Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)

Chelmsford

January 2017, September 2017

January start only available for the 3-year course (without placement).

Overview

Kick-start a rewarding career and gain maximum exemptions from professional body qualifications – including ACCA (nine Foundation papers) and CPA Australia (five papers) - with our highly-regarded degree course.

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The course exceeded my expectations. Lecturers have all been very approachable
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Third year Accounting and Finance student

Careers

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You could go on to become a practising accountant, or opt for a wide range of careers in industry, business and the public sector. You may find yourself working in a global corporation, a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) or even for yourself – it’s not unusual for company CEOs to come from an accounting or finance background. Our graduates have moved directly into careers with prestigious Big Four auditors, such as Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

Alternatively you may decide to continue your education on a postgraduate course, such as our MSc Accounting and MSc Finance.

We work closely with professional bodies such as ACCA, Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute and Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB). This means that everything you learn will be highly relevant in today's commercial arena. On graduation, you’ll be able to apply for exemptions from these professional bodies.

Through our Business School Intern programme, around 35 students each year get a business mentor, work experience, exclusive training and development, and a reference from our Dean.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Foundations of Finance
    This module introduces you to the basics of financial management. The purpose of this module is to equip you with a framework and basic tools and techniques necessary to make sound financial decisions. Both short and long term decisions need to be made within the corporate environment. In the short-term, organisations need to manage their liquidity position and to this end, you’ll learn about the main components of working capital management, including cash, inventory, receivables and payables management. Long term projects will also be evaluated using investment appraisal techniques such as accounting rate of return, payback method, internal rate of return and net present value analysis. The module will introduce you to the decisions that need to be made in relation to each of the concepts and the tools that can be used to aid in this decision-making. This will include evaluating sources of finance and the associated costs of each source, exploring the dividend policies that can be adopted by an organisation and the impact of such policies as well as using the aforementioned investment appraisal techniques to assess investment opportunities.
  • Economics for Managers
    This module introduces you to the fundamentals of economics and focuses on applying key economic insights to business and management. First, the module focuses on microeconomics - the decisions and behaviour of individuals and firms. The economic principles underlying the determination of price and output, firm costs, industrial structure and market failures are outlined. Next, the module focuses on macroeconomics - the economy at national and international levels - and its impacts on business behaviour. You’ll learn how the key macroeconomic variables (inflation, unemployment, and so on) influence business activity and government macroeconomic policy.
  • 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.
  • Business Analytics
    The module begins by reviewing various techniques for collecting and presenting data. Some important measures and techniques for making sense of raw data are then introduced which are widely used by businesses when analysing both their internal and external environments. This module builds on the introduction to spreadsheet packages previously encountered in semester one where you’ll be helped to develop further hands-on skills in using such packages in computer workshops. Careful attention is also paid throughout the module to the interpretation and application of the various quantitative methods and techniques to the solution of real-world business problems. Innovative video software is used to support you throughout the module.
  • Financial and Management Accounting
    The financial accounting half of this module will give you a thorough grasp of the basics of financial reporting (context, purposes, regulatory framework) and builds towards a proficiency in the recording of business transactions. The module introduces the principal concepts of financial accounting, and the way in which individual transactions can be analysed to provide appropriate information for stakeholders. The preparation of principal financial statements is also explored, together with the interpretation of such statements. The management accounting half of this module is designed to emphasise the acquisition and application of skills and knowledge necessary to inform managers responsible for planning, decision-making and control and will provide the underpinning skills and knowledge required for more advanced study. The key issues addressed will be the fundamentals of cost data collection, analysis and allocation of costs, costing of products and services, decision-making using absorption (including Activity-based costing), marginal costing techniques and cash flows, budgeting and budgetary control.
  • 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.
  • Higher Education and Business Essentials for Leadership and Finance
    This module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills that are essential for you to function effectively as independent self-learners within the higher education learning environment, with particular reference to the general area of business management and the specific subject matters of Finance and Leadership. The module aims to help you understand, develop and apply essential academic and business skills including; time management; research, critical analysis and critical writing; assessment awareness and strategy, learning style, protocols concerning the use and referencing of other people’s ideas and work, relevant information technology and associated software packages, presentation skills and teamwork.

Year two, core modules

  • 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.
  • Performance Management
    Looking forward and planning for the future is essential in any organisation. As organisations develop they must always have an eye on the future and make decisions that influence performance. Planning and decision making is a core aspect of business strategy and this module will look at the accounting and finance information that is used in planning and in support of the decision making process and control against those plans. It will introduce and demonstrate to you the accounting techniques which are used in planning and control and short and long term decision making. It will critique the various techniques, discuss the theoretical underpinning and reflect on application and validity. The module will also draw on aspects of organisational behaviour, and the risky, uncertain and quickly-changing environment in which many organisations operate.
  • Project Management
    Project management is a key skill for any future professional to acquire, at some stage in your career you will be involved in delivering or working on a project. This module focuses on providing a sound basis for managing or working on projects. In essence, the concept of managing a project hinging on one quite basic principle, managing the triangle of: quality of the project outcomes, cost and time. In practice, this is a complex juggling act. The module covers: the major process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge; the importance of stakeholder and risk management; scheduling and costing; monitoring and controlling techniques, including cost control, time management and resource optimisation; improving the success of projects; and the principles of agile project management. Assessment is by two pieces of coursework: a project schedule and discussion of stakeholders and risks, and a limited time case study problem.
  • Financial Management
    The main aim of this module is to provide a rigorous grounding in the theory and practice of financial management. Financial management is concerned with the assessment of the investment and financing decisions of firms elaborating concepts from previous modules. Within this module you’ll gain knowledge of the theoretical foundations underlying much of financial management practice and learn how those theories should be applied in practice. This module will explore investment and financing functions of an organisation in great detail by covering such issues as advanced investment appraisal, risk and return and treasury management.
  • 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.
  • Business Research Methods
    In this module you’re encouraged to develop your ability to critically assess both the theory and practice of business and management research and to reflect on your own learning and development in the context of accounting and finance. The module also allows you to share your learning and experiences with each other. The module introduces you to business research methods and will cover a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods to provide a guide to understanding the tacit and explicit processes whereby you’re socialised into the field of business and management research. The module also adopts a more specific focus on the key research skills that are involved in business and management research. You’ll be introduced to the importance of research to the business world, you’ll learn how to review academic literature, how to construct research questions and objectives, how to write a research proposal, and how to analyse qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Financial Sustainability
    Within this module you will be introduced to how sustainability (economic, environmental, social and governance) issues have a direct impact on risk exposure and management and the quality of public, private and government debt/equity investments within the global financial market. By the end of the module, you will understand how these issues affect investment decisions made by institutional investors, corporate lenders, insurance companies, asset management funds, hedge funds, venture capitalists and retail investors, as well as business decisions made by corporate managers.

Year three, core 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Taxation in the United Kingdom
    This module is designed to understand the assessment of tax in the UK. UK taxation can be exceedingly complicated for both companies and individuals in today's worldwide economy. Building upon previous knowledge you will then develop this to assess individual liability to tax and the profits chargeable to UK Tax on companies and unincorporated businesses. This will involve a full understanding of the UK Tax system. A detailed study will be made of both Income Tax and Capital Gains tax. The impact of both overseas and UK subsidiaries will be studied in detail. This will culminate in the ability to compute the tax burden for individuals, unincorporated businesses and companies and groups of companies with overseas and UK subsidiaries. Tax planning issues will be introduced at the later stage of the module.
  • Corporate Finance
    This module will provide you with a rigorous grounding in the theory and practice of corporate finance at an advanced level, and a thorough synthesis of the most important current research in corporate finance, with an emphasis on the applications of the principles. Both normative and positive aspects of the theory are examined, together with supporting descriptive and empirical evidence. This module extends, develops and applies some of the materials introduced in previous modules and focuses on key aspects of the financial operations related to maximising the valuation of a corporation in an international environment. Principles that corporations use in their investment and financing decisions making are reviewed and practices evaluated. This includes portfolio management, fisher's separation theorem, and arbitrage pricing theory technical analysis, fundamental valuation and relative valuation investment strategy.
  • Monetary Policy
    This module encourages you to recognise the importance and special role of money in an advanced industrial society. The module seeks to give you a thorough understanding of monetary theories and of the monetary policies that Governments enact based on these theories. While special emphasis is given to contemporary issues, such as the role of the single currency, the module seeks to understand how we have arrived at the current situation. To this end the module investigates our understanding of money and alternatives to traditional money supplies. The module will then explore how monetary policy work and the links between this policy and the macro-economy. Following the most recent financial crisis the role of intermediation in monetary policy is also explored. The theories behind monetary policy, from Keynes to those contemporary alternatives, and their practical application will also be investigated. The role of the central bank in the setting and managing of monetary policy will also be reviewed. Finally this module will consider the implementation of the single currencies, its aims and impact, as well as the issues surrounding such a monetary union. This module will be assessed via both a 1,500 word report, intended to develop critical thinking and writing skills and a 1.5 hour examination that will encourage independent study and time management skills.

Assessment

We'll assess your work in a variety of ways including exams, coursework, essays and activity-based assignments. So expect, for example, problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations, computer-based exams, a trading simulation portfolio and group or individual reports. You'll also be able to access support materials through our virtual learning environment (VLE).

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?

Chelmsford
Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Additional study information

You’ll study in our Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Finance, supported by academic researchers, professionals and our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab – a bespoke financial trading platform providing live financial information about companies trading on global stock exchanges. The Lab is integrated into the curriculum to enhance your learning, professional development and employability as well as encourage your interest in the financial markets. It also gives staff and students to opportunity to collaborate. There’s also a Bloomberg app, so you can access the Lab while you’re on the move.

Placement year

We want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for an increasingly competitive job market, so we offer a four-year degree option which includes a work placement in the third year. It’s an opportunity to apply and enhance your skills while developing new ones. You’ll also build valuable professional networks.

It could be that you have one placement during Year 3, or you could have two or three, giving you the chance to experience different organisations and working practices. Many of our students find that their placement company hires them when they graduate. We have a specialist team to help you find a placement and support you during this year. You might work in the UK or go abroad: our students have worked at leading organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bosch, BMW, Airbus, BskyB and KPMG. This period of work experience can help set your final-year studies in context and may well help with your dissertation topic. All in all, it’s a fantastic way to stay ahead of the competition!

Studying abroad

You could broaden your horizons by spending time living and studying abroad. This could be a short study visit or a semester spent in Europe, Canada, the USA or Malaysia. It will look great on your CV and help you take advantage of opportunities in the international job market.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£9,000

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,000

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£9,250

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£11,700

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For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

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

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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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:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

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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.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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