BSc Accounting and Finance with year work placement

  1. UCAS code:
    NN44
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time (with a year in Industry)
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  3. Accredited: ACCA & CIMA

Course Overview

The BSc Accounting & Finance is designed for students with an interest in one or both areas of accounting or finance. This programme gives you the foundation skills of both accounting and finance (management accounting, financial accounting, corporate finance) and then allows you significant freedom to pick from a range of optional modules to suit your developing interests. In the final year, there are no compulsory modules and you will have the choice to specialise in any area of accounting or finance.

The four year option offers students the opportunity to undertake either a year-long or two six-month industrial placements. These will be invaluable in helping the student to gain real-world experience and network with leading business thinkers and many companies go on to hire their placement students on graduation. Students do not need to decide on application which placement route they prefer – they can choose their preferred option in their first year of study.

Key Features

  • All modules are taught by our world class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
  • A wide range of professional accreditations to accelerate your career (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CFA) depending on the optional modules you take
  • Opportunity to undertake work placements in both three year (single week or summer internship) and four year (year in industry) variants
  • 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
  • Access to our new enterprise suite to help students start their own business
  • High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in classes sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in classes sizes capped at 30) every single week
  • Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
  • Scholarships available for outstanding students – click here for more details. 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-2004Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Corporate Finance
MN-2032Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Management Accounting 1
MN-2502Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial Markets and Institutions
MN-2505Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Investments: Assets; Equities and Bonds
MN-2535Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Financial Accounting 1
Optional Modules
Semester 1 Options 

Choose Exactly 15 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 15 credits from the following list for Semester 1. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-2003Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Corporate Governance and Ethics
MN-2005Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Maths and Statistics 2Students cannot select this module if they are previously completed MN-1507 or MNA101
MN-2006Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15High Performance Teams
MN-2007Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Strategic Marketing Planning
MN-2008Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Digital and Social Media Marketing
MN-2009Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Change Management
MN-2010Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Marketing 1
MN-2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Information Systems
MN-2013Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Organisational Behaviour
MN-2015Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Programming for Analytics
MN-2017Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Management Science 1
MN-2019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Composition & Critical Writing
MN-2021Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Micro-economics 2Students must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1015 or MN-1014 or MN-1511 or MNE102. Split-year placement students need to have completed MN-2524 OR one of the specified pre-reqs.
MN-2023Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Economic History and Industrial Development
MN-2027Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Development Economics 1Students must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1512 or MN-1015 or MN-1014 or MN-1511 or MNE102
MN-2028Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Econometrics 1Students cannot select this module if they have previously completed either MN-1509 or MNA100
MN-2029Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Environmental and Resource EconomicsStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1011 or MN-1015 or MN-1014 or MN-1511 or MNE102.
MN-2035Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Relations 1
MN-2040Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Strategic AnalysisStudents cannot select this module if they have previously taken MN-1506 Strategy
MN-2041Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Economic PolicyStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1011 or MN-1015 or MN-1014 or MN-1511 or MNE102.
MN-N001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0English for Management 1This is a non-credit bearing module aimed at School of Management Students whose first language is not English and who wish to improve their English language skills.

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

HE Level 5 Sandwich Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-S000Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120One year industrial placement

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Semester 1 Options 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : There are no compulsory modules at Level 6. Students have to select exactly 60 credits, comprising 30 from Accounting and 30 from Finance. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-3002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial Market Efficiency and Behavioural FinanceStudents will need to have previously completed either MN-1503, MN-1012, MN-2517 or MNA107
MN-3004Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Investment BankingStudents will need to have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3005Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial ServicesStudents will need to have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3006Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Financial ManagementStudents will need to have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3007Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Auditing 1Need to have completed either MN-2031, MN-2535, MNA201 or EBF223, and NOT taken MNA202 or EBF224
MN-3008Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Corporate Finance 2Need to have completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232, and NOT taken MNA205 or EBF234
MN-3010Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Management Accounting 2Students need to have previously completed either MN-2032, MN-2534, MNA200 or EBF211
MN-3011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial Accounting 2Students will need to have previously completed either MN-2031, MN-2535, MNA201 or EBF223
MN-3038Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Taxation 1Students cannot select this if they have previously completed MN-2533
MN-N001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0English for Management 1Non-credit module for SoM Students whose first language is not English and who want to improve
MN-N004Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0Computerised AccountingNon-credit bearing module. To take this, students should have ideally taken and passed MN-2535
AND
Semester 1 Options2 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : There are no compulsory modules at Level 6. Students have to select exactly 60 credits, comprising 30 from Accounting and 30 from Finance. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-3501Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial EconomicsPre-reqs: MN-2004 or MN-2506 or MNA203 or EBF232. Requires a high degree of mathematical ability
MN-3502Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Auditing 2This module can only be selected if MN-3007 Auditing 1 has been selected as a co-requisite
MN-3503Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial Innovation and Risk ManagementStudent must have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3505Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Asset ManagementStudent must have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3506Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Derivatives and Risk ManagementStudent must have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3507Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Risk Management in BankingStudent must have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3508Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Contemporary Issues in FinanceStudent must have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3536Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial Accounting 3This module can only be taken if MN-3011 Financial Accounting 2 has been selected as a co-requisite
MN-3537Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Management Accounting 3This module can only be taken if MN-3010 Management Accounting 2 has been selected as a co-requisite
MN-3540Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Econometrics 2Pre-reqs are either MN-1509, MN-2028 or MNA100. Cannot select if MN-2528 or MNE206 has been done
MN-3541Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Taxation 2Will need to have completed MN-2533, and also selected MN-3038 Taxation 1 as a co-req.
MN-3542Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Law for Accounting and FinanceCannot select if previously completed MN-2504 or MN-2519
MN-3551Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Law of International Corporate Governance
MN-3554Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Contemporary Issues in Accounting
MN-3555Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Forensic Accounting
MN-N002Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 2Students will need to have completed MN-N001 before being able to select this module
MN-N003Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 1 (TB2)This is a repeat of the module taught in TB1 - MN-N001
MN-N005Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0Computerised AccountingNon-credit bearing module. To take this, students should have ideally taken and passed MN-2535
MN-N006Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0Excel for AccountantsNon-credit bearing module.

Description

All of our undergraduate programmes combine a range of compulsory modules that students must study in their first year with us before giving you significant freedom to pick optional modules  in later years to allow you to focus in on your own interests and specialisation.

Our BSc Accounting and Finance is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), meaning that graduates will be exempt from a 9 CIMA professional examinations. Swansea also offers the maximum number of exemptions from ACCA examinations that are possible from University study. This means that graduates of this scheme may be exempt (depending on module selection) from all 9 of the ACCA  ‘Fundamentals’ examinations.

Entry Requirements

A-level Qualification

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) A-Level grades of ‘ABB-BBB’ or better.   No A-level in Business, Economics, Maths or Accounting/Finance is required. We do not however consider General Studies as an A-level subject for offer purposes. Students may combine A-levels with other qualifications below.

International Baccalaureate 

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) IB of 32-33 or higher.

BTEC (18-unit)

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) BTEC results of DDM or better.

English Language

Non-native English speakers must achieve 6.0 overall with no component less than 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent tests.

For students who fall short of only the English language requirement we offer a range of pre-sessional training programmes that you may take before starting your degree programme. Further details can be found here.

International Qualifications

View the international qualifications that we accept, and the level required, for International Students (non EU) and EU Students.

How To Apply

If you are a UK or EU student, you should apply here.

Students from outside the UK or EU should apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time (with a year in Industry) £9,000 £14,150

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Fees for Work Placement

While on work placement students pay 20% of the regular fee (for a total year placement, either as a single year or two six months, this equates to £1800 for home/EU students or £2700 for overseas students). 

The total programme cost for a four year programme at the current time is therefore: 

  • Home/EU students: £28800
  • International students: £43200

Please not fees are subject to change/inflation year-on-year. Fees for international exchange programmes may vary from the above.

Bay Campus

In September 2015 Swansea University will become one university with two stunning campuses, located in acres of tranquil parkland and on the majestic sweep of the bay. The School of Management is excited to be moving over to this magnificent 65 acre campus. All programmes delivered by the School of Management will be taught at the Bay Campus from September for both new and continuing students.

The Bay Campus is situated in an outstanding location on the eastern approach into Swansea, with direct access onto the beach and its own seafront promenade. The campus will feature modern and bright student accommodation, including standard, premium, twin and wheelchair accessible rooms.

There will be a Tower Information Centre which will be home to central support services for students, a state of the art library and resource centre, the Students’ Union, facilities and meeting rooms and an impressive Great Hall will house an auditorium for 800, lecture theatres and a cafe offering magnificent views across the Swansea Bay towards Gower and Baglan Bay. There will be extensive catering provision throughout the campus to include cafes, bars and a restaurant, retail units include a mini market, laundrette and cash points. All of this will be in addition to recreational sporting facilities and a beach, for all to enjoy.

Scholarships

Swansea University offers excellence scholarships for new students entering the first year of the programme as below: 

  • AAA at A-level (or equivalent) - £3000 over two years 
  • AAB at A-level (or equivalent) - £2000 over two years

For more information, please visit academic scholarships

Industrial Work Placements

For detailed information visit our placements webpages.

The School of Management has a dedicated placements and employability team which facilitates the placements process in-house and advertises a range of potential placement opportunities to students.

Students receive extensive help to find a placement including careers workshops, skills training for CV writing and mock interviews, and the School of Management is one of the only UK business schools to have its own dedicated careers advisors for students.

We have worked with a broad spectrum of companies both through placements and graduate recruitment schemes. These range from international blue chip conglomerates to local start-up companies including: Bloomberg, Corus, Cable and Wireless Worldwide, Tate & Lyle, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, L’Oreal, HSBC, Barclays, Julian Hodge Bank, Capgemini, Accenture, Marks and Spencer, Shell, Microsoft, Deloitte and Nike.

Work placements offer enormous benefit to students:

  • discover what work is like in your chosen field of study
  • develop new work-orientated skills
  • build confidence and maturity
  • help you gain relevant experience in a real organisation
  • help you gain breadth of subject knowledge before undertaking the critical final year to inform module choices
  • help you to identify your ideal career pathway
  • provide you with high level work experience to add to your CV for graduate recruitment
  • translate your academic studies into the real world
  • many placements are paid

Most importantly, many companies who take on placement students go on to employ that student permanently after graduation.

 

Meet our Students

Do you want to know what life is like as a SoM Student? Read our student blogs

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

  • Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
  • Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
  • In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
  • Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
  • Complete the Swansea Employability Award
  • Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Discover how our in-house Careers Service has supported our students:

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

  • Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
  • Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Business Analyst, Bloomberg
  • Commercial Graduate, Tata
  • Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
  • Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
  • Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
  • Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
  • Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
  • Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
  • Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
  • Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
  • Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
  • IT Consultant, Cap Gemini
  • Management Consultant, Accenture
  • Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
  • Management Trainee, Shell UK
  • Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
  • Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
  • Share Dealer, OSTC
  • Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
  • Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Facilities and Support

The School of Management has heavily invested in upgraded facilities and support over the past years, including:

A student enterprise suite (opened by Swansea Alumnus Sir Terry Matthews in 2013): The School of Management is one of the few UK universities which gives students access to a dedicated entrepreneurship start-up suite. We offer a range of business support facilities such as business mentoring for start-ups and an active entrepreneurship society. We also provide a range of physical facilities for students including a hot-desking suite for student start-ups, print copy facilities, 3-D printing for rapid prototyping and a range of meeting or production spaces.

A financial trading and simulation room: In summer 2013 the School of Management opened a new trading and simulation room. This facility includes state-of-the-art computing facilities and is designed to support simulation activities – both within the financial sector such as investment and trading as well as a range of business topics such as supply chain management, decision analysis and operations management. We are one of a select few schools in the UK to offer a dedicated trading and simulation suite to our students. The suite is home to our investment society and is backed by global trading and investment company OSTC.

Expanded student social space:  We provide a Junior Common Room (JCR) for all our undergraduate and postgraduate students to meet, relax and socialise. We also provide several group work rooms with presentation facilities for students to come together on group projects and practice team working or presentation skills.

Come and Meet Us

The School of Management regularly hosts open days on campus for applicants and offer holders to visit us. The following dates are currently available:

  • Wednesday 5th February 2014
  • Wednesday 12th February 2014
  • Saturday 22nd February 2014
  • Wednesday 12th March  2014
  • Wednesday 26th March 2014

You can book a place by visiting: www.swansea.ac.uk/visitdays/

For overseas applicants, the School of Management attends a range of global fairs where you can come and meets us.

List of International Fairs 2013-14

Virtual Open Day

Missed one of our Open Days? Experience a Virtual Open Day within the School of Management.

Contact Details

For more information on this programme, please contact our recruitment team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1792 602438  

Email: SoMundergrad@swansea.ac.uk