BSc Accounting and Finance with French

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

The Accounting & Finance with French degree is a major/minor programme, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time studying Accounting & Finance with the School of Management and Business, and one-third studying French in the Department of European 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 French language will enhance your employability. This course accommodates beginners and advanced French speakers, and involves spending a year abroad in France or other French-speaking country in your third year to encourage and further develop your linguistic skills.

Overview

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 French Civilization, French Language and Language in Society.

The School of Management and Business 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 School of Management and Business is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations. 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.

100% of our 2014 School of Management and Business graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show significant improvement in many areas of our students' satisfaction. Students on courses in the School of Management and Business have reported high levels of satisfaction with the quality of teaching they received and with the learning resources to which they have access.

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.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

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 (60 Credits) You must pass 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Introduction To Management Accounting AC10510

Financial Accounting 1 AC11000

Quantitative Skills And Methods AC12200

Semester 2

Introduction To Financial Management AC10710

Financial Accounting 1 AC11020

Quantitative Skills And Methods AC12220

Year 1 Options FRENCH ADVANCED: you must take:

Semester 1

French Language Advanced FR19900

Semester 2

Images Of France: The French Family FR12910

French Language Advanced FR19930

Year 1 Options FRENCH BEGINNERS: you must take:

Semester 1

French Language (beginners) FR10700

Semester 2

French Language (beginners) FR10740

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Environment MM11200

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10600

Semester 2

Business Environment MM11220

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10620

Year 2 Core (30 Credits) You must take:

Semester 1

French Language FR20100

Semester 2

French Language FR20130

Year 2 Core (80 Credits) You must pass a minimum of 100 credits to proceed to year 3.

Semester 1

Corporate Finance And Financial Markets AC30500

Financial Accounting 2 AC32900

Management Accounting 2 AC33100

Business Law LA30700

Semester 2

Corporate Finance And Financial Markets AC30520

Financial Accounting 2 AC32920

Management Accounting 2 AC33120

Business Law LA30720

Year 2 Options You must choose 10 credits of the following Level 2 FR modules:

Semester 2

Language Of Business 1 FR20310

"...ismes" Cultural And Artistic Movements In 20th C. France FR29110

Year 3 Core (40 Credits) During your Year Abroad your registration will be as follows:

Semester 1

Year Abroad Assessment FRS0000

Semester 2

Year Abroad Assessment FRS0040

Year 3 Core (80 Credits) Your compulsory year Abroad modules for Accounting and Finance

Semester 1

Abroad Year Dummy ACS0000

Semester 2

Abroad Year Dummy ACS0080

Final Year Core (60 Credits) You must take

Semester 1

Management Accounting 3 AC30300

Investments And Financial Instruments AC30400

Financial Accounting 3 AC30900

Semester 2

Management Accounting 3 AC30320

Investments And Financial Instruments AC30420

Financial Accounting 3 AC30920

Final Year Core (30 Credits) You must take:

Semester 1

French Language FR30100

Semester 2

French Language FR30130

Final Year Options You must choose 10 credits of the following Level 3 FR modules:

Semester 1

The Language Of Business And Current Affairs FR30310

Semester 2

"...ismes" Cultural And Artistic Movements In 20th C. France FR39110

Final Year Electives You must take 20 elective A&F credits

Employability

A degree in Accounting and Finance with French 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.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Accounting and Finance with French 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

• decision-making

• 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.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

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 French 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 French enabling you to tailor your course to suit your preferences.

You will spend your third year in a French 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 French 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 by 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.

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