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Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


80 UCAS tariff points A maximum of three subjects are considered. A levels and other level 3 qualifications

AS

A,A-C,C

A maximum of two subjects along with two A levels or level 3 qualifications

Pass 60 credits overall At least 45 credits at level 3.

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4 or above or equivalent level 2 qualifications. All level 2 quals must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Acceptable Maths and English equivalents considered in lieu of GCSE:- - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Maths and English - Key Skills level 2:- Application of Number and Communication Maths and English Language grade C or above:- Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 Maths and English Language grade 2 or above:- Scottish Credit Standard Grade

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

points Overall For Students who do not already hold GCSE in Mathematics at grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. For Students who do not already hold GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not Literature) English A-grade 4 or above or English B - grade 5 from IB Diploma will be accepted.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H5,H5,H5,H5

This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 or A-C/A1-C3) or Higher level minimum grade H5/D1

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMP

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MMP

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

Scottish Advanced Higher

D,D,D

Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades DD in two Advanced Highers and grade DD in two Highers

Scottish Higher

C,C,D,D,D

Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades DD in two Advanced Highers and grade DD in two Highers

UCAS Tariff

80

Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Finance

Accounting

The BSc (Honours) Accounting and Finance with Foundation year degree at Birmingham City Business School provides a valuable introduction to the worlds of accountancy practice, commerce, industry and finance. We create graduates who possess a global outlook, with the conceptual and applied knowledge in the fields of accounting and finance that will enable them to make a positive impact on society.

The foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to develop your academic and interpersonal skills whilst developing your business skills further to support you to success on your academic path.

This course has been designed to be accredited by the major professional accounting bodies, including 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), offering significant exemptions from their professional qualifications.

**What's covered in the course?**

This course offers an accounting and finance curriculum that is up to date, vocationally relevant, challenging and reflects the complex and challenging nature of the accounting and business environment.

You will gain expertise in areas including financial and management accounting, corporate finance, international accounting and finance issues, data analysis and business technology. You will have the opportunity to use software relevant to the modern business environment, equipping you with the skills and experience sought by employers. You will develop scholarly attributes, becoming an independent learner with the ability to critically evaluate data and evidence, draw reasoned conclusions and communicate effectively in a professional manner.

Delivery of the course is flexible and includes a blend of lectures, workshops, field trips and online learning. The modules, which feed into the course, are broad, covers key current topics such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help you to appreciate accounting and finance from a range of perspectives. Ultimately, decision making in this field, calls for one to exercise judgement and intuition and this course helps you to strengthen that judgement.

With our practice-based approach to teaching, you will learn from professionally qualified academics with a wealth of industry experience, and research active academics whose research underpins and informs our approach to teaching.

You will be actively supported and encouraged to undertake an additional professional placement year, providing the opportunity to improve your employability skills. Our students have worked for industry leading accountancy practices including PwC and EY, as well as for organisations such as the NHS, IBM and Vodafone.

The international focus of the course is derived through a variety of means including the study of international accounting standards, student body, the teaching team and the use of international teaching materials. Moreover, students can choose to spend a full semester studying their modules overseas at a partner institution.

The course also offers the opportunity to study abroad at one of our international partner institutions.

**For full details, visit our website.**

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Curzon Building Campus

Department:

Birmingham City Business School

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
med
Finance
85%
med
Accounting

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
74%
Male students
26%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

Accounting

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
64%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Over 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2015, and a sign of the strength of the finance industry, numbers are on the up. Over half of finance graduates go into the finance industry, with accountancy and financial advice roles particularly popular. It's also quite common for finance graduates to go into jobs which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications — finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance. About a third of graduates start their careers in London - but Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham are other popular locations for finance graduates to work.

Accounting

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
71%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

You don't have to be an accountant if you take this degree, but over half of graduates take a look at the rewards on offer for accountancy trainees and go into the job. Many others go into other parts of the finance industry as advisors or book-keepers, and some go into management or marketing. London is very popular for accountancy graduates going into their first job, but it's also quite common to work in Scotland, with Glasgow a perennial hotbed of Scottish accountancy recruitment. If you want to find a job in finance as an accountancy graduates, recruitment agencies were particularly important last year, so try to get in touch with one as soon as you can to improve your chances.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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