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Accounting & Finance BSc(Hons) with business experience

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time N420 2017

Why choose this course?

More than a traditional degree

This course is ideal for those considering careers such as an accountant, auditor, treasurer, company secretary and financial analyst. It combines a path towards professional qualifications, a business readiness programme and a work placement of up to nine months. Alternatively, you may study overseas, start a new business, or take a research work placement. All options fall within the three years of the course.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

This degree offers you value plus enhanced career prospects. The combination of integrated business experience and professional qualifications provides you with the practical experience that so many employers seek. It will also help you to further develop your career once you graduate.

Professional bodies and qualifications

We offer a professional qualification route for every student: the course offers partial exemptions (credits for prior learning) to professional qualifications from both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

You will receive membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), funded by Kingston Business School, throughout your studies. Through our dual accreditation you will also receive its professional qualification on graduation.

There is also the opportunity to take the highly regarded PRINCE2 project management qualification, giving you an edge in your future career.

Business Readiness Programme

Kingston Business School's business degrees offer content specifically designed to give you an advantage in the workplace. Today's employers are seeking graduates who are work-ready as well as academically qualified. Our Business Readiness Programme aims to enable you to undertake a placement option with confidence – and prepare you for the real world of work. The four-term programme includes key skills such as:

  • building and maintaining a career-enhancing professional network;
  • self-management – developing a personal plan for success;
  • time management and delivering to deadlines;
  • the professional and business etiquette that gains respect in the workplace; and
  • working as a team – and organising an effective team.

You also explore topics such as understanding personality traits, developing your individual strengths to their full potential, resilience and interpreting and learning from appraisals. You will develop IT, communication and personal branding skills and learn to produce brilliant presentations along the way.

You have a choice of options in areas you might like to discover in more depth, through a variety of specialist sessions, such as a leadership workshop, an entrepreneurship expert panel or "a day in the life ..." and "careers in..." sessions.

During the four terms, you also prepare for your placement which includes:

  • the application process including researching and targeting your placement;
  • writing your CV and cover letters and getting ready for interviews;
  • using your placement to benefit your future career;
  • developing the skills your placement organisation expects; and
  • managing relationships at work and evaluating your progress.

What you will study

Business degree programme schedule

This course develops skills sought by employers, focusing on current business practice. Its practical element means you apply your learning to the real world of work.

There are three levels of academic study – Levels 4, 5 and 6 which normally equate to the three years that are spent at university.

Level 4 is taught in Year 1 and introduces the business and legal environments where accounting and finance operate, and the knowledge and skills underpinning the study of accounting and finance. You will study economics, organisational behaviour, quantitative and IT skills, as well as the basics of financial accounting and bookkeeping.

Level 5 starts during the third teaching block of Year 1, after the successful completion of Level 4. At this point, you will start your further study on Financial Reporting and commence Management Accounting. Your Level 5 studies will then continue at the start of Year 2 by introducing finance and the option to study either Auditing or Enterprise Finance and Management before starting your placement option. You will develop technical expertise in the main subject areas and your ability to apply theoretical concepts and ideas.

During Year 2, you will choose between a work placement in an organisation (we will provide support and where possible you will be paid) or a period of study abroad at one of our partner institutions, located all over the world. Alternatively, you may start a new business (with support from us) or take a research work placement – suitable if you are considering an academic career.

After your placement option, you will return for the third year, studying Level 6. Level 6 further develops the three main areas of accounting and finance: financial reporting, management accounting and finance, advancing your ability to apply and evaluate theoretical concepts and ideas. You will also study taxation.

This course makes the best use of your time. In Year 1, the summer term will last until mid-July, not June. In Year 2 the work/research placement, study overseas or business start-up is between January and July (or later if wished). You will graduate at the same time as those choosing traditional degrees, but with greater learning and experience.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Years 1 and 2

  • This module introduces how information technology (IT) and mathematics are essential tools in business problem solving. It helps you become familiar with the language of mathematics and helps you to appreciate and understand how mathematics is essential in solving business problems. It also helps you become familiar with technology (both internet and non-internet based) and helps you appreciate how an understanding of their use is essential in business and in supporting business problem solving. This module aims to increase your confidence so you can communicate using IT and mathematics.

  • This module provides you with a general understanding of the English legal system and a more advanced understanding of the principal areas of law that may be encountered in business or professional practice and which are of concern to accounting and finance professionals. Beginning with a focus on sources of law and the court system in England and Wales, you will then consider the areas of contract and tort which underlie business transactions. You will examine the legal formalities required for forming partnerships and companies and for the day-to-day management of companies. You will consider the legal implications of companies in difficulty and various aspects of employment law. You will also study criminal law's relevance to accountants in business or practice – matters such as fraud, insider dealing and money laundering legislation.

  • This module introduces you to different types of businesses and their role in the economy, with a particular focus on entrepreneurs. It discusses various leadership and people management theories and helps you understand the contributions individuals make to their teams and organisations. You will learn about organisation structure and functions and the role of corporate governance; as well as market mechanisms and the role of government in market economies. You will also be able to discuss the importance of conducting business and yourself in a socially responsible manner.

  • This module provides you with an introduction to financial accounting and the resulting financial statements, explaining its purpose and importance. It provides you with an understanding of the concepts and principles that govern the practices of financial accounting and enables you to prepare financial statements from transaction data.

  • This module focuses on the financial reporting requirements of companies. You will consider the concepts and principles that govern the practices of financial accounting and reporting. You will examine their application through a variety of financial reporting standards across a number of different accounting areas – from non-current assets to contingent liabilities and from inventories to tax.

  • This module introduces you to management accounting. You will consider the fundamental concepts and techniques of management accounting and build on them to gain the analytical skills necessary to make many short, medium and long term operating decisions within an organisation.

  • This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of finance. It starts with an introduction to the financial world before moving on to examine a full range of debt and equity products.

  • A choice between Auditing or Enterprise, Finance & Management:

    • You will develop an understanding of the operational, practical and theoretical issues in auditing, as well as an awareness of the audit process, its limitations and the influence of regulation on audits. This module covers relevant international standards on auditing and relevant statutes such as the Companies Acts, Fraud Act, Money Laundering Act and the Bribery Act. Case law, as it affects auditing practices, will also be discussed. You will also learn about ethics, corporate governance, environmental and social issues, fair values and information technology in this module.

    • In this module you will develop an understanding of the core business disciplines necessary to start and grow an enterprise. You will be able to explain the regulatory and ethical implications of modern enterprise and understand the ways in which enterprises can raise funds, plus the importance of sound working capital management. You will also examine the strategic, management and leadership characteristics necessary for enterprises to successfully start-up and grow.


Year 3

  • This module considers financial reporting in a wider business and social context and brings together different threads from previous modules, creating a capstone experience for the whole discipline of financial accounting and reporting. You will evaluate the theoretical ideas underpinning financial regulation and reporting, plus alternative methods of accounting. You will consider the wider business context, including the role of financial reporting within corporate governance and the importance of ethics and ethical behaviour. This module also widens the scope of financial reporting to larger reporting entities. You will consider in detail the ideas underpinning, and the reporting requirements for, reporting for a group of companies. This module encourages you to consider current issues debated by the media and professionals in order to build up-to-date knowledge. Assessment has a strong focus on developing your employability skills through a series of presentations with individual feedback and support.

  • This module builds on the foundations of the Finance module to provide a comprehensive and thorough study of contemporary corporate finance and risk. You will explore strategic decision-making in financial management and corporate finance, with a particular focus on investment, fundraising and distribution decisions. You will examine the interface and interactions between corporations and the capital markets and carry out a critical analysis of modern finance theory and the associated research. This will enable you to explore how theory and evidence can be applied to enhance decision-making in corporate finance. You will develop knowledge and understanding about the role of corporate finance professionals in business and strategic management. You will also develop analytical and numerical skills and be able to handle complex variables in order to make financial decisions.

  • This module builds on the Management Accounting module and is designed to give you an advanced course exploring the provision and use of accounting information in management decision-making. You will reflect on the purpose and uses of management accounting information, evaluate case studies, discuss theoretical accounting concepts and use a range of practical techniques to solve advanced management accounting related issues.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the operational, practical and theoretical issues in personal and business taxation. You will learn how to analyse and interpret information and how to communicate your recommendations in an appropriate and professional way to the intended audience, for example your clients and HMRC.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Study abroad as part if your degreeMost of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

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