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Accounting and Financial Services Top-Up BA (Hons)

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Key Information

Start date:September

Starting Year:2018 (*Subject to validation)

Institutional code:Please request via the HE Admissions Team 0161 344 8800

UCAS code:Please request via the HE Admissions Team 0161 344 8800

Duration:1 year full time

Course type:Full Time

Fees per year:£7500

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

Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement is successful completion of a Foundation Degree or its equivalent as follows:

  • Foundation Degree in Finance, Accounting or a related area, average grade of 50% or higher
  • HND in Finance or Accounting or in a related area, average grade of Merit or higher
  • 240 credits or equivalent of a recognised UK undergraduate award in a relevant subject with an average grade of 50% or higher

Normally require passes at GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, or equivalent qualifications (such as Level 2 Functional Skills)

Applicants who do not hold one of the qualifications in the list above but do hold an equivalent professional qualification at Level 5 will be considered for admission to the programme.


BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Services subject to validation by University of Bedfordshire

This BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Services top-up programme has been designed to address the growing skills gap within the Greater Manchester region for graduates with knowledge and skills in the areas of accounting and financial services. The innovative and contemporary course provides students with the opportunity to develop important transferable skills including team work, leadership and problem solving whilst also applying current academic research and thinking to real-life issues. Utilising strong partnerships with local employers, it uses live projects and practical assignments to develop in students the management skills necessary to add graduate-level value in the work place.

Course Content

The programme contains a range of innovative modules which will develop students’ abilities as independent learners and require them to work autonomously, but also within a group and with accounting and finance professionals outside the College. Students, supported by the experienced programme team will be equipped to enter the workforce with confidence or progress to higher level study. The small group size offers increased tutor contact time and this creates a supportive environment for students, to achieve their academic and professional potential. This top-up programme aims to provide students with the real-world skills and strategic perspective that they will require when they enter employment.

Course Content - Year 1

Consultancy Project – 40 Credits
Leading Innovation and Change – 20 Credits
Risk Management and Investment – 20 Credits
Applied Financial Management – 20 Credits
Specialist Project – 20 Credits

Placements and Work Experience

One of the key elements in the design of this programme has been to facilitate development of transferable skills and knowledge and the ability to apply these in a workplace environment together with the attributes and behaviours expected of accounting and finance professionals. Input from employers in the form of workshops, live project briefs, case studies and professional profile preparation are integral to teaching and learning strategies. Through the varied group and individual assessments, students will develop important employability skills, whilst also developing their knowledge of potential career routes within accounting and finance. Employers and relevant professional bodies will be invited to contribute to specific career planning events to further enhance students’ employability.

What careers can the course lead to?

The programme prepares graduates effectively to enter employment or to progress to post graduate or professional studies. Anticipated careers might include trainee accounting or financial adviser roles, investment analyst, banking, insurance and general management. Students will be directed to appropriate professional bodies for sector specific advice around necessary post-graduate qualifications and experience.

Teaching and Assessment methods

The timetable consists of taught periods in seminars specific to each module and weekly group/individual tutorials. In addition to the timetabled contact time, students are required to engage in independent and group study and much of this work will be self-directed and initiated. Some of this involves working directly with employers and external partners, through consultancy and live projects.

The assessment methods have been designed to authentically measure students’ knowledge and abilities in work-like scenarios, including live projects and case studies, whilst also giving some consideration to the requirements of CCAB bodies, should students wish to progress on to future professional accounting qualifications. All modules require students to act with increasing independence and autonomy and to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world professional context.

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