Accounting and Financial Management (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (2 semesters)


January 2017, September 2017


Do you have an ABE Advanced Diploma in Finance, an HND, or a Foundation degree? Want to top-up to a full BSc (Hons)? Our course takes you straight into Year 3. It will help you decide whether professional accountancy is for you and improve your employability in an international market.

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This course provides you with the foundations you need to become a practising accountant. It's also a great stepping stone to a wider range of careers in industry, business and the public sector.

Alternatively, you could opt to continue your studies. Our postgraduate courses will enhance your employability or boost your specialism further. Choices include our MSc AccountingMSc Finance or MSc Management courses.

We've established links with CIMA, CPA Australia, ICAEW, Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), and Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB).

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

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.
  • Career Management and Employability
    This innovative and exciting career-focused module will help you develop the employability skills and capabilities that are needed to compete successfully in the graduate labour market whilst seeking to provide you with knowledge, support and insight into the contemporary world of work and the business market. The module will also develop your skills and is therefore practical and engages you in case study exercise, real-life scenarios, audit and skills testing techniques and invites external guest speakers and employers to provide insight and input. The lectures and seminars will provide key inputs to help introduce you to fundamental employability concepts, insights and techniques, drawn from the world of business and management, but also from other disciplines such as sociology, social psychology and the humanities.
  • 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.
  • Practising Sustainable Business
    This module will explore a number of alternative approaches to business which stem from a broader outlook of business value, including social enterprises, and discuss the benefits of business coalitions and networks. This module encourages you to recognise the diverse nature of the current workforce and the advantages this diversity can offer to employers. You will explore both the ethical and social framework underlying the management of diversity and will explore why diversity is important, emphasising the benefits in terms of improving creativity as well as understanding the policies and practices that support the effective management of diversity and ethics within businesses. You will also address the importance of understanding and managing the natural capital within business. It will cover mechanisms for ‘valuing’ this capital within the financial framework of a business and how this can improve the resilience of a company to future environmental risks. It will include the issue of corporate reporting of social & environmental risks and impacts (and the debates about this, e.g. in the EU and around the Rio 2012 conference).
  • 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.
  • Exploring Collaborative Research in the Field of Accounting and Finance
    Introducing contemporary research in the areas of accounting and finance to enhance your understanding of the policies and theories that underpin many accounting systems. You will cover the areas of contemporary accounting research, for example taxation policy, often drawing on your tutor's own research projects. This module will stimulate and excite as you explore a detailed area of accounting based research and to follow a research based study programme.


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?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

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


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


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


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


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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 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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