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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:

  • 280 or more UCAS points, including at least 180 from two or more A levels (or equivalent, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma) in academic or Business subjects.
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent) are also required.

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.

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

Year 1 modules include:

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

Year 2 modules include:

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

Year 3 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

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

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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