The Accounting with French programme integrates French-language modules taught by the School of Arts, English and Languages.
Accounting focusses on the communication of economic information, often referred to as the language of business. Accounting information is critical for both internal decision-making and providing information about the position and performance of the organisation to external stakeholders.
This degree prepares students for a career in the accountancy profession, and as such contains considerable practical content and engagement with local employers. Key content areas include Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Finance, with increasing specialisation in Accounting Technologies, Ethics and Sustainability Reporting – matching developments in the accountancy profession.
Accounting with French has an integral placement year in a country where the language studied is the dominant tongue, which is often transformational for students’ language and employability skills. This degree also embeds a range of skills expected of a future accounting professional, including critical thinking, communication, ethical decision-making, leadership and team work.
Accounting (Major) with French Degree highlights
Queen’s University is ranked first in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Accounting and Finance. (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)
- The integral year abroad is often transformational for students’ language and employability skills. The School’s placement office supports students in securing valuable placements in businesses across France and other French-speaking countries. We regularly place students with global employers including KPMG Luxembourg and BDO Paris. In addition, many topics in teaching on Accounting with French include an international dimension which reflects the globalisation of the accounting profession and financial markets. We recognise the importance the skillset of learning a language can bring to any business career and in conjunction with BDO, we are reaching out to our indigenous students to give them an insight into the cultural, practical and technical aspects of working in France.
- This degree offers a wide range of exemptions from professional accountancy exams, giving you an important head start in becoming a fully qualified accountant. You will gain these subject to your performance in relevant modules. Students can gain full CAP1 exemptions, the maximum available for any undergraduate degree, from Chartered Accountants Ireland upon completion of the degree. For ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), completion of this course also gives you maximum accreditation exemptions for the Applied Knowledge exams, and depending on modules studied up to five of the six exemptions from the Applied Skills exams. Students also earn maximum accreditation exemptions from CIMA at Certificate Level and Operational Level allowing candidates direct entry to Management Level objective tests. Exemptions are also available from the examinations of the Association of International Accountants (AIA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW).
- This degree aims to develop students into future accountancy professionals, and a wide range of local and global employers are involved in developing the degree and in direct engagement with students. Throughout the degree you will take part in employer-led classes, cutting edge technology training, business simulation games and skills development workshops. In all, representatives from accountancy firms and professional bodies provide students with information on internships and graduate opportunities.
Most Accounting modules have prizes which are sponsored by employers or professional bodies.
- During the third year of the degree, students complete a 9 to 12 month placement in a French speaking country. This is a very attractive proposition for graduate employers, particularly in Accounting.
The Accounting with French degree at Queen’s opens up a number of career opportunities including accountancy, management consultancy, and corporate finance.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- You will be taught by leading academics who are well connected with industry and the accountancy profession and able to combine cutting edge theory with real-world practice. They bring the lessons learned from their most recent research and/or experience as an accountancy professional into the classroom, giving you access to contemporary real world examples and scenarios.
- Accounting and Finance at Queen’s is ranked 6th in the UK in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
“The lecturers are highly competent and knowledgeable, and are able to impart their knowledge in an engaging, friendly way. The modules have covered topics that are both interesting and relevant in today's economy, and help to give a more rounded view of the issues relating to accounting in general. Accounting is a highly regarded degree, and studying it at such an esteemed university as Queen's could present excellent opportunities.”
Selina Martin (3rd Year Accounting)
|Course Content||Modules are extremely varied within semesters and across years, developing Accounting and language skills in parallel with one another.|
People teaching youDr Danielle McConville
Head of Department for BSc Accounting
Queen’s Business School
Danielle McConville is a Senior Lecturer (Education) in Accounting at Queen’s University Belfast and a Chartered Accountant (CAI). Danielle holds a PhD in Accounting from QUB, and her research interests are in not-for-profit reporting and regulation, and accounting education. Danielle teaches Accounting Information Systems, Management Accounting and Not-for-Profits, plus Executive Education for QUB’s Clinton Leadership Institute and for CAI’s professional accounting qualifications.
Professor of Financial Accounting
Queen’s Business School
Ciaran’s main area of research is in the field of public services, particularly the financial and performance measurement aspects of the charity and public sectors. Ciaran has published on issues such as charity accounting and reporting, the private finance initiative / public private partnerships and resource accounting and budgeting.
Contact Teaching Times
|Large Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
hours of lectures
|Medium Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
|Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial||9 (hours maximum)|
hours of tutorials per week (i.e. three hours in total per week per module
|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.
Learning and Teaching
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 QBS’ 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.
- Adviser of Studies
To provide support with all matters relating to your progression through the year, including signposting to further support as appropriate.
- 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 MS Excel and accounting software practical.
- E-Learning technologies
Information associated with lectures and assignments is communicated through an easy to use Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Canvas. 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.
A formalised induction for all undergraduate students. For Level 1 students, this includes several sessions in weeks 1 and 2 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.
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 QBS Accounting students, introduces important local employers to our Accounting students and allows our Accounting students to meet and engage with potential future employers.
- Peer Mentoring Scheme
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, 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.
- 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.
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.
- Student Support Systems
QBS has an active and co-ordinated student support system to assist students in making the transition from school to university. This includes:
- Work placements
The BSc Accounting with French programme has a compulsory placement year. The School has a dedicated Placement Office which supports students in securing appropriate placements. In addition, the School encourages students to seek other work-based and/or educational related experiences, whether that is through a summer internship/ placement programme (up to 3-month internship in a local organisation), or studying abroad in partner Universities.
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 at the beginning of the modules. Accounting modules are typically assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and a final written unseen examination. Continuous assessment may consist of:
- 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.
- Small Group Project/Presentations – Consistent with employer feedback, students are often also required to complete a small (3-4 student) group project such as preparing a report, presentation or analysis on a pre-assigned case study type or discussion-based topic. In some modules, an individual project may be set instead.
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, 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 comments.
- 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.
Students have access to Bloomberg software, a market leader in financial news, data and analytics, which is used by many financial institutions. The Trading Room allows for an interactive and exciting learning environment which brings textbook theory to life.
Post A-Level French
AAB including A-level French.
Note: for applicants who have not studied A-level French then AS-level French grade B would be acceptable in lieu of A-level French + GCSE Mathematics grade B/6
AAB + GCSE French grade B or evidence of linguistic ability in another language + GCSE Mathematics grade B/6
Note: the Beginners' option is not available to those who have studied A-level or AS-level French.
A maximum of one BTEC/OCR Single Award or AQA Extended Certificate will be accepted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications with a Distinction* being equated to a grade A at A-level and a Distinction being equated to a grade B at A-level.
Note: if the language is studied at a higher level then the grade required at that level must be achieved.
|Irish Leaving Certificate|
H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in French or evidence of linguistic ability in another language + 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/6 or equivalent in Access Course.
NB Language requirements must also be satisfied - please see A-level entry requirements.
|International Baccalaureate Diploma|
34 points overall, including 6(French),6,5 at Higher Level. If not offered at Higher Level then Standard Level grade 5 in Mathematics or GCSE Mathematics grade B/6.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma|
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3), with overall grades D*D*D + GCSE Mathematics grade B/6.
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) at Level 3), with overall grades D*D*D + GCSE Mathematics grade B/6.
NB Language requirements must also be satisfied - please see A-level entry requirements.
A minimum of a 2:1 Honours Degree + GCSE Mathematics grade B/6.
NB Language requirements must also be satisfied - please see A-level entry requirements.
All applicants must have GCSE English Language grade C/4 or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
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 Business 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 with French must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement. In addition all applicants must have GCSE Mathematics at grade B/6 or above and must meet the relevant language requirement. Offers are made in terms of grades rather than UCAS Tariff points..
Demand for places differs from course to course and for Accounting with French, past performance at GCSE is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. For last year's entry, offers were initially made to those who achieved at least four GCSE passes at grade A/7 or above plus two GCSE passes at grade B/6 or above, to include Maths. 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.
For applicants offering Irish Leaving Certificate, please note that performance at Junior Certificate is taken into account. Last year the initial Junior Certificate profile to qualify to be made an offer was 4A/4 Distinctions and 2B/2 Higher Merit grades. Please note that this changes from year to year depending on the demand for places. The Selector also checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of Leaving Certificate subjects can be satisfied. 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 threshold.
Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. The offer for repeat applicants is set in terms of three A-levels only and may be one grade higher than that asked from first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, will also be considered, provided the subject requirements for entry to Accounting with French are also fulfilled.
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.
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 Business 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.
Our country/region pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country/region. Use the dropdown list below for specific information for your country/region.
English Language Requirements
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.
- Academic English: 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 degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes
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)
Those pursuing a career in Accounting with French 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 vast majority of our students are in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.
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; ASM, Ulster Bank; Bank of Ireland
"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."
Jessica graduated in 2016, is now an accountant with BDO.
What employers say
“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
Additional Awards Gained
On completion of the Accounting with French degree, students will be able to apply for a comprehensive range of exemptions from the examinations of the main Accountancy professional bodies.
Prizes and Awards
A number of local and global employers and professional bodies sponsor prizes on an annual basis. Employer prizes include scholarships, cash awards, placements and mentorships from firms including: ASM, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, BDO, Deloitte and EY.
Prizes and scholarships are also available from ACCA, CIMA and Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Degree Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills
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/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
Fees and Funding
|Northern Ireland (NI) 1||TBC|
|Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2||TBC|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1||£9,250|
|EU Other 3||£20,800|
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.
2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
All tuition fees quoted relate to a single year of study and will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Note that the tuition fees quoted above are for the 2023-24 academic year and are for indicative purposes only as the fees for 2024-25 have not yet been finalised. These fees will be subject to an inflationary increase. All tuition fees quoted relate to a single year of study and will be subject to an annual inflationary increase for each year of the course, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
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.
Additional course costs
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.
Accounting (Major) with French costs
Students undertake a placement in year 3 and are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement.
Students who undertake optional study tours are expected to make a contribution, of approximately £150.
How do I fund my study?
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 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 www.qub.ac.uk/Study/international-students/international-scholarships/.
How and when to Apply
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/students.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2024 from 1 September 2023.
Advisory closing date: 31 January 2024 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.
Applications from UK and EU (Republic of Ireland) students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2024) subject to the availability of places.
Applications from International and EU (Other) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2024. If you apply for 2024 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.
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: www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study. Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.
Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students
- Applying through UCAS
Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2024.
- Applying direct
The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
- Applying through agents and partners
The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.
Fees and Funding