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Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


64 From a minimum of 1 A2 or equivalent.

64 From a minimum of 1 A2 or equivalent. Additional AS Levels can be used towards the overall tariff points provided they are not completed in the same subject as the A2.

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points from a QAA Approved Level 3 Access to HE Diploma to contain a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2 to total 60 credits overall for the full award.

64 points. Not acceptable on it's own. Points must be gained from a minimum of 1 A2 or equivalent.

64 points. Not acceptable on it's own. Points must be gained from a minimum of 1 A2 or equivalent.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or grade 4 (or above) in Maths and English GCSE is required. Equivalent qualifications Key Skills Level 2, and Functional Skills Level 2, are also accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

including a grade 5 in standard level maths and grade 6 in standard level english or grade 4 in higher level maths and grade 5 in higher level english

64 points from a minimum of 1 Higher Level Subject including a minimum of H7 (D3)or O4 (C3) in Maths and English

64 points. This is not a qualification that is acceptable on it's own as it is not a full A2 equivalent qualification but can be used in combination with a full A2 equivalent qualification to make up the required tariff points.

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

MM

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

M,P,P

64 points

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

MPP

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

D

64 points required.

64 points From a minimum of 1 Advanced Higher.

64 points from a minimum of 1 Advanced Higher.

UCAS Tariff

64

From a minimum of 1 A2 or equivalent.

64 points. Not acceptable on it's own.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subjects

Finance

Accounting

If you’ve a head for numbers and are looking for a rewarding career, an Accounting and Finance degree could be your way forward. At Salford Business School, we’ll help you develop the essential skills and knowledge for a high level career in accountancy, finance, banking and insurance as well as general management positions. You will study at our University of Salford campus close to Manchester city centre.

The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in business to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programme. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills combined with key subjects in business. You will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within the disciplines to provide a basic knowledge in all related subject areas. The programme will introduce you to essential areas of business necessary for progression onto business, accounting or law degrees. You will learn how to apply business concepts to real life organisations and develop communication, IT and study skills. Following completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of your selected degree for the remainder three years of your course (four years if you are choosing to do the professional placement year).

Our teaching is practical and career-focused, with input from our industry partners. This means you build the expertise that employers look for in areas including financial analysis, budgeting and risk management. You’ll look at accounting and finance within the wider context of business and management. And we’ll also work with you to develop your soft skills including teamwork, communication and problem solving. You’ll work with key industry standard tools, such as Microsoft Excel and Minitab, and also look ahead to the technologies – such as automation and artificial intelligence – that will affect the work of accountants in the future. Optional modules in your final year mean you can focus your career direction before graduation.

The University programme is accredited by the major industry bodies so you know that what you learn is aligned with industry standards. You can start your path towards ACCA qualifications and get exemptions from some professional exams including exemptions from 9 ACCA exams and 8 CIMA exemptions.

Our students move on to career success too. 96% of our Accounting and Finance graduates were in work or further study according to Graduate Outcomes survey, 2017-18 graduates (the most recent survey)

All our undergraduate accounting courses are available with:
• **Placement Year** - on the placement year option, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.
• **Study Abroad** – study with one of our partner Universities for a semester or a year
• **Foundation Year** – start with the fundamental areas of business and the key skill you need to study at University level.

Find out more at www.salford.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/accounting-and-finance-foundation-year

**Our commitment to our students**
Our goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling life and professional career. Along the way, you’ll learn to be curious, adaptable and confident, ready to meet the digital, ethical and sustainability challenges of the 21st century. How will we - together - achieve this? Find out more at www.salford.ac.uk/salford-business-school/our-commitment-our-students.

Modules

Foundation Year; Accounting for Business, Foundations of Business, Foundations of Human Resource Management, IT for Accountants, Academic and Personal Skills. Year 1; Financial and Management Accounting, Business and the Accountant, Principles of Economics, Accounting Information Systems, Digital and Business Skills, Data Analysis for Business. Year 2; Professional Development, Legal Aspects of Business, Regulatory and Economic Environment, Financial Planning and Software Applications, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Financial and Management Information Systems, . Year 3; Advanced Management Accounting, Advanced Financial Reporting, Business Finance, The Professional Accountant

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

Salford 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.

68%
low
Finance
68%
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.

Finance

Teaching and learning

60%
Staff make the subject interesting
73%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
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

80%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
80%
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?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

Accounting

Teaching and learning

57%
Staff make the subject interesting
71%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
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

78%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
77%
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?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
68%
Male students
32%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
13%
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.

£18,600
low
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
67%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
19%
Administrative occupations: finance
14%
Business, research and administrative 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.

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.

£18,500
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
67%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
20%
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.

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

£22k

£22k

£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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