Accounting and Finance (Top-up)

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The one-year BSc Accounting and Finance (Top-up) degree at Aberystwyth University, within the Aberystwyth Business School, will prepare you for a career in professional accountancy or financial services, and is the ideal option for students who have already achieved a recognised standard of learning in a relevant subject.

Course Overview

The world of enterprise is constantly adapting and evolving. The impact of changes in the business environment in terms of economic events, changes in the regulatory and legal environment, finance technologies and the development of accounting strategies can make the difference between success and failure for a company.

In your year with us you will study financial accounting, management accounting, investments, and fintech. You will have the option of taking auditing and taxation.

Our research-active staff will help you develop a broad understanding of the operational context, and the impact of financial measurement and disclosure on cash-flow, internal policy and financial systems. This will enhance your understanding of how financial data may be used to inform and influence managers, investors and decision makers, and how the presentation of financial information can impact the longevity (and profitability/sustainability) of a company or public sector organisation.

Our Staff

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.

Modules September start - 2024

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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advanced Financial Accounting AB31120 20
Advanced Management Accounting AB31220 20
Effective Academic and Professional Communication 2 IC37820 20
Financial Technology and Business Success AB31820 20
Investments and Financial Instruments AB31320 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
The Role and Practice of Auditing AB31620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Studying an Accountancy and Finance degree has many benefits. It will provide career versatility, allowing you to pursue roles in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, investment banking, corporate finance and more. It has global relevance -your degree provides you with skills and opportunities to practice your profession globally. Graduates with Accounting and Finance degrees are in high demand and have excellent job security. Organisations demand a regular supply of Accounting/Finance talent to help them make informed business decisions. We have established links with the major Accounting and Finance employers. As well as placing our students in traditional accounting firms including Deloitte, PwC, E&Y and KPMG, our graduates have secured employment with other well-known organisations such as Barclays, Audit Wales, the BBC, Lidl, Ministry of Defence and the NHS.

Graduate destinations include:

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chartered Certified Accountant
  • Chartered Management Accountant
  • Chartered Public Finance Accountant.

Some of our graduates have also explored other pathways:

  • Tax Advisor
  • Auditor
  • Investment Analyst
  • Financial Trader
  • Retail Banker
  • Economist
  • Actuary.  

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

You will explore:

  • the function of the modern banking system
  • how financial technology and innovation create business value
  •  the challenges of Fintech innovation
  • how to prepare consolidated accounts and reporting financial performance
  • management accounting practice, including the role of management accounting, cost management, budgeting, evaluating and managing performance and strategic management accounting
  • key investment instruments; the investment problem and investment decision-making; and investment risk management.
  • approaches to investment asset pricing and types/forms of market efficiency.

How will I be taught?

As well as being taught and mentored by research-active staff, you will be supported by qualified and recognised accountants who have a wealth of industry and academic experience.

This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials. All our modules are available online after the lecture or seminar for you to watch at your convenience.


You will be assessed through a range of methods including written reports, essays, group work, presentations and exams.

Personal Tutor 

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be your main contact throughout the duration of your time with us. Your personal tutor can help you to settle in when you first arrive and will be available to help you with academic or personal matters.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff

A Levels Entry qualifications will be assessed on a case by case basis and in relation to the respective country’s academic programmes and how the candidate’s modules match with our programme. Entry will normally be accepted with a correctly matched: Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE); Level 5 Foundation Degree; Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND); Level 5 Award; Level 5 Certificate; Level 5 Diploma; Level 5 NVQ; International equivalents, such as Advanced or Higher Diplomas or Associate Degrees; Completion of two years of a relevant BA (Hons) degree from a recognised institution.

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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