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Accounting & Finance BSc(Hons) with business experience

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time N420 2018
4 years full time including foundation year N421 2018

Why choose this course?

If you'd like to become an accountant, auditor, treasurer, company secretary or financial analyst, this degree is ideal.

This course is 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. That's why this course combines an accounting and finance degree with professional accreditations and a Business Readiness Programme. You'll also choose between undertaking a work or research placement, studying overseas or starting your own business. All these options are integrated within the three-year degree course.

We're one of only a few universities in the UK to have a real-time Bloomberg trading room, designed to give you the experience of working in a fast paced professional environment. You'll be given access to Thomson, Datastream, Hydra and Fame databases meaning you will have access to real-world data, gaining familiarity with the technology used in the financial workplace.

This course is accredited by the Association of Corporate Treasurers and offers exemptions from their professional exams. You'll also gain partial exemptions (credits for prior learning) to professional qualifications from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

What you will study

This course makes the best use of your time. In year one, the summer term lasts until mid-July, not June- so you can start your year two studies earlier. This creates time in the second year for you to complete your six month work/research placement, study overseas or business start-up 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.

Accounting and finance degree programme schedule

In Year 1 you will cover the business and legal environments in which accounting and finance operate. You'll study economics, organisational behaviour, law, quantitative and develop your IT skills. You'll also be introduced to the basics of financial accounting and bookkeeping.  Alongside your taught modules you'll begin your Business Readiness Programme. Then from April you'll start your further study on Financial Reporting and Management Accounting.

In Year 2s and 3 there is a focus on the three main areas of accounting and finance: financial accounting, management accounting and finance. You can also study Auditing or Enterprise Finance and Management. You will develop technical expertise and your ability to apply and evaluate theoretical concepts and ideas.

Plus, during your second year, you can choose between a work placement in an organisation (we will provide support and where possible you will be paid). If you'd like to be your own boss, with support from us, you could start a new business. You could choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions which are located all over the world or alternatively, you could take a research work placement - suitable if you are considering an academic career.

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 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

       

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  • This module is one of the options available to you during your work placement/business experience. Each of these options allows you to develop your skills and knowledge, and learn about the business environment and the world of work, linked to your main interests; in this case, the opportunity to gain experience in research work on one or more business topics under the direction of a Principal Investigator and/or co-invest.

    During your period of placement, you will be introduced to business research and how research is conducted and used in business and in academia. In addition, you will learn about the skills and knowledge required to become a researcher.

     

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Business Readiness module

  • This module consists of up to 44 weeks of employability and personal skills training, designed to prepare you for your placement and to improve your employability after graduation. You will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance your skills, ensure you make the most of your potential, gain the best possible placement, and give you an edge in the job market after graduation.

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Foundation year

If you are thinking of returning to education after a break you could apply for our foundation year course. This course will provide you with the academic and transferable skills you need to study an undergraduate degree in business subjects. At Kingston these include Business Management, International Business, Marketing & Advertising and Accounting & Finance.

Throughout the year-long course, you can study a range of these subjects, allowing you to get a better idea of which ones you prefer. It'll guide you in the direction of a business degree that you're particularly interested in. The foundation year will develop your independent study skills and help you to better understand your academic ability, a potential career path and how to develop the skills that employers look for in graduates.

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.

Most of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

Find out more about where you can study abroad:

If you are considering studying abroad, read what our students say about their experiences.

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