The Accounting with French programme teaches accounting and business finance in an organisational context with a focus on corporate financial decision making and corporate governance. It integrates French-language modules taught by the School of Arts, English and Languages. You will gain practical knowledge and understanding of the preparation of accounts and financial techniques, their interpretation and use in a variety of contexts to an advanced level. Alongside this you will study key aspects of management, relevant to your future career. Our links with professional accounting bodies and companies help create highly sought after graduates. Integral to the Accounting with French programme is the placement year students complete in a region of the globe where the language being studied is the dominant tongue.
Accounting and Finance at Queen's is ranked 9th in the UK for Accounting and Finance ((Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
"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. The facilities the accounting degree has in the form of peer mentoring and the accounting society and the other clubs and opportunities available has made my time at Queen’s much more memorable."
Ciara Woods BSc Accounting (President of the Queen's Accounting Society)
|Course Content||Modules often draw on international comparisons with a strong Irish (North and South) emphasis.|
|Stage 1||Introductory Financial Accounting*|
In this core module you will have an appreciation of how financial information is recorded and reported to the various user groups who in turn use this information to assess business performance and determine resource allocation. It then covers double-entry bookkeeping and the preparation of basic financial statements; after which the basic accounting adjustments are considered. By the end of the module you will have a detailed understanding of double entry accounting and will be able to prepare the financial statements of a sole trader.
Introductory Management Accounting*
This particular core module aims at developing your ability to understand and evaluate the role of management accounting and their technical and analytical skills in relation to cost accumulation and cost determination for short-term and strategic decision-making. By the end of the module you will be able to evaluate the role of management accounting in the provision of information for organisational planning, control and decision-making
Principles of Economics
Accounting Information Systems
French for Beginners
|Stage 2||Financial Accounting*|
This module aims to develop core knowledge and skills to enable you to prepare and analyse the financial statements of incorporated entities and to discuss their usefulness. In particular, the module examines the accounting requirements for: revenue recognition; property, plant and equipment; leases; borrowing costs; impairment of assets; investment properties; government grants; and provisions. The analysis and interpretation of financial information, together with earnings per share are also considered in detail.
This course aims to provide you with technical proficiency and a conceptual understanding of the major areas of management accounting, building on the foundations laid in the management accounting module in Year 1. You will apply advanced management accounting techniques to the production and presentation of information for planning, controlling and decision making in a variety of business and not-for-profit organisations. A unique feature of this module is the use of ‘Business Games’ /case study sessions/company presentations run by accounting companies and professional bodies. They will enable you to apply your accounting knowledge to the real world.
Financial Decision Making
Introduction to Legal Study
|Stage 3||Placement Year Abroad|
|Stage 4||Advanced Financial Accounting*|
This module, which builds upon the year 2 Financial Accounting module and focuses on the preparation and presentation of consolidated financial statements, in particular consolidated statements of financial position, profit or loss and other comprehensive income and cash flows together with issues associated with foreign entities. You will also engage with contemporary accounting issues such as sustainability accounting and reporting, and accounting ethics.
Advanced Management Accounting*
The module focuses on information for planning, control and performance measurement. Key issues faced by many organisations that will be examined in this module relate to: the extent (if any) of decentralisation; the measurement of divisional performance; and transfer pricing (including the performance measurement and behavioural aspects). Moreover, in the light of changes within the business environment including deregulation, globalisation, reducing product life cycles, continuous improvement objectives, sustainability, increasing customer sophistication, digitalization and internationalisation, the module also looks at management accounting from a change perspective and a strategic perspective.
Law of Business Organisations
Queen’s Management School
Martin is a Senior Lecturer (Education) in Accounting. He is a qualified chartered accountant, specialising in accountability and ethics and has an MBA (with Distinction) from the University of Warwick. He is an active member of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chartered Management Institute 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 per week (i.e. three hours in total per week per module
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.
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, 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:
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.
|A level requirements|
AAB including A-level French grade B or AS-level French grade B or GCSE French grade B/6 or evidence of linguistic ability in another language + GCSE Mathematics grade B/6
Note: if the language is studied at a higher level then the grade required at that level must be achieved.
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
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. Language requirements must be met.
|International Baccalaureate Diploma|
34 points overall, including 6(French),6,5 at Higher Level. If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE then Standard Level grade 4 in English and Standard Level grade 5 in Mathematics would be accepted.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma|
QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 140 credits at Distinction grade and 40 credits at Merit grade.
RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 780 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 300 GLH at Merit grade.
Language requirements must be met.
A minimum of a 2:1 Honours Degree, provided that subject specific requirements are met
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 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. Normally A-level French is required for the French option. However, Intermediate French is offered for those applicants who have AS-level grade B in French and who are not studying the language to A-level. A beginners French option is also available to applicants who have not studied the subject to any level but who show evidence of linguistic ability, normally GCSE grade B/6 or higher in another language. Offers are normally 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, the final threshold was a minimum of 1A/7 and 5B/6 grades at GCSE. 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 credit 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.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
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 BSc Accounting with French programme has a compulsory placement year. In addition, the School actively supports any student who wishes to avail of a short internships. The School has a dedicated Placement Office which facilitates students in sourcing and securing appropriate internships which will augment their classroom-based learning experience. In addition, the School encourages students to seek other work-based and/or educational related experiences, whether that is through the summer placement programme (a 3-4 month internship in a local organisation working on a very specific project), Erasmus programmes with other European Universities, or studying abroad in universities with which the School and/or University has an existing relationship.
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.
“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 with French degree, students will be able to apply for exemptions from the examinations of the main professional bodies.
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)||£4,530|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||£TBC|
The undergraduate fees for 2021 entry are set out above.
* 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-advice/information-for-students It is however expected that there will be a specific arrangements put in place for RoI nationals living in the UK and Ireland and those with pre-settled and settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
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.
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 should be aware that placement and internship modules do not normally involve payment or financial support from either Queen’s or the placement/internship provider.
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/students.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2021 from 1 September 2020.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2021 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.
Applications from UK and EU 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 2021) subject to the availability of places.
Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2021. If you apply for 2021 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.
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