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University of Bedfordshire

Accounting and Finance

UCAS Code: N391

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,B

96 - 120 UCAS points

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

MMM-DDM

96 - 120 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

96-120

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Accounting

Accounting and finance play a crucial role in the management and survival of businesses and contribute to the economic growth of a country. The world needs accountants and finance professionals who can record, classify, summarise, interpret and communicate financial information necessary for making informed strategic choices for businesses to grow. These professionals will also help businesses follow correct accounting standards and comply with the law.

The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance at the University of Bedfordshire will help you develop a better understanding of accounting standards and financial regulations and provide the skills and techniques needed for making informed investment decisions in dynamic business environments. This course will also help you understand the power and limitations of accountancy and financial techniques and how they complement other subject areas, particularly those which fall under the wider umbrella of business.

This course integrates a practical and applied approach to your study, enabling you to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-world business cases.

You will be well-placed to enter a wide range of interesting and rewarding careers within either accountancy or finance. With exemptions from the professional examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Association of International Accountants (AIA), this course will give you the edge in the job market.

Modules

Year 1;
This common first year across all our accountancy courses provides you with a broad understanding of key concepts and techniques.
Core units in this year include:
Introduction to Accounting and Finance,
Business Pod

Year 2;
Along with the core elements of your degree, you will have the chance to tailor your studies to your individual interests, i.e. if you want to focus more on accounting or finance.
Core units in this year include:
Practice Weeks: Career Planning,
Intermediate Financial Reporting,
Intermediate Management Accounting,
Intermediate Financial Management,
Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation,
Project Management
Options;
Economics of International Finance (Finance Pathway),
Intermediate Auditing (Accounting Pathway),
Intermediate Taxation (Accounting Pathway)

Year 3;
You will also undertake a project or dissertation, which allows you to carry out an in-depth investigation on your chosen subject.
Core units in this year include:
Advanced Financial Reporting,
Advanced Management Accounting,
Advanced Financial Management,
Specialist Project in Accounting and Finance,
Practice Weeks: The Future You
Options;
Economic Policy in the Age of Globalization (Finance Pathway),
Economics of the European Union (Finance Pathway),
Advanced Auditing (Accounting Pathway),
Advanced Taxation (Accounting Pathway)

Assessment methods

A number of different assessment methods contribute to your development and help you achieve your goals and enhance your employability throughout this course. Feedback will be provided in due time so it is integrated in the learning process.

Estimated breakdown of the different assessment methods:

Written Examinations: 40%
Coursework, Essays, Reports: 40%
Portfolio: 10%
Presentations: 10%

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
£12,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Luton Campus

Department:

Department of Law and Finance

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.

67%
low
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

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
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

90%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
51%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
E

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
84%
low
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Administrative occupations: finance
16%
Business, research and administrative professionals
14%
Sales, marketing and related associate 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.

£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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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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