This BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree will introduce you to general management modules alongside specialist accounting and finance topics to prepare you to become a competent financial manager.
Attending university is about more than earning your degree. You will also gain valuable employment skills and learn to apply your theoretical studies to real-world projects on this course. You will learn from experienced professionals and guest speakers, study work-based projects, and have opportunities to complete work experience in a one-year placement or ten-week placement in your final year.
ACCA Accredited programme
BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance is accredited by the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA). Successfully completing the relevant modules means you will be granted exemption from 8 out of the 9 ACCA’s exams.
On this course you will:
- Study an overview of business management.
- Specialise in accounting and finance modules.
- Be taught by certified accountants who have worked in the industry.
- Complete projects with real-world clients.
- Be able to complete a 1-year or 10-week placement.
- Develop valuable soft skills like teamwork, communication and time management.
- Have opportunities to take part in events and activities including trips, events and business forums.
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
This course is taught in small interactive workshops of up to 30 students where you will discuss a specific business topic. Your lecturer will will provide a subject with appropriate context, give you tasks to work on, encourage group discussion and provide feedback on the session. You will join a close and supportive environment and develop a wide range of soft skills such as teamwork, communication and time management.
Some workshops include visits from industry guest speakers who will answer your questions about accountancy, finance and the industry.
BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance is accredited by the ACCA so most of your assessments are exams that meet ACCA requirements. The ACCA reviews and approves all exam questions and assessments so you will qualify for exemptions in future ACCA exams when you graduate.
What you will study
You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.
Your first year will introduce you to a broad range of accounting and management subjects and basic concepts in accountancy and finance. All modules are linked to the ACCA programme so you will develop the core skills you need to understand accounting and what accountants do.
Your second year is divided into two sections: Financial Accounting and Management Accounting. You will choose two optional modules and develop your academic and research skills.
In your final year you will explore accounting and finance topics including Corporate Finance and Advanced Financial Accounting, as well as business strategy. You will choose more optional modules than the previous year and be able to specialise in a specific accounting subject.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
Select a year
Accounting SkillsIn this module you will explore fundamental accounting concepts and develop the skills and techniques you need to collect and record data and transactions to prepare accounting statements and management accounts which are key to managers. You will focus on the requirements for internal use of single entities. You will be assessed through an online exam and 45 minute in class test.
Enterprise AwarenessThis module gives you a practical introduction to the commercial realities of organisations and how decision-making impacts different areas of the business. You will use a range of business models to explore the relationships between decisions in operations, sales, marketing and finance. You will also be introduced to basic creation and interpretation of key financial documents and ratios to assess performance. You will be assessed through an group assignment and individual financial portfolio accompanied with a short lecture discussion.
Business Information SystemsWithin this module, we will take you on a journey discovering the relationship of technology with Business. As well as creating an understanding of what an information system (IS) does, we will discuss how IS may influence business structures, assist in the decision making within an organisation and some of the tools that can be used to improve information handling.
Introductory Law for ManagersThis module will introduce you to law in the commercial world. You will gain a sufficient understanding of the law as a manager and be able to recognise the existence and effects of the law in commercial activities and the key legislation organisations need to follow operationally and with customers. You will explore when you may need to seek appropriate professional assistance in business. You will be assessed through an online examination and 1 hour in-class test.
Management and OrganisationsYou will explore business management theories, the role and position of a manager, and your ability to manage others. You are encouraged to develop your self-awareness as a potential manager and will investigate issues like the history of management, structures, functions, culture and sustainability of an organisation. You will also explore aspects of business psychology and how people are motivated, behave and discuss theories of leadership and conflict management techniques that can be used in effective management. You will be assessed through a report.
Taxation 1This module will introduce you to key taxation concepts and the underlying principles the UK taxation system. You will gain an understanding of the principles behind taxation, and the sources and types of taxation. You will also cover an overview of calculations in relation to value added tax and an examination of the scope of national insurance contributions and Capital gains tax. You will be assessed through an essay and an online examination.
Academic and Professional Skills (APS)This module will support your transition into a university undergraduate degree programme. You will focus on developing academic and professional skills and be encouraged to reflect on and plan you own personal development. You are provided with a range of topics to help you develop and you can choose those most beneficial to you. You will be assessed through a portfolio.
Entrepreneurial MindsetThis module aims to deepen your knowledge of being entrepreneurial by applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a live case study. You will usually work in small groups to develop a proposed ‘innovative’ solution to the problem or opportunity. In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, the ability to be entrepreneurial, particularly in creating innovative and viable ideas. This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of decision making in being more innovative. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a group presentation and an individual report on how the entrepreneur can be more innovative.
Financial ReportingThis module will enable you to describe and critically discuss how financial reporting can be regulated, including the system of international accounting standards. You will learn to prepare statutory accounts in the appropriate form for a single company. This is an ACCA accredited module. You will be assessed through an online examination and a one hour in- class test.
Professional GraduateThis practically-led module will support you to develop a critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace. You will plan your own development for graduate recruitment and/or your one-year internship placement. The module emphasises the importance of developing your own employability and encourages continuous reflection on personal and professional development (PDP). This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed through two assignments, a mock job/placement interview and PDP report with action plan.
Taxation 2The UK tax system is continuously changing, specifically during and after periods of financial crisis. This makes UK tax an important subject area for business management students as well as accounting and finance students. This module will build on your understanding of personal income tax and introduce company tax including courses of income, adjustments and rules, chargeable gains, losses, and inheritance tax. You will be assessed through an individual essay and an online exam.
Financial ManagementThis module will introduce you to areas of key financial decision-making and related underlying theory. This includes decisions about setting corporate objectives, the funding of corporate operations and the appraisal of potential investments. You will examine the choices available to companies regarding their capital structure and dividend policies and gain an understanding of the operation of equity markets and related implications for listed companies. You will be assessed through an essay and a two hour exam.
Research Skills for BusinessThis module introduces you to business and management research to prepare you for your final year management project or equivalent personal study. You will cover the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and explore the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design. You will use computer-based statistical techniques to analyse and present quantitative data using SPSS. You will also work collaboratively on a small scale research project.
Management Accounting for ControlThis module will develop your understanding of a range of management accounting techniques and how these can be applied to support decision-making. You will solve problems that require you to demonstrate thoughtful and effective reasoning in proposing solutions to a given set of circumstances. You will be assessed through a open book online test, and in class tests.
Auditing and AssuranceThis module will introduce you to the key concepts of audit, assurance, and corporate governance. You will develop your understanding of ethics and professional conduct as you learn about the audit framework and regulation, planning and risk assessment, internal control, audit evidence and how discovered material is reviewed and reported. You will be assessed through an individual essay and an online examination.
Management ProjectThe module is an opportunity for you to research a specific area that interests you within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. Your project will make a major contribution to your professional and intellectual development. Many students choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and work with the organisation for ten weeks during their final semester. Your findings must be generalisable and capable of broad application.
Business StrategyThis module encourages you to critically consider business strategy. The module is designed for students who may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, and who may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. You will design business strategies based on specific tools and models to analyse strategic context. You will consider the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts, processes of strategy, and critical success factors in delivering competitive advantage and customer value. You will be assessed through a case study and an assignment presentation.
Corporate FinanceThis module will give you an insight into the practical impacts of key areas of corporate finance. You will cover an overview of the core concepts of corporate finance before focusing on specific related areas such as corporate valuation and merger and acquisition activity. You will be introduced to more complex aspects of finance theory including Portfolio Theory, the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Capital Structure Theory. You are encouraged to examine 'corporate finance in action' and to link your theoretical studies with practice. This is an ACCA accredited module. You will be assessed through an essay and an online exam.
Advanced Financial AccountingThis module will develop your understanding of the previous Financial Reporting module by examining consolidated accounts, evaluating financial statements to provide an analysis of performance, comparing and contrasting alternative approaches to asset valuation, and examining current developments in external reporting. You will be assessed through an online examination and a one hour in-class test.
Work Placement (Short)Many of our students take this double module as it is an opportunity to gain valuable management experience of working in an organisation for 10-12 weeks during semester two. Typically, you would carry out your Research Dissertation during this placement and focus on the project areas you are working on and a research topic that the organisation will benefit from the most. This module allows you to gain work experience in an area of business and management that you are most interested in working in after graduating and enhance your employability skills. We are not aware of any other university that offers this opportunity, which we know is very attractive to employers. You will be assessed through a learning log submission and an individual presentation.
Business Ethics and Social ResponsibilityIn this module you will learn to raise awareness of the ethical considerations relevant to many business practices and issues, and raise awareness of corporate social responsibility. You will be introduced to the concepts, theories and techniques used to address ethical considerations as you develop your critical analysis and argument skills and critically discuss current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility. You will reflect on your own moral values, attitudes and behaviour and be assessed through an interview and a portfolio.
Global Business TodayThis module introduces you to current global issues that we are hearing about in the news today that are vital for organisations to react to in order to successfully compete and grow. Organisations are operating in an increasingly competitive international business environment and this module broadens your understanding of the challenges and opportunities they face in areas such as international trade during Brexit and political unrest, differences in national cultures, global inequality, operating sustainably and global consumer behaviour. You will be assessed through creating a conference paper and presentation.
Small Business EnterpriseThe module focuses on the environmental factors directly relevant to small businesses as you develop a critical understanding of entrepreneurial process. You will use your earlier business related studies or discipline specific self-employment options to inform your studies and be assessed through an assignment and a presentation.
In your first year you can take part in optional business trips to highlight the skills you will need in the workplace. You will meet people in their place of work, ask questions and learn about the industry and work environment of various businesses.
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Gain practical experience
This degree has a strong vocational focus and is enhanced by the work placement programme. Work placements and internships are optional opportunities to use the skills and knowledge you gain during your studies in the industry.
Work placements give you valuable work experience to add to your CV and help to prepare you for the workplace after you graduate. During work placements you will develop your employability and enterprise skills so you are ready to thrive in business after you leave university.
There are two main types of placement on this course. You may complete a year-long industrial placement between your second and third years of study, and a 10-week placement during your final year. Some students will complete both placement options.
Most students secure placements in London and the South East but you could travel overseas. Past students have worked in Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.
Many placement students continue to work for the companies they completed placements with after they graduate. Some students are even offered full time jobs before their results are published.
Industrial Placement Year
This one-year placement option takes place after your second year of study. You will have a paid position with a company and be an employee as well as a registered student. The company will introduce you to the workplace and provide a valuable learning experience to support and develop your understanding of business practice.
10 Week Work Placement
During your final year you may complete a 10-week work placement at the start of your final semester. This placement is full time, usually unpaid, and will be assessed as a double module for your degree. Your assessment will focus on employability and personal development.
Placements usually begin in mid-January and last until late March each your. You will focus on a management project during your placement. This project usually concerned with investigating management issues within the placement organisation.
The Business School has a dedicated placement office who will with you and relevant businesses to help you find your best placement match. We ensure that placements are at an appropriate level and suitable for your degree.
You are ultimately responsible for finding your own placement but you can take advantage of the team’s business relationships and opportunities advertised by the placement office. Some businesses reach out to the office to re-advertise their placements each year.
Where you could go after your studies
This BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree is ideal for you if you want to become a fully qualified accountant or if you want to work in general management with a high level of financial awareness. Many graduates from this course have gone into industry after they graduate, with many securing roles at accountancy firms.
Jobs related to this degree include:
- Accounting Technician
- Chartered Accountant
- Forensic Accountant
- Investment Banker
- Tax Advisor
- Data Analyst
You may decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level.
The Business School has a diverse range of postgraduate courses including:
- MSc Digital Marketing
- PhD Research
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
Access to HE Diploma
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This course starts in September 2022.