Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (5 years)

University Centre Peterborough

September 2016

Overview

This ACCA-accredited course will prepare your thoroughly for the accounting profession and offers significant exemptions from ACCA exams.

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Full description

Careers

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Accountancy training is a great foundation for many careers aside from the profession, including general or project management, financial services or starting and growing your own business.

ACCA grants significant exemptions from the professional exams to graduates of this course, so you’ll be getting your career off to a flying start.

Additionally, the Business School works very closely with industry to develop placements, internships and future career opportunities for its students.

Or, when you graduate, you might choose to pursue further study, such as our MSc Accounting or MSc Finance.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • Accounting for Business
    The module will build on the knowledge of financial reporting (context, purposes, regulatory framework), covered in the pre-requisite module, towards a proficiency in the recording of business transactions, using double-entry book-keeping. The module introduces the principal concepts of financial accounting, and the way in which individual transactions are recorded and then analysed to provide appropriate information for stakeholders. The module starts by introducing you to the principles and application of double-entry book-keeping. The preparation of principal financial statements is also explored. On completing this module you’ll be able to prepare and understand financial statements, and be able to draw conclusions based on the information. Assessment of learning outcomes is conducted both at the mid-point (in-class assessment) and at the end of the module (exam), both unseen. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills which’ll ensure you’re ready for the world of work.
  • Economics for Business and Management
    This module is an introductory economics course designed for students with either no background in economics or those with A-level/Higher/High School diploma in economics. It provides an introduction to the fundamentals of economics and focuses on applying key insights to business and management applications. Due to the nature of modern economics the approach of the module is necessarily analytical, but the analysis is non-technical and relies on verbal reasoning and graphical methods. Wherever possible real world examples are used to illustrate economic principles. The first part of this module focuses on microeconomics - the decisions and behaviour of individuals and firms, and of government within a single industry. The economic principles underlying the determination of price and output, firm costs, industrial structure and market failures are outlined. The second part of the module focuses on macroeconomics - the economy at aggregated national and international levels - and its impacts on business behaviour. We’ll cover the key macroeconomic variables, how they influence business activity and government macroeconomic policy. Assessment is by two assignments: The first, due midway through the module, is a 1,000 word assignment in which you must answer three short answer questions. The second, due at the end of the module, has two parts: a 1,500 word essay and a 500 word applied economics task.
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
    This module aims to give you a sound grasp of the basics of financial reporting (context, purposes, and regulatory framework) through introducing the principal concepts of financial accounting. The preparation of principal financial statements will also be explored. This module is also designed to introduce you to key management accounting skills necessary to support decision-making.
  • Introduction to Business Law
    Designed to provide a foundation across a broad range of legal issues, this module will provide you with an appreciation of the various ways in which law impacts on the domestic and international business environment. The module will focus on the nature and sources of business law in England; on contract law with regard to both goods and services and on the law of tort among others. There will also be a brief focus on the role of contract, with regards to employment law.
  • Introduction to Organisations and Management
    Management in practice is about supporting people to work effectively in different organisational contexts. Regardless of your technical area, type of organisation or job position, you will need to manage your relationships with colleagues, managers, subordinates and customers. This module will equip you with knowledge and skills to help you understand how people and organisations function at individual, group and organisational levels based on the latest academic evidence.
  • Academic Skills
    On this module, you'll learn a range of skills required to function effectively as an independent self-learner. You'll develop both practical and academic skills that are essential for you to be successful in your chosen business undergraduate degree. The module will equip you with skills that can be used in modules throughout your chosen degree. The focus of the module includes: the use of information technology and associated software packages, presentation skills, problem-solving, both individually and in teams, critical analysis, critical writing and referencing.

Level 5 modules

  • Auditing
    The module examines the nature, purpose and scope of assurance engagements, including the statutory audit, its regulatory environment, and introduces professional ethics relating to audit and assurance. The importance of auditing theory underpinning practice is also emphasised. Internal audit is covered, including the scope as well as the differences between internal audit and external audit. The module then covers a range of areas relating to an audit of financial statements. These include planning and risk assessment, evaluating internal controls, audit evidence, computer audit and a review of the financial statements. The final stage deals with reporting, including statutory audit reports, management reports, internal audit report and an evaluation of current issues facing auditing. You’ll need a good foundation in financial accounting.
  • Effective Team and Performance Management
    Almost all business has an element of team working within its structure. Team formation and development has a tremendous impact upon organisation performance. This popular module explores current academic literature and its practical application to real-world working teams by the use of case studies. This module places a particular emphasis on how teams can stimulate motivation and success amongst individuals whilst also considering the existence of rivalries which has the potential to make team collaboration challenging.
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management
    This module will develop your skills and knowledge surrounding entrepreneurship and business start-up. The core to this module involves developing an understanding of the key stages associated with a business start-up. You’ll explore the practical skills required to establish an entrepreneurial venture and the processes associated with: the management of the elements connected with business planning; for example, creativity, management and leadership, building key business relationships, financial planning, sustainability and understanding the importance of setting and achieving realistic goals.
  • Financial Reporting
    This module develops basic accounting concepts, covered in the pre-requisite modules aiming to develop the knowledge and skills required to understand and apply International Accounting Standards in the preparation of financial statements of entities. The module will consider the conceptual frameworks for financial reporting, the required accounting treatment for key items appearing in financial statements, the preparation of cash flow statements and the analysis and interpretation of financial statements.
  • International Business
    On this module you will examine international business in the contemporary context. You will explore how strategic and operational decisions relate to important political, economic and ethical debates. Locational, expansionary, investment and marketing decisions will be examined through contemporary debates and theoretical frameworks. Globalisation, culture and the importance of technological change will be discussed, with an emphasis on critical evaluation of these important topics.

Level 6 modules

  • Advanced Financial Reporting
    The module will develop your ability to exercise judgement in a corporate reporting environment as corporations can operate in exceedingly complex markets. Clear financial reporting requires the ability to interpret complex transactions by applying accounting principles and regulations. This module will include areas of financial reporting difficulty such as business combinations, substance, deferred tax and financial instruments. An international context will be taken to corporate reporting and current issues will be used as examples and case studies.
  • The Professional Accountant
    The role and requirements of a professional accountant extend far beyond that of being responsible for the preparation of financial and management accounts. As a professional accountant you will have responsibility for compliance with the statutory requirements of company law, ensuring that accounting standards are adhered to, identifying & managing risk, internal audit and reporting on non-financial elements of company reporting including CSR (Corporate Social Reporting) and environmental issues. This responsibility not only requires knowledge of the statutory and compliance regulations but also Corporate Governance which includes an understanding of the regulatory framework, agency, corporate roles & responsibilities, ethics and CSR. As a professional in any field of expertise you should have personal professional and ethical standards to which you should adhere. This module will provide an overview of the legal and compliance requirements, introduce the concept of corporate governance and its' regulation, risk, internal audit, CSR and personal professional ethics.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    Undertaking a Major Project allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research, and/or product development work, on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, relating to your particular interests and background, although closely linked to our wide range of staff interests and research. You will have many group sessions to support your project, plus the supervision by an academic member of staff. The project also encourages students to share ideas and approaches. The chosen topic will be in your course subject area and require you to identify/formulate problems and issues based on a range of topics provided by conducting a literature review and evaluating information. You will investigate and adopt a suitable desk based methodology and determine solutions, perhaps developing hardware, software and/or media artefacts as appropriate. You will critically appraise and present your findings, reflecting upon the limitations of your research and the research process.

Assessment

We’ll assess your progress through exams, coursework, essays and your performance in practical assignments.

The coursework element includes problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations, group work and reports.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

University Centre Peterborough
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2015/16 (per year, for guidance only, based on studying at half the rate of a full-time student)

£3,500

Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

Entry requirements

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240 - 280 UCAS tariff points. Required subject(s): 2 A levels in related subjects. GCSEs required; 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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