University of Ulster

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Law

The BSc Hons Accounting and Law is a four-year programme with an equal weighting of accounting and law based modules covered each year. It also has an option of an intercalary/placement year after Year 3.

The aim of this degree is to produce professionally focused graduates who have an in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of accounting and law. The degree prepares students for:

  • a career in accountancy (specialising in those areas which require a more in-depth knowledge of law, such as forensics, due diligence and litigation);
  • a career in law (in particular, corporate law); and/or
  • postgraduate studies in accounting, law or cognate disciplines.

Entry Requirements

A level

Grades BBB if including A level Mathematics or

Grades ABB if not completing A level Mathematics.

Applied General Qualifications

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2012 Suite)
Award profile of D*DD in a relevant subject.

OR

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2016 Suite)
Award profile of DDM in a relevant subject.

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard (provided subject requirements are met). Examples of combinations include:

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2012 Suite)
Award profile of DD plus A Level Grade A

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2016 Suite)
Award profile of DD plus A Level Grade B

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma (2012 Suite)
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades AB

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate (2016 Suite)
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades AB

For further information on the entry requirements for this course please contact the administrator as listed in Contact details.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 27 points (13 points at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 70% to include 60% in NICATs Maths or GCSE Maths grade B/C* or 6/5.

GCSE

For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or above in English Language, additionally GCSE Maths pass at grade B/C* 6/5 or above.

Please note that for purposes of entry to this course the Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Application of Number is NOT regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Maths.

Please note that for purposes of entry to this course the Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication is NOT regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE English.

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.

Additional Entry Requirements

Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree in Accounting with an overall mark of  60%, plus a minimum of 60% in each final year module, excluding Work Based Learning for year 2 entry.

Pass HND with overall Distinction to include 75 distinctions at level 5. Plus GCSE Maths Grade B/C*.

Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 105 distinctions at level 4/5. Plus GCSE Maths grade B/C*

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met).

Exemptions and transferability

The course content has been designed to meet the exemption requirements of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAP1 Exemption criteria) and the requirements of a qualifying law degree for the purpose of entry into the legal profession.

The course is rigorous but the rewards are great - on successful completion of the degree (and on obtaining a minimum mark, typically 50%, in certain modules), the graduate will have exemptions from some professional examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW). Graduates will also have a qualifying law degree (QLD) recognised for entry into the legal profession by the Law Society of Northern Ireland, the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Career Prospects

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Accounting and Professional Services Firms
  • Law firms

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Assistant Tax Advisor
  • Accountant
  • Chartered Accountant Trainee
  • Solicitor

Career options

The demand for graduates with accounting and law backgrounds is strong, both in large professional services firms that have forensic accounting departments and from legal firms, in particular from those firms that specialise in corporate law. However, this degree will also be of interest to those who wish to pursue different areas of accounting (for example auditing, taxation, insolvency, etc.) and of law (as knowledge of business and taxation issues influence legal advice given about probate, divorce settlements, etc).

Students may progress to a Postgraduate Diploma / Masters in Advanced Accounting which is unique to Ulster in Ireland. As this course is dedicated to Chartered Accountants Ireland you have to have all the CAP1 exemptions in place before enrolment. For those wishing to pursue their Law studies, there is the LLM in Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice and the LLM in Human Rights Law and Peace Building.

The aim of this degree is to produce professionally focused graduates who have an in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of accounting and law. The degree prepares students for a career in accountancy (specialising in those areas which require a more in-depth knowledge of law, such as forensic accounting, taxation and business recovery) a career in law (in particular, corporate law) and/or; postgraduate studies in accounting, law or related disciplines.

Work placement / study abroad

Students have the opportunity to undertake a one year professional placement in an Accounting, Law or Accounting and Law related role. The professional placement year gives students opportunities such as; applying and contextualising academic studies, developing professional skills and exploring new career opportunities.

Alternatively students can spend one year either working or studying, for example students have taken part in the ‘Study USA’ programme.

Professional recognition

  • Chartered Accountants Ireland

Accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland for the purpose of exemption from some professional exams.

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

The qualifying law degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.

  • Bar Standards Board

Accredited by the Bar Standards Board for the purpose of a Qualifying Law Degree.

  • Law Society of Northern Ireland (LSNI)

Recognised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland (LSNI) for the purpose of a Qualifying Law Degree.

Course Details

The overall aim of the degree is to:

  • develop students’ core knowledge and understanding of the principles, issues and applications of accounting and law and of the broader financial and economic environment;
  • enable the development of intellectual skills including critical, analytical and problem-solving skills relevant to law, business finance and investment decision-making;
  • highlight the relevance of legal knowledge to the needs of the community whether at a local, regional, national, European or international level;
  • support the development of a range of subject-specific and generic transferable skills;
  • develop students' ability to analyse, interpret and communicate legal and financial information; and
  • develop students' interpersonal, research, computing and communication skills.

Year 1

Principles of Financial Accounting
Academic and Professional Awareness
Business and the Economy
Exploring Law
Criminal law
Law of Tort

Year 2

Principles of Management Accounting
Information Skills for Business
Financial Accounting
Public Law
Contract Law
European Law

Year 3

Personal and Business Finance
Management Accounting
Personal and Business Taxation
Land Law
Introduction to Property Law
Business and Commercial Law

Year 4

Diploma in Professional Practice
International Academic Studies

Year 5

Advanced Management Accounting
Corporate Financial Reporting
Advanced Financial Management
Governance, Risk and Ethics
Forensic Accounting
Cybercrime and Forensic Technology
Law of Evidence
Employment law
Company Law
Human Rights Law
Equity and Trusts

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