What students say about accounting
I study accounting and finance and we have 11 hours of lectures and seminars a week, which leaves a lot of free time. During this free time, you have extra work to complete for seminars and also you should read ahead for the next lecture and reread notes from the previous lecture. This course requires essay writing skills more so than people are likely to think. Only a small amount of the first year is actually numerical and the majority of the assessments are written. We're required to complete essays, complete balance sheets and profit and loss accounts, work on Excel, complete maths papers and sit exams at the end of the year.1st year, University of Kent
My accounting course consists of lectures, tutorials in small groups in which pre-set questions are looked over and discussed with your peer group, and, in the second semester, a series of computer classes as group projects are undertook. The course is mostly written, with some numerical modules. I found it extremely challenging as an accounting novice.1st year, Queen's University Belfast
Accounting for management is interesting - we cover other topics such as contract law, so are not bound down to only working with numbers. Exams take place twice a year, coursework can be in the form of individual/group essays, portfolios and presentations. We can also be given class tests during the year which contribute to our grade.1st year, Aston University
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- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA)
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS)
- Association of International Accountants (AIA)
- EFMD Quality Improvement System
- Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
- Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
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- Chartered accountant
- Taxation investigator
- Financial accounts manager
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- Broker/financial trader
- IT business analyst
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An accounting degree will develop subject-specific skills in areas including the theories and practices of accountancy; in the use and preparation of financial information in decision-making and in understanding commerce, industry and finance. A professional accountancy qualification is also necessary to become a qualified accountant. Useful transferable skills you can gain from an accounting degree include numeracy, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking and a business focus. Accountancy graduates are in demand from business across the finance industry, but as many larger firms have their own accounts departments, they are employed all over the economy.