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Accounting & Financial Services, BA (Hons)

Accounting & Financial Services, BA (Hons)

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:AC87

Duration:3 years

Course type:Full time

Fees per year:£7500

Additional costs:Approximately £100 per academic year, to cover the costs of core text books and external visits.

Delivery Method:Face-to-face via Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials


BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Services - Validated by: The Open University

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Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Services programme has been designed to combine contemporary academic thinking with the requirements that employers have of graduates in the work place. Throughout the programme, you will study core Business and Accounting disciplines in a way which establishes clear links to the ‘real-world’ and teaches you how to apply common concepts and frameworks to solve business issues.

The programme emphasises the importance of key transferable skills such as communication, presentation skills and punctuality. By the time you complete the programme, you will be ready to progress either into your chosen career, or further study.

Student’s Guide to Studying on a Programme Validated by the Open University.

Course content Year 1

Academic and Professional Skills
Business in Context
Fundamentals of Accounting
Introduction to Corporate and Business Law
Regulation and Ethics
Introduction to Financial Services

Course content Year 2

Enterprise and Employability – 40 credit module
Management in Practice
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Principles of Taxation
Management Accounting

Course content Year 3

Specialist Project – 40 credit module
Strategic Management
Advanced Performance Management
Advanced Financial Management
Risk Management and Investment

Placements and employability:

Opportunities for external visits to businesses will be utilised as well as inviting external guest practitioners to deliver lectures and workshops.

Students are encouraged to seek out placements and work experience and are supported with this as part of their studies. Course modules are closely aligned to industry requirements and work based projects will provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their employability skills as they seek job roles within Professional and Financial Services.


The course provides students with a vast array of career opportunities within the Professional and Financial Services sector. A number of students progress into Chartered Accountancy roles for their prospective employers with awarding bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) or with the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW). Other students decide to focus on taxation, audit or working within a finance department for a variety of industrial sectors

Teaching and Assessment Methods

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course.

You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods including: lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group activities, personal research and case studies. Personal study and independent research also form an integral part of the course. Some modules are part web-based with links to organisations such as professional bodies.

Assessment includes essays; reports; oral presentations; group assessments; investigating companies and tackling briefs from industry.

Entry Requirements

Normally 64 UCAS tariff points
Normally Maths and English GCSE at Grade 4 / C or above or equivalent Level 2 qualification (i.e. Key Skills or Functional Skills).

Where English is not an applicant’s first language, they will be expected to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Language Level 2 qualification. Alternatively they may successfully complete the College’s English diagnostic assessment.

Non Standard Entry Requirements:

Applicants who do not have the qualifications specified above, but who hold alternative qualifications and/or experience demonstrating appropriate knowledge and skills at Level 3, may be admitted to the programme following an interview. For example, applicants may have been working in a relevant role in an appropriate organisation on an employed or voluntary basis, and therefore may have applicable skills and knowledge for entry.

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