UWL – BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance (3 years)

NICOSIA/LIMASSOL

Status The University of West London has been ranked as the No1 Modern University in London! (Guardian, 2013)

If you want a successful career in the field of Accounting and Finance, there's no better place to obtain your degree than the University of West London.  We will provide you with all the tools, the techniques and the right experience needed to succeed in the highly-competitive financial world.



The UWL BA(Hons) Accounting & Finance enjoys full exemptions from the Certified Accountants (9 out of 14). Students studying for this course in Cyprus will have the same exemptions. No other University enjoys more exemptions than UWL.

Classes commence every September.

Course Structure
Year 1

Term 1 September-January

The overall aim of this module is to introduce students to basic Financial Accounting principles and techniques. Students who successfully complete the module should have a solid base from which to continue onto Financial Accounting and Financial Reporting.
The material covered in this module will help you to become more critical, evaluative, self-aware, self-confident, skilled and capable in the use of information and resources.  These are essential skills required for effective research and study in higher education.  It will also help you to improve your ability to make sense of new information and improve your skills in questioning, data-gathering, reasoning, drawing valid conclusions and spotting bad arguments.

As with any other module on our degree course there will be regular participation and contact with your community of peers, contact sessions, active participation in class discussions, regular visits to the Blackboard site for module information guidance and support and completion of homework assignments for each weekly session
This module is designed to introduce students to the principles and techniques of spreadsheet modelling and to enable students to acquire the skills to apply these in an accounting context. Finally this module will introduce students to the principles of business information systems.

Term 2 January-May

The module will provide an insight into the workings of management accounting within modern day business. It starts by looking at the basic principles of arriving at a cost for a product or service and then goes on to looking at the various management accounting techniques that will be useful to a manager working in business.
This module helps students to develop an understanding and awareness of the environment in which a business operates, particularly from the economic perspective ( increases in prices (inflation), unemployment etc.)  Additionally this course will provide an overview of how economic factors affect an organization internally and externally.
In summary, the module deals with the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of financial and business data. Mathematical fundamentals: percentages, ratios, powers, roots. Financial mathematics including compound interest, present value and loan repayments. Collection of data and sample surveys.

Year 2

Term 1 September-January

This module aims to enable students to demonstrate understanding of auditing principles and regulation in the context of business organizations in the UK and to apply audit procedures in a variety of simple practical situations.
This module aims to enable students to demonstrate a detailed understanding of auditing principles and procedures applicable to business organizations and to select and apply those procedures in a variety of practical situations.
This is an introductory module to the UK Tax System. It aims to create familiarity with the principles, scope and mechanics of income tax as well as National Insurance Contributions. It also assesses the impact of the tax system on unincorporated businesses.

Term 2 January-May

The module will provide an insight into the workings of Management Accounting at a more advanced level within modern day business. It looks at the  principles of arriving at a cost of a product or service and then goes onto looking at the various management accounting techniques that will be useful to a manager working in business.
The module aims to provide an understanding of finance functions in a corporate context, focusing on methods of internal management of funds and investment decision-making together with related topics and an understanding of the underpinning theory.
This module examines the essential requirements of a valid contract: the distinction between offer and invitation to treat; acceptance, consideration, discharge through frustration and remedies for breach of contract. In the area of corporate law, this module will examine the consequences of corporation, the company’s constitution, raising of finance and the management of a company limited by shares.

Year 3

Term 1 September-January

This module is designed to equip students with the skills to propose appropriate solutions to a range of financial accounting problems; to critically appraise the international approach to financial reporting and to analyse company performance from financial reports.
This module is designed to facilitate decision-making by developing management accounting techniques for planning and control.  It also aims to ensure students are competent to prepare and analyse accounting data, apply it to a range of planning, control and decision-making situations and adapt it to change.
The module explains and discusses the function and purpose of company finance with a focus on the external environment. The following areas are explored: capital markets, sources of funds and market efficiency; business valuations and mergers and acquisitions; the management of risk, in particular foreign currency and interest rate risk; international investment.

Term 2 January-May

This module will draw together all previously studied knowledge from the degree and from general interest. The project must, however, consist of at least 40% accounting or finance input. The project will be an investigation of a problem or a situation with the object of collecting appropriate information, analyzing it, arriving at logical conclusions, making recommendations and writing a report
This module aims to enable students to demonstrate a detailed understanding of auditing principles and procedures applicable to business organizations and to select and apply those procedures in a variety of practical situations.
This module will provide advanced knowledge of the UK Tax System. It aims to provide further familiarity with the practices of tax, scope and mechanics of income tax as well as National Insurance Contributions. It also assesses the impact of the tax system on unincorporated businesses.
The University of West London seeks to convert inexperienced students, with little understanding of accounting and finance, into confident and learned graduates capable of excelling in the financial marketplace. In Year 1, we provide the staple introductory modules for an accounting degree, whilst also providing training in academic writing and computing skills (Excel and Powersoft).

In Year 2, students undertake six modules, the aim being to build on the knowledge gained in Year 1 in the core accounting modules. At the same time, students are introduced to new, related subjects, such as law and taxation.

In Year 3, students take six modules, including working on a supervised project.

 

Assessment

Year 1 Modules  
Term 1
Introduction to Financial Accounting
In-class test 50%, Exam 50%
Professional Skills for Accountants Portfolio (4 Assignments) 40%, Final Assignment 60%
Quantitative Methods In-class test 30%, Exam 70%

Term 2
Introduction to Management Accounting
In-class test 40%, Exam 60%
Introduction to Economics Assignment 40%, Exam 60%
Computer Skills for Accountants Excel Task 60%, Powersoft Task 50%

Year 2 Modules
 
Term 1
Financial Accounting
Assignment 40%, Exam 60%
Auditing in Context Assignment 40%, Exam 60%
Taxation Assignment 40%, Exam 60%

Term 2
Management Accounting
Assignment 40%, Exam 60%
Financial Management Assignment 40%, Exam 60%
Business and Corporate Law In-class test 40%, Exam 60%

Year 3 Modules
 
Term 1
Financial Reporting
Assignment 40%, Exam 60%
Performance Management & Control Assignment 40%, Exam 60%
Corporate Finance Assignment 40%, Exam 60%

Term 2
Project
Project 100%
Auditing  Assignment 40%, Exam 60%
Advanced Taxation Assignment 40%, Exam 60%

Entrance Requirements

- High School Leaving Certificate with average of 15/20 AND
- GCSE O’Level in English or IELTS 5.5 or 15/20 in English on the High School Leaving Certificate

Note: Exemptions can be granted on a case by case basis. Please contact us for more information.

Recognition

The above programme is recognised by UK Naric, and as such is recognisable throughout the world, and by local authorities in Cyprus i.e. KYSATS. It offers Cypriot students the opportunity to apply for a government subsidy of up to 3417 Euros.

Learn more about the course by visiting the UWL website.

 
 

Course Aims

You will learn all the principles of accounting and finance, while developing the key skills to excel in the financial marketplace. Our tutors are professionally qualified and have worked in industry, giving you the benefit of their experience and knowledge.

On this course, you will learn the principles of accounting and finance, while developing the key skills you need to succeed in the financial marketplace. When you graduate, you will gain maximum exemptions from professional exams - no institution offers more exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams. You will also develop the practical skills essential for success in your chosen career. In five years, you can earn a prestigious honours degree together with a professional accounting qualification.

We provide you with all the tools, techniques and experience you need to succeed in a highly competitive financial world. Our graduate employment is 96%. In the National Student Survey 2013, our course came second out of more than 90 institutions offering Accounting and Finance.

Notable Aspects

The accountants in our teaching team are all professionally qualified, the majority with a Big Four accounting firm. All our teaching staff pride themselves on putting our students first, and you will always have academic support when you need it. Your tutors will work with you as an individual to make the most of your career opportunities.

As a team, we believe we do everything we can for our students, but do not take our word for it. Since the student satisfaction ratings were first introduced, this course has frequently featured in the top ten accounting degrees in the country.

Teaching Methods

How you learn is almost as important as what you learn, and it is our job to ensure we give you all the information you need in as interesting and varied a way as possible. So there will be lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, where you will listen, learn, discuss and gain hands-on experience of how business and finance work. At the University of West London, we aim to combine traditional academic teaching with up-to-date training in the skills needed to be successful in the modern world.

Exit Skills

Our aim is to produce graduates with all the skills and abilities needed to flourish in the world of accounting and finance.

We hope you'll leave us not only with all you need to start a career, but as someone who doesn’t see a job as the end of their studies so much as the start of Continuous Professional Development and Lifelong Learning. This degree provides a fantastic basis for all professional qualifications, including those offered by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW); and the Institute of Credit Management (ICM).

Career Progression

The great thing about a degree in accounting and finance is it’s such a flexible qualification. Lots of our students choose to stay with us, or move to another institution to undertake further study on a master’s degree. Others choose to go down the professional route and obtain a professional qualification with the ACCA, CIMA or the ICAEW. Some decide they've had enough of exams altogether and choose to use their qualification to go straight into the industry or the world of finance.

Whatever you decide you'll find an accounting degree from the University of West London will open doors for you.

What our students say


Olga Kasapi
(Chief Accountant, Penap Consultants)
2014 Graduate


University of West London gave me the opportunity to study in Cyprus and obtain a degree in Accounting and Finance from a world recognised university.  During the course I was able to gain knowledge in the field of business that I intend to pursue through my professional career. The practical and theoretical views of my professors were very helpful for me since I gained a rounded view of several business matters. Thank you UWL!!!


Iphigenia Alexandrou
(Accounts Officer, Cyprus University of Technology)
2014 Graduate


The course of UWL BA in Accounting and Finance was enriching, challenging inspiring and life changing. The lecturers presented the lectures pleasantly and the materials were really valuable. I really think this course is a great investment for my future career and I highly recommend it.

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