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BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

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Institution C58

UCAS NN43

Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 104 - 112

A Levels: BBC - CCC

BTEC: DMM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

 

Student view

Karim Houari
BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
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

Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme is officially accredited by the ACCA (The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants). On successful module completion, students will be granted exemption from 7 out of the 9 ACCA's exams.

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.

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) 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. Through undertaking industry led projects, you will be able to put your theoretical knowledge into practice ensuring readiness for the world of accountancy after the completion of their degree.

Find out more

Are you interested in this course and want to find more? Come along to an Open Day. This will give you the chance to meet our Business School team, ask them questions and explore the campus. 

Alternatively, we are open all year round for campus tours, so why not book on and come and visit Chichester. 

Our facilities

If you are starting your degree in September 2020, your first year will be taught in our Tech Park on the Bognor Regis campus. From September 2021, this course will be taught on the Bishop Otter campus in Chichester. This is so we can balance teaching space across both campuses and ensure our students have the best experience.

Both campuses have modern lecture theatre spaces along with seminar rooms for smaller group work and discussions. Our Learning Resource Centres are at the heart of our campuses, providing students with PC and Mac access areas, journals, books and online resources. Your subject librarian is available to help you find the right resources, guide you through assessments and order in any materials you might need.

The Support and Information Zone (SIZ) will be able to assist with many aspects of University life including:

  • General IT and library support
  • Booking laptops and computers
  • Queries relating to Academic Registry or Finance
  • Arranging appointments to see a full range of dedicated student support services such as careers, academic skills service, disability and dyslexia, and more

Both our campuses have lots of options for drinks, snacks and meal including Otters Restaurants, Costa Coffee and the SU shop.

Take a look at our campus tour page for videos and a virtual tour of all our facilities.

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.

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

Work placements

Our degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give you 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 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 programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as you begin the final semester of your degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement you will 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 you and businesses to help them find your perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for your degree routes.

You are ultimately responsible for finding your 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 1:

Accounting Skills
This module aims to provide you with the fundamental accounting concepts, skills and techniques to enable the collection and recording of data and transactions for the preparation of accounting statements and management accounts

Enterprise Awareness
This module provides you with a practical introduction to thinking critically about the commercial realities underpinning organisations and how structured thinking and analysis can enable the development of an ‘enterprising mindset’ that can support informed, persuasive decision-making. 

Business Information Systems
Designed to introduce business information systems and how they are used to support businesses effectively, this module begins with an introduction to information systems and fundamental concepts, ideas and critical components. This is followed by an introduction to the role, application and management of information systems in supporting business processes.

Introductory Law for Managers
You are introduced to the subject of law, in relation to the commercial world. It is not intended to make the you an expert in the subject, but to provide you with sufficient understanding of it that as managers you are able to recognise its existence and effects within commercial activities that may require you to seek appropriate professional assistance.

Management and Organisations
It is highly likely our careers will involve working within an existing organisation or will lead us to form our own. This module aims to provide you with an introductory level of knowledge and understanding of organisational behaviour through exploring the issues and processes of management. 

Marketing Principles & Pracitce 

A hands on module exploring and applying the principles of marketing and utilising marketing models and theory in a modern business environment through working with real businesses to help solve their marketing problems. 

Academic and Professional Skills (APS)

The module aims to assist in managing the initial transition to a university undergraduate degree programme with a particular focus on the development of skills relevant to underpinning your academic and professional skills development.  The module encourages reflection on and planning for personal development, with an emphasis on taking responsibility for your learning in parallel with valuing the learning to be gained from, and support that can be provided to, peers.  Two key themes underpin the module: support for the development of academic skills; and focus on the development of personal, interpersonal and team working skills.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, good enterprise awareness and the ability to be entrepreneurial.  This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of how different functional areas interconnect when making decisions; and their impact on the business as a whole. This module aims to deepen your knowledge by applying an ‘entrepreneurial mind-set’ to solve a real social enterprise case study problem.  You will normally work in small groups to develop ideas and a proposed solution to the problem.  The module will also enable you to further develop and reflect on your confidence, resilience, autonomy, negotiation/influencing, team-working, problem solving and creativity skills and understand where you can develop further.

Year 2:

Financial Reporting
The primary aim of this module is to provide an overview of the corporate financial reporting environment and to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards that impacting on the production of financial statements. In addition, an important element of the module covers the analysis of financial statements.

Professional Graduate
This module is specifically designed to assist you in developing understanding and skills that will enable you to approach potential summer placements, part-time roles, one year placements and graduate job application opportunities with confidence. The series of ‘hand-on’ workshops and activities help you to explore key areas of personal skills auditing and development, prepare suitably targeted professional documentation, and develop strategies for finding a placement or subsequent graduate level work.

Taxation
The aim of this module is to an overview of the framework of UK taxation structures, identifying key principles and functions underlying the system of taxation. The module will cover an overview and many of the key calculations involved in computation of income tax, corporation tax,  value added tax, inheritance tax and national insurance contributions.

Financial Management
This module aims to introduce you to areas of key financial decision-making and to provide an understanding of equity markets as they relate to listed companies. Corporate decision-making topics include: setting corporate objectives; funding corporate operations; and appraising potential investments.  The course will also look at the choices for working capital management and methods of dealing with movements in foreign exchange currency.

Research Skills
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the field of business and management research with the express aim of preparing you for your final year management project, or equivalent personal study.  The module will take you on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.  The first part of the module will focus on the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design and how they shape and inform the research process.  Within this part of the module, you will be introduced to qualitative methodologies.  The second part of the module will introduce you to the use of computer-based statistical techniques for the analysis and presentation of quantitative data using SPSS.  Whilst you will engage with the philosophical issues of research, emphasis will also be placed on developing a well-constructed research approach, which maximises the benefits of a ‘mixed methods’ approach, capitalising on the advantages of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Management Accounting for Control

The aims of this module are to develop your understanding of a range of management accounting techniques and how these can be applied to support decision-making. Through the module you will be required to solve problems that require you to demonstrate thoughtful and effective reasoning in proposing solutions or responses to a given set of circumstances. The approach to learning adopted within the module also aims to enhance your financial modelling skills.

Year 3:

Management Project
The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for you to research an area of particular interest within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. The module is designed to make a major contribution to the professional and intellectual development of you. Many of you will choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and will be working within that organisation for a ten week period over the course of your final semester.

Business Strategy
The module encourages you to think critically about business strategy. It is designed for those who may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, whom may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. The Business Strategy module aims to deliver strategic management for non-strategic managers. Learning and teaching take a student-centric orientation, to pull together core themes from business and management disciplines covered in previous modules. You will design business strategies, based upon tools and models, to analyse the strategic context. Consideration is given to the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts (such as value chains and approaches to segmentation), the processes of strategy, and critical success factors in the delivery of competitive advantage and customer value.

Corporate Finance
This module aims to give you an insight into the practical implications of key areas of corporate finance. The module will commence with an overview of the core concepts of corporate finance and progress to focusing on specific areas related to e.g. corporate valuation and merger and acquisition activity. More complex aspects of finance theory will also be introduced including Portfolio Theory, the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Capital Structure Theory. A key aim of the module is to encourage you to examine “corporate finance in action” essentially linking theory and practice. With the nature of the module your work is likely to be influenced by current developments and occurrences in the corporate world. 

Advanced Financial Accounting
The aim of this module is to extend the areas explored within module, Financial Reporting, 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 reportin

10 Week Work Placement 
This is a double weighted module aims to provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience of working in an organisation for 10 weeks in Semester 2 of your final year. Students will typically be conducting your Management/Consultancy Project in parallel with this module whilst on work placement. The primary aim of the module is to enable you, within the context of your working environment, to focus on areas of personal development with a view to enhancing your employability skills

  • OR Two from the following;

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

This module aims to raise awareness of ethical considerations relevant to many business practices and issues, and of corporate social responsibility. It introduces you to the concepts, theories and techniques used in addressing such ethical consideration, and develop your skills in critical analysis and argument, in particular ethical reasoning. You will also critically discuss  current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility, and also reflect on your own moral values, attitudes and behaviour.

Contemporary Issues in Global Business

This module introduces you to a range of current global issues that businesses need to be aware of to successfully compete and grow in an increasingly competitive international business environment. The module focuses on specific business issues that will broaden your understanding of the challenges and opportunities that organisations face when working with overseas clients, operating global supply chains and working with people of different nationalities and cultures. The module aims to enhance your existing business knowledge and build on it further by exploring a range of global issues you may not have had the opportunity to fully evaluate until now. There are many global business and economic issues that businesses face in today’s rapidly changing political and economic environment, with some of the main ones explored in‐class and through guided learning.

Small Business Enterprise

The module aims to focus on the environmental factors that are directly relevant to a small business context, and to allow you to develop a critical understanding of the entrepreneurial process. The module has a very practical emphasis that draws upon your earlier business related studies or discipline specific self-employment options. Whilst relevant to business studies students in general, it is designed to be of particular use to those that desire studying business as either a joint or minor element in combination with another degree programme

 

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

International English Studies

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.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

Contact Us

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