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BSc (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management with Foundation Year

Whether you're interested in a career in accounting and financial management, or your aspiration is to launch and run your own successful business, numbers will be essential to your success. This degree programme will give you the foundations in all the latest principles, theories and applied practical skills in the exciting field of accounting and financial management.

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Course overview

Our industry-focussed programme is designed to prepare you for a professional, managerial or business career. It will equip you with the highly-sought employability skills that employers are looking for, opening up opportunities for career progression and development.

Combining theoretical learning and practical knowhow, you'll build knowledge on a wide range of accountancy and finance-related topics. These include financial reporting, managerial accounting, audit and assurance, taxation, law and corporate finance.

The Institute of Financial Accountants and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants offer graduates of this course exemptions when applying for membership.

The foundation year will prepare you for university-level study and introduce you to the key accounting and financial management contexts and concepts you'll need to progress through the rest of the course.

Committing to study at degree level will give you transferrable skills that can be applied in any career context, whether that's climbing the corporate ladder in the accounting and financial management world, or having an impact as an entrepreneur.

  • What insights into the world of work will grow your career prospects?
  • How do you manage accounting and financial requirements when running a business?
  • Which business principles and theories have the greatest financial impact?

Our accounting and financial management degree will give you the foundational and specific accounting and financial knowledge to build a successful career that matches your goals.

Intakes
January

Duration
4 years

Awarding Institution
Canterbury Christ Church University

Awarded Degree
BSc (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management with Foundation Year

Delivery
Weekdays, evenings and/or weekends.

Locations
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds

Fees
£9,250 per year

Year 0 (Foundation)

Orientation for Success in Higher Education (0 credits)
Academic Skills for Accounting and Finance (0 credits)
Understanding Change (0 credits)
Introduction to Financial Management (0 credits)
Professional Development (0 credits)
Foundation Year Project (0 credits)

Year 1

Dynamic Business Environment (20 Credits)
Business Accounting and Technology (20 Credits)
Financial Accounting (20 Credits)
Interpersonal Skills and Managerial Development (20 Credits)
Introduction to Marketing Management (20 credits)
Management Accounting (20 Credits)

Year 2

Management Accounting 2 (20 credits)
Business and Corporate Law (20 credits)
Leadership and Change (20 credits)
Corporate Strategy and Governance (20 credits)
Financial Reporting (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Year 3

Mandatory Modules

Audit and Assurance (20 credits)
Financial Management (20 credits)
Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance (20 credits)
UK Taxation (20 credits)

Option 1: 

Project/Dissertation (40 credits)

Option 2: 

Business Ethics (20 credits)
Research Project (20 credits)

This GBS course will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. Formative assessment will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment, which will determine your final marks.

Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your course team. Formative assessments are purely for developmental purposes and do not count towards your final module mark. They are designed to help you to gain more knowledge and confidence in the module material and approaches to formal assessment. Students who do not engage with informal assessments often struggle with Foundation Year progression, as well as with the academic levels above.

The formal summative assessment usually occurs towards the end of each module. Assessment methods may include written examinations and a range of coursework, including reports, portfolios, essays and presentations. The marks awarded for summative assessments count towards your final module mark. Assessment methods at GBS are reviewed annually and may be updated in consultation with students, for example in response to student or External Examiner feedback. An External Examiner is an independent academic expert from another higher education provider, and they are appointed by the University of Suffolk to provide external assurance regarding the academic standards of your course.

Standard Entry Requirements (Under 21 years old)
80 UCAS tariff points or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 60 Credit Ofqual qualification at level 3). 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above or equivalent qualifications. Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements will be considered on an individual basis.

All applicants are assessed by the admissions team via an interview for listening and speaking, with a numeracy test and for writing via a personal reflection statement.

Applicants aged 21+
If applicants aged 21+ do not meet the standard entry requirements, we will also consider those with life/work skills which would make them suitable for undergraduate study with our Foundation programme.

All Applicants
All applicants must be assessed by the GBS admissions team via an interview for listening and speaking skills, with a numeracy test and for writing via a statement of personal reflection.

Process required:

Application form
Supervised Personal reflection statement
Numeracy test
Personal interview

Funding your study
You can apply for help with your fees from the government by visiting gov.uk/studentfinance. This could take the form of a Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan or Maintenance Grant.

A Tuition Fee Loan will cover the cost of your up-front fees, and will be paid to your university or College. The Loan must be repaid once you finished your course and are earning £26,575 a year or more. Both full and part-time learners can apply.

If you are eligible, you can apply for a Maintenance Loan too. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. This loan has to be repaid after you leave your course and when your earnings are more than £26,575. For more information please visit www.gov.uk/studentfinance 

Maintenance Grants are paid into your bank account at the start of term. You don’t have to pay it back, but any funds you get will reduce the amount of Maintenance Loan you are eligible for.

New students must prove they have been living in the UK for five years before their course start date in order to get living cost support from Student Finance England.

Fees

Please click here for course fees or call us +44 (0)20 3011 2638

Year 0 (Foundation)

Orientation for Success in Higher Education (0 credits)
Academic Skills for Accounting and Finance (0 credits)
Understanding Change (0 credits)
Introduction to Financial Management (0 credits)
Professional Development (0 credits)
Foundation Year Project (0 credits)

Year 1

Dynamic Business Environment (20 Credits)
Business Accounting and Technology (20 Credits)
Financial Accounting (20 Credits)
Interpersonal Skills and Managerial Development (20 Credits)
Introduction to Marketing Management (20 credits)
Management Accounting (20 Credits)

Year 2

Management Accounting 2 (20 credits)
Business and Corporate Law (20 credits)
Leadership and Change (20 credits)
Corporate Strategy and Governance (20 credits)
Financial Reporting (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Year 3

Mandatory Modules

Audit and Assurance (20 credits)
Financial Management (20 credits)
Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance (20 credits)
UK Taxation (20 credits)

Option 1: 

Project/Dissertation (40 credits)

Option 2: 

Business Ethics (20 credits)
Research Project (20 credits)

Professional Qualifications Exemptions

 

The Institute of Financial Accountants offers graduates of this course exemptions when applying for IFA Associate membership. Find out more

 

 

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants offers graduates of this course an entry CIMA at Management Level, receiving 8 exemptions. Find out more

Early admission for January 2022

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What our students say

It’s my first year here. I chose this university because it gave me the opportunity to have choice. I study two days per week - it’s very flexible. It makes it easy to study.

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What I like about GBS is the friendly staff, the students, the campus, the nice green area. I chose GBS because I was recommended by a friend – she said it was a really great university to come and check it out.  Even though there’s one right next to my house – like 20 minutes away, I still chose to come here.  GBS is the one.

Mohammed Solomon Ahmed

The campus is very new and comfortable. One of the best I saw. I like because I can work – I have a child and I can study and I can work and be with my family. This is very good for me. Because I have lived in this country only second year and English is a new language for me, when I study here I can teach my child at home new words.

Elena Todorova

My favourite part of studying here is because its close and the class sizes are small. I can have more interaction with the teacher and ask questions. I enjoy learning here - the teachers are friendly and they explain everything well.

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It’s my first year here. I chose this university because it gave me the opportunity to have choice. I study two days per week - it’s very flexible. It makes it easy to study.

Manea Bianca Stefana

What I like about GBS is the friendly staff, the students, the campus, the nice green area. I chose GBS because I was recommended by a friend – she said it was a really great university to come and check it out.  Even though there’s one right next to my house – like 20 minutes away, I still chose to come here.  GBS is the one.

Mohammed Solomon Ahmed

The campus is very new and comfortable. One of the best I saw. I like because I can work – I have a child and I can study and I can work and be with my family. This is very good for me. Because I have lived in this country only second year and English is a new language for me, when I study here I can teach my child at home new words.

Elena Todorova

My favourite part of studying here is because its close and the class sizes are small. I can have more interaction with the teacher and ask questions. I enjoy learning here - the teachers are friendly and they explain everything well.

Raimon Larrainzer Make

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