Are you interested in pursuing a career in accountancy and financial management? Perhaps you are setting up your own business – or dream of starting one – but feel confused by accounting terms and spreadsheets?
If so, our BSc (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management is the perfect course for you.
Designed to prepare you for a professional, managerial or business career, this four-year course (with Foundation Year) will ground you in all the latest principles, theories and applied practical skills in the field of accounting and financial management.
The course will also help you gain a range of cognitive and employability skills as well as insights into the world of work. You will have the opportunity to develop your analytical, presentation, digital and numeracy skills, all in-demand skills sought out by employers.
You will gain theoretical and practical knowhow in a wide range of accountancy and finance-related topics. These include financial reporting, managerial accounting, audit and assurance, taxation, law and corporate finance.
This course includes a Foundation Year which is designed to develop your academic skills and confidence before continuing with the degree.
The Foundation Year will prepare you for university-level study and introduce you to the key accounting and financial management contexts and concepts you will need to progress through the rest of the course.
Throughout the course you will be taught via interactive methods as well as through traditional lectures and seminars.
Lectures will aim to convey broad outlines of knowledge pertinent to each course module while seminars will give you the opportunity to apply what you have learned through tasks and activities. Interactive learning and teaching will include groupwork, case studies, and peer feedback.
In your final year you will be able to pursue a number of optional modules to help shape your degree around your interests and career aspirations. You will also carry out an in-depth dissertation/final-year project.
This course is provided by GBS in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and is subject to validation.
- This course will help you build a career in the accounting and financial management sector.
- You will gain key skills that will enable you to manage and perform the accounting and financial requirements of your own business.
- You will develop your knowledge and understanding of accounting in theory and in practice, as well as financial management.
- You will develop a critical and flexible approach to accounting and financial management issues, within a UK and international context.
- The course will enable you to work both independently and as part of a team in solving problems faced by the accounting and financial management community.
- You will have the opportunity to develop skills that link directly to professional body and ethical standards and become a responsible and socially aware accountant or financial manager.
- The course will prepare you for challenging careers in accounting and financial management and related sectors, as well as for higher degrees.
- Flexible study options – weekdays, weekends or evenings
- Industry experienced lecturers with excellent education and professional qualification
- Simplified learning
- Personal attention to all learners
- Free career development mentoring programme
- Connect with our very successful alumni
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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
- Project/Dissertation (40 credits)
Option 2: Research Project
- Business Ethics (20 credits)
- Research Project (20 credits)
Assessments at GBS
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 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.
- 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 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.
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