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BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme is officially accredited by the ACCA (The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants). Students will normally be granted exemption from the ACCA's F1 to F4, F7 and F9 exams.

This course is designed to help you develop into a highly effective financial manager by enhancing skills such as business awareness and problem solving along with the ability to apply these to a accountancy environment.

Students are able to put their theoretical knowledge into practice through undertaking industry led projects, ensuring readiness for the world of accountancy after the completion of their degree.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS NN43

Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

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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Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC - CCC

A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical combination (including AS / EPQ): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM –DMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

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Postgraduate Pathway

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

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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.

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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

Our Business and Management degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give students the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during their time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop their employability skills.

What our students think...

"I feel that the work placement was an extremely valuable experience to me and would thoroughly recommend it to any student going into their third year. I think in order to do the placement you do need to be self-motivated, however the benefits are endless. The support from the University was good - it is always good to know people are there, the Placement coordinator has been a great support."

"If I hadn't done the work placement I wouldn't have had the confidence that I now have. It prepared me for the working world and I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to do one to take the opportunity. I recently accepted an offer for a job with another company but I think that one of the reasons that I got the job was because I was able to talk about my experience on placement."

Professional Placement – 1 Year Internship

All students are able to take a 'Professional Placement' during their third year which is a one year paid internship. Great significance is placed on providing a learning experience that assists with the students understanding of business practice and the context in which it takes place.  The University is committed to working closely with business and the community, offering support, opportunities and facilities to both organisations and individuals in the local community, business and public services.

10 Week Work Placement

The majority of our business and management programmes offer our students the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as they begin the final semester of their degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement the students focus on a management project which is normally concerned with investigating management issues within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and they believe that the placement was “Extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office which works with students and businesses to help them find their perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for the students degree routes.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement office has built up many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations many who come back to us each year looking for new students. 

While a large proportion of students secure placements in London and the South East we have students who have travelled overseas for their placements for example, Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Types of Placement

Students find placements in all areas of business, some recent examples:

  • Accounting and Finance - Rolls Royce Motorcars, Cap Gemini
  • Business Studies – Nissan Motorcars, Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Business Studies & Marketing – Rolls Royce Motorcars, Bentley Motorcars, The Dreyfuss Group
  • Events Management – Shangri-la Hotel the Shard, Rugby Players Association
  • Human Resource Management – Condair, Hays Recruitment
  • Marketing – Brandwatch, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota Motorcars, TUI
  • IT Management for Business – Cap Gemini, Debenhams, Accenture, Eaton

For further details please contact the Business School Placement Office.

 

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Year One Modules:

  • Management and Organisations
  • Enterprise Awareness
  • Introductory Law for Managers
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting Skills
  • Business Information Systems
  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset

 

Year Two Modules:

  • The Professional Graduate
  • Taxation
  • Financial Reporting
  • Research Skills
  • Management Accounting for Control
  • Financial Management
  • Choice of two Options

Year Three Modules:

  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Management Project
  • Either 10 week work placement OR two modules

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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