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Sheffield Hallam University

Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A051

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Access to HE course in a science based subject. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade C or 4 or L2 equivalent

UCAS Tariff

64

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies For example: CC at A Level MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2020

Subjects

Accounting

Finance

Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Obtain a broad understanding of accounting and economics within the business environment.
Learn to practically apply theoretical concepts.
Study from evolving course content to reflect the continually changing world economy.
Undertake an one year optional paid work placement.
Over 90% of our graduates secure jobs or go on to further study within six months of graduation.
This course will help you develop a broad understanding of accounting and economics but give you the ability to specialise in accounting or economics in your final year.

**How you learn**

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Accounting and Economics course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other accounting, banking and finance foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You will learn within formal teaching sessions and during guided and independent study, including collaborative group work. You will be provided with tasks, exercises, resources, and references to additional useful learning materials to access, utilise and respond to as part of your study programme.

Your learning incorporates real life context to the topics you cover where possible by requiring you to use such skills as independent research, teamwork and presentations. The accounting focus of the course is designed in consultation with the main professional accountancy bodies.

**You learn through**

lectures
seminars
workshops
research
independent and group study
optional work placement

In the foundation year, you'll study wider business topics, while specialising in your chosen subject area. You'll learn useful skills such as academic writing, work in diverse teams and learn to utilise a wide variety of data sources. In doing so, you'll fully prepare yourself for undergraduate study.

**Applied learning**

Learning, teaching and assessment activities encourage you to develop key skills such as problem solving, numeracy, IT skills, as well as a deep and critical knowledge of the subject matter of the programme, and are designed to foster those employability attributes (for example, reflection on learning, personal development planning, interpersonal communication skills) identified as important in modern organisations.

All modules make a significant contribution to the employability pathway by providing students with a real life context to the topics they cover and by requiring them to use such skills as independent research, teamwork and presentations. This is done by using case studies, real life examples and scenarios, which form the backbone of the employability policy by engaging you in the study and evaluation of industry sectors and at the same time developing key graduate skills such as literacy, critical thinking, personal organisation and time management.

There are specific employability modules identified at each level, which allow you to gain a good understanding of the roles available to you. They help you understand how to go about searching and applying for such roles, and culminating in the final year with a consultancy project that enables each student to demonstrate their critical and problem solving capabilities and the opportunity to be creative and innovative. Between your third and final years, we help and encourage you to complete an optional one year paid work placement. This enables you to apply and develop your knowledge and skills in a real business environment.

Previous students have gained placements with organisations such as Astra Zeneca, GE Capitalm IBM, the Metropolitan Police and Oxford Economics. We have an excellent employment record with over 90% of our graduates on related accounting and economics courses securing jobs or going on to further study within six months of graduation.

Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Contemporary Issues 20 credits
Introduction To Business 20 credits
Organisation Management And Delivery 1 20 credits
Organisation Management And Delivery 2 20 credits
Self And Stakeholder Management 20 credits
The Practice Of Accounting, Finance And Economics 20 credits
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Financial Accounting 20 credits
Introduction To Macroeconomics 20 credits
Introduction To Microeconomics 20 credits
Management Accounting 20 credits
Maths For Economics 20 credits
Professional Skills In Economics 20 credits
Year 3
Compulsory modules
Financial Accounting And Reporting 20 credits
Financial Management 20 credits
Intermediate Macroeconomics 20 credits
Intermediate Microeconomics 20 credits
Management Accounting Applications 20 credits
Progressing Professional Development 20 credits
Year 4
Compulsory modules
Placement Year -
Final year
Compulsory modules
Advanced Topics In Macroeconomics 20 credits
Corporate Reporting 20 credits
Industrial Economics 20 credits
Strategic Management Accounting 20 credits
Elective modules
Corporate Finance 20 credits
Economics Consultancy Project 20 credits
Enterprise Management 20 credits
Global Governance In International Business 20 credits
International Strategy 20 credits

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Sheffield Business School

TEF rating:
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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.

79%
med
Accounting
77%
med
Finance

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.

Accounting

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

85%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

Finance

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

87%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
70%
Male students
30%
Female students
57%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
28%
Administrative occupations: finance
14%
Business, research and administrative professionals

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.

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.

£20,500
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
82%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
18%
Administrative occupations: finance
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Accounting

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

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

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.

Finance

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

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

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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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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