A fast track conversion qualification for graduates with non-accounting degrees who want to pursue a career in accounting.
Study Accounting at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This programme is unique in offering a fast track conversion qualification for graduates with non-accounting degrees who want to pursue a career in accounting. You will acquire a basic knowledge of the core areas of accounting and, on successful completion, will have taken the first steps to becoming a professionally qualified accountant. This programme will be of interest to graduates who wish to gain exemptions from professional accounting examinations.
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About this course
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The course aims to enhance students' understanding of technical, conceptual and theoretical underpinnings in relevant areas of accounting; to enable them to apply the associated techniques in the preparation of accounting for internal/ external reporting and decision making.
The course provides a programme of study in accounting and accounting-related modules which enable graduates with non-accounting degrees to obtain a general introduction to the subject, and then to specialise in particular areas of accounting suited to the career path of each student.
An Employer Liason Committee ensures that employers are aware of the course content ensuring that it is kept relevant and up to date.
The programme is delivered over one academic year (late September - late June). It is a full-time course which is delivered through lectures and seminars and it is expected that students will undertake independent study.
- September 2016
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand.
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Audit and Assurance
This module introduces the student to the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of auditing combined with the practical application of auditing principles and the issues encountered in a financial reporting and audit environment. It identifies the skills that a professional auditor must have and how best to utilise those skills in today?s challenging business environment.
Basic theoretical and conceptual framework including financial statements. The objectives of financial statements and users expectations. Double-entry book keeping and accounting procedures and systems. Preparation of financial statements for different types of enterprise; including from incomplete records.
Regulations and influences on financial reporting. Preparation of published financial statements; the interpretation of financial statements; Accounting for business combinations.
To provide students with an opportunity to study for a first time the concepts and processes used to determine product and service costs and to apply these to a range of costing and accounting systems and how this contributes to the achievement of organisational objectives.
Management Accounting in Practice
Having completed this module the student will be able to: understand the role of the management accountant and how this contributes to the achievement of organisational objectives; understand the role of modern management accounting practices which enable organisations to develop and assess performance; and apply appropriate management decision tools to a specified range of scenarios.
Regulatory Framework of Accounting
The nature and purpose of accounting theory; the theory of measurement of capital and income; the role of accounting regulation including the development of both international and national accounting standards; the legal framework and the stock exchange.
This module looks at the role and importance of finance and financial management within the process of managerial decision making. It will enable students to understand the principles of financial management, investment appraisal and working capital control and to provide relevant information and advice to both organisations and individuals.
A knowledge of taxation is essential to students intending to pursue a career in accounting and is an essential part of most financial and economic decision making. This module provides a fundamental undertaking of the main aspects of the UK tax system covering personal, business taxation, corporation tax, inheritance tax and capital gains tax as well as an understanding of the administration of the self-assessment system.
Quantitative Methods and Economic Environment
This module develops students? quantitative skills and provides the building blocks for subsequent quantitative analysis in the economics component of the module. This module will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and applications of economics as they affect individuals, firms and governments, as well as the policy decisions taken in industry, commerce, and local government.
Law for Accountants
This module develops an understanding of the legal system and how it works. It gives a knowledge of and experience in applying the rules of contract, agency, employment and company law considered to be of importance to the accountant in private practice.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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A second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a non-relevant discipline, or an equivalent standard in a professional qualification. Exceptionally, applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may be admitted if they can provide evidence of an ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.
A level requirements
A good standard of English and Maths is required but specific A levels are not necessary.
Irish Leaving Certificate
A good standard of English and Maths is required but The Irish Leaving Certificate is not necessary.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Exemptions and transferability
Suitable choices of modules taken may lead to exemption from the nine fundamental examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; some of the operational and management level examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, or the CA Proficiency 1 (CAP1) examinations of the Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Careers & opportunities
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Successful students can progress to the MSc Advanced Accounting.
This qualification will lead to careers in accounting, with graduates having acquired a basic knowledge of the core areas of accounting, as well as exemptions from professional examinations.
Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.
Accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland for the purpose of exemption from some professional exams.
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy
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Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
Course Director - Mr Stephen McNamee
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6491