My name is Faye Stockwell. I’m a final year BA (Hons) Accounting student and Lead Course Rep for the department. Here are six things I love about studying Accounting:
1. Lecturers with Experience in Industry
Most, if not all, of the lecturers in the Accounting and Finance department have vast experience working in the industry, which allows them to bring a deeper understanding to the content. It’s not unusual for us to be taught from the textbook and then be given a footnote for what happens in practice.
2. Support from Tutors
It goes without saying that lecturers offer study support on their modules, but tutors go beyond that. Helping with stress management and encouraging social activity across the course. My personal tutor has helped me deal with stress, showed me where to go for help and makes a great cup of tea! Our year tutor has been a great advocate for the Accounting Society, promoting activities to bring the cohorts together.
3. ACCA Accreditation
The course’s accreditation means that it is tailored to give the knowledge and skills to help pass the ACCA professional exams. It also means, depending on modules choices, that students can receive exemptions on up to 9 exams. However, we’re not pushed to choose ACCA and are given opportunities to hear from other accounting bodies, such as CIMA and ICAEW.
4. Course and Module Structure
As an Accounting Student, I have only had to pick one optional module over the three years. This was best for me as I wanted to receive the most exemptions and would have struggled to choose between the modules. However, for those who like to have more freedom of choice, there are more optional modules on the Accounting and Finance pathway. Whichever pathway you enrol, you can always choose to switch between them at the end of the first year.
5. Practical Seminars
Although the level of theory in Accounting should not be underestimated, the seminars are kept very practical. This allows us to understand the structures of financial statements and the methods that we need to use. A practical for inventory stock count procedures in Audit included the organising, counting and subsequent eating of various sweets!
6. Extracurricular Activities
Some of my greatest joys at Cardiff Met have come from my extracurricular activities. As a Course Rep, I have attended meetings and got involved discussing feedback, changes and upcoming events. This year, I created and ran the Accounting Society to provide more social opportunities for our course, as well as bringing in a guest speaker from a local employer. It has been a challenging and rewarding experience, a real highlight was the society winning Best New Society at the Student Achievement Awards.
My time at Cardiff Met has been an experience that I wouldn’t change for anything and I am extremely grateful for everything it has given me. My advice is to get involved, work hard and don’t forget to take care of yourself!