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Accounting and Entrepreneurship Top-up BA (Hons)

Overview

Money never sleeps

Successful money management is key to personal and professional success. After all, money never sleeps. So join this unique, top-ranked course and set yourself on the path towards a major professional accountancy qualification.

The Top-up to BA (Hons) Accounting and Entrepreneurship offers a unique blend of academic, professional and practical modules to develop you both as an accountant and an entrepreneur. The course is professionally accredited, offering five ACCA exemptions.

By combining accounting knowledge with the mind-set of an entrepreneur, you'll be well placed to enter the business world.

Why Accounting and Entrepreneurship at LSBU?

Great teaching: we’re No.1 London university and No.4 in the UK overall for Accounting and Finance (Guardian League Table, 2018).
Accountancy College of the Year 2017 (PQ Magazine).
Student satisfaction: we’re No.1 university in the UK for Student Experience in Accounting and Finance (Sunday Times League Table 2017).
Professional certification: become a part-qualified accountant with exemptions from ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW.
Great potential: senior chartered accountants can earn up to £135,000.
Software skills: you’ll learn industry-standard software including Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.

What is a Top-up degree?

This course builds on your skills developed on the FdA Accounting degree from LSBU or from a recognised foundation programme. It allows you to graduate with a full BA (Hons) after just a year of full-time study.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

  • Accounting and enterprise theories and issues
  • Financial reporting
  • Enterprise strategy
  • Project management for small business
  • The business plan

Plus one from the following:

  • Audit and assurance
  • Advanced taxation
  • Managerial finance

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework and examinations. For exempting modules this has to conform to ACCA accreditation requirements, so they are assessed with a minimum of 50% examination. A variety of assessment methods are used including, group work, report writing, PowerPoint presentations and personal development planning.

Employability

Employability is implicit within every module and is supported by a wider extracurricular programme. The course will enable you to develop a wide range of skills through a vocational approach to teaching, including student presentations and group work. You'll have the option of a placement period in a role related to accounting and become recognised by the accrediting bodies.

Types of career you can expect 

On graduating many students go on to train as chartered accountants. There are many different directions to pursue, specialising in financial reporting, taxation, auditing or forensic accounting. Strong analytical skills, a developed understanding of business and good mathematical instincts are all necessary key skills. Although accountancy has four large firms: Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC, there are many small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which provide plenty of opportunities on graduation, such as professional training and development. 

Expected salaries 

Graduates entering accountancy can find starting salaries in the region of £23,000 - £24,000, with the potential for salaries to increase rapidly with further qualifications and experience. Senior chartered accountants can expect to earn up to £135,000 depending on location, company and experience.

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Anna Howard

School/Division: Business / Accounting, Finance and Economics
Job title: Head of Division for Business and Enterprise; Associate Professor in Enterprise Education

Anna is an Associate Professor in Enterprise Education and the Lead for Student Enterprise, School of Business. She is a qualified accountant in practice, specialising in Management Accounting.


Facilities

Specialist industry software prepares our students with the digital skills that employers' value. Students on our programmes have access to Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, NVivo, and SPSS.

Why not read about how a LSBU student took first place in Bloomberg’s prestigious annual Investment Challenge (BIC) competition.

Read more about the Division of Accounting and Finance's specialist facilities and software.

Students using Bloomberg facilities

Teaching and learning

In addition to lectures, seminars and tutorials, teaching methods include student presentations, group working, role playing exercises, hands-on computing and computer assisted learning packages. We’ll strengthen your interpersonal skills to help you establish a career in your chosen subject area by supporting you with a personal tutor and a student mentor.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • Foundation Degree in Accounting (FdAA)
  • The Institute of Financial Accountants Diploma for SME Financial Managers with relevant work experience; or
  • Foundation Degree or HND in Accounting from a recognised Higher Education institution or
  • Other relevant qualifications subject to course content; or
  • Any other equivalent, relevant and recognised Level 5 qualification.
  • We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
N421
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

As well as applying through UCAS, international students (non-EU) may complete the LSBU Direct Application Form (DOC File 316 KB) and email it, along with scanned copies of supporting documents, to: international.admissions@lsbu.ac.uk.  We need to be emailed scanned copies of the following documents with your application:

  • academic certificates and transcripts
  • English Language qualifications (if applicable)
  • passport (photo and ID page)
  • copies of all UK visas (if applicable)

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4419Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9250
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £6166.67International fee: £8750
AOS/LSBU code: 4420Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £12333.33
International £17500

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Core reading

  • Adam, J. H. (2012) Longman Dictionary of Business English,Pearson Publications, Harlow.
  • Cottrell, S. (2011) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and argument (2nded),Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
  • Glautier, M., Underdown, B. Morris, D. (2010) Accounting: Theory and Practice,(8thed),Pearson, Harlow.
  • King, T. A. (2006) More Than a Numbers Game: A Brief History of Accounting, Wiley, Hoboken NJ.
  • Mallin, C. (2012) Corporate Governance (4thed),OUP, Oxford.
  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. &Thornhill, A. (2009) Research Methods forBusiness Students (5ed), Pearson, Harlow.
  • Elliott, B. &Elliott, J. (2013) Financial Accounting and Reporting (15thed), Pearson, Harlow 
  • Johnson, G., Scholes, K. & Whittingdon,R. (2010) Exploring strategy text and cases my strategy lab and the strategy experience simulation: text and case study (9th edition), Prentice Hall, Harlow.
  • Johnson, G., Scholes, K. & Whittingdon, R. (2010) Exploring strategy [electronic resource]: text and case(9th edition), Prentice Hall, Harlow.
  • Rumelet, R. (2012), Good StrategyBad Strategy the difference and why it matters, CPI Group Croydon.
 
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Course Enquiries - UK/EU

Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Course Enquiries - International

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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