What students say about accounting
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, Birmingham
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
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Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
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- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Chartered accountant
- Taxation investigator
- Financial accounts manager
Other real-life job examples
- Broker/financial trader
- IT business analyst
What employers like about this subject
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.