Welsh in the Professional Workplace / Accounting and Finance

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In contemporary Wales there is an ever increasing demand for high-calibre professional, bilingual workers. By choosing to study BA Welsh in the Professional Workplace / Accounting and Finance, you will be combining professional Welsh language skills with a specialism in accountancy and finance, and this will open doors to wonderful career opportunities.

On this innovative course, you will be able to step into the world of business in Wales and gain valuable skills and experiences. You will have the opportunity to learn about administration, editing, translation and marketing. You will also gain skills in management, presentation, leadership and cooperation, and you will specialise in accountancy and finance.

This degree is available to first language and second language students, and there is a unique opportunity to follow this course even if you have not studied Welsh First Language at A level.

Course Overview

  • The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • CIMA - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

During your time as a student in the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies you will be able to choose from a variety of modules that cover a wide range of interests as well as become a part of a lively Department. You will be taught by experts who are innovators in their fields and you will follow a course that is both exciting and challenging. You will choose from a large collection of modules that reflect the latest research interests of our lecturers, from the history of our literature to contemporary literature, and from the sociology of the Welsh language to the registers and dialects of the language, and creative writing and scriptwriting.

Studying Accounting and Finance is the perfect way to prepare yourself for a career in the world of business. Our expert academics will lead you through the world of finance, accounting, data analysis, the financial markets and its institutions, value, profit and risk, and working with the finances of large businesses that comprise several groups, as well as a range of other specialist and forward-looking modules. This degree is suitable for those who want to excel in the field of accounting and finance practices, and who want to do so through the medium of Welsh.

Our Staff

All academic staff in the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies are research active scholars and experts in their chosen fields of study, including the study of languages and literatures as well as creative writing.

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 - 2022

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
Accounting and Finance for Specialists AB11220 20
Data Analytics AB15220 20
Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance AB11120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Corporate Finance and Financial Markets AB21420 20
Intermediate Financial Accounting AB21120 20
Intermediate Management Accounting AB21220 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advanced Financial Accounting AB31120 20
Advanced Management Accounting AB31220 20
Investments and Financial Instruments AB31320 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


What can I do with a degree in Professional Welsh in the Workplace / Accountancy and Finance?

This degree opens doors to many career options. Many of our graduates find work in the following areas: translation and language initiatives; administration; local government and Welsh and world politics; education and academia; the media, scriptwriting, producing and broadcasting; business (industry and trade); the public sector; the publishing, writing, editing and marketing industries; tourism and the heritage industry; national, international and multi-national business, advising on tax, book-keeping, investment analysis, retail banking, economics and actuary work.

Here are some of the transferable skills that you will develop:

  • exploring and analysing data
  • thinking creatively and effective problem solving
  • working independently
  • organising and managing time, including the ability to meet tight deadlines
  • expressing ideas and communicating information clearly and coherently, orally and in writing
  • self-motivation and self-sufficiency
  • team work - the ability to discuss concepts in groups, discussing various ideas and reaching an agreement
  • information technology skills.

As a result of Welsh Language Legislation and the establishment of the National Assembly, there has been an increase in demand for civil servants who have Welsh language skills, and for translators and administrators across several areas. The combination of Welsh and Accounting and Finance offers a range of career prospects, from the tourism or book publishing industry to the police. The skills of researching and analysing that you will develop during your degree course will also provide a solid foundation for studying at postgraduate level and for a career in academia.

What opportunities for work experience will be available while you study? 

Find out more about the different opportunities offered by the Aberystwyth University Careers Service

Improve your employment opportunities with GO Wales and the Year in Employment Scheme which are managed by the Careers Service. 

Teaching & Learning

In your first year you will be introduced to the main themes that are intrinsic to the study of Welsh in the Professional Workplace and to the fundamentals of Accounting and Finance.

Depending on whether you are following the first or second language pathways, you will study the use and registers of the language in different situations and you will be introduced to the basic characteristics of standard Welsh through focusing on the registers the language as well as features such as spelling conventions, literary language forms, the mutations and idioms. You will have an opportunity to develop your writing skills, and to strengthen your understanding of Welsh grammar. You will also select other subjects that peak your interest. On the accounting and finance modules you will be introduced to the fundamentals of accounting and finance and you will examine structure, construction and interpretation of the balance sheet and income statement. You will also be introduced to various quantitative techniques and statistical analysis. In addition to that, you will study subjects such as cash flow, inventories and accounting on a partnership basis, and you will be introduced to accounting software.

In your second year, depending on the language pathway that you are following, you will work on developing your ability to write, using standard and correct Welsh and also your ability to speak Welsh eloquently, building on what you have learned in the first year. You will also study the various aspects of translation and literary, technical, historical and practical adaptations. In addition to that, you will select some optional modules that include themes such as literary Welsh and spoken Welsh, and Welsh in the professional workplace which focuses on the increasing use of Welsh in the world of work in Wales. On the accounting and finance modules you will examine how to prepare company accounts, and how to calculate specific items within those accounts. You will build on the fundamentals learned during the first year and focus on the elements of management and decision making. You will also learn about the financial markets and the institutions within them together with the main financial matters that face directors and company managers.

In your last year, again depending on the language pathway, you will continue to develop your understanding of the different facets of translation and literary, technical, historical and practical adaptation, building on what you learned in your second year, and you will have an opportunity to carry out original research with the guidance of a supervisor. On the accounting and finance modules you will study investments and financial tools, and value, profit and risk will be clear themes throughout the module. You will also explore matters relating to concepts and regulation by looking at the accounts of large business institutions that comprise several companies within one ownership. You will examine the the theoretical aspects and practical developments that impact on account management practices, including the role of accounting management, cost management, budgets, and appraising and managing performance. In addition to that, you will be able to select subjects from our collection of optional modules. There is also the option to complete a work experience module during the term or over the summer (between the second and third year): Employability Skills for Professional Workers. This module is supported through holding Welsh-medium seminars rather than lectures.

You will also be able to choose from a collection of optional modules.

How will you be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and other innovative teaching methods. In the seminars, the groups are smaller and the atmosphere more informal, to foster open discussion.

How will you be assessed?

Your work will be assessed through examinations, continuous assessment, essays and specific exercises, research work and developing ideas, giving presentations, and working as part of a team.

Personal Tutor

A personal tutor will be allocated to you for the duration of your degree course. The tutor will be able to help you with any problems or queries that you may have, whether academic or personal. You are welcome to contact your personal tutor at any time if you need assistance.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Welsh 1st or 2nd Language

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM, plus B in A level Welsh 1st Language

International Baccalaureate:
30-28, plus B in A level Welsh 1st Language

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall, plus B in A level Welsh 1st Language

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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