ULSTER UNIVERSITY

Accounting (Pathways)

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

This programme has been designed to broaden your opportunities in accounting and utilise our high level employer links to ensure you get excellent employment opportunities.

All our pathways in Accounting give you maximum professional exemptions from many of the professional accounting bodies.

You can specialise in the area of accounting through either the BSc Hons Accounting or BSc Hons Accounting (Forensic Services) - both of these pathways are highly sought after by employers and following your programme, you will be employment-ready in these fields.

You could decide to maintain a focus on accounting and explore other areas such as financial economics or management through the BSc Hons Accounting (Financial Economics) or BSc Hons Accounting (Management Consulting) - both pathways offering a highly sought after skills-set in the economic, public sector, finance or managerial environment.

Structure: All modules in each pathway of the BSc Hons Accounting (Pathways) are compulsory. The structure of the suite of pathways is such that you can delay choice between these four programmes until the second-year of study in the BSc Hons Accounting (Pathways). This flexibility provides you with the opportunity to experience subject areas, before making a choice between maintaining your specialism in accounting or broadening your interest to financial economics/management.

Year 1: Subject areas including financial mathematics and statistics, financial accounting, management accounting and economics, are to establish the academic foundation for the second year of the programme with a professional skills-based module equipping you with the necessary academic and managerial awareness to enhance your learning and employability. The first-year of the programme is designed to help you make a choice of pathway through providing opportunities to experience each pathway area.

Year 2: In the second-year you will take four modules which develop knowledge and skills in the accounting subject including law, financial accounting, management accounting and personal and business finance. In second year, a career entrepreneurship module will further develop key communication skills and soft skills to enhance professional development and enterprise skills. The sixth module studied will be dependent on your chosen pathway. Students on the BSc Hons Accounting and BSc Hons Accounting (Forensic Services) pathways will complete a module on assurance and risk management. Students on the BSc Hons Accounting (Financial Economics) will complete a module on money and the economy and on the BSc Hons Accounting (Management Consulting) pathway a module on managing people.

Year 3: You will have the option of a paid placement year in a range of local and international locations. This will provide a link between the subjects you have studied and your application in a 'real world' setting. Satisfactory completion of the placement year will lead to the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice. You have also the option to study abroad for a year; satisfactory completion of a study abroad year will lead to the award of the Diploma in International Academic Studies.

Year 4: You will spend the final year developing your in-depth knowledge in your chosen pathway: Students on the BSc Hons Accounting will complete final-year modules in: advanced financial accounting; advanced financial management; advanced management accounting; auditing; governance, risk and ethics; and modern taxation.

Students on the BSc Hons Accounting (Forensic Services) will complete final-year modules in: advanced financial accounting; advanced financial management; advanced management accounting; cyber-crime and forensic technology; forensic accounting; and personal and business taxation.

Students on the BSc Hons Accounting (Financial Economics) will complete final-year modules in: economic policy; advanced financial management; advanced management accounting; international finance; money, banking and other financial institutions; and personal and business taxation.

Students on the BSc Hons Accounting (Management Consulting) will complete final-year modules in: effective organisations; performance management; public sector accounting; strategic business planning; governance, risk and ethics; and personal and business taxation.

Programme description

This programme has been designed to broaden your opportunities in accounting and utilise our high level employer links to ensure you get excellent employment opportunities.

All our pathways in Accounting give you maximum professional exemptions from many of the professional accounting bodies.

You can specialise in the area of accounting through either the BSc Hons Accounting or BSc Hons Accounting (Forensic Services) - both of these pathways are highly sought after by employers and following your programme, you will be employment-ready in these fields.

You could decide to maintain a focus on accounting and explore other areas such as financial economics or management through the BSc Hons Accounting (Financial Economics) or BSc Hons Accounting (Management Consulting) - both pathways offering a highly sought after skills-set in the economic, public sector, finance or managerial environment.

Structure: All modules in each pathway of the BSc Hons Accounting (Pathways) are compulsory. The structure of the suite of pathways is such that you can delay choice between these four programmes until the second-year of study in the BSc Hons Accounting (Pathways). This flexibility provides you with the opportunity to experience subject areas, before making a choice between maintaining your specialism in accounting or broadening your interest to financial economics/management.

Year 1: Subject areas including financial mathematics and statistics, financial accounting, management accounting and economics, are to establish the academic foundation for the second year of the programme with a professional skills-based module equipping you with the necessary academic and managerial awareness to enhance your learning and employability. The first-year of the programme is designed to help you make a choice of pathway through providing opportunities to experience each pathway area.

Year 2: In the second-year you will take four modules which develop knowledge and skills in the accounting subject including law, financial accounting, management accounting and personal and business finance. In second year, a career entrepreneurship module will further develop key communication skills and soft skills to enhance professional development and enterprise skills. The sixth module studied will be dependent on your chosen pathway. Students on the BSc Hons Accounting and BSc Hons Accounting (Forensic Services) pathways will complete a module on assurance and risk management. Students on the BSc Hons Accounting (Financial Economics) will complete a module on money and the economy and on the BSc Hons Accounting (Management Consulting) pathway a module on managing people.

Year 3: You will have the option of a paid placement year in a range of local and international locations. This will provide a link between the subjects you have studied and your application in a 'real world' setting. Satisfactory completion of the placement year will lead to the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice. You have also the option to study abroad for a year; satisfactory completion of a study abroad year will lead to the award of the Diploma in International Academic Studies.

Year 4: You will spend the final year developing your in-depth knowledge in your chosen pathway: Students on the BSc Hons Accounting will complete final-year modules in: advanced financial accounting; advanced financial management; advanced management accounting; auditing; governance, risk and ethics; and modern taxation.

Students on the BSc Hons Accounting (Forensic Services) will complete final-year modules in: advanced financial accounting; advanced financial management; advanced management accounting; cyber-crime and forensic technology; forensic accounting; and personal and business taxation.

Students on the BSc Hons Accounting (Financial Economics) will complete final-year modules in: economic policy; advanced financial management; advanced management accounting; international finance; money, banking and other financial institutions; and personal and business taxation.

Students on the BSc Hons Accounting (Management Consulting) will complete final-year modules in: effective organisations; performance management; public sector accounting; strategic business planning; governance, risk and ethics; and personal and business taxation.

Key Modules

Career options:

There is a considerable demand for those with accounting knowledge in business, industry and the public service. This suite of pathways will provide you with an excellent basis for pursuing a professional qualification with one of the accountancy bodies and/or if you want to expand your knowledge in other allied areas of business.

As a graduate, you may take up a position as an Accounting Practitioner providing audit, accountancy, forensic services and taxation services to a variety of businesses and individuals. You can avail of many accounting and finance roles in any type of business e.g. you could become a Financial or Management Accountant in a large commercial enterprise or within central or local Government; a Taxation Specialist; a Management Consultant or an Educationalist.

You may, depending on classification obtained, be permitted to go on to further study at postgraduate level. On successful completion of your programme, it may be possible to progress to a Postgraduate Diploma / Masters in Advanced Accounting.

Module & Subject

Year one

Financial Mathematics and Statistics

Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module develops students' quantitative skills and provides the building blocks for subsequent quantitative analysis.

 

Introductory Accounting

Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module forms a foundation for the further study of Accounting in later modules. The aim of the module is to provide students with an academically challenging and intellectually stimulating study of foundation accounting. It focuses on the skills and techniques appropriate to practical accounting, as well as providing an understanding of basic accounting theory.

 

Principles of Financial Accounting

Year: 1

Status: C

 

Principles of Financial Accounting provides the student with an introduction to the concepts underpinning corporate financial reporting for single companies and groups of companies. This provides students with the foundations required for further study in Financial Accounting module.

 

Principles of Management Accounting

Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module provides students with an introduction to the principles of management accounting. It examines the role of the management accountant within an organisation and how management accounting information contributes to making judgements and decisions. The module focuses primarily on the theory and practice of cost accounting and introduces students to various cost accounting concepts, techniques and processes. It provides a firm foundation for further study in the area of Management Accounting.

 

Academic, Professional and Managerial Awareness

Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module provides students with an opportunity to consider, reflect on, and develop the key skills that will provide the basis for successful study on their programme of study and in their future professional life. It provides an opportunity to consider personal strengths and learning styles, and to develop strategies to obtain maximum benefit from these.

 

Business and the Economy

Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and applications of economics as they affect individuals, firms and governments, as well as the policy decisions taken in industry, commerce, and local government.

 

Year two

Personal and Business Finance

Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module introduces financial decision making for individuals and small- to medium-sized companies. Within the personal finance element students will study the financial lifecycle, the financial plan and the main personal finance decisions. Within the business finance element students will study the role of business finance, ethics in financial decision making, the influence of the environment on financial decision-making, capital investment appraisal and working capital management.

 

Financial Accounting

Year: 2

Status: C

 

Financial accounting provides the student with an understanding of the concepts underpinning corporate financial reporting for single companies and groups of companies. The role of financial accounting regulation, particularly International Financial Reporting Standards is examined and students are provided with the skills to apply these to practical examples.

 

Management Accounting

Year: 2

Status: C

 

Having completed this module the student will be able to: understand the role of the management accountant and how this contributes to the achievement of organisational objectives; understand the role of modern management accounting practices which enable organisations to develop and assess performance; and apply appropriate management decision tools to a specified range of scenarios.

 

Career Entrepreneurship

Year: 2

Status: C

 

Understanding the diverse career options within Accounting and Finance is essential if students are to understand and develop the skills and attributes that employers across different markets are seeking. This module aims to engage students in their own employability development as well as aid their understanding of what recruiting employers look for and in particular why they look for specific attributes.

 

Assurance and Risk Management

Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module introduces the student to the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of assurance and risk management combined with the processes surrounding risk management in both the private and public sector organisations. It identifies the skills that a professional accountant must have and how best to utilise those skills in today's challenging business environment.

 

Managing People

Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module is about the various processes that can be utilised within an organisation to maximise an individual's motivation, abilities and performance, within the context of organisational goals, especially in maximising employee performance. To that end, the syllabus concentrates on potential transformation processes that might lead to 'commitment' rather than a reliance on 'compliance' in the workplace.

 

Money and the Economy

Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module introduces students to the macroeconomic environment and modelling, the role of money and central banking in the economy, the rationale for monetary policy and its effects on economic performance.

 

Law for Accountants

Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module introduces students to basic legal structures, principles and concepts relevant to business and the business environment in the United Kingdom (with a particular emphasis on Northern Ireland). It also enables them to acquire certain skills, such as those of instant recall, analysis, argumentation and articulation, which will prove useful in their work as business professionals.

 

Year three

Diploma in Professional Practice

Status: O

Year: 3

This module is optional

 

This module enables students who have secured a placement job to complete a period of appropriate work experience in a supportive environment. The Diploma in Professional Practice provides students with 48 weeks of work experience in a professional work environment. The placement option is a complement to and an extension of the work engaged in at the University and provides the opportunity for each student to satisfy specific learning objectives based on organisational, programme and personal development needs. The module helps students fully develop their employability skills for life. Students who successfully complete the module are eligible for the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or Diploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI).

 

International Academic Studies

Status: O

Year: 3

This module is optional

 

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

 

Year four

Advanced Management Accounting

Year: 4

Status: C

 

An important role of management accounting is to present accounting information to facilitate decision making which is aimed at key elements of the overall management system, i.e. planning, decision making, performance measurement and control. The module will develop further the students' appreciation of management accounting. This will involve the in-depth study and critical appraisal of advanced practices and theories of the discipline.

 

Advanced Financial Accounting

Year: 4

Status: C

 

The nature and purpose of accounting theory; the theory of capital and income; the role of accounting regulation including the development of the latest accounting standards and advanced group reporting; contemporary issues in accounting.

 

Advanced Financial Management

Year: 4

Status: C

 

This module examines some of the fundamental concepts underpinning managerial finance, including agency theory, EMH, theories on capital structure and dividend policy. The module focuses on financial management decision-making in large companies that interact with the capital markets and have an international presence.

 

Strategic Business Planning

Year: 4

Status: C

 

The module introduces the concept of strategic business planning. With the dynamic business environment and the requirement for enterprise development to be linked to strategic management architecture, there is a need to enhance the level of understanding and competency in business planning.

 

Governance, Risk and Ethics

Year: 4

Status: C

 

The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to the governance challenges organisations face today. The module aims to investigate the key components for securing the highest standards of effective corporate governance.

 

Public Sector Accounting

Year: 4

Status: C

 

Public sector accounting analyses organisational structures and management control in central government, local authorities and National Health Service. This module will introduce students to the financial accounting and management accounting techniques and methods within public sector. The module also provides an insight into the nature of recent managerial and accounting reforms within public sector organisations.

 

Forensic Accounting

Year: 4

Status: C

 

This module allows students to combine their understanding of accounting, finance and governance structures, with the evidence gathering, investigative techniques, and report writing skills necessary to be a forensic accountant.

 

Modern Taxation

Year: 4

Status: C

 

A knowledge of taxation is essential to students intending to pursue a career in accounting and is an essential part of most financial and economic decision making. This module provides a fundamental undertaking of the main aspects of the UK tax system covering personal, business taxation, corporation tax, inheritance tax and capital gains tax as well as an understanding of the administration of the self-assessment system.

 

Auditing

Year: 4

Status: C

 

This module introduces the student to the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of auditing combined with the practical application of auditing principles and the issues encountered in a financial reporting and audit environment. It identifies the skills that a professional auditor must have and how best to utilise those skills in today's challenging business environment.

 

Performance Management

Year: 4

Status: C

 

An important role of management accounting is to present accounting information to assist managers to plan, make decisions, measure and assess performance and control. The modulate activities of the organisation. This module will develop students' appreciation of management accounting, through in-depth study and critical appraisal of advanced practices and theories of the discipline.

 

Personal and Business Taxation

Year: 4

Status: C

 

Knowledge of taxation is essential to students intending to pursue a career in Accounting and is an essential part of most financial and economic decision making. This module provides a fundamental detailed study of the main aspects of the UK tax system covering personal and business taxation, as well as an introduction to capital gains tax and inheritance tax. The integration of the various personal tax elements will be integrated as the students will be engaged in personal tax planning. The module also requires a critical evaluation of modern issues/ethical dilemmas and key topics of academic and professional debate in this discipline.

 

Cyber Crime and Forensic Technology

Year: 4

Status: C

 

In today's increasingly networked digital age, a knowledge of cybercrime and its impact on the operations of businesses is important. Delivered in association with Grant Thornton's forensic technology specialists this module provides insights into cybercrime and forensic technology from both a theoretical perspective (the legal, professional and ethical issues relating to the cybercrime) and a technical perspective (gathering, reserving and presenting digital evidence).

 

Effective Organisations and the Consultancy Process

Year: 4

Status: C

 

This module seeks to provide the student with the opportunity to develop consultancy skills through the research and management of a consultancy project relating to organizational effectiveness. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in order to produce a range of acceptable solutions to problems faced by a case organisation.

 

Money, Banking and Other Financial Institutions

Year: 4

Status: C

 

Banks, and other financial institutions, play a pivotal role in developed and developing economies. This module provides an overview of these institutions and the role of money in such institutions.

 

International Finance

Year: 4

Status: C

 

This module builds upon Money and the Economy introduced at level five. It covers the international financial system, exchange rates, open-economy macroeconomics, and will discuss current issues within international finance.

 

Economic Policy

Status: O

Year: 4

This module is optional

 

This module is designed to develop skills that are in demand from professional economists in both the public and private sectors. It builds upon theoretical knowledge developed in the first 3 years and develops research, analytical, written and presentation skills. A major focus on instilling the disciplines of accuracy and checking into data and written work by emphasising the implications of mistakes and false interpretation. The module aims to increase the employability of students by equipping them with relevant knowledge and skills that are in demand from the marketplace.

 

Financial Markets and Institutes

Status: O

Year: 4

This module is optional

 

This module examines the nature of financial risk and the different strategies and techniques adopted by financial market participants as they seek to attain an efficient risk-return relationship. The module examines a broad range of financial instruments that are exchanged in a variety of financial markets as investors strive to attain their respective objectives. The module is particularly relevant for those seeking employment in the financial sector.

 

Entry Requirements

A level:

A-level grades BBB if including A-Level Mathematics or

ABB if not completing A-level Mathematics.

Access to Higher Education (HE):

Overall Access profile 70%.

GCSE:

GCSE Profile to include Maths with a minimum Grade B.

GCSE Profile to include English Language with a minimum Grade C.

  • English language requirements for international applicants
    The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
  • Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Foundation Campus
Pathway Foundation Campus: BANGOR UNIVERSITY Bangor
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 years
Course Fee:  13680.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Jordanstown campus, Ulster University Shore Road, Newtownabbey Co. Antrim BT37 0QB, United Kingdom
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER