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Finance and Accounting

University College Birmingham

UCAS Code: NN41 | Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


A level

C,D

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE / IGCSE maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.

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

PPP

This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

T Level

P

A T-level graded Pass with a core component profile less than C.

UCAS Tariff

56

Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]

About this course


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

Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

3.0 years | Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subjects

Accounting

Finance

**OVERVIEW**
**Finance and accounting professionals are vital to all functions of a business. If you aspire to become a certified accountant or want to work in the finance sector, our Finance and Accounting foundation degree will not only give you the essential tools to launch your career in the industry, but also a wealth of hands-on, practical experience that will put you ahead of the competition in the modern-day marketplace.**

This accounting and finance course is about much more than just theory. You will be exposed to live and simulated trading in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite – one of the biggest among all universities in the UK and the first to be powered by Infront Professional Terminal – giving you the chance to develop and demonstrate your practical skills alongside the knowledge you will gain. You will also have the chance to take on a paid 12-month work placement, gaining extensive real-world experience to give you the edge when you graduate.

Working in collaboration with professional bodies such as ACCA and CIMA, our Finance and Accounting course is designed to ensure you become a highly skilled graduate and can apply for exemptions from a range of professional exams in order to become a part or fully certified accountant.

**WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?**
- **Industry approved** – Complete our course and you can apply for four CIMA exemptions, as well as other finance and accounting qualifications

- **Practical application** – Get to grips with the markets through live consultancy cases and simulated investing in our Financial Trading Suite, with support from our in-house trader

- **Work placement** – Gain further substantial real-world experience through the option of a paid 12-month placement, during which you won’t incur any tuition fees

**FACILITIES**
Students on our accounting and finance courses at University College Birmingham enjoy a wealth of practical learning opportunities in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite. The facility features 21 workstations, two large wall screens and a scrolling ticker providing real-time global market information. Our suite is also the first university trading suite in the country to be powered by Infront Professional Terminal, offering unique benefits in using and sharing data.

If you want to set up your own business, our Enterprise Hive provides a wide range of start-up support, including incubation space, tailored mentoring from industry experts and networking opportunities.

**ACCREDITATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS**
Our Financial Trading Suite is powered by Infront Professional Terminal.

Our course enables you to apply for a range of exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) upon completion.

**PLACEMENTS**
Our course offers you the option of a paid 12-month work placement, during which you will not incur any tuition fees.

**CAREERS AND PROGRESSION**
Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
- Retail banker

- Financial reporting analyst

- Assistant controller (financial)

- Financial coordinator

- Accounts receivable analyst

- Budget analyst

Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BSc (Hons) degree.

- **Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course**

Modules

**YEAR 1**

- Management Accounting
- Accountants in Business Organisations
- Introduction to Business Analytics
- Financial Accounting
- Accounting Information Systems
- Professional Practice for Finance and Accounting

**YEAR 2**

- Management and Organisations
- Business Analytics
- Business Law
- Financial Management
- Audit and Governance
- Taxation

**YEAR 3**

Work Placement (optional)

Assessment methods

**Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk**

**ASSESSMENT**

Assessment formats include:

- **Examinations**
- **Coursework** (including presentations, essays, reports, multiple choice tests and numerical computations)

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£12,500
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

Business, Marketing and Finance - FdA/FdSc

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What students say


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.

Business and management

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

50%
UK students
50%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

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.

Business and management

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
96%
med
Employed or in further education
47%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
15%
Administrative occupations: finance
12%
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.

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.

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

£21k

£21k

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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