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Accounting & FinanceBSc (Hons)

This course will develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the key accounting disciplines of financial reporting, management accounting, finance, taxation and audit.

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Important You can read a comprehensive guide to this course containing full details in our Course Information Guide.

This course will develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the key accounting disciplines of financial reporting, management accounting, finance, taxation and audit. It will provide a conceptual foundation for professional careers in management or business, developing commercial awareness, critical and analytical thinking.

You will acquire the problem-solving skills required in a rapidly changing business environment. The core modules will offer scope for exemption from the ACCA for papers F1 to F9 and accreditation for this will be sought on completion of the validation. The course programme also allows for potential exemptions from CIMA, ICAEW and CIPFA.

What's covered?

Year one units

  • Introduction to management accounting
  • Introduction to financial accounting
  • Quantitative methods for accounting
  • Business and economic environment
  • Professional skills for accountants
  • Business law and ethics

Year two units

  • Management accounting for decision making and control
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial markets and investment
  • Introduction to taxation
  • Principles of auditing
  • Company law and governance

Year three units

  • Strategic management accounting
  • Advanced financial reporting
  • Corporate financial management
  • Audit practice
  • Dissertation/project


Lectures will take place in small groups, with no more than 30 students, while workshops and seminars will be no larger than 15 students. This will enable high quality interactive and student led teaching through the duration of the degree programme.

Independent learning

As with all undergraduate degree programmes emphasis is placed upon you undertaking independent learning from the very beginning of the degree. You will be expected to explore and be challenged by exciting theories and concepts in the subject discipline of accounting and finance within a collegiate supportive environment. As you progress within the degree, the level of independent learning will increase, reflecting your growing expertise with the subject discipline.

How will my work be assessed?

A range of methods are used to develop skills and to assess progress and learning. Assessment methods include:

  • Examinations
  • Academic essays
  • Reports
  • Case studies
  • Individual/group presentations


Formative (both formal and informal) and summative assessment will underpin your progress throughout the degree. Typically, a module will have two summative assessments. Formative assessments are designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to complete subsequent summative assessments. Formative feedback and feedforward will enable you to review your performance and enhance your learning.

Informal formative assessment is a continuous process and will emerge from supporting you in learning activities, typically in seminars, workshops and tutorials. Formal formative assessment will take place through mock tests, observation of presentations, revision classes and review of written drafts of essays and reports. Timely provision of feedback on both formative and summative work will provide clear developmental support as you progress through a module and through the course. Emphasis is placed on the role of all forms of feedback
including verbal feedback in class and written comments on work. The significance of use of feedback and feedforward will be emphasised to you at all levels of the course.

Summative assessment feedback will enable you to understand your performance in the context of quality of your potential award and their personal and academic development. You will therefore be provided with written or online feedback and feedforward on all assessed coursework activities and review of examination results through the Tutorial System.

You will be given the opportunity to receive formative feedback on work throughout your degree, in order to continue to improve your approaches to a range of activities, including presentations, essays and reports.

What can I do after this?

Many graduates pursue professional training to obtain further professional qualifications leading to careers in finance, management, public sector, forensic accountants, actuaries and actuarial analysts, business advisers or stockbrokers.

Other career paths within related professions include data analysts, data scientists, economists, licensed conveyancers, management consultants, purchasing managers, retail bankers and tax advisers.

A minimum of 88 UCAS points from one or more of the following:

  • At least two A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Diploma/Subsidiary Diploma/Certificate [QCF]
  • BTEC National Award/Certificate
  • Diploma [NQF] International Baccalaureate
  • International Baccalaureate 
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma 30 credits at Merit/Distinction
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C (old specification) or Grade 4 (new specification) or above OR a Level 2 equivalent such as functional skills

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  • Venue Southend Campus
  • Starts Monday, September 2, 2019
  • Attendance Full time
  • Duration 3 years
  • Provision Higher Education
  • Cost £9000.00
  • Cost details Course cost is per academic year and includes a £1500 Surface Pro.
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