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Sheffield Hallam University

Forensic Accounting with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A052

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15,P:30

Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised 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

•English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent •Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent

UCAS Tariff

64

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications exluding 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 | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2021

Subject

Accounting

**Course summary**
* Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the ACCA, ICAEW, IFA and CIMA.

* Build a strong basis to begin a career in forensic accounting.

* A springboard to start a career in accounting in general.

* Allows you to demonstrate competence in many graduate-level transferable skills.

Join the fight against fraud and set yourself apart from other accounting graduates. Deepen your understanding of financial accounting, along with the related laws, risks, and ethics. The course is suitable for students who want to become forensic accountants, but also for students who are interested in accounting with an investigative and legal perspective.

**How you learn**
The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Forensic Accounting course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other Sheffield Business School foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

The course is organised in to six modules each academic year, with modules taught in large and small groups . It adopts an activity-based and student-centred approach, taking place both within formal teaching sessions and during guided and independent study undertaken by you, including collaborative group work. To support guided and independent study, you are provided with tasks, exercises, resources, and references to additional useful learning materials, to access, utilise and respond to as part of your study programme.

You learn through
* lectures

* seminars

* workshops

* group work

* independent study

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**
All modules make a significant contribution to employability by providing you with a real life context to the topics covered, and by requiring you to use skills such as independent research, teamwork and presentations. This is done by using case studies, real life examples and scenarios, engaging you in the study and evaluation of industry sectors while developing key graduate skills such as literacy, critical thinking, personal organisation and time management.

There are specific employability modules at each level of the degree, 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, culminating in the final year consultancy project that enables you to demonstrate your critical and problem solving capabilities and the opportunity to be creative and innovative.

During year four, 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. Forensic accounting students have benefitted hugely from obtaining placements with employers such as PwC, Audit Partnership, Interserve and GE.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
Year 1
Compulsory modules

Module: Contemporary Issues Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Business Credits: 20
Module: Organisation Management And Delivery 1 Credits: 20
Module: Organisation Management And Delivery 2 Credits: 20
Module: Self And Stakeholder Management Credits: 20
Module: The Practice Of Accounting, Finance And Economics Credits: 20
Year 2
Compulsory modules

Module: Business Economics (Finance) Credits: 20
Module: Developing Professional And Academic Skills Credits: 20
Module: Financial Accounting Credits: 20
Module: Financial Analysis For Business Credits: 20
Module: Law, Corporate Governance And Ethics Credits: 20
Module: Management Accounting Credits: 20
Elective modules

Module: The Practice Of Accounting, Finance And Economics Credits: 20
Module: The Practice Of Business Credits: 20
Module: The Practice Of Business In The Events, Food, Hospitality And Tourism Industries Credits: 20
Year 3
Compulsory modules

Module: Corporate Law, Audit And Regulation Credits: 20
Module: Electronic Crime Credits: 20
Module: Financial Accounting And Reporting Credits: 20
Module: Financial Risk Management Credits: 20
Module: Fraud, Evidence, Expert Witness Credits: 20
Module: Progressing Professional Development Credits: 20
Year 4
Optional modules

Module: Placement Year Credits: -
Final year
Compulsory modules

Module: Audit And Assurance Credits: 20
Module: Consultancy Project Credits: 20
Module: Corporate Reporting Credits: 20
Module: Forensic Accounting Techniques Credits: 20
Module: Forensic And Fraud Examination Credits: 20
Module: Principles Of Taxation Credits: 20

Assessment methods

Coursework

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

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?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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
56%
low
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.

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.

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