The BSc (Hons) Business Accounting with Foundation Year offers an accessible route into an accountancy-based degree programme at the same time as offering significant professional exemption on graduation. The programme offers learners the opportunity to gain both a solid grounding in accountancy at the same time as being able to gain additional understanding of other business functions. As such the programme will appeal to both those learners wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and those wishing to improve their financial literacy and understanding in preparation for a more general career in business.
The programme benefits from exemptions and accreditations from various accounting bodies, including:
The University covers the costs of students to join the ACCA’s Accelerate and CIMA University schemes which give graduating students associated membership of both professional bodies.
The programme aims to:
The Foundation Year (Level 3) is a launchpad for assisting your further studies and is designed to help boost your knowledge and skills so that you are up to speed and ready to meet the challenges of the main degree (Year 2 – Year 4). The Foundation Year is also designed to help learners who have perhaps been out of study for a while or need to gain more confidence in their own ability.
There are six compulsory modules in the first year. These modules are designed to give a solid grounding in the subject and bring all students to a standard level of competence to pursue further study in the subject.
In the second year, you will study three modules designed to enhance your capabilities in areas of Financial Accounting and Management Accounting as well as in Financial Project Management. You will then study Personal Financial Behaviour, which will develop your understanding of personal financial products and behaviour, as well as what influences it.
In the final year, you will study four compulsory modules designed to advance skills and knowledge appropriate to graduate level. You will then have a choice of two modules, Work Internship or Business Start Up.
In the second and third years, you are required to devote more time to ethics, governance and controversial accounting principles. You will study accounting rules and apply accounting skills. There is more emphasis on discussion, critical evaluation, reflection and anticipation of likely future developments.
Overall the degree prepares you for employment, not just through the knowledge and understanding of business you gain but through your personal development and the development of traits and skills that employers seek. Being able to work well as a team to create a presentation, meet deadlines, be able to manage your workload effectively, to communicate clearly, to be analytical and to communicate justified arguments are all key skills required in employment. You will develop all of these on your degree as a result of both the way you are taught and engage in learning, as well as the way in which you are assessed.
All learning and teaching takes place in seminar sized groups and within these sessions you will be presented with a wide variety of learning opportunities including: formal lectures, seminars, guest speakers, online videos – prequels and sequels, fortnightly round-ups. Fortnightly Round-Ups are one hour online live chat sessions with your module tutor on MyLearning. These are open to all students on the module.
Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (MyLearning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis etc) which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.
One of our study options available for UK nationals includes evenings and weekends.
This study option offers exactly the same levels of student support and the ability to balance your full-time studies with your personal life
All modules are core and are worth 30 credits unless specified.
You will be introduced to fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of business subjects studied at degree level. You will begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understanding and describing abstract ideas.
You will cover the introductory areas of mathematics including numbers, algebra, financial mathematics and index numbers in a structured and supportive environment. You will use software demonstrations and clarification material to see mathematical concept applications in real world situations.
You will develop the fundamental written and oral communication skills required for studying at degree level.
You will develop analytical skills through problem-solving, build your confidence working individually and as a member of a team, and gain appreciation of research techniques by using a range of library and e-learning resources.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the notion of business, its environment, and its domains through literature. The module develops your ability to source, read, understand and utilise business knowledge effectively. It aims to provide you with an introduction to business and help you develop your communication, study and team work skills.
You will learn about the following areas of study; fundamental business concepts and activities; types of organisations; business and its environment; business information: types, sources and applications; teamwork in business; business communication; business literature and use of business case studies.
You will be introduced to accounting, finance and business concepts and practices through a case study approach that allows a practical application of the concepts learned.
You will gain transferrable skills in the research and analysis of financial data and presentation of findings. These skills will facilitate a seamless progression into the next level of your studies.
This module is designed to provide you with the tools you need when entering academia. You will develop knowledge and understanding of academic culture, practising how to select quality materials to use in your assignments. You will become a discerning reader, utilising reading techniques which improve your ability to select key information and comprehend texts. You will hone your ability to structure reports and paragraphs, learning how to synthesise information to build an academic argument, and increasingly challenge yourself by learning how to move away from description to becoming a critical writer. Through studying this module, you will gain a fundamental understanding of the expectations of academic study, gaining invaluable transferable techniques which will underpin your journey to graduation.
This module is an introduction to bookkeeping and financial accounting. Its main aim is to provide students with knowledge of the basic techniques and skills required to record transactions by the method known in accounting as “double-entry” and then prepare a set of single company accounts based on those records. Further, it aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to interpret financial statements prepared by others, including real company financial statements.
This module aims to equip students with the basic accounting tools that aid management with its core functions of planning, decision making and control, both in a business or a not-for-profit environment. Key areas covered are cost classifications for decision making, product costing techniques applicable to different industries, budgeting, short term decision making using cost volume profit analysis, and long term investment appraisal.
This module introduces the concepts of corporate responsibility and business ethics. It aims to introduce knowledge of key stakeholders, together with the rights and responsibilities that businesses have in connection with them. It explores external influences that affect a business in its environment and examines how behaviour at all levels within business should be underpinned by accepted professional ethics and professional values. The module also provides an opportunity to research and debate how a business should respond to ethical concerns and how it should discharge its corporate responsibility.
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of economics from a business perspective. This includes an understanding of how competition, the behaviour of the financial markets and government economic policy can influence an organisation as well as providing the ability to apply economic theory in both microeconomic and macroeconomic contexts.
This module aims to introduce students to the significant role accounting information plays in each fundamental business transaction process. Students will learn to analyse and handle information using accounting systems and advanced IT techniques.
This module provides a thorough grounding of the basic statistical methods and computer software for the analysis and presentation of accounting and economic data. It caters for students with some prior mathematical knowledge, and while students are expected to complete mathematical calculations by hand and using a computer the emphasis is on the interpretation and communication of quantitative results.
This module aims to develop knowledge of financial accounting techniques and practices by introducing issues which involve more than one possible accounting treatment and examine the impact of international regulatory frameworks. Students are encouraged to adopt a critical attitude to the quality of corporate reporting, particularly in areas of non-mandatory narrative disclosures such as corporate social responsibility and governance.
This module examines the application of management accounting information and its influence on management behaviour and decision making. It will provide students with an opportunity to apply, interpret and analyse management accounting techniques and enable students to consider their wider and strategic uses. The module will explore the impact on organisations of strategic issues of contemporary management accounting.
This module aims to introduce students to the techniques and practices in project management. The first part of the module is designed to examine the conceptual framework and key theories that underpin each phase of project management. The second part of the module critically evaluates project optimisation mechanisms and explores ethical issues in project management. Students have the opportunity to manage a simulated project throughout the time of this module.
The aim of the first part of the module is to introduce students to a variety of personal finance products and issues so as to increase their financial literacy. The second part of the module aims to provide students with an understanding of personal financial behaviour. This includes an understanding of how to market anomalies, financial bubbles, fake news and manipulations in financial markets can influence individual financial decision making as well as providing the ability to apply cognitive and emotional behaviour biases in irrational behaviour contexts.
This module explores and applies several quantitative methods and computer software for the retrieval, analysis and presentation of project management accounting data, the emphasis being on the interpretation and communication of quantitative results for project planning, control and decision making.
This module aims to provide students with a conceptual understanding of contemporary corporate finance and the practical tools and techniques for the financial decision-making process. The module explores the main aspects of financial management, including capital budgeting and investment decision-making, capital structure and financial decision-making, and working capital management. It will enable students to form a critical appreciation of the link between accounting and finance, and the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour.
The aim of this module is to introduce to students the complexities of starting a business. It draws together a range of theories, concepts and notions from a number of sources such as Finance, Marketing and Strategy. In particular, the module facilitates the development of a unique business plan in which students will learn, practice and apply the necessary academic and practical knowledge and skillsets, including team working, required for the establishment of a new business, as well as an understanding of the complexities relating to the functioning of a small business.
The primary aim of the work internship module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience (minimum of 30 days) from which they learn about business in general, and the organisation and the sector within which it operates as well as the key drivers of business success. The work internship will provide an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work and will therefore facilitate students in the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both their development and the link between theory and practice.
This module examines accounting theory and its influence in accounting. The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to evaluate and apply different strands of accounting theory to research in accounting. The module is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of philosophical debates connected to the generation of knowledge, whilst connecting such debates to those currently employed in accounting.
The aim of this module is to provide participants with the critical tools and mind-set to analyse and identify responses to modern ethical business challenges. Students would be sensitised to different ways of thinking, learning from debating and collaborating with their peers from different cultural backgrounds so as to build their methodological, analytical and communication skills.
The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2020/21. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic or industry developments), student demand or UK compliance reasons.
To study this programme, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:
Students can sit a QAHE maths test to show evidence of proven ability in Maths, at GCSE Level.
As part of the admissions process, you will have to attend either an academic or admissions interview.
The admissions interview helps us determine why you applied for the course of your choice and also learn more about you.
The academic interview is offered for applicants who do not meet standard entry requirements or are returning to education. During the interview, we will assess your knowledge in a particular field.
Mature applicants with relevant work experience are also welcome to apply.
Your tuition fees cover the cost of teaching, access to resources, registration costs, and Student Support Services. They do not include the cost of course books, stationery and photocopying/printing costs, accommodation, living costs, travel, hobbies, sports or other leisure activities.
Some students choose to purchase personal copies of key texts for modules. It is therefore wise to allow for a budget of £200- £300 a year to cover these optional costs.
There are many career options open to graduates of this programme in the field of accounting and finance within business. These include, for example, project management, business analysis, taxation, back-office finance positions and corporate finance.
You can apply online to study this programme by clicking on the Apply Online button for your chosen location and study mode (daytime or evening & weekend).
As a part of your application, you are required to provide some supporting documents (examples below):
Next application deadline: 7 June 2021
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