BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

A key benefit of studying with us at Chichester is that you will be taught in small class sizes (containing typically 20-25 students) where you are encouraged to interact both with your fellow students as well as the academic staff. The Bognor Regis campus has recently received considerable investment in both its infrastructure and learning resources. The town adjoining the campus is on the South coast of England and has a direct train service to central London with a typical journey time of one hour fifty minutes.

Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme is officially accredited by the ACCA (The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants). Students will be eligible for exemption from four of the professional bodies exams (technically F1 to F4)

Student view

Karim Houari
My placement year at the National Air Traffic Control Service has been one of the best experiences of my life and I owe so much to all the people I have worked with in making it so amazing. The main thing I tale from the year is the development of my soft skills, my improved confidence can now be used for presentations back at the University and I am certain it will help me along my future career path. It wasn’t half bad going on a business trip to Brussels either!

Course content

In a world that seems to always be facing rapid change one of the few constants is the need for all organisations and business to have a clear understanding of their financial position. This applies from the smallest to the largest of enterprises and across all sectors.

The Accounting and Finance course is underpinned by a broad base of general management modules, which are then built upon by studying more specialist accounting and finance topics. This combination of subject areas will provide you with a strong foundation to become a competent financial manager. 

The first year of your studies will introduce you to a broad range of management subjects. Typically you will be studying four modules a semester over the two semesters that make up our academic year.

The pattern of your study in the second year is similar to that of the first but you will be studying more focused accounting and finance subjects including Financial Reporting, Financial Management, Taxation, and Management Accounting. In addition, in each semester you will be able to select an option module of your choice from a selection that are made available each year.

In your final year with us you will study Advance Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance and in addition you will work on your Management Project. The Management Project allows you to study in depth an accounting and finance topic of your choice and, being in the region of 10,500 words, will be the single largest piece of work that you complete on the course.

There is the option for you to undertake a paid one year professional placement after your second year with us and prior to your final year of study. Students who take advantage of this option typically show considerable personal and professional development in areas of knowledge and skills that are highly valued by employers.

Our facilities

You will undertake your workshops in training rooms that are bang up-to-date with design features, touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi; housed across three stunning Georgian mansions. All of our current students love the learning environment, the culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a ‘face in the crowd’. 

What's more you have lots of other facilities on this dedicated university campus including latest books, journals and online data in a truly modern library, an IT centre, a student zone complete with Costa Coffee, a gym and much more, oh and if that’s not quite enough for your needs we are just across the road from the beach - brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

Where this can take you

The degree is ideal for those wishing to eventually become a fully qualified accountant which, when achieved, will offer considerable employment opportunities across many sectors within the UK and internationally.

However, the course is equally suitable for those looking to enter general management with a high level of financial awareness.

Work placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging job market.  As a Business School student, you’ll have a wide range of opportunities to undertake work-based learning (WBL). You’ll have the option to undertake a four year professional placement programme by completing a one-year internship in year three. Following this placement, you’ll return to university to complete your final year. The internship is typically salaried and, if you choose this route, you will receive professional placement recognition as part of your degree title.

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Year One Modules:

  • Management and Organisations
  • Business Decision-making
  • Introductory Law for Managers
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting Skills
  • Business Information Systems
  • Working with Others and Developing Self

 

Year Two Modules:

  • Data Analysis for Research
  • Taxation
  • Financial Reporting
  • Business Research
  • Management Accounting for Control
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Preparation for Internship

Year Three Modules:

  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Management Project
  • Workplace based learning/10 week work placement
  • Work Placement Support

Teaching assessment

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate.  It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met.  With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

  • In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time.  As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management.  These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers. 
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects.  These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.
UCAS code: 
NN43
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBB – BCC

A level / BTEC combination (including AS / E.P.): 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC: DDD - DDM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points