• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge | Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2020 and February 2021

Course Overview

The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

If you really enjoy controlling the figures, then Accounting and Finance is the perfect career path for you. Every organisation needs accurate financial information in order to survive and to make decisions about future growth. You'll be able to recognise the trends and explore ways to keep a business afloat, making sure the profits stay up and the expenses stay low.

As it’s a joint degree, this course will benefit those aspiring to be accountants or working in the world of finance. It includes skills that build on investment and commercial banking, insurance, consultancy and financial markets.

Start a secure career with many opportunities

Wherever there is a business, there are accounts that need controlling. Almost every commercial organisation needs skilled financial support. There are companies that deal solely in finance too. These may be investment banks, insurance companies and financial services companies.

The final year of this course involves a finance-related dissertation, together with a study of strategy, international finance and taxation. These are designed to ensure that graduates leave Bucks with a wide range of skills that will impress an employer and enable them to secure employment.

Explore trends in the financial market and plan the future

Not only will this degree give a sound understanding of how businesses operate, but you’ll also be able to create and analyse financial statements. You will learn about the business environment and people management, as well as the fundamentals of accounting. Whatever route your future takes, the degree will prove invaluable as it develops your analytical and research skills in all business areas.

Recognition by professional bodies

At Bucks we want you to get the most out of your time with us. Studying a course with a professional accreditation gives you the opportunity to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body.

The following professional bodies currently accredit this degree:

ACCA LogoICAEW logoCIMA logo

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance graduates are also be eligible for membership at various levels for the IFA and ICAEW.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: NN44

Working in finance involves many skills as you interact with so many different departments. Communication, engagement, forecasting and analysing all become part of your armoury when you graduate.

Throughout the course you’ll learn about financial and management accounting and the business and regulatory environment in which businesses operate. You’ll also learn about financial management and the role of the financial markets and key financial institutions.

A major part of this course involves developing relevant practical skills to prepare you for employment. For example, you’ll learn how to:

▪ Manipulate, analyse and interpret financial and non-financial data.

▪ Prepare financial reports.

▪ Apply accounting principles and techniques to a range of business problems.

You’ll also learn how to appraise evidence, present and communicate clearly, work in a team and conduct independent research when required, such as when preparing a final-year project on a topic of your choice.

Support towards your ACCA qualification

When you study with us, you'll be one of 527,000 ambitious students all working towards the same goal. Then once you qualify, you'll join more than 219,000 fully qualified professionals around the world - opening up even more opportunities to connect, progress and make an impact. ACCA is the largest and fastest growing professional accountancy body in the world.

At Bucks, we help you work towards your ACCA or CIMA, ICAEW and IFA professional qualification. After graduating, you’ll be able to apply for exemption from all nine ACCA papers at the fundamental level. You’ll only have to pass four papers at the professional level to become ACCA affiliates. We also have CIMA, ICAEW and IFA exemptions.

You also need three years experience if you want to join the ACCA. We can help you find that experience during your studies if you wish.

The nine ACCA papers that Bucks graduates on the Accounting and Finance degree are exempt from include the following:

  • F1 - Accountant in Business
  • F2 - Management Accounting
  • F3 - Financial Accounting
  • F4 - Corporate and Business Law
  • F5 - Performance Management
  • F6 - UK Taxation
  • F7 - Financial Reporting
  • F8 - Audit and Assurance Services
  • F9 - Financial Management.

If you have included the following units in their programme of study, you will also be eligible for membership of the Institute of Financial Accountants at Associate level:

  • Management Accounting plus Advanced Management Accounting
  • UK Taxation
  • Accounting Systems for Business Organisations plus Financial Reporting and Management
  • International Auditing
  • International Finance

Transcripts must be provided by students to confirm the award of membership/exemptions.

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What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Introduction to Business Studies

Year 1 Modules

  • Accountant in Business Organisations
  • Global Business environment
  • Graduate Challenge
  • Management Accounting
  • Data Insight for Business Decisions
  • Career Viewpoint
  • Financial Accounting
  • Computerised Accounting

Year 2 Modules

  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Corporate Business Law
  • Contemporary Business Economics
  • Financial Reporting (I)
  • International Auditing
  • Project Management
  • Financial Management
  • Introduction to UK taxation

Year 3 Modules

  • Research Methods
  • Financial Reporting (II)
  • International Finance
  • Consultancy Project (optional)
  • Strategic Agility
  • UK Taxation
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Dissertation (optional)

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

What are my career prospects

This course is designed to help you apply for registration with the professional bodies in accounting and finance. Most Accounting and Finance graduates choose employment that enables further study with a view to gaining a full professional qualification and a career in accounting and/or finance.

You could also use your degree (and the more general business and personal skills you’ll have developed) as a foundation for a career in general management in a wide range of organisations. Many students will go on to study for professional accountancy qualifications offered by bodies such as ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA or CIPFA. Your degree should enable you to gain a number of exemptions from their examination requirements.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We encourage you to undertake relevant work experience, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work environment. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2019). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.


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