Accounting and Finance (Top-up) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This is a top-up version of our Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) degree. A top-up degree is the final year (Level 6) of an undergraduate degree course and is for those who have a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualification, or those wishing to study the final year of their degree in London.

This degree will help you on your way to becoming a qualified accountant but also opens up opportunities for alternative rewarding careers in finance.

More about this course

The course encompasses a broad range of topics, including accounting and financial theory. In addition to developing your academic and research knowledge, you'll learn to use a range of business and accounting software, such as Excel, Oracle and Sage.

You'll be taught by lecturers who 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.

Our vibrant accounting and finance community of students and academics will support you in reaching your career goals. We organise events where you'll have the opportunity to meet with accounting and business professionals, enabling you to create a valuable network for your future career.

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.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code N402
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Entry requirements

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

  • 240 credits from a Higher National Diploma (HND), a foundation degree (FdA/FdSc) or equivalent international qualification in a relevant subject
  • 240 credits from years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) in a relevant subject at a different institution

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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 3 modules include:

  • To develop advanced knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards and other regulations and the theoretical framework in the preparation of financial statements of entities, including groups, and how to analyse and interpret those financial statements.

    If students pass both AC5005 and this module, they will gain exemption from ACCA Paper F7.

    Module aims :

    1. To account for specialised transactions in accordance with international accounting standards
    2. To discuss the theoretical context of accounting and critically evaluate how this has influenced financial reporting in practice.
    3. To analyse recent developments in international financial reporting, including regulation and corporate governance

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  • The module is a Level 6 30 credit core module which 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 Statement of Financial Position, 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.

    Module aims :

    1. 1. To apply knowledge, understanding and skills from a strategic standpoint and thereby providing an appropriate foundation for higher studies.
    2. 2. To evaluate financial and non-financial evidence including arguments and assumptions in order to reach objective conclusions.
    3. 3. To develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of the theoretical models, analytical methods and practical aspects of financial decision making and management accounting in competitive business environments and dynamic capital markets.
    4. 4. To display the accountant’s need to remain innovative and play a pivotal part in the management of change in organisations, which is increasingly becoming a corporate requirement. It also encourages accountants to remind themselves of their ethical and social responsibilities; this is apposite in the light of the continuing series of corporate scandals that has often implicated accountants.

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  • The module is a Level 6 30 credit core module which is the designated Honours degree Project module for BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance degree students.

    Module aims :

    1. to develop critical evaluation of arguments and evidence in the context of current problem areas in accounting and finance
    2. to develop the capacities for independent and self managed learning and the ability to engage in professional reflection on personal strengths and weaknesses and professional practice
    3. to engage with academic sources and the accounting literature and to be effective in acknowledging and referencing of these sources
    4. to be effective in giving presentations relevant and appropriate to an intended audience
    5. to develop employability and professional practice skills relevant to the accountancy profession
    6. to understand and critically appraise developments in corporate governance and corporate social reporting

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  • The module is a Level 6 15 credit option module running in the Autumn semester. It has a pre-requisite of Audit and Internal Control which precedes this module in Level 5 Spring semester. If students pass both modules they will gain exemption from ACCA Paper F8.

    Module aims :

    1. to provide an understanding of the internal and external audit review and reporting functions in the context of the regulatory frameworks and professional and ethical dimensions of audit practice
    2. to critically appraise and evaluate the audit process and select appropriate techniques and judgements in performing and reporting on audit and assurance services
    3. to develop advanced skills in forming judgements and opinions whilst exercising an appropriate degree of professional judgement and professional scepticism in audit and assurance engagements

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

    Financial decision-making is important for any and every business. This natural mental process needs to be informed to select a course of action from several alternative options. One of the most essential elements that help to facilitate the implementation of the business strategy in an organisation is Finance. The financial manager of an organisation plays a central role in making decisions on optimum utilisation of financial resources and assess the implications for shareholders and other stakeholders, and the need for effective corporate governance. Therefore, managers require critical understanding of key financial management issues, performance indicators and methodologies relating to financial management frameworks. Managers use these tools when they are faced with making financial decisions in the business environment. This module provides students with knowledge about financial decision-making approaches and control systems businesses use to make managerial decisions.

    The module also provides the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate the impact of financial decisions. It enable learners of today, who are managers of tomorrow, to participate in decision making processes concerning the utilisation of finances in investment, financial and risk management, and the delivery of value for money in achieving the objectives of the business. Although managers are not always required to perform detailed financial analysis, they need to have a clear understanding of how the process of financial management and decision-making work to ascertain that decisions are properly made and implemented and that apposite risk management system are in place.

    The module focuses on fundamentals of financial management, the need for accounting and finance, financial governance, making capital investment decisions, balancing risk and return, tools of financial analysis, interpretations and planning, reading financial reports, cost challenges in decision making, working capital management, sources of finance, cost-volume-profit analysis and its use in managerial decisions and planning.

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  • The module is a Level 6 15 credit option module running in the Spring semester. The module takes issues surrounding social responsibility from national to international platform. CSR has continued to reorient and repair our world in different dimensions. Corporate and individual citizens are therefore demonstrably expected to be socially responsible and contribute to reducing the adverse impacts of companies on the environment and planet Earth in general.

    Module aims to:

    1. provide an understanding of general issues surrounding corporate social responsibility from national to international perspectives.
    2. provide students with a broad understanding of the roles of company directors, investors, the media and consumers – stakeholders in general to allow socially responsible companies to flourish in modern societies.
    3. provide students with a sound understanding of the roles international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, World Trade Organisations etc are playing in propagating and developing corporate social responsibility.

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

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity either part-time/vacation employment; work placement; not-for-profit sector volunteering or a professional project led by an employer.

    The work related learning activity must be for a minimum of 105 hours. These hours can be completed in a minimum of 15 working days (based on 7 hours per day) full-time during the summer, or over a semester in a part-time mode. The activity aims to: enable learners to build on previous experience and learning gained within academic studies and elsewhere; provide opportunity for personal skills and employability development and requires application of subject knowledge and relevant literature. Learners will be supported in developing improved understanding of themselves, and the work environment through reflective and reflexive learning in reference to the Quality Assurance Agency Subject Benchmark Statements for the appropriate degree programme.

    Students will be contacted prior to the semester to ensure they understand requirements of securing work related activity in advance. Support is provided to find and apply for suitable opportunities through the Placements and Careers teams. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team. Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a certain level of responsibility. It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the Placement and Careers team to assist them in finding a suitable role.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes (for semesters/levels, see the appropriate course specification.

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

    This module has been nationally promoted by the UK financial regulator the Financial Services Authority (FSA), [now Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)], as a ‘unique idea’ in their ‘National Strategy for Financial Capability in Higher Education’ (2009), and disseminated to all universities as an exemplar for raising student interest, expertise and enthusiasm in personal finance. FSA refers to London Metropolitan University as one of only four universities awarded the FSA Curriculum Development Grant for “unique ideas” put forward for the creation of a financial capability module, the unique idea for this University being the innovative Competency Based Action Learning (CoBAL) curriculum which is the outcome of doctoral level research conducted in collaboration with real-world organisations such as the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), the FSA, and the National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy (NRDC).

    The module underlines the role personal judgement plays in personal finance, and the many perspectives that inform personal judgement, enabling the student to formulate and employ Action Learning strategies for the development of knowledge, skill and attitudinal competencies in personal finance, and for increased ability and confidence in dealing with the complexities of making financial decisions in the five domains of financial capability identified by the FSA.

    This is an Extension of Knowledge (EoK) module which any student on any course in the University is able to take as an option module subject to their course incorporating a relevant slot in their course structure. The module’s EOK status recognises the need for students of all subjects to have a good grasp of Personal Finance.

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

    This module is a 15 credit 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 uses the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge (APMBOK), https://www.apm.org.uk/body-of-knowledge/ - and therefore prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people, and the project as a whole. The module includes both the use of computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and leading and motivating teams.

    Aims of the module:
    The module will equip the student with an understanding of the complexities of managing projects in an uncertain world. The student will become familiar with the project business case, the detailed planning and the use of ‘WBS’ and the ’OBS’, resources issues and their management, the timeline, budgeting and cash flow as well as the eventual monitoring and control of the project through methods of tracking and monitoring. The student will study methods of managing people in the project with appropriate models of leadership, team behaviours and motivation and methods of conflict management and resolution.

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After the course

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

Additional costs

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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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