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The ACA qualification is from the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). ICAEW Chartered Accountants are always in demand and the ACA Qualification equips students to perform at the highest levels of accountancy, business and finance. Read more
The ACA qualification is from the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). ICAEW Chartered Accountants are always in demand and the ACA Qualification equips students to perform at the highest levels of accountancy, business and finance.

The majority of ACA trainees work in accounting practice and the qualification has a strong practice subject focus (audit, taxation) as well as covering other key technical accounting areas. An increasing number of students are now training in other sectors too.Once qualified, ICAEW Chartered Accountants work in all sectors, from accounting practices to commercial organisations, financial institutions, not for profit organisations and the public sector.

We offer tuition for the ACA Qualification at our Newport and Cardiff campuses. We offer a flexible portfolio of ACA courses that appeal to large or small training organisations (day release and block delivery) and we are an ICAEW Partner in Learning (City Campus Newport; Cardiff Campus application pending).

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1224-institute-of-chartered-accountants-in-england-and-wales-icaew

What you will study

To qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant students are required to complete:
• 15 examinations
• 450 days of technical work experience, which you gain by obtaining a training contract with an appropriate employer
• Professional development (delivered through ICAEW or your employer)
• Ethics and professional scepticism programme (delivered through ICAEW)

The ACA Qualification comprises three examination levels: Certificate, Professional and Advanced. A Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB) qualification is available upon completion of the Certificate Level, which is an excellent qualification in its own right for non-financial managers.

At the Advanced Level students are required to study a number of technical areas, which are then examined together in the Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management papers. These papers aim to simulate real-life business and accounting practice environments, and the concept is taken further with a final case study examination.

Certificate Level #
- Accounting
- Assurance
- Law
- Principles of Taxation
- Business and Finance
- Management Information

Professional Level *
- Audit and Assurance
- Tax Compliance
- Financial Accounting and Reporting
- Financial Management
- Business Planning: Taxation
- Business Strategy

Advanced Level **
- Corporate Reporting
- Strategic Business Management
- Case Study

#Only available at City Campus, Newport

*Available in block delivery mode (from 2016) at Cardiff Campus; available in day release mode at City Campus, Newport

**Available in block delivery mode (from 2017) at Cardiff Campus; available in day release mode at City Campus, Newport

How you will study

We offer a flexible portfolio of ACA courses that appeal to large or small training organisations.Our average student pass rate on our ACA course since its inception in 2012 has been 83%.

Weekly day release tuition (with block revision):
• Available at City Campus, Newport for all Levels (Certificate, Professional, Advanced)
• Papers taught for one day per week, with a block revision period at the end
• Typical tuition period lengths:
• Certificate Level papers – 10 weeks plus revision block
• Professional Level papers – 11-14 weeks plus revision block
• Advanced Level – 18 weeks plus revision block
• Advantages: Knowledge built up and exam question practice undertaken week on week. Students build skills gradually and sustainably, and are not absent from their work place for long periods of time (which is particularly important for smaller accounting practices)

Full block delivery:
• Available at Atlantic House, Cardiff for Professional and Advanced Levels
• For example, students study two papers at a time at Professional Level and attend tuition for four whole weeks, spaced across a number of months
• 2-3 days spent on each paper per week
• Four tuition weeks: two focus on knowledge building, one on question practice, and one on revision

Assessment methods

Certificate level:
Each assessment is 1.5 hours long and each exam will be e-assessed.

Professional level:
Modules will be assessed by paper based exams. Each will be 2.5 hours long, with the exception of the Financial Accounting and Reporting paper which will be assessed by a three hour exam.

Advanced level:
Consists of two technical integration papers and a case study:

• Technical integration papers will be 3.5 hours long
• Case Study will be four hours long

Learning and teaching methods

Students will attend workshops which will contain lecture, tutorial and question practice elements.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

ACA students enjoy early responsibility and excellent career progression. Many ACA students double their salary during training. Salaries for newly qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountants are on a par with careers in law and banking and many become partners or financial directors early in their careers, leading to a greater variety of opportunities.

ICAEW Chartered Accountants work at the highest levels of some of the world’s largest organisations; 80% of UK FTSE 100 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their board.

Why study ACA at USW?

The University of South Wales has a rich history of providing first class tuition for ACA, ACCA and CIMA Professional Qualifications and we typically teach 300-350 part-time professional accountancy students each year. We also franchise AAT tuition to local further education colleges.

Our Professional Tuition Hub is a key element of the School of Law, Accounting & Finance with a focus on professional tuition. We have over 40 years experience of teaching ACCA and CIMA and we launched our ACA course in 2012, working closely with ICAEW.

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The MSc Accounting offers candidates the opportunity to attain a postgraduate degree from a Russell Group university and simultaneously gain exemptions (credit for prior learning) from examinations for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Read more
The MSc Accounting offers candidates the opportunity to attain a postgraduate degree from a Russell Group university and simultaneously gain exemptions (credit for prior learning) from examinations for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Thorough and stimulating, this degree programme includes specialist coverage of a range of topic areas within the disciplines of accounting and finance, including corporate reporting, auditing and assurance, taxation, finance, business strategy, business management and professional ethics. You will develop quantitative and qualitative skills to enable you to make realistic business recommendations and solve problems in complex scenarios. Business awareness will need to be demonstrated at strategic, operating and transactional levels, and will include issues of sustainability. The use of technical knowledge and professional judgement will be required to analyse data from multiple sources in order to evaluate alternatives, and determine appropriate solutions.

You will build your understanding of the principles, techniques and applications of accounting and finance through the development of technical knowledge and business skills including problem solving, professional judgement, communication and advice through:
•Intensive full day lectures
•Days for self study and reflection
•Significant electronic learning resources
•Regular formative assessment and feedback

Programme Structure

Semester 1

Tax Compliance* (15 credits)
Financial Accounting And Reporting* (15 credits)
Audit And Assurance* (15 credits)
Business Strategy And Management (10 credits)
Financial Strategy (10 credits)

Semester 2

Business Planning –Taxation* (15 credits)
Corporate Reporting And Auditing ** (20 credits)
Strategic Business Management ** (20 credits)

Summer

Integrated Case Study and Project/Dissertation (60 credits)
ICAEW Advanced Level Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management external exams
ICAEW Advanced Level Case Study preparation and external exam

* In order to gain exemption in these papers, the ICAEW requires a minimum mark of 55%

**Modules which parallel ICAEW Advanced Level papers


Careers

This programme offers candidates the opportunity to attain a postgraduate degree from a Russell Group university and simultaneously gain exemptions from all Professional Level examinations for the ICAEW, a globally respected professional accounting qualification of high reputation. The ICAEW's exams consist of three levels: Certificate, Professional and Advanced Levels. Through our partnership with ICAEW, completion of our MSc programme can achieve exemptions from all Professional Level papers (ICAEW do not award exemptions for Advanced Level papers). Additionally students will be prepared for, and if successful in gaining credit for the relevant Professional Level modules, be entered into, the three ICAEW Advanced Level papers. Successful MSc graduates can impress potential employers by being fully exam qualified on completing the MSc and ICAEW exams. ICAEW members can go on to work in accounting, financial services and business management and many FTSE quoted company directors are ICAEW members.

Whilst students would need three years of relevant work experience under a training contract with a registered training provider to attain full ICAEW membership, they would be attractive targets for employers and could develop into careers within the accounting profession, financial services and business management.

It is advantageous, but not essential, to have completed the six ICAEW Certificate Level (CFAB) exams on entry to the programme or to have earned ICAEW credit for prior learning for those papers. Students who have not completed CFAB will need to do so (or be awarded exemptions for prior learning) prior to sitting the ICAEW Advanced Level Case Study exam.

Graduates from the MSc Accounting programme have secured employment with the likes of Deloitte, the Bank of East Asia, KPMG, and Grant Thornton.

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This programme aims to provide you with a strong professionally oriented training in accounting. Read more
This programme aims to provide you with a strong professionally oriented training in accounting. You will study the professional syllabus of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and will obtain exemptions from all six professional-level papers of the exams needed to gain chartered accountant status (subject to validation of the programme by ICAEW), as well as receiving preparation to sit the final advanced-level papers.

The programme will equip you with:

• intellectual skills and theoretical understanding appropriate to the study of accounting at postgraduate level
• an awareness of key current issues, theory and practice in the field of accounting
• skills in professional accounting and financial decision-making, evaluation and analysis of financial data, and the techniques to evaluate and act upon complex financial and tax-related issues encountered in practice
• the knowledge necessary for qualifying and operating as a chartered accountant

Modules

• Financial Strategy
• Financial Accounting and Reporting
• Audit and Assurance
• Business Strategy and Management
• Business Planning - Taxation
• Tax Compliance
• Corporate Reporting and Auditing I and II
• Strategic Business Management
• Integrated Case Study

What are my career prospects?

The programme is designed to prepare you to qualify as a chartered accountant with ICAEW, and it is also useful preparation towards other professional accountancy exams, such as those offered by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). Students who successfully complete the programme and achieve grade levels stipulated by ICAEW, in addition to the four or more ICAEW paper exemptions that the student must already hold to enter the programme, and who then pass the Advanced Level papers, will have completed the examination requirements necessary to become a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW. After then satisfying the professional work experience component, you will be able to apply to become a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW.

Our overall aim on the programme is to prepare you for the workplace from day one. Our Master of Science in Professional Accounting programme provides you with a comprehensive up-to-date knowledge of contemporary international financial reporting and auditing, and is highly relevant to solving the challenges that face organisations today in their business planning. You will also have the opportunity to meet high profile people from the business world, and exploit our strong links with ICAEW, as well as attending the networking events that we run with local employers from time to time, and events delivered by recruiting organisations on campus.

NOTE: ICAEW ACCREDITATION IS STILL OUTSTANDING AND AN APPLICATION IS IN PROGRESS.

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Accounting information lies at the heart of management and is also used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties. Read more
Accounting information lies at the heart of management and is also used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties. Therefore, the MSc Accounting and Business Management appeals to graduates with a business-related degree who want to develop their understanding of accounting and management in a business context and develop skills that enhance their employability. The rigorous and integrated syllabus emphasises the value of developing knowledge and skills progressively. It supports personal learning and development through managed choice and encourages personal initiative, enthusiasm and positive study habits.

Aims

This programme offers students an opportunity to:
Develop an appreciation of the role of accounting within the overall function of management
Acquire technical accounting skills and integrate theoretical and conceptual considerations with practice
Evaluate the principles and theories that underpin accounting and management
Critically reflect on the role of the main stakeholders and the influence of regulatory frameworks on accounting and management
Develop analytical and problem solving abilities and apply them in making management decisions
Review research on current issues in accounting and management and apply accepted research methods to investigate a specific research question independently
Develop transferrable skills that will enhance employability

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Core Modules

Current Issues in Accounting
Financial Accounting
Financial Reporting
International Management:
Management Accounting
Understanding Business and Management Research
Dissertation

Optional Modules

Business Performance Management
Business Planning
Entrepreneurship
International Business Strategy
Global Diversity Management
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Strategic Management

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013
Valuable accounting and management skills for students intending to seek employment in today's competitive job market and those who will work in the family business
Strong foundation for entrepreneurs planning to set up and manage their own businesses
Graduating students receive accreditation from ACCA in respect of three papers at Foundation Level
Graduating students receive accreditation from ICAEW in respect of three papers at Professional Stage
Graduating students receive accreditation from CIMA in respect of two papers at Certificate Level, one paper at Operational Level and two papers at Management Level
Graduating students receive accreditation from AIA in respect of six papers, which form a part of the AIA professional qualification
Firm foundation for future doctoral studies

Accreditation

Students graduating from the MSc Accounting and Business Management in Brunel Business School will receive accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) for the following Professional Stage papers which form a part of the ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification:
Accounting
Business and Finance
Management Information
The ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification, the ACA, is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. It is valued around the world in business, practice and the public sector. Details of the exemptions are listed on the ICAEW exemptions database.

 
Students graduating from the new MSc Accounting and Business Management will recieve accreditations from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in respect of the following papers:
Certificate Level: C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting, C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Operational Level: P1 Performance Operations
Management Level: F2 Financial Management, P2 Performance Management
Details of the exemptions are listed on the CIMA exemptions database.


Students graduating from the MSc Accounting and Business Management will recieve accreditations from ACCA in respect of the exemptions towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the following papers:
Paper F1: The Accountant in Business
Paper F2: Management Accounting
Paper F3: Financial Accounting
Paper F7: Financial Reporting
Details of the exemptions can be found using the Exemptions Enquiry tool on the ACCA website.

 
Students graduating from the MSc Accounting and Business Management will receive accreditation from the Association of International Accountants (AIA) for the following papers which form a part of the AIA professional qualification:
 Module A
Paper 1: Financial Accounting 1
Paper 2: Business Economics
Paper 3: Management Accounting 1
Module B
Paper 6: Information Processing
Module D
Paper 11: Financial Accounting 2
Paper 12: Management Accounting 2
Details of the exemptions can be found using the AIA Exemptions Database.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and learning methods typically comprise weekly lecture/workshops with the use of PowerPoint slides and other audio-visual teaching aids. The virtual learning environment provides access to the module guides, teaching and learning materials, and other resources. There will be opportunities for active-learning and formative feedback.
The dissertation is a self-directed activity guided by a supervisor. Assessment is based on the project report. Most of the accounting modules are assessed solely by examination, as this is a requirement for potential exemption from the professional examinations. Other modules are assessed by coursework and examination.

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The MSc Professional Accounting Programme at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China will equip students with advanced accounting skills, technical proficiency, and leadership traits sought by leading public accounting firms. Read more

The MSc Professional Accounting Programme at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China will equip students with advanced accounting skills, technical proficiency, and leadership traits sought by leading public accounting firms. The programme at UNNC will provide students with the experience of solving complex problems in unconventional settings to prepare them to make an immediate impact in public accounting.

Nottingham University Business School, Accounting firm BDO立信 and ICAEW come together to provide the MSc Professional Accounting Programme at UNNC. This programme has been designed to prepare students to develop into professional accountants and will benefit students by providing:

  • Two internships with BDO providing real-world grounding in best accounting practices
  • 7 ICAEW exam exemptions for foundation and professional levels
  • Job opportunity with BDO
  • After graduating from this degree and becoming a chartered accountant (ACA) you will also be entitled to relevant exemptions for the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA) papers.

Applicants for this MSc must have demonstrated a basic knowledge in accounting either through the completion of Financial Accounting and Financial Reporting courses, or through passing the ICAEW examination in Accounting.

Programme outline

The MSc Professional Accounting programme is a full-time, postgraduate degree studied over two years, including the opportunity to undertake a block of paid and assessed internship (placement) with a large international accounting firm.

The structure of the MSc Professional Accounting programme is modular, with individual modules each having a weighting of 20 credits. One credit represents 10 hours of student work, meaning that a 20 credit module represents 200 hours of study including formal teaching, independent study, revision, and the preparation of assessments. For teaching purposes the academic year is divided into two semesters (Autumn and Spring) that consists of 12 weeks of teaching, respectively, followed by periods of revision and examination assessment. A degree requires the successful completion of 240 credits, 60 of which are taken at each semester.

Students spend a minimum of 9 weeks of internship (placement) each year with a large international accounting firm as an integral part of the programme (subject to assessment for Fitness to Practice). Students must attend and pass the assessments for both the Accounting Internship and Accounting Project modules to be awarded the MSc Professional Accounting.

More information is available on key facts about the delivery of the programme.

Internship

Students will be given the opportunity for two internship placement at BDO offices located in Ningbo.

As of 2016, BDO has member firms in 154 countries, employs around 64,000 partners and staff in over 1,400 offices, and is the fifth largest professional services network globally and in China.

Programme structure

Students must complete 240 credits in total.

Year one modules

  • Assurance
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting 1
  • Accounting Internship

Year two modules

  • Tax Compliance
  • Business Planning: Taxation
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting 2
  • Accounting Project

Career options for this degree

This degree offers opportunities in a variety of careers in Accountancy, Auditing, Business Development, Financial Advice, Investment Management, Marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Procurement, Research, Risk Assurance, and Tax Consultancy.



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The course is recognised by ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, for those seeking an international accounting career. Each module offers a combination of practical and research-focused activities that reflect the realities of present-day accounting and finance. Read more

The course is recognised by ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, for those seeking an international accounting career. Each module offers a combination of practical and research-focused activities that reflect the realities of present-day accounting and finance. The modules that comprise the MSc provide technical understanding and critical analysis skills, prized by employers. On completion, you will have the skills to think strategically in many accounting and finance contexts.

You’ll be taught by experienced and dedicated staff, who have industry knowledge and who have published research. If you hold a relevant accounting qualification, you may benefit from exemptions from this award, including direct entry onto the Masters Stage Award.

Masters Stage Award

This is a fast-track masters for those already fast-track qualified. The course gives you the opportunity to top up your existing qualification to a full MSc degree, by completing research methods and dissertation research. You will be able to carry out research into new and changing areas of accounting practice and apply accounting theory to practical organisational situations. This course provides an excellent opportunity for continuing professional development (CPD) for those experienced professional accountants wishing to further their career.

Modules

  • Financial Reporting
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • Corporate Accountability
  • Leadership through Design

From 2018, the University of Gloucestershire Business School will move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £16 million development will be home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new Business School and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking your next steps towards a career in business.

Study style

Assessment includes case studies and is through research-focused assignments and examinations.

At the masters stage, the course can be completed within six months’ full-time study or 12 months’ part-time study.

Professional Recognition

This course is recognised by ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW

Teaching excellence

You will learn from a highly regarded academic team, with commercial and academic experience and a record in published academic subject research. Those wishing to stay in academia can progress to PhD study.

Enhance your professional network

You will be joining a global accounting and finance subject community of academics and students researching and studying from degree to doctoral level.

Careers

  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business/financial management


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The ACCA Professional Qualification, covering all accounting disciplines, can act as a springboard to career success in many different areas of accountancy and finance. Read more
The ACCA Professional Qualification, covering all accounting disciplines, can act as a springboard to career success in many different areas of accountancy and finance. The City Campus, Newport is an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, the highest level of accreditation that a tuition provider can obtain.

Our internal ACCA Fundamentals level course is accreditated for exemption from all Fundamentals Level ACCA papers on a paper by paper basis and can also earn University of South Wales awards, a Certificate of Higher Education (Professional Accounting) on completion of 120 credits and a Diploma of Higher Education (Professional Accounting) on completion of 240 credits.

The combination of the practical experience and technical expertise of our lecturing team and our excellence in teaching and learning make our ACCA course very special.

Part-time course:
We offer tuition for all 16 papers of the Professional Qualification (F1 to F9 and P1 to P7) on a part-time basis, and most papers are offered on either a day release or afternoon-evening basis. The course is flexibly designed to allow different study combinations at all levels. There are entry points in September for December exams, and January for June exams. Students taking the Fundamentals Level papers can choose between external ACCA exams or internal, exemption awarding University exams.

Full-time course:
Tuition for the Professional Level papers is also offered on a full-time basis.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1390-association-of-chartered-certified-accountants-acca-newport-city-campus

Accountancy at City Campus

At City Campus, we offer tuition for the qualifications of three of the major UK accountancy bodies (CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW) and have been successfully teaching for over 40 years. We are an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, a CIMA Global Premium Learning Partner and an ICAEW Partner in Learning.

Top for Student Satisfaction

100% of ACCA students at the University of South Wales are satisfied with their course (NSS 2015).

What you will study

Fundamentals Level:
Knowledge Papers (Internally Assessed):
• F1 Accountant in Business
• F2 Management Accounting
• F3 Financial Accounting

Skills Papers (Internally Assessed):
• F4 Corporate and Business Law
• F5 Performance Management
• F6 Taxation
• F7 Financial Reporting
• F8 Audit and Assurance
• F9 Financial Management

Professional Level:
Essentials Papers:
• P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics
• P2 Corporate Reporting
• P3 Business Analysis

Option Papers (2 from 4):
• P4 Advanced Financial Management
• P5 Advanced Performance Management
• P6 Advanced Taxation
• P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance

Students who need to complete all elements can do so over a four year period. Students with exemptions will take less time than this, while others may opt for a longer period of study. Tuition hours are between 50 and 60 hours per paper, depending on level.

Learning and teaching methods

Students will attend a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Assessment methods

The internal papers are assessed by coursework (30%) and end of year examination (70%). The coursework is designed to test soft skills such as group work, report writing and presentations. The external papers are assessed by end of session examination.

Employment Prospects

This qualification, subject to ACCA’s practical experience requirements, enables you to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, use the designatory letters ACCA after your name and to typically work across a range of finance or management roles in any business. Some students then opt to study at postgraduate degree level. A Professional Fast-track MSc Accounting & Finance course is available for full ACCA members at the University of South Wales.

Students who have passed or who are exempted from ACCA papers F1 to F9, can study our full MSc Accounting & Finance – with ACCA tuition and complete an MSc and ACCA Professional level course simultaneously.

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Choosing the University of South Wales to study the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Certificate will allow you to progress far and have considerable influence in your chosen field. Read more
Choosing the University of South Wales to study the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Certificate will allow you to progress far and have considerable influence in your chosen field. Whether that be commerce, financial services, consultancy, government, the public sector or manufacturing.

The CIMA Certificate allows entry to the CIMA Professional Qualification. On completing all examinations of the professional qualification and gaining a minimum of three years relevant practical experience, you will become a chartered management accountant. You will be a professional who can shape and control the future of organisations.

CIMA members are more than just accountants. You acquire a set of world class finance skills, including strategic thinking and risk and performance management skills. These will be your passport to career success in a range of business and finance roles.

The University of South Wales is a CIMA Global Learning Premium Partner, the highest possible accreditation under CIMA’s quality assurance scheme for training providers. The course is studied part-time allowing students to study whilst in employment.

Accountancy at City Campus

At City Campus, we offer tuition for the qualifications of three of the major UK accountancy bodies (CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW) and have been successfully teaching for over 40 years. We are an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, a CIMA Premium Learning Partner and an ICAEW Partner in Learning.

What you will study

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting:
- Paper C01 – Fundamentals of Management Accounting
- Paper C02 – Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
- Paper C03 – Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
- Paper C04 – Fundamentals of Business Economics
- Paper C05 – Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

All Certificate papers must be passed before students can progress to the professional qualification.

Learning and teaching methods

Students will attend workshops which will contain lecture, tutorial and question practice elements.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

CIMA students can progress into management consultancy and business analyst roles, as well as more traditional management accounting. You could also choose to undertake additional management qualifications, such as the EMBA, MBA or the Professional Fast-track MSc Accounting and Finance taught at the University of South Wales.

Assessment methods

The certificate papers are assessed via a computer based assessment.

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The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional course will allow you to progress and have considerable influence in your chosen field. Read more
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional course will allow you to progress and have considerable influence in your chosen field. Whether you aim to work in commerce, financial services, consultancy, government, the public sector or manufacturing, this course is for you.

The CIMA Professional Qualification allows you to become a chartered management accountant. You will be a professional who can shape and control the future of organisations. CIMA members are more than just accountants. On our course, you acquire a set of world class finance skills, including strategic thinking and risk and performance management skills. This is your passport to career success in a range of business and finance roles.

The University of South Wales is a CIMA Global Learning Premium Partner, the highest possible accreditation under CIMA’s quality assurance scheme for training providers. We have a fully implemented CIMA syllabus and an assessment regime, and have worked closely with CIMA to align our course.

We also work closely with the local CIMA member branch for the benefit of our students, and have hosted a number of CPD events in recent years. Tutors from the university have delivered lectures on sustainability accounting, performance management, risk management and Islamic banking and finance. In addition, we have significant experience of providing bespoke CPD to large, local organisations.

Our CIMA course is studied part-time, allowing students to combine their studies with full-time employment where they can build experience to satisfy CIMA’s practical experience requirements. For more information on CIMA, visit http://www.cimaglobal.com.

Accountancy at City Campus

At City Campus, we offer tuition for the qualifications of three of the major UK accountancy bodies (CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW) and have been successfully teaching for over 40 years. We are an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, a CIMA Premium Learning Partner and an ICAEW Partner in Learning.

What you will study

CIMA Professional Qualification

Operational level:
Paper P1 Management Accounting
Paper E1 Organisational Management
Paper F1 Financial Reporting and Taxation
Operational Level Integrated Case Study

Management level:
Paper P2 Advanced Management Accounting
Paper E2 Project and Relationship Management
Paper F2 Advanced Financial Reporting
Management Level Integrated Case Study

Strategic level:
Paper P3 Risk Management
Paper E3 Strategic Management
Paper F3 Financial Strategy
Strategic Level Integrated Case Study

At each level all three papers must be passed before students can progress to the integrated case study. The integrated case study must be passed before progression to the next level.

Learning and teaching methods

We offer flexible afternoon and evening tuition for the professional qualification. Entry is in September and March for computer based exams in February and May.

You will study each subject in a workshop format. Question practice, progress tests and revision sessions will prepare you for the exams. We offer an exceptional level of student support, including individual face-to-face feedback during the academic year.

Our team of eleven qualified accountants have significant industry and accounting practice experience, as well as experience of teaching professional accountancy qualifications. A number of the team mark professional body exams, contribute to professional journals and online professional student forums, engage in quality control work for professional bodies, and are external examiners for other universities.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

CIMA students can progress into management consultancy and business analyst roles, as well as more traditional management accounting. Further career progression may see you moving on to finance director or chief executive roles.

You could also decide to study additional management qualifications such as the EMBA, MBA or the Professional Fast-track MSc Accounting and Finance taught at the University of South Wales.

Assessment methods

The professional qualification is assessed by computer based exams.

Each level of the qualification (operational, management, strategic) has two assessment points – a 90 minute computer based exam for each subject within that level, plus an integrated case study exam.

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Recruiting now for January and March 2018 entry

This is a fast track masters for those already qualified. The course gives you the opportunity to top up your existing qualification to a full MSc degree by completing research methods and dissertation research.You will be able to carry out research into new and changing areas of accounting practice and apply accounting theory to practical organisational situations. This course provides an excellent opportunity for continuing professional development (CPD) for those experienced professional accountants wishing to further their career.

The completion of such a research project can increase your competitive edge and make you more marketable to future employers. Flexibility is the key to this programme. The course can be completed within six months' full-time study or 12 months’ part-time.

From 2018, the University of Gloucestershire Business School will move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £16 million development will be home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new Business School and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking your next steps towards a career in business.

Study style

Assessment is via successful completion of an 18,000 word dissertation.

Associated professional accreditations

The course is recognised by ACCA , CIMA and ICAEW, for those seeking an international accounting career.

Careers

  • management and accounting
  • financial accounting
  • business/financial management


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The MSc Accountancy is a unique programme offered by the University of Dundee. It will allow fully professionally exam-qualified accountants to develop and demonstrate their academic ability through Masters level learning to obtain the MSc Accountancy degree. Read more
The MSc Accountancy is a unique programme offered by the University of Dundee. It will allow fully professionally exam-qualified accountants to develop and demonstrate their academic ability through Masters level learning to obtain the MSc Accountancy degree. Students will study three taught 20 credit modules over one semester and complete the 30 credit student-led professional accountancy project in the semester following the intake semester. The project can be completed on campus or at a distance.

The course is intended for candidates who are fully exam-qualified with selected IFAC member professional accountancy bodies , as listed below. The programme is for candidates who wish to demonstrate their ability to undertake learning at masters level to complement their professional exam qualified status, and to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the wider academic considerations in the subject areas of accounting and finance.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – ACCA
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland – ICAS
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales - ICAEW
Chartered Accountants Ireland – ICAI
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – CIMA
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy – CIPFA
Other IFAC member bodies which the Programme Director considers to be equivalent.

What is so good about this course?

Students will be able to pick relevant modules from the portfolio of postgraduate level modules that are offered by the Accounting and Finance group. There may also be the opportunity to choose modules from Economic Studies, with agreement from the Programme Director. Students will be taught by staff who are committed to providing a stimulating, supportive and friendly environment.

Many of our staff have practical experience working in the Accountancy sector, hold a professional qualification, and/or have close links with the profession through their academic research and networks. We have a strong track record of engaging in professional body-funded research which has contributed to policy debates in practice.

Teaching & Assessment

- How you will be taught

Students will be taking existing level 5 modules from the portfolio of master level programme modules. The students will share teaching with other students on the MSc programmes who are taking the same modules. Delivery of the content for the taught modules will involve a mixture of lecture–style delivery, workshops, student presentations, student-led discussions, computer laboratory-based sessions.

- How you will be assessed

Assessment will be a mixture of unseen terminal examinations and coursework assignments, and will reflect the intended outcomes of the learning environment. The student-led project will comprise individual student work focused on the accountancy profession and/or practice and will be supervised by staff. The student-led project will include an extended literature review, which may include company analysis, capturing relevant academic literature, professional accountancy pronouncements, professional publications, the financial press and use of specialist software, as appropriate. The student-led project will examine and appraise complex ethical and professional issues requiring students to make judgements and propose recommendations about such issues in the context of current global accountancy professional and practice.

What you will study

Students can commence their studies either in September or January of each year. Students will study three optional 20 credit modules over either 1 or 2 semesters and a compulsory 30 credit Professional Accountancy Project which can be completed on campus or at a distance.

- Optional Modules (choose three)

Semester 1 modules (September to December)
Corporate Finance (20 credits)
Corporate Governance (20 credits)
International Accounting & Financial Reporting (20 credits)
Performance Management and Reporting (20 credits)
Emerging Financial Markets and Investment (20 credits)
Operations Management and Change (20 credits)

- Semester 2 modules (January to April )

Contemporary Accounting Issues (20 credits)
Global Risk Analysis (20 credits)
Marketing Management and Strategy (20 credits)
Strategic Management Accounting (20 credits)

- Compulsory Module - This module could be completed on campus or at a distance.

Professional Accountancy Project (30 credits).

Employability

The programme will allow successful students to demonstrate their academic ability to undertake learning at Masters levels and to obtain a Masters degree. The module choice will also enable them to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the wider subject areas of Accounting and Finance. The student-led project will allow the students to demonstrate their ability to plan, organise, research and present professional relevant findings in writing. The MSc will enhance their professional, career and academic development, contributing to their marketability and fulfilling career progression ambitions.

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The MSc Accounting (ACCA) Fast-track is designed for professionals qualified accountants working in the business, accountancy and finance sectors who are looking to gain a Post Graduate qualification. Read more

The MSc Accounting (ACCA) Fast-track is designed for professionals qualified accountants working in the business, accountancy and finance sectors who are looking to gain a Post Graduate qualification. The Research Methods module will support student learning by providing an understanding of a range of research tools and analytical techniques, as well as enhancing critical and investigative skills which can be applied in your professional practice. They will also be required to submit a dissertation for which they will carry out a substantial piece of research on an accountancy or financial management issue. This will enable them to demonstrate their critical understanding of the subject and their ability to carry out sustained independent study.

Further Information

Duration of course*

  • Intake of students in August and January each year
  • First cohort starts middle of August 2018
  • Block delivery of Research Methods over one week (09.00 – 17.00 delivery for 5 days)
  • Dissertation Supervision on an individual appointment basis over a 6 month period
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Highlights of the course

  • ACCA approved
  •  Fast-track to PG qualification

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Applicants who are UK qualified Chartered accountants (ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CIPFA) or international equivalent, are eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning for up 100 credits of taught modules towards the MSc Accounting (ACCA) programme.

This allows a qualified accountant to achieve the MSc programme by successfully completing a Research Methods module and the Dissertation.



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Oxford Brookes University has a strong strategic relationship with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Studying this accounting master’s degree is excellent preparation for a career in accounting, or a related profession like auditing or finance. Read more

Oxford Brookes University has a strong strategic relationship with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Studying this accounting master’s degree is excellent preparation for a career in accounting, or a related profession like auditing or finance.

You will develop the all-round capabilities needed to be a successful accounting professional. These include research and analytical skills as well as team-working, problem solving and communication. The MSc Accounting is designed for those wishing to begin a career in accountancy. It is not suitable for those who already have an undergraduate degree in Accounting.

Why choose this course?

  • Employability: Graduates have gone on to work in prestigious organisations such as KPMG, PwC and Deloitte as we emphasise developing the all-round capabilities needed to be a successful accounting professional. On the practical side, our Careers Centre offers support in developing your CV and interview skills, and provide regularly updated job vacancy information.
  • Professional accreditation and links: On completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for up to seven exemptions from the exams of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a professional qualification recognised worldwide. Our staff maintain close links with professional bodies including ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).
  • Teaching and learning: You will be taught in small interactive groups so you can learn from and bond with your classmates and lecturers. It is an intensive programme which has nearly twice the number of teaching hours of a typical accounting master’s programme and covers financial accounting, management accounting and corporate finance. Teaching staff have extensive professional experience and are able to provide practical insight and commercial understanding. Furthermore, prestigious guest speakers such as Professor George Magnus, Senior Economic Advisor to UBS and Financial Times Columnist, come and speak to you about the industry. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and our business school received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Student support: As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Coordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.
  • Oxford location:Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world's great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region.

Course content

The MSc Accounting programme consists of four compulsory modules, up to two elective modules and the research project. You can view the course structure here.

The modules are as follows:

  • Business Concepts and Skills 
  • Managerial Accounting and Performance Management.
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting 
  • Corporate Finance Concepts
  • Finance and Accounting Research Project

Elective modules - You can choose either one or two elective modules from a choice of:

  • Audit and Assurance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Finance in Context
  • Financial Modelling
  • International Business In Practice: Study Trip (Non-credit)
  • International Finance.

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, course content and module choices may change from those listed in the course entry.

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching takes place in interactive workshops. In addition, lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will develop your team-working skills through a structured group assignment. 

Teaching staff from the Business School have in-depth knowledge of accounting practices and issues through practical experience or academic research. Visiting speakers from business and research bodies provide further input.

This is an intensive programme and you will have two taught classes each week for several modules.

Approach to assessment

Assessment will include a range of activities including examinations, case studies, reports and a group presentation.

Specialist facilities

We're investing over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • The Business School brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
  • A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations
  • Social learning spaces and a cafe
  • A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Field trips

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Attendance pattern

Classes are timetabled throughout the week and not every week will be the same.



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This is a successful and innovative course, based on the research expertise of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group. Read more
This is a successful and innovative course, based on the research expertise of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group. It was created in response to the increasing recognition of the need to set the theory and practice of accounting in the context of its social, political, natural and cultural environments. The course incorporates reflection on the broader setting and implications of accounting in addition to knowledge and understanding of contemporary financial and management accounting.

This theoretical Masters is of particular relevance to those who wish to enhance their understanding of accounting, or those already working as accountants who wish to acquire more advanced knowledge.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscinternationalaccounting(msc).aspx

Why choose this course?

- You will benefit from specialised teaching by academics in the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group at Royal Holloway who have published in a wide range of top ranking journals.

- You will develop advanced accounting knowledge and further explore more specialized areas of accounting which are not always available at undergraduate level

- You will obtain a postgraduate qualification recognised the world over which will enhance your understanding of accounting issues within organizations.

- You will have the opportunity to study a wide range of exciting and innovative course units enabling you to becoming a skilled international accounting practitioner.

- You will be constantly challenged to improve your accounting, conceptual, qualitative and people skills.

Department research and industry highlights

The Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group at Royal Holloway has an established and growing reputation. Its accounting branch is known for distinctive research and teaching of comparative, cultural and social aspects of international accounting, drawing intellectually on the social sciences and on arts disciplines. Each accounting unit is taught by an established accounting academic who has specialist knowledge of the field.

The group includes internationally-recognised scholars, who have published in a wide range of top-ranking journals including: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal; Accounting and Business Research; Accounting Horizons; Accounting, Organizations and Society; European Accounting Review; Human Relations; International Journal of Accounting; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Journal of Business Finance and Accounting; Journal of Public Economics; and Organization Studies.

Group members have many distinctions, including membership of high-level professional committees and the award of research grants. Members of the group have been advisors and consultants to a wide range of private and public sector organizations, and have long-standing connections with the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants); CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants); and ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales).

On completion of the course you will have:

Knowledge & understanding of – in the context of society & organizations:
- issues in international financial & management accounting
- more specialised and rapidly developing issues, including communication issues, comparative international accounting or sustainability.

Transferable skills including the ability to:
- critically evaluate accounting documents
- critically evaluate relevant academic literature
- employ different research methodologies
- evaluate and employ a variety of accounting-based techniques
- undertake report-writing, presentations, group work and IT.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different international accounting-related areas, including:
- Personal Relationship Manager at HSBC
- Auditor at Deloitte
- Data Analyst at Newedge
- Senior Risk Analyst at Bank of Azerbaijan
- Project Accountant at Building Design Partnership

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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Accounting and Finance professionals have central roles in all types and sizes of organisations whether in the UK or abroad. This programme is likely to be of interest to current or intending finance or accounting professionals wishing to gain an academic qualification in both domestic and international financial operations.

The course offers a specialist pathway in accounting (linked to the ACCA Fundamentals papers), but also provides you with the opportunity to select modules in the areas of finance and strategy. This programme focuses on accounting and finance matters within an international context, addressing current challenges and issues faced by businesses and companies around the world.

You'll be provided with analytical and business-led tools that combine academic study with a pragmatic and well structured finance content for decision making (including the use of databases such as Bloomberg and Thompson One-Banker). The course also includes training in specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo).

You'll take part in a residential weekend, exchanging experiences and discussing current events and specific problems affecting the accountancy and finance fields, with academics and a visiting practitioner.

You'll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including "Academic skills for Finance, Accounting and Governance" and Research Techniques, a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences.

There may be a possibility to undertake an optional work placement to enhance your employability skills and professional experience (subject to validation).

Modules

Core modules:

• Corporate financial management
• Research design and methods
• Financial reporting
• Theories and issues in Accounting and Finance
• Dissertation

Plus two elective modules from the areas of accounting, finance, banking, law, corporate governance and strategic management.

You'll also have the option to undertake a work placement. If you choose to do so, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, individual and group presentations and written exams. A typical taught module involves a total of 200 study hours (52 contact hours and 148 group and private study hours).

The use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker are embedded within modules.

Teaching and learning

Lectures cover concepts which underpin and facilitate informed participative approaches to learning. Workshops, seminars, case studies and student led discussion facilitate more active modes of learning. You'll also benefit from excellent learning materials and small class sizes and receive training in the use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker, and specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo).

Assessment is by written coursework and exams. Lecturers offer a rich profile of academic and professional qualifications backed by professional teaching and/or research experience. An academic is appointed as your Dissertation/Business Project Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation/report.

Facilities

Specialist industry software prepares our students with the digital skills that employers' value. Students on our programmes have access to Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, NVivo, and SPSS.

Read more about the Division of Accounting and Finance's specialist facilities and software:

http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/schools/business/subjects/accounting-and-finance/facilities

Placements

In addition to academic rigour, the Masters is highly oriented to support your professional development.

There may be a possibility of an optional placement in a relevant business area to enable you to enhance your employability skills and apply accounting and finance theory to contemporary business practices.

If you take part in a placement, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience. A placement is not currently offered on the part-time mode.

Professional links

Our graduates are highly employable and progress onto a variety of senior roles in the public, private and third sectors, often starting their own businesses and consultancy firms in the UK and abroad.

Successful students will gain a combination of professional body exemptions and also part preparation for various higher professional examinations of the ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CISI dependant on the choice of electives studied. This is subject to successful revalidation and professional body accreditation.

Possible links with ACCA China (from 2015).

Types of careers

Graduates who possess a combination of an LSBU Masters degree and a professional accounting qualification are likely to be highly employable in senior positions in accounting and finance, not only in the UK but throughout the world. Excellent career opportunities exist in accounting and finance. Recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance and commerce.

Past employability skills events held by the Department include:

"My Employability event"

• My dream job
• Preparing CVs and cover letters
• Using databases to research the company
• IT qualifications for your CV
• Preparing for interviews
• Managing expectations
• Internships

Academic progression

This masters degree also prepares you for research and further study in this area which can lead onto a PhD qualification.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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