The BSc (Hons) Accounting with Finance with Foundation and Placement Years is aimed at students who have an interest in developing knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of accounting and finance, and in particular, who are looking to pursue a professional career in accounting. It seeks to give students a learning experience that allows them to develop proficiencies that create effective accounting professionals in today’s changing business environment. The curriculum and learning and teaching strategy are complemented by guest lectures and ‘live’ workshops to promote independent learning and increase their employability skills for the future. This knowledge and skills will be further developed and expanded in the years following the successful completion of the Foundation Year. The degree programme is designed so that the Foundation Year provides an underpinning year, incorporating both academic and work/professional related learning, for applicants needing to improve their knowledge and understanding of management and its related skills. The year provides students with knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of social sciences along with the necessary skills needed to participate in the undergraduate business programmes at levels 4, 5 and 6. This includes developing numeracy skills with the aim to develop students’ mathematical knowledge and skills in a way which encourages confidence and appreciation of mathematics as a subject and provides students with the mathematical background necessary for business studies at the undergraduate level. The Foundation Year also offers a literacy skills module that is designed to support students entering Higher Education at Level 3 wishing to progress to a BSc in Accounting with Finance. Year 1 provides you with a good understanding of the foundations of accounting and finance alongside the fundamentals of business. Years 2 and 3 give you in-depth knowledge of how companies use accounting and finance to make decisions, report performance under conditions of uncertainty and risk. The programme provides the intellectual underpinnings required for a professional career in a rapidly changing work environment, a rigorous approach to self-awareness and personal development and significant exposure to the world of work and its current demands through work experience opportunities. BSc (Hons) Accounting with Finance with Foundation and Placement Years Want a degree designed to boost your professional career in accounting? Promoting independent learning and built around increasing your employability skills, this course begins with the foundation of accounting and finance alongside business fundamentals, going on to deliver in-depth knowledge of how companies use accounting and finance to make decisions and report performance under conditions of uncertainty and risk. This full-time course is delivered in an interactive way with a real-world focus; face-to-face learning is supported by online resources, including the Financial Times, case studies, simulations, learning videos, reading materials, online testing and feedback. This degree is ideal for those interested in a future professional career in accounting, finance, audit and taxation, and acts as a foundation for further study in accounting or finance at the postgraduate or professional level. Optional Placement Year New from September 2021 – our Placement Year provides the opportunity to spend an academic year working for an employer to gain vital experience to boost your employability. With the supervision and support of our academics, a Placement Year gives you the chance to gain real-world experience, develop leadership skills, and take a significant first step into the highly competitive business world. Course Details BSc (Hons) Accounting with Finance This degree is designed for those with an interest in accounting and finance. During the first year, you’ll develop a solid understanding of the fundamentals of accounting and finance. Years two and three will explore how organisations use accounting and finance practices to make sensible predictions and sound business decisions in an ever-changing business landscape. As part of the curriculum, in addition to your accounting and finance knowledge, you’ll also develop the skills demanded by today’s business employer including critical analysis, leadership, team working, communication and presentation skills. Recognised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), successful completion of this undergraduate degree will exempt you from nine ACCA papers, accelerating your career ambitions. Alternatively, you’ll also be well placed to continue your studies within the field of finance and accounting by undertaking courses such as: MSc Corporate Financial Management MSc Financial Risk Management MSc Financial Compliance and Governance Placement Year (Subject To Approval) Our degrees are built around preparing you for the workplace and with that in mind, we encourage students to select the option to undertake a placement year. Taking place in the 3rd year of a 4-year degree, you’ll have the opportunity to find paid work, putting the learning of your first 2 years into practice to develop and enhance real-world skills to launch your career. So how does it work? Whilst you will be responsible for finding your own placement, our dedicated Business Employability Team will be on hand to support you through the process. The hours per week that you work will be determined by your placement organisation, however, expect it to be between 18 hours and 35 hours per week for a minimum of 30 weeks. If you’re not successful in securing a placement then do not worry - you’ll simply transfer to a non-placement version of your course. There is no assessment connected to the placement year, though you will be required to deliver a presentation summarising your learning and experience. Our placement year courses are open to everyone including international students, who can contact our International Office for specific advice and guidance. Foundation Year You can choose to take an additional Foundation Year before you start this course. This introductory year focuses on developing the key skills required to study at the degree level and covers the same modules across all business and law courses. The modules covered will initially enhance your communications skills, digital and information literacy and ability to think critically. In addition, modules covering the Foundations of Business Management, Law, and Social Sciences will not only support your progression onto your business degree but also give you an introduction to other disciplines. You then have the added flexibility of switching your degree programme if another discipline captures your interest, subject to availability and entry requirements. Course Structure Foundation Year Optional Citizenship Academic and Report Writing Numeracy Skills in Context. Foundations of Business Management Foundations of Law Foundations of Social Sciences Year 1: 31 study weeks Essentials of Management Academic and Employability Skills Managing and Leading People Financial Accounting Data Analysis Finance Year 2: 30 study weeks Ethics and Regulations in Finance and Accounting Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Economics for Business Introduction to Taxation Business Law 1 Management Accounting for Business Placement Year Optional Students have the option to undertake a paid Placement Year with a business employer. Year 4: 30 study weeks Global Leadership and Change Management International Strategic Management Financial Reporting Advanced Taxation Audit Advanced Financial Reporting Course Information Assessment Assessments may consist of individual in-class tests, individual reports, in-class group presentations, group projects and exams. Structure This course has an innovatively flexible structure, with specific assessments that are conducive to effective learning. Course Requirements 32 UCAS points from the equivalent of one A Level or 40 UCAS points from the equivalent of two A Levels. Students should also possess GCSE English Language at A-C (9-4), and Grade D/4 or above in GCSE Maths or equivalent qualifications. An English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or above, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Non-standard applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. How to Apply Applications for all our undergraduate Business courses are now open. Fees 2022/23: UK - £9,250 International - £14,750 (London), £13,750 (non-London) Please note the fee for the Placement Year is 20% of the usual tuition fee i.e. £1,850 (Home) and £2,950 (International- London), £2,750 (International- non-London). 2023/24: UK - £9,250 per annum International - £16,700 per annum (London), £15,900 per annum (non-London) Please note the fee for the Placement Year is 20% of the usual tuition fee i.e. £1,850 (Home) and £3,350 (International- London), £3,200 (International- non-London).