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Accounting & Finance BSc(Hons) with business experience

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time N420 2016 and 2017

Why choose this course?

More than a traditional degree

This integrated programme includes your degree, and business experience, and a path towards professional membership, as well as the opportunity to study abroad – all in three years, and for the same fee as a traditional degree. This combination gives you the knowledge, skills and practical experience that employers look for, enhancing your career prospects.

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.

This course covers financial accounting, management accounting and finance. It will develop the knowledge and technical skills necessary to pursue a career in roles as varied as auditor, treasurer, company secretary and accountant.

As part of this course, you will be able to have a business experience, or study abroad exchange, in Year 2.

Professional bodies

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).

Microsoft certification for Excel

In addition to your course, you will be able to study for this certificate free of charge. Providing evidence of your knowledge of Excel, it is a great feature to add to your CV.

What you will study

Year 1 will introduce you to the business and legal environment in which accounting and finance operate, and provide the knowledge and skills that underpin 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.

Years 2 and 3 will focus on the three main areas of accounting and finance: financial accounting, management accounting and finance. You will develop your technical expertise and your ability to apply and evaluate theoretical concepts and ideas. You can choose from a range of option modules.

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 you to the mutually dependent business topics of mathematics and information technology. It provides motivation for the use of these topics in business problem solving, and emphasises their need for one another. These days, one would not use mathematics to solve a business problem without the aid of technology. Equally importantly, one cannot efficiently or effectively use IT without mathematics. The module will be delivered using a problem-centric approach. You will be required to design and create models using information technology to solve business-related problems.

  • This module is designed to provide you with a general understanding of the English legal system and a more advanced understanding of the principle 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. The legal implications of companies in difficulty will be considered as will 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.

  • The module introduces you to the basic business environment in which accountants work. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the different types of business and how they interact with key stakeholders and the external environment. You will also study businesses' organisational structure and functions, including the accounting and control systems, and concepts of the behaviour and management of people in work situations. Entrepreneurship is also covered. Throughout the module you will engage in activities that enable you to develop your academic and other relevant skills, which can be applied throughout your time at the University and your future work and organisations.

  • This module is designed to provide you with an introduction to financial accounting. The purpose and importance of financial accounting will be explained. You will learn how to produce financial statements from the original source documents, through the recording of transactions to the final production of a profit and loss account and balance sheet for a non-complex business. The module will also examine the subjective nature of financial accounting with its need for professional judgement and you will be introduced to the concepts and principles that underlie financial accounting and reporting. You will also gain practical experience of inputting data into Sage accounting software and using spreadsheets to prepare financial information.

  • This module focuses on the financial reporting requirements of companies, both large and small. You will consider the concepts and principles that govern the practices of financial accounting. 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, 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 introduces you to the concepts of finance from a theoretical and practical viewpoint. You will consider the nature and purpose of financial management, the financial management environment and the sources and cost of finance. The module will introduce you to working capital management and investment appraisal techniques.


Year 3

  • This module considers financial reporting in a wider business and social context, and brings together different threads from the previous modules, creating a capstone experience for the whole discipline of financial accounting and reporting. The theoretical ideas unpinning financial regulation and reporting are evaluated as are alternative methods of accounting. The wider business context is considered, such as 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 and considers in detail the ideas underpinning, and the reporting requirements for, reporting for a group of companies. The module encourages students to consider current issues which are debated by the media and professionals in order to build an up-to-date knowledge base of the subject area. The assessment strategy demonstrates a strong focus on developing students' employability skills and graduate attributes 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. It incorporates the most recent theoretical and empirical developments in corporate finance and explores the traditional theoretical principles in force alongside the most recent developments. You are expected to get involved in discussions and debates of theoretical issues and their applications in corporate life and you are encouraged to develop and adopt a critical approach.

  • This module is designed to give you an advanced understanding of the provision and use of accounting information in internal management decision making. You will be involved in an active learning approach and will be expected to do the following: reflect on the purposes and uses of management accounting information, evaluate case study scenarios, discuss theoretical accounting concepts and utilise a range of practical techniques to solve problems.


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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