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Accounting with French (BSc Joint Hons) N4R1

BSc Joint Honours

Accounting with French

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Key Course Information

Entry Year

2017

Course length

4 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *

AAB

Faculty

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Attendance

Full-Time

Professional Year Out

No

UCAS Code

N4R1

School

Queens Management School

*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.

Overview

Accounting is the process of summarising, analysing and reporting financial transactions to permit informed judgements and decisions by users of the information. Accountants analyse and interpret data and support others in decision making and problem solving.

The undergraduate Accounting degrees at Queen’s are designed primarily for students who intend to enter the accounting profession and as such contain considerable practical content, as well as essential theory in the various specialisations of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Finance. Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research and a significant number are qualified accountants with many years of professional experience. 93% of accounting students go on to work and / or study within 6 months of the course with 90% going into a professional or managerial job.

Why Queen's?

Accreditation/Exemptions:

The Accounting degree attracts the maximum examination exemptions available for any undergraduate degree from the Chartered Accountants Ireland, subject to meeting specified criteria. Exemptions are also available from the examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW); and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA. The other degrees give partial exemptions depending upon the modules taken.

Employer Links:

Gaining your degree from Queen’s Management School will put you in a strong position among UK accounting and business graduates. The excellent standards of our education are recognised by employers who value the quality of our programmes and recognise the skills of our graduates.

The Accounting Group at Queen's liaises closely with employers to offer guest lectures, business games and on-site visits, amongst other activities. Accounting students also take part in tailored employability and skills workshops, developed with the Student Guidance Centre, and an annual Accounting Mini Fair, where representatives from accountancy firms and professional bodies meet students and provide them with information on placement and graduate opportunities. Each year we organise a range of skills-based workshops in partnership with the large accounting firms and the professional accounting bodies. The analytical and communication skills that are essential to accounting are also recognised as important attributes for careers in many other areas, so there are job opportunities in many fields for successful graduates.

Software:

The first year module, Accounting and Information Systems, provides students with the opportunity to use the Sage accounting software package. Students also have access to databases such as Bloomberg and Thomson One Banker.

Placement opportunities:

BSc Accounting students may choose to spend a year in relevant employment, or complete a summer placement. Students studying accounting with French or Spanish must take up a placement in their third year in an accounting firm or financial institution in a French or Spanish speaking country.

Did you know?

Accounting and Finance courses within the School are ranked 4th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2017

Entry Requirements

 

Selection Criteria

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements

A-level: AAB (normally A-level French grade B or AS-level French grade B or GCSE French grade B or evidence of linguistic ability in another language) + GCSE Mathematics grade B

Note: if the language is studied at a higher level then the grade required at that level must be achieved.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H2 in French (or evidence of linguistic ability) + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics 

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science.

For students whose first language is not English

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degreeprogramme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

How to Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

For candidates applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2015.

Currently there are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February).Those applying for entry in February 2016 should apply prior to 15 January 2015.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Course Content (including module information)

The Accounting degree comprises compulsory modules together with optional modules available in the School.

Accounting with a Modern Language (French/Spanish) students substitute two core language modules each year for those marked*.

Year 1

  • Accounting Information Systems*
  • Introduction to Legal Study and Basic Contract Law
  • Introductory Financial Accounting*
  • Introductory Management Accounting*
  • Principles of Economics*
  • Statistical Methods*

Year 2

  • Financial Accounting*
  • Financial Decision-making*
  • Financial Market Theory
  • Management Accounting*
  • Managerial Behaviour

Optional Modules

  • Managerial Economics
  • Data Analysis and Optimisation

Year 3

  • Advanced Financial Accounting*
  • Advanced Management Accounting*
  • Auditing and Accountability
  • Law of Business Organisations*
  • Taxation*

Optional Modules

  • Business Analysis
  • Contemporary Issues in Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Issues in Not-for-Profit and Public Sector Accounting, Supply Chain Management

Year 1

Year 1 modules

Year 2

Year 2 modules

Year 3

Year 3 modules

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

Learning and Teaching

Queen’s University Management School is one of the largest Schools in the University with more than 1300 full-time undergraduate students and 300 plus postgraduate students.  The School has been delivering high quality programmes for more than 40 years and was one of the first schools in the UK to introduce undergraduate management education.  Since then, QUMS has been developing and enhancing its teaching portfolio for both local and international students and boasts students from more than 20 different nationalities. 

In recent years, the School has benefited from significant investment resulting in many new academic appointments and state-of-the-art facilities including computer teaching labs with specilaised software and a Trading Room in Riddel Hall.  In addition, the new McClay library houses an excellent selection of Management and related texts and there are extensive IT facilities throughout the campus. 

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.  In line with this, one of QUMS’ primary objectives is to deliver innovative learning and teaching programmes that provide students with the competences and skills to make a positive contribution to business, economic and civic life.

On the BSc Accounting with French programme we achieve these goals by providing a range of learning environments which enable our students to engage with subject experts both academic staff and industry guest speakers, develop skills and attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this degree programme are:

  • Lectures: these introduce foundation information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading.  As the module progresses this information becomes more complex.  Lectures, which are normally delivered in large groups to all year-group peers, also provide opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification on key issues as well as gain feedback and advice on assessments.  Additional lectures are also delivered by employer representatives and staff from a number of accounting firms are involved in the delivery of accounting workshops. In addition to the academic content of the lectures and workshops, this enables employers to impart their valuable experience to QUMS Accounting students, introduces important local employers to our Accounting students and allows our Accounting students to meet and engage with potential future employers.
  • Seminars/tutorials: a significant amount of teaching is carried out in small groups (typically 15-20 students). These sessions are designed to explore, in more depth, the information that has been presented in the lectures.  This provides students with the opportunity to engage closely with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of their peers. During these classes, students will be expected to present their work to academic staff and their peers.
  • Computer-Based Practicals: these provide students with the opportunity to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. For example, one of the compulsory Level 1 modules, ACC 1004 Accounting Information Systems, incorporates a weekly Sage software practical.
  • E-Learning technologies:information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online.  A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree programme through the use of, for example, interactive support materials, podcasts and web-based learning activities.
  • Self-directed study:  this is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
  • Work placements: The BSc Accounting with French programme has a compulsory placement year with an accounting organisation in the host country.  This begins after all Level 2 modules have been successfully completed. The dedicated Placement Office within the School facilitates students in sourcing and securing appropriate placements and provides appropriate support whilst the student is with the host organisation. The purpose of this compulsory placement year is to allow the students to practice and finely hone their language skills in an accounting related environment.
  • Student Support Systems: QUMS has an active and co-ordinated student support system to assist students in making the transition from school to university. This includes:
  • assigning each student an Adviser of Studies to assist with the choice of modules at the beginning of each academic year;
  • assigning each student a Personal Tutor (an academic member of staff) when they begin the degree programme.  The Personal Tutoring System includes individual scheduled appointments with personal tutors, small group tutor meetings (4-5 students) and e-mail contact to discuss academic matters, academic performance, skills development, careers and/or prospective placements and issues related to University policies and practices.  Students meet their Personal Tutor at induction and during the first and second year of study they are expected to meet with their Personal Tutor at least once per semester.
  • A Peer Mentoring Scheme whereby students in second and third year of their degree programme volunteer to mentor Level 1 students. Developing the programme themselves, with support from academic staff in QUMS, the mentors organise informal meetings, regular contact and a series of events ranging from ice-breaker type events to employer-led sessions with the Level 1 students.
  • a formalised induction for all undergraduate students.  For Level 1 students, this includes several half-day sessions the week before the programme begins to allow students to familiarise themselves with the campus and the degree programme.  During Level 1 there are a number of follow-up sessions throughout the year. Topics such as academic writing, referencing, plagiarism, communication skills, examination preparation and managing time effectively are all covered in these practical sessions.
  • Personal Development Planning to encourage students to engage in independent learning.

Career Prospects

Those pursuing a career in Accounting should enjoy working with numbers, be effective communicators and work well with people as they will have to analyse and interpret financial information to meet the needs of different users, including managers and investors. Accountants must be prepared to take on challenges and be able to adapt to a constantly changing and dynamic business environment. 

 Normally the majority of our students become qualified accountants.  However, many of the skills that students will acquire during their studies at Queen’s will be of great value in different career and life situations. Core transferable skills include the ability to learn independently, problem solve, understand financial information and work productively as part of a team.

 The Accounting with French degree offers a firm base for either further academic study or taking the final examinations of the main professional accountancy bodies. It attracts students of the very highest calibre and is recognised by the accounting profession, industry and the public sector. As a result, Accounting with French graduates from Queen’s are much sought after throughout Britain, Ireland and further afield.

 Students who complete the Accounting with French degree programme receive a range of exemptions from the examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland, subject to meeting specified criteria and choosing particular Accounting modules. Exemptions are also available from the examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

 The Accounting Group at Queen’s liaises closely with prospective employers and with colleagues in the Student Guidance Centre, particularly with respect to Careers, Employability and Skills. For example, details of the Accountancy Northern Ireland Milkround are included in the Financial Services Sector Recruitment booklet and dedicated Careers Employability and Skills’ events and workshops are provided for Queen’s Accounting students. These activities enhance the employability of our students and support graduate recruitment and selection. In association with the Student Guidance Centre, the Accounting Group organises an annual Accounting Employers and Professional Bodies Mini Fair. This is attended by representatives from the main accountancy firms and professional bodies, and it provides an opportunity to inform Queen’s Accounting students of the opportunities available after graduation and enable employers to engage with our students.

 The Accounting Group at Queen’s hosts an annual Employer Liaison meeting which is attended by senior representatives from accountancy firms and other employers, together with student representatives. This meeting offers an opportunity to engage with employers to inform them of developments within the Accounting degree programmes and provides a forum for their input into future changes.

 Graduate Careers and Achievements

A degree in Accounting from Queen’s offers a firm base either for taking the examinations of the main professional bodies or further academic study. Career options as a qualified accountant are extremely varied and the employment opportunities for our Accounting graduates remain strong, both nationally and globally. Queen's has traditionally provided a high proportion of graduate entrants to the Accounting profession in Northern Ireland and many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields. 

If you choose to work ‘in practice’ for an accountancy firm you might be involved in preparing tax returns, tax planning, audit and forensic work, internal audit, corporate finance, consultancy or even preparing accounts. For more information on what these jobs entail, please visit the websites of both the local and international accountancy firms.

The majority of qualified accountants work ‘outside practice’; for example, in industry, in the public sector, voluntary sector or the banking sector. They are involved as financial or management accountants, internal auditors and often in senior management roles. 

The Prospects website provides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract BSc Accounting with French graduates.

Further study is also an option open to BSc Accounting with French graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, as shown on the Queen’s University Management School website.

Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers.  Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.  See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.

Degree Plus and other related initiatives:  Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s.  Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.  

Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students).  Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts.  As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies.  These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment (general):  The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module.  Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. Accounting modules are typically assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and a final written unseen examination. Continuous assessment consists of:

  1. Student Tutorial Portfolio – this involves the completion and submission of workshop exercises on a weekly and individual student basis. These are collected in the workshops from students each week and assessed, with the mark awarded contributing to the continuous assessment element of the module mark. The mark awarded reflects timeliness, presentation, accuracy and completeness of the required work. Consistent with employer feedback, students are also required to prepare and make a small group presentation on a pre-assigned case study type or discussion-based topic. In addition students are required to submit a 100 word summary on the accounting significance of each of the presentation tutorial topics. The group tutorial presentation and summaries are assessed, with the mark awarded contributing to the continuous assessment element of the module mark.
  2. Small Group Project / Presentations – this involves the completion of a small group project / Presentation (three/four students per group) which is assessed and contributes to the continuous assessment element of the module mark.
  3. Language refinement exercises including report and essay writing and individual and group presentations in the target language 

Feedback (general):  As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers.  University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted. 
  • Face to face comment.  This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
  • Placement employer comments or references.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid.  In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time. 
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work. 

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