teaching.
Studying for a degree in Accounting and Finance with Spanish will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:
• enhanced numerical skills
• the ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving
• analytical and creative thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
• work in multi-lingual environments
Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.
What will I learn?
In the first year you will lay the foundations for your future studies through the three key areas of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, and Financial Management. You will also be introduced to quantitative techniques and the use of specialist statistical computer software, and will become acquainted with the business environment. Your Spanish tuition will stimulate your academic interest in languages. By joining these two disciplines, this course will help you deepen your linguistic fluency and equip you with skills vital for work in the field.
In the second year you will build upon the key areas of management accounting and financial accounting, and will look in greater depth at investment analysis, portfolio selection and risk management. You will be able to select from a range of optional modules in Spanish enabling you to tailor your course to suit your preferences.
You will spend your third year in a Spanish speaking country honing your language competence.
In the third year you will further develop your competencies in management accounting and financial accounting, and will additionally focus on corporate finance. You will be able to specialise further in Spanish through a selection of elective modules.
How will I be taught?
Core material is delivered through lectures, and reinforced by small-group seminars and tutorials. These will help you to deepen your understanding of the subject matter and develop a range of essential, transferable skills. Group-working and delivering presentations will help you to improve your communication and leadership skills. All modules are backed up by electronic resources to help you study beyond the classroom, and a wealth of printed texts is available in the University library, and the National Library of Wales, which is situated next to the main campus.
You will be assessed bySpanish a variety of methods, including examinations, assessed essays, coursework, reports, projects and presentations. Coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present data clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentation and communication skills.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
A Levels BBB with B in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subject
26 points overall with 5 points in Spanish at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner
75% overall with 70% in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner
UCAS Code: NR44
Typical A-level offer
BBB with B in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner
Course Length: 4 Years