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Accounting and Finance - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

With a high level of professional exemptions from the accounting bodies ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, AIA and IFA, this challenging course is an ideal start to becoming a qualified accountant or a related financial career. You'll have access to an extensive network of industry contacts to help with optional work experience placements and projects.

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Through this course, you’ll develop your academic writing, your independent research skills and your practical skills in business and accounting software such as Microsoft Excel, Sage and Oracle. The programme is delivered through a blend of lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and plenary sessions.

Between them, our staff have accumulated an impressive level of academic and professional experience in public audit, taxation, financial reporting, management accounting and information systems. Occasionally, distinguished external speakers are invited to make presentations on contemporary accounting, finance and business-related issues.

We place particular emphasis on employability, and our lecturers, who have a wide network of industry contacts, can help you with optional work experience placements and projects.

On completion of the course, you’ll receive full exemption from all of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)’s fundamental exam papers.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessment tools used in the core modules, including essays designed to showcase your writing skills, and presentations designed to prepare you for the job market. 

Some modules use more traditional methods of assessment, such as closed-book examinations, in order to gain professional body exemption.

Professional accreditation

This course qualifies you for exemption from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)’s fundamental exam papers, F1 to F9.

The core modules of the course satisfy many of the requirements of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants (CIPFA), the Association of International Accountants (AIA) as well as the award of full membership of the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA). 

Presently, the accreditation of the degree course for select exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is pending.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: 280 or more UCAS points, including at least 180 from two or more A levels in academic or business subjects
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. Please see our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Specific qualifications that may make you eligible for advanced entry to this course include AAT level 4, ACCA F1 to F4 or a relevant foundation degree, HND or equivalent.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module focuses on the function and theory of financial accounting in a computerised environment and enables students to practise the methods and develop relevant skills. To identify the nature, explain the function, interpret the dataflow, use the theory and practice the methods of financial accounting in a systemic context.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module focuses on the accounting requirements of business organisations for internal and external reporting and decision making. It will examine the financial and management accounting techniques and decisions for sole traders and limited companies .

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module is designed to provide first year undergraduates with a precise introduction to economic and taxation principles within a legal framework. Whilst the economics component of the module is primarily concerned with the micro foundations of economics thinking it will demonstrate the applicability of these ideas to the macroeconomic environment. This module introduces students to essential principles and concepts of the English Legal System. Students are given the opportunity to examine the major sources of English law and to become familiar with the functioning of these in the context of social and cultural diversity and the modern day environment. Students will also develop an understanding of commercial agreements in addition to a consideration of civil and criminal liabilities within business. The module will emphasise the importance of efficiency, rationality, and time and opportunity cost to economic thinking, and show how these ideas may be applied to decision-making contexts. Students will be introduced to the UK taxation system.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Monday afternoon

    The module aims to prepare learners for the accounting profession. This will be achieved by teaching relevant academic and practical skills which will enable the learner to succeed academically and to begin to develop key workplace skills including numeracy. It will also emphasise the need for personal development and the importance of a professional approach to learning.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module focuses on the preparation of financial statements for UK limited companies, the critical assessment of published accounts, with an understanding of the UK regulatory framework. Students will also be exposed to the legal framework and environment within which companies operate.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module helps students to develop a sound understanding of the principles and theories in cost accounting, forecasting, planning and control and performance measurement. Students will also be able to apply underlying concepts and principles in an employment context and identify the legal issues that might arise.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module is designed to introduce students to the basic theory of finance and to apply the theory to the selection and management of financial investments. As a prerequisite, students will be introduced to quantitative techniques that are essential for studying finance.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    The module will examine the theory underlying taxation and issues relating to current taxation practice
    It will provide students with the knowledge to prepare personal and company tax computations. Students will also examine the principles of capital gains tax, inheritance tax and value added tax.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    To provide an understanding of advanced accounting theories, concepts and approaches and their relationship to decision making processes
    To establish explicit contacts between the theoretical approaches to the development of accounting theory and the practice of financial reporting in the UK and Internationally

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module is the Level 6 Project module for this course and focuses upon developing employability, research, academic writing, presentation and independent learning skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module is concerned with the strategic, long-run decisions facing the firm. Specifically it deals with the Income Statement, in terms of revenue earning and cost reducing, and the Position Statement, in terms of raising finance and capital investment.

    It therefore focuses on the strategic aspects of management accounting and will explore and critically
    evaluate management accounting techniques encountered in previous management accounting modules as well as developing students’ knowledge and critical understanding of the theoretical models, analytical methods and practical aspects of corporate financial decision making in a competitive business environment and a dynamic capital market.

    It is concerned with areas traditionally seen as concerned with financing and investment: capital structure and dividend policy, investment appraisal, working capital management, the acquisition and restructuring decisions of companies as well as those focusing on cost and revenue such as pricing, and more advanced costing techniques.

    The context of the module is that of strategic vision so it incorporates those techniques seen as the province of modern manufacturing including TQM.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module builds upon the approaches to internal and external audit developed in the Autumn period module Audit and Risk Management. It focuses on the wider strategic, ethical, professional and environmental developments in the UK and international audit and assurance services frameworks.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    This module focuses on the role of the independent external auditor in assessing the internal controls of the business under review. The process of audit, from planning to the expression of an opinion, is examined.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    The module will explore the development of corporate social responsibility in response to corporate misuse of assets and anti-social behaviour. The extent to which financial information and media interest can affect the outcome of companies is of global interest. The world may wish for an egalitarian society in which all information is freely available, but in reality company directors have to balance the information given with the impact it may have on the company’s future. Are the ethics of the boardroom or the trading floor so dissimilar from those of the high street? What difference has the dissemination of social and environmental reports had on the performance of companies and/or their ability to raise finance?

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a large organisation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
    • spring semester

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be employment activity, a work placement, professional training, volunteering activity in the not-for-profit sector, or where available, within a Virtual Business Environment within the University.

    It is expected that the student should work for 140 hours, for which they will be required to provide evidence. The 140 hours can be completed in 20 working days in a full-time mode during the summer (where available), or spread over a semester in a part-time mode.

    Additionally, learners may in some cases be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a level of responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader).

    The work based learning activity should enable the student to build on previous experiences and learning gained within their academic course and elsewhere. It should provide learning opportunities for personal development. The student is encouraged and supported in developing the ability to identify applied knowledge and skills that enhance their work performance, ensure their continued improvement and apply theory to practice as appropriate. The learner should develop improved understanding of themselves, and the workplace through reflective and reflexive learning.

    • Students will be contacted soon after they register for the module (e.g. June for those registered for October) to ensure they understand the requirements and are able to find suitable activity
    • The University must ensure that suitable health and safety requirements are in place and the work activity needs to be approved by the module team before they start the role. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed on an individual basis.
    • Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities and with all aspects of their job search and applications. The Careers and Employability Team will work with Faculty teams to provide this support. However, it is the students’ responsibility to obtain suitable employment, and roles cannot be guaranteed.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday morning
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    This module is offered as an option module on the Undergraduate Scheme.
    Increasingly managers at all levels of an organisation are required to manage projects, temporary endeavours undertaken to create a unique product or service. This module introduces most of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), as defined by the Project Management Institute – PMI, http://www.pmi.org/ - and therefore prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people, and the project as a whole. The module therefore includes both the use of computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and teams.

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  • This module focuses on those strategies facilitating the auditing of computerised information systems. The module also considers the practical and theoretical appreciation of the different computerised tools and techniques employed by system auditors within the corporate sector.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    The module is designed to develop student employability and increase graduate career prospects. The ‘sandwich placement’ year requires learners to undertake a minimum of 44 weeks full-time work in employment which is developmental and relates to their graduate career goals. Compulsory pre-placement preparation workshops will provide structured learning and support to assist students in their search for an appropriate placement in an industry relevant to their area of study; develop professionalism and the ability to transfer learning from the classroom and previous employment to the placement workplace. During the placement term, students will be supported in applying theoretical knowledge in a practical context, analysing business problems and proposing solutions, and identifying and articulating transferable skills and knowledge developed during the placement. Students will be expected to demonstrate improved understanding of their abilities and career goals, knowledge of the workplace organisation and professional awareness through reflective and reflexive learning.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  •  Introduction to Financial Accounting
  •  Professional Skills for Accounting
  •  Legal and Economic Framework
  •  Accounting Information Systems

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • International Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Principles of Finance
  • Professional Experience Year Placement (optional)

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Current Issues in Accounting and Finance
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Project Management (optional)
  • Audit and Risk Management (optional)
  • Audit and Assurance Services (optional)
  • Systems Auditing (optional)
  • Financial Analysis (optional)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics (optional)
  • Learning Through Work (optional)
  • Work-related Development (optional)

In the National Student Survey (NSS) of 2014, the BAAF degree course received a rating of 89%, in terms of overall student satisfaction. This is above the national sector average rating of 82%.

Accounting is a subject field with a high demand for graduates.

Opportunities for qualified accountants are extensive, and our graduates have found work with companies such as Angel Finance, BBC, Grant Thornton, Hays Agency, Hartley Fowler LLP, The Courtauld Institute of Art and The Royal Opera House.

There are opportunities for relevant placements, which can give you valuable work experience.

Optional professional placement year with additional professional accreditation

All Business School undergraduate degree programmes offer an optional, 12-month professional work placement, normally taken after the first two years of study. The placement year offers students the opportunity to gain an additional 30 credits at degree level and valuable graduate-level work experience.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time. 

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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