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BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Course Overview

This is a hybrid course in Accounting and Finance rather than a specialist course in Accounting or Finance.

It is envisaged that the course will have some ACCA exemptions available at undergraduate level for the relevant shared units with the specialist accounting course. It should also share exemptions and recognition awarded to the International Finance course from the Chartered Institute of Insurance (CII) and the Securities and Investment Institute for relevant shared units, once these negotiations are complete.

The course employs the unique facilities of the Business Schools PODs, enjoyed by other programmes delivered in the Business School.

Key information

    Course name

    BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    Bachelor of Science with Honours

    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition

    The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) & the Association of International Accountants (AIA)

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom

    Duration

    3 years

    Tuition fees

    £10,500

    Intakes

    September and February

    Work placement

    No

    Course location

    Luton

Academic entry requirements

At least one of the following:

• 2 A level passes (minimum C and D)

• OR Successfully complete Foundation year (from a recognised university or HE institution)

• OR Successfully pass Year 12 with overall average marks of 80% or above

Additional: Applicants with other entry qualifications will be assessed individually by the Course coordinator for recognised prior learning (RPL). This might include applicants with complete or partially complete AAT, CAT, ACCA, CIMA or other professional qualifications. Overseas qualifications will be assessed in a similar way. In general, RPL will not be allowable for any unit achieving ACCA or AIA exemption.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent. Students with lower IELTS grade may be eligible for pre-sessional English course before the main course.

Assessment methods

In line with the Business School’s commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to your demonstration of your ability to do accounting and finance in practice. We will want to see that you understand the theory and have developed critical thinking skills which help you evaluate the relevance of what you have learned. All of this comes together in being able to demonstrate rigorous accounting and finance practice for a business.

To assess this range of integration of theory and skills into sound practice, we use a range of methods. You will encounter many different kinds, including the ones listed below, some of which are used in combination; for example a report might be required as an outcome of a time-limited assessment task.

- Reports: you analyse a business problem and propose solutions. In general, the assessment techniques and criteria tend to change over the years – from testing your grasp or understanding of technical accounting concepts and theory (in the first year) to assessing your ability to apply the knowledge and techniques that you have learned (in the third year)

- Presentations: present proposals as if to your boss, a board or a client

- Time-limited tasks: on a set day, you will be given a task which you will need to complete in a set time, such as 48 hours or five days

- Academic writing: used to demonstrate clear, critical thinking, you might be asked to write an essay or a short summary of a theoretical debate

- Appraisals: just as in business, you use appraisals to assess your own learning and to set your personal and academic development objectives

- Projects: these are assessed in a number of ways depending on the task defined by our business partner. Typically, you will need to prepare an analysis, report or presentation which is suitable for the business partner and a longer piece of work which sets out the “behind the scenes” work which underpinned the output for business. It is in the longer work that we expect to see explicitly your application of theory and critical thinking which underpin good accounting and finance practice. You will usually also prepare a project review

- Project reviews: you analyse and evaluate the way you worked on a project and set out how you would work more effectively on a similar task in future

For all assignments you will have an assignment brief which clearly sets out what is required and you will be given the criteria which your tutors will use to mark your work. In some cases you will be involved in developing the criteria used to assess work, to grade your own work and to grade the work of your fellow students: this is all part of developing your understanding of the assessment standards and what is needed to do well at a task

You will receive feedback on all your assessments. If you use this feedback, you will be able to improve your learning and your grades on future assignments.

Progression route

Whilst the course curriculum is designed with further ACCA study in mind, the course will provide an excellent platform for any further professional study in the area of Accounting and Finance (for example the Chartered Insurance Institute will give exemption for students passing Financial Accounting and Taxation).

Students wishing to enter general business management will also find that a degree in Accounting will enable them to understand much of the operations of business. The programme forms excellent underpinning for the Departments MSc International Finance and Banking, or other masters award. Students of the programme often develop an interest in a specific area and go on to further masters study in that area.

Career opportunities

Students completing the programme will have the skills and the knowledge to enter any branch of Accounting. This might include financial accounting operations, management accounting, auditing, taxation or financial management.

Modules

Year one:

  • Business Pod – 90 credits
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance – 30 credits

 

Year two:

  • Practice Weeks: Career Planning – 15 credits
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting – 15 credits
  • Intermediate Management Accounting – 15 credits
  • Intermediate Financial Management – 15 credits
  • Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation – 15 credits
  • Project Management – 15 credits
  • Intermediate Auditing (option) – 15 credits
  • Intermediate Taxation (option) – 15 credits
  • Economics of International Finance (option) – 30 credits

 

Year three:

  • Practice Weeks: The Future You – 15 credits
  • Advanced Financial Reporting – 15 credits
  • Advanced Management Accounting – 15 credits
  • Advanced Financial Management – 15 credits
  • Specialist Project in Accounting and Finance – 30 credits
  • Advanced Auditing (option) – 15 credits
  • Advanced Taxation (option) – 15 credits
  • Economic Policy in the Age of Globalization (option) – 15 credits
  • Economics of the European Union (option) – 15 credits

 

Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:-

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the practice of accounting and finance in the real world scenarios
     
  • Assess problems using analytical skills which use research rigour, financial analysis and critical judgement
     
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the practice of accounting and finance in real world scenarios
     
  • Use standard understanding Collaborate effectively with people from diverse cultures, disciplines and contexts
     
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of accounting and finance
     
  • Apply self-awareness to make a positive impact in the workplace, in society and for personal career development

 

Graduate impact statements

This course is designed to develop graduates who are already part-qualified in terms of professional accounting qualifications, who are already equipped with technical accounting and finance knowledge and skills, who have practical experience in the use of leading accounting software, and who as a result are, on graduation, job-ready and capable (core units only ) of :

  • Preparing financial statements: from book-keeping to consolidated financial statements
     
  • Analysing and evaluating alternative short-term and long-term investment and proposing profitable portfolio of investment based on factual judgements
     
  • Documenting business reports highlighting the impact of key economic events for a concerned organisation
     
  • Formulating acceptable solutions to regulatory problems of corporations within the context of cultural norms
     
  • Developing corporate governance mechanisms in line with best practice principles in compliance with legal, regulatory and voluntary codes applicable to a given organisation
     

Choose Accounting BA (Hons) at Bedfordshire and:

  • Learn the professional skills and attributes needed to enter a career in accounting and finance or general business management
  • Study this hybrid course and undertake tasks simulating real business challenges, as you acquire communication, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership skills
  • Develop your interest in specialist areas, with the opportunity to progress to further study at Masters level
  • Gain skills and knowledge to enter careers in financial accounting operations, management accounting, taxation or financial management or general business management
  • Explore contemporary issues in accounting or finance through your supervised research dissertation
  • Benefit from a course that offers potential for ACCA and CII exemptions, or the flexibility to transfer to other areas of the Business Core Integrated Programme, should you wish