Accounting is concerned with the provision of decision-useful economic information for both internal and external organisational stakeholders, through financial statements and budgeting. This degree is designed for students who intend to enter the accounting profession and as such contains considerable practical content, as well as essential theory and critical thinking skills in the various specialisations of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Finance. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills including communication, leadership and team-working, in order to lead people and manage change.
Accounting and Finance at Queen's is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK by the Sunday Times, and Complete University Guide.
"When I joined Queen’s University I wanted to have an all-round student experience and I can without doubt say that I have achieved that. I have gained a wealth of knowledge in not only accounting but in the general business environment and economy. The course has helped me enhance my CV, improve group work and presentations skills and allowed me to build up relationships with employers - all of which helped me begin my final year with multiple job offers."
Ciara Woods BSc Accounting (President of the QUB Accounting Society)
|Course Content||The Single Honours Accounting degree comprises compulsory modules together with optional modules available in the School.|
|Year 1||Accounting Information Systems*|
Introduction to Legal Study and Basic Contract Law
Introductory Financial Accounting*
Introductory Management Accounting*
Economy, Society and Public Policy 1
|Year 2||Financial Accounting*|
Financial Market Theory
|Year 2 optional modules||Data Analysis and Optimisation|
|Year 3||Advanced Financial Accounting*|
Advanced Management Accounting*
Auditing and Accountability
Law of Business Organisations*
|Year 3 optional modules||Issues in Not-for-Profit and Public Sector Accounting|
Supply Chain Management
Note: students completing Accounting with either French or Spanish, complete four Accounting based modules each year (indicated with an *) and complete one year long language module.
Queen’s Management School
Martin is a Teaching Fellow in Accounting. He is a qualified chartered accountant, specialising in accountability mechanisms within UK social enterprise organisations and has an MBA (with Distinction) from the University of Warwick. He is an active member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Financial Reporting Faculty of ICAEW.
|Large Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
hours of lectures
|Medium Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
|Personal Study||24 (hours maximum)|
22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.
|Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial||9 (hours maximum)|
hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week
Queen’s Management School is one of the largest Schools in the University with more than 1800 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, QMS 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 specialised 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 students to achieve their full academic potential. In line with this, one of QMS’ 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 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:
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:
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:
You will have access to Bloomberg terminals in the Trading Room, giving students the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to prepare them for a career in the financial services sector.
|A level requirements|
AAB + GCSE Mathematics grade B
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
H2H3H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 75%. GCSE Mathematics grade B or equivalent in Access Course.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by Queen's University Management School. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.
Applicants for the BSc Honours in Accounting must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement. All applicants must have GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above. There are no specific subjects required at A-level. Offers are normally made in terms of grades rather than UCAS Tariff points.
Demand for places differs from course to course and for Accounting, past performance at GCSE or AS level is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. For last year’s entry, the final threshold was a minimum of 1A and 5B grades at GCSE or ABB at AS-level. Please note that this changes from year to year depending on the demand for places. The final threshold is not usually determined until late in the admissions cycle, so there may be a delay in processing applicants who do not meet the initial requirements. Where applicants do not cash-in AS-level examinations results at the end of year 13 (Year 12 England and Wales), it is helpful if the equivalent grades are given in the personal statement or academic reference, since this will speed up the decision-making process.
Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. The offer for repeat applicants is set in terms of 3 A-levels only and is one grade higher than that asked from first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.
The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those applicants taking a BTEC Extended Diploma qualification or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).
The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 140 credits at Distinction and 40 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 4 Distinctions and remainder Merits.
For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, a minimum of two Distinctions and remainder Merits is necessary in the year 1 performance. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with 4 Distinctions and remainder Merits in all units assessed in the final year. Any consideration would be for stage 1 entry only.
Applicants offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and for last year the standard was an overall average of 75% in Level 3 modules including 70% in all Mathematics modules (which must be equivalent to GCSE standard).
In addition to the academic requirements above, the information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted, but these are not the final deciding factors as to whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking will not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day organised by Queen's University Management School which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University, to find out more about the degree programme of your choice, the facilities on offer together with a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
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 degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
The Accounting 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 graduates from Queen’s are
much sought after throughout Britain, Ireland and further afield.
Employment after the Course
Typical career destinations of graduates include:
Graduate employers include: PwC; EY; KPMG; Deloitte; Grant Thornton; BDO; Moore Stephens; Baker Tilly Mooney Moore; Ulster Bank; Bank of Ireland
Jessica, who graduated in 2016, is now an accountant with BDO. She says ‘As one of the first winners of the BDO Prize for Financial Accounting, I was able to gain first-hand experience working in the professional business advisory firm. This ultimately helped me to obtain a year-long placement with BDO Paris where I had the opportunity apply what I learned through my studies. Now an audit trainee at BDONI, I look back fondly at my time at QUB and I'm grateful for the outstanding teaching and opportunities of practical experience both at home and abroad that were offered’.
“PwC actively engage and recruit students from Queen's Accounting course. The students demonstrate both a strong academic standard but also the skills essential for employment. The students consistently perform well in PwC and they are deemed a vital resource to deliver business needs”.
Stephanie Gowdy, Student Recruitment Manager, PwC, Northern Ireland
On completion of the Accounting degree, students will be able to apply for exemptions from the examinations of the main professional bodies.
Top performing students are regularly awarded prizes and scholarships from leading financial companies; PwC, KPMG, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, BDO, ASM and EY.
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,275|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||£4,275|
Tuition fees for 2020-21 have not been set. Those quoted above are for students commencing study in 2019-20. These will be subject to an increase for students commencing study in 2020-21.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Students who undertake optional study tours are expected to make a contribution, of approximately £150.
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.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Application 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 2020 from 1 September 2019.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (18:00).
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.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.
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