Mia - BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance

Why did you choose to study Accounting and Finance at UWE Bristol?

I chose UWE for Accounting and Finance, firstly due to the exemptions that the UWE degree offers. I wish to become a Chartered Accountant and this is very beneficial.

The second thing that caught my eye was the chance to go on a placement. Being able to put what has been learnt into practice in a work environment gives you the upper hand. The market is very competitive and businesses like to see experience not just the degree.

What have you enjoyed most about the course so far?

I thoroughly enjoyed my first year. Although the transition into university is very daunting, the lecturers are really supportive.

Originally I wasn't sure that I wanted to go to university, but within the first three months I had enjoyed it so much that I applied to become an ambassador and represent my course. Not going to university would have been the biggest mistake of my life! The whole environment at UWE is just amazing.

​​​Having timetabled PAL (Peer Assisted Learning ) sessions helps you to engage with someone who was in your position a year ago. They understand the pressures you are going through and which topics were particularly difficult.

Can you sum up your overall experience of being a UWE student?

My experience of being a UWE student has been amazing to date. I'm in a lovely city, studying a course I really enjoy, surrounded by lots of support. Coming to UWE will change your life. You'll meet so many new people, explore a new place, learn so much and leave with a greater deal of independence…and a degree!

What extra curricula opportunities are available to you?

I became a Student Representative, which gave me a chance to feedback anything to staff within the university. When you are paying £9000 it is reassuring to know that someone will listen to and consider your feedback.

I also became a Student Ambassador. That’s a paid role in which you attend Open Days and similar events, helping prospective students around the university and answering questions about your course.

As a PAL leader, I helped students in their first year to gain a better understanding of modules; it’s much easier asking someone who has only recently been in your position. There is also a society available for practically every interest you might have.

What are your plans after you graduate?

I’d like to become a Management Accountant with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).

What tips would you give to students about to start at university?

Despite how nerve racking it may seem at first, do it! You won't look back. Just make sure you chose the degree that is right for you.

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