University of Hertfordshire - BA (Hons) Accounting with Mandarin

University of Hertfordshire

BA (Hons) Accounting with Mandarin

Curious about financial matters within companies? Want to kick-start your career with professional accreditations before you’ve even left university? Then we might just have the course for you. Our Accounting programme was developed together with professional bodies and industry-leading experts. This ensures you receive an education that is valued by the industry. Due to this recognised standard, you’ll also be able to get exemptions from various professional examinations. This means you can become a fully qualified accountant sooner.  

Our course is a blend of theory and practical skills, making you stand out to employers with a strong CV. Because of our connections with professional bodies and leading companies, you’ll benefit from a good professional network to start your career in this competitive world.  Take advantage of networking with industry professionals at events that we’ll organise for you.  

You can take additional accounting certifications and business diplomas while studying. For example, you can join the ACCA’s accelerate scheme and the CIMA university scheme, giving you associated membership of those bodies when you graduate. Who wouldn’t want to hire you? Recent Herts graduates have financial and management roles at Citibank, Amazon, PricewaterhouseCoopers, John Lewis, TUI, the NHS and even The Walt Disney Company. 

This course offers exemptions from the professional examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). 

What's the course about?

In your first year, you’ll learn the principles of accounting. You’ll explore financial information within companies and corporations and learn to analyse it. There is a dedicated module focusing on professional skills, such as communication and IT-literacy. You’ll investigate the different sides of business and where your role as an accountant sits within these.  

In your second year, you’ll focus on financial reporting, management accounting and financial management. You’ll also learn methods of enquiry and problem solving to ensure you are ready to go out into the real world. This will give you an advantage when you start working, as you will have already developed all those essential skills while you were studying. 

Study abroad/work placement option: Between your second and third year, you can do an entire year abroad at one of our partner universities. They’re based in America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. That means plenty of places for you to go and explore. If travelling isn’t for you, you can do a year’s work placement in the UK. Want to go straight to your final year? That’s an option as well. 

In your final year, you will build on the foundation you have built in levels 4 and 5. You’ll take modules on advanced financial reporting and management accounting. You’ll also have the chance to pick options in areas that interest you, such as research methods, taxation, Islamic finance and banking or information systems. 

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
112 - 120BBC - BBBMMM - DDM



Grade 4/C in English Language and Mathematics

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

Accounting is a thriving industry and talented accountants are always in demand. It’s a high-reward sector with excellent pay and opportunity to progress – potentially to finance director or chief executive level.

Every business needs accountancy expertise, meaning there’s a great range of careers open to you. UK accountancy qualifications are respected worldwide, so if you secure a job at a large international firm there may also be overseas opportunities. Alternatively, you could pursue a management-focused career route, or become self-employed.

Recent Hertfordshire graduates have financial and management roles at Citibank, Amazon, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, John Lewis, TUI, The Walt Disney Company and the NHS.

Course Details

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hours per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics. 

Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6. These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.  

Year 1

Accounting principles
The accounting professional
Business operations and leadership
Mandarin route a - 4a
Mandarin route a - 4b

Year 2

Management accounting
Financial reporting
Financial management
Professional development
Mandarin route a - 5a
Mandarin route a - 5b

Year 3

Advanced management accounting
Advanced financial reporting
Emerging issues in accounting and finance
Governance and auditing .
Mandarin route a - 6a
Mandarin route a - 6b
Knowledge management and business intelligence
Islamic banking and finance
Strategic cost management

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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