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Accounting and Finance with IES

On our Accounting and Finance degree you will develop a combination of focused financial and vocational management skills, as well as developing the knowledge and skills needed to be a highly effective financial manager.  Starting with building a foundation of business management skills, the degree then broadens to include vocationally focused finance and accounting modules.

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Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Work Placement

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 SEMAL 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.


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International English Studies Route

If you are an international student and English is not your first language, you can begin your 3-year degree programme at IELTS 5.5. Our International Route allows you to take 4 credit-bearing modules in International English Studies as part of your first year studies. This means you study 4 modules in your chosen subject and 4 in International English. The IES Modules allow you to focus on personal language development and your use of English as an academic language. Then, at the end of your first year, you’ll have all the necessary language skills to transfer to full study of your main subject. More information about International English Studies here.

If you have an IELTS score under 5.5 you can still begin a 3-year degree programme with us. In this case we provide a 5 or 10 week intensive Presessional Programme in English language and academic skills. For the 10 week Programme you’ll need IELTS 4.5, and IELTS 5.0 for the 5 week Programme. More information on our Presessional Programme here for further details.

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Student view

Karim Houari
I was lucky enough to do a placement as part of my degree course. My placement year was at the National Air Traffic Control Service and it was 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 took 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

We believe a hands-on, interactive and participative workshop approach to learning with modest group sizes is the most effective way to develop the types of skills that employers look for in graduates.  Each module you’ll undertake is usually supported by a weekly tutor-facilitated workshop of approximately 2.5-3 hours. Group sizes are typically 20-25 students. 

At the end of the workshop, you’ll normally be tasked to undertake intersession work that then feeds into the next workshop.  Our approach encourages you to be proactive and offers an environment that’s well suited to enabling you as a student to share your thinking and explore different ideas. 

A key focus of the programme is to develop a wider range of skills and understanding than is traditionally provided by a narrowly focused accounting degree. A range of module choices mean that students are provided with all the experience and knowledge needed to further a career in the accountancy profession. We pride ourselves on our excellence in academic research, and the fact that all of our lecturers are experts in their fields means our students get the best possible education.  Our lecturers are all involved in world-class research to further the depth of their knowledge and understanding, and consequently their students receive the latest industry knowledge.  We understand the competitive nature of the current job market and ensure that students succeed in gaining a degree, alongside a complementary skill set that can be adapted in any workplace.

Our facilities

Like all business related degree students, you will be studying on our Bognor Regis campus. Your classroom time will be spent in up to date seminar rooms with touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi, housed in what was a terrace of three elegant Georgian mansions – a building now known as ‘The Dome’. Our current students love the learning environment, the camaraderie, and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a face in the crowd.

For studying outside of classroom meetings we have a brand new library housing the latest books, journals and online resources, an IT centre, and a student zone complete with barrista coffee and snacks. There is a small a gym on campus, and halls of residence with wifi facilities. The Dome, library, residences and Students’ Union building are all located on a beautifully maintained, green and leafy, level campus. If that’s not quite enough to stimulate your intellect, we are just a short level walk from the beach and, for the more energetic, within cycling distance of the South Downs National Park – brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

Further Students’ Union and sports facilities are available at our Chichester campus and there is a regular subsidised bus service between the two campuses.

Where this can take you

The skills obtained through studying a degree within the School are a frequent passport to success in the world of professional employment. Completing a School of Enterprise, Management and Leadership degree with us will enable you to become proficient in just the sort of transferable skills welcomed by today’s employers. Analysing and summarising diverse forms of evidence, working to tight deadlines, articulating yourself clearly in written and verbal forms, demonstrating a capacity for reasoned argument and debate: these are all highly desirable aptitudes in the work place.

Potential career opportunities could include:

  • Accountancy
  • Banking
  • Management
  • Insurance
  • Finance and investment management
  • Trainee - Accounting and Business Advisory
  • Graduate Finance Assistant
  • Accounts Administrator
  • Credit controller
  • Corporate Tax Graduate
  • Graduate/Trainee Management Accountant


Indicative modules

Indicative modules:

Year One Module Information

  • Management and Organisations
  • Business Decision-making
  • Introductory Law for Managers
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting Skills
  • Business Information Systems

Year Two Module Information

  • Working with Others and Developing Self
  • Data Analysis for Research
  • Taxation
  • Financial Reporting
  • Business Research
  • Managing Accounting for Control
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Governance

Year Three Module Information

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

International English modules:

Core Subjects:

  • Personal English Language Development
  • Awareness of Contemporary Use of English
  • Personal Research into the English Language

Option Subjects:

  • Academic English
  • Language and Culture
  • Language and Politics
  • Language and the Media
  • Language and Equality
  • World Englishes

Teaching and 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.

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