The BSc Accounting and Finance and Computing at Aberystwyth University is a joint honours degree that brings together the fundamentals of finance, and accounting whilst allowing you to further explore the interactions of organisations, employees and other stakeholders via their digital engagements. In addition to exploring software, hardware and computing techniques an emphasis of logical processes and their effective development and management is achieved; aligning your understanding of Accounting and Finance with the technological support of business operations.
The interaction of accounting and finance and computing is a highly dynamic and innovative environment and a focus of this degree is to broaden your contemporary knowledge of industry developments and the opportunities they create as they happen. You will explore concepts and theories in accounting, financial risk management as well as content and concepts enabling you to understand how technology can solve a wide range of problems such as creating and implementing algorithms; financial accounting; designing, implementing and evaluating software systems to analysing stock portfolios and operating financial markets.
Student Satisfaction and Employability Results
Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
93% overall satisfaction for the Department of Computer Science (NSS 2019)
98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 8% more than Computer Science graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)
Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
95% of our Business and Administrative subject students were satisfied that the staff were good at explaining things, 88 for the sector. (NSS 2019)
97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)
Why study Accounting and Finance and Computing?
The Accounting and Finance element of the degree is accredited by the Association for Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).
In addition, the computing element of this course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which allows you to develop the skills needed to solve complex problems that include analysis, design, solution choice and implementation.
The recognition from the various professional bodies demonstrate the teaching quality undertaken by the two academic departments ensuring that you graduate with the best possible degree, an instrumental component of our persistent industry recognition as leaders in the UK for teaching excellence.
Students on this course will have the opportunity to experience dedicated Linux, Mac OS X laboratories and central servers and have access to robotic equipment including Arduinos, mobile and sailing robots.
Given the applied nature of this degree, you will be taught by academic and industry practitioners ensuring the opportunity for you to be immersed alongside professionals and their attended networks.
Almost all of the Department of Computer Science Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are required to obtain the PGCTHE, and hence are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The department also employs a number of part time demonstrators and tutors and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research fellows and research assistants (mostly PhD qualified) may also be involved in delivering occasional teaching when it is appropriate.
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.
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.
- You must take the following modules
The BSc Accounting and Finance and Computing will provide an excellent foundation for a professional career in accountancy, within the financial or computing industries.
Aberystwyth Business School offers a dedicated consultancy employability module where students apply as consultants within industry. During the semester where students consult for industry giving them practical exposure to the iterative nature of opportunity development.
Many of our graduates have explored a career in the key industries which include accounting and finance, investment banking, risk management, insurance and underwriting. Similarly graduates are in high-demand for more general management professions that include retail management, the public sector, the NHS, distribution and logistics management.
You will graduate with a wide range of accounting/ finance and computing skills to enable you to work in a variety of roles including as a systems analyst, insurance and underwriting, process engineer, management or IT consultancy. You could choose to work in the business, public or the not for profit sector and recent graduates have gone to work for BAE Systems, Barclays, Experian, Microsoft and the Ministry of Defence.
Studying our degree in Business Management and Computing will equip you with the following skills:
- Understanding of organisational behaviour and structure within Accounting and Finance specialisms
- The ability to apply analytical and creative thinking skills for high level decision-making and problem solving
- Improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data
- The ability to communicate clearly in a written and spoken form to facilitate successful team collaboration and independent work.
Learning & Teaching
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
The holistic approach of accounting and finance in your first year explores the three key areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. The three key areas of accounting and finance allow you to discover and understand the fundamental principles of these elements of business. Within Computing you will explore themes such as computer infrastructure, its management and optimisation, web-based application development and programming and learning via the application of problems and collective teams solutions to those.
In your second and third year, you will undertake core accounting and finance concepts that include financial and management accounting, the specific rules and practices of accounting in fields such as audit and taxation, portfolio selection and risk management, investment analysis and over-aching business law which governs the actions of professionals within the accounting and financial industries. Within computing, you will explore data structures and the formation and application of algorithms, the process of developing and distributing novel operational software, answering the emerging challenges of business for optimal software integration with business processes.
How will I be taught?
Our enthusiastic staff will teach you through the medium of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and individual/ group based project work.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practicals, projects, workshops and examinations.
To ensure that you are performing consistently and to make the most of your university experience, you will be assigned a personal tutor. The role of the personal tutor will be critical to your overall student experience while studying at Aberystwyth University and your chosen personal tutor will assist you with all matters relating to academic and non-academic.
Typical Entry Requirements
UCAS Tariff 96 - 120
A Levels 96-120 UCAS Tariff
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
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