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Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

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Overview

Count on success

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.

Why Accountancy 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).
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.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
4 years (sandwich)
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

This course covers a broad range of areas including auditing, taxation, corporate finance, company law and economics, practical skills and professional body accreditation. Take a look at the detail below.

Year 1

  • Concepts of Management You’ll be introduced to personal development planning, which will help you to identify your goals and, ultimately, to achieve your aims. You’ll accomplish this by taking part in a structured coaching process, developing key skills, mathematical techniques and acquiring the knowledge you will need to succeed on an academic economics course or in a professional business environment.
  • Financial accounting fundamentals This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of the regulatory framework of accounting, together with the qualitative characteristics of useful accounting information. It will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and methods used in the recording of financial data, and the preparation and presentation of financial statements. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • People and organisations This module will give you an appreciation of the complexities of understanding people and behaviour within organisations. The module will cover theories of organisational behaviour and people management practices. You'll develop an understanding of how and why individuals behave in specific ways in the workplace. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Business economics This module will introduce a range of essential economic concepts and methods and show how these can be applied to understand the world around us. The emphasis of the module is upon the business applications of economics in facilitating the decisions of managers, entrepreneurs in a variety of situations including pricing, advertising, financing, market entry, and product developments. The module will also consider the implications of the macro economy on the operations of modern firms. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Management accounting This module will introduce you to the basic principles and practices of management accounting. It will enable you to identify how management accounting techniques can be used to support the management processes of planning, controlling and decision-making. This module will cover cost accounting principles, conventions and practices as applied to the ascertainment of costs, and the analysis, interpretation and presentation of cost information. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Principles of marketing This module will introduce you to the theories and practices of marketing, providing you with an underpinning in the subject for further studies at Levels 5 and 6. It acts as an introduction to the basic principles of marketing from which other modules can develop. These principles include the marketing environment, the marketing mix, marketing research and buyer behaviour. Assessment method: 100% coursework.  

Year 2

  • Advanced management accounting
    This module builds on the Business Economics modules at level 4. This module, while describing the macroeconomic world around us, places far more emphasis on conveying the theoretical underpinnings for what is observed. 
  • Employability skills for accountants
    This module covers two key but different areas related to employability. Firstly, this module will enhance your employability prospects by developing your career management skills. Secondly, it will give you the opportunity to work with and develop skills in accounting software and apply the fundamental technique of bookkeeping. It will also help prepare you to apply for and carry out a placement year in industry. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Business and company law
    This module will give you the opportunity to study the general principles of Business and Corporate Law. It will also introduce you to the English Legal System and the general principles of English Law, which have a major impact in the business environment in which accountants operate. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Fundamentals of finance
    This module is an introduction to the basic principles of finance and financial decision-making. It will provide you with an elementary knowledge of finance, as well as highlighting the essential links between accounting and finance concepts. You'll thus be provided with a firm foundation in the theoretical and practical aspects of financial decision-making. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Taxation fundamentals This module focuses on the computation of tax liabilities of individuals, including employees and self-employed persons, as well as unincorporated businesses, companies, and groups of companies. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam. 
  • Financial accounting and analysis This module will build upon the fundamentals of accounting studied at Level 4 to develop your ability to prepare and present published financial statements, applying current International Financial Reporting Standards for a single entity and simple business combinations. The module will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the interpretation of financial statements. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.

Year 3 (optional placement year)

When you complete a placement year, you'll be awarded a differentiated degree entitled BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (with Placement). The assessment of the placement is designed to support and accredit your experience by formalising your personal development outcomes, and by contextualising your prior learning.The production of evidence to a relevant professional body, which includes a minimum of two workplace visits over the year, will provide you with a supportive structure to work in. Regular online contact with tutors, peer-contact and placement support will be maintained throughout the year.Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 4

  • Accounting and finance theories and issues
    This module will give you an appreciation of the relevant issues that describe and underpin the modern accounting profession. In the context of Accounting and Finance, you'll develop your skills in critical thinking, creativity and the use of information technology to identify and effectively present information. You'll also develop your skills in accurate and complete referencing of the work of other authors, and in learning through reflection on your own practices and experiences. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Managerial finance
    This module is about managing the finance function in a business enterprise by making value-maximising strategic financial decisions. Financial value is a function of cash, time and opportunity cost – all key factors that financial managers need to consider when allocating scarce resources to competing uses. Since value maximisation requires the optimum balance of return and risk, the management of risk will be an important theme of this module. The module will adopt an international perspective throughout. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Financial reporting
    This module develops your skills in understanding and applying accounting standards in the preparation of financial statements. The module covers the preparation of financial statements for individual reporting entities. It covers the key technical aspects of corporate reporting and addresses theoretical issues such as earnings management and the arguments for and against regulation of corporate reporting. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam;
  • Audit and assurance
    This module will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the process of carrying out the assurance engagement and its application in the context of the professional regulatory framework. This module will also allow you to explain the nature and purpose of internal audit, and describe its role as part of overall performance and its relationship with external audit. In addition, this module will explore the evaluation of information systems, internal controls, audit evidence, audit planning and the audit report. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam. 

Plus two modules from:

  • Advanced corporate reporting
    This is an elective module. The first part of the module looks at the use of accounting information to predict corporate failure, and will expose you to some of the techniques used by researchers to measure the value relevance of corporate disclosures and announcements. The second part of the module covers the advanced aspects of accounting for business combinations, and will introduce you to some of the contentious areas of financial reporting, such as accounting for financial instruments, employee benefits, and share options.
    By completing this module you'll be able to access and utilise relevant information sources available in electronic form, including websites dedicated to providing financial data, and write reports based on your analysis of such data. In addition, you'll be able to use spreadsheets and other relevant software, and to manipulate and analyse financial data. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Advanced personal taxation
    This elective module focuses on the advanced aspects of the computation of the tax liabilities of individuals, including employee or self-employed persons. The module emphasises the ability to plan the tax affairs of an individual so as to minimise their liabilities. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Corporate finance and risk management
    This is an advanced module that covers the theories and applications of corporate and international financial management techniques from a strategic perspective. It deals with the planning and implementation of financial strategies relating to the acquisition and management of resources for the creation of corporate value, and its translation into value for shareholders and other stakeholders. Since financial value is a function of both return and risk, the optimal management of risk is a core part of the module. Ethical considerations will be woven into the fabric of the module. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Enterprise strategy
    This module builds on your ability to apply financial management techniques, financial accounting analysis and management accounting forecasting. Having studied this module, you'll be able to assess an organisation's current environment, make strategic decisions on the direction of the organisation, implement strategy and evaluate the impact of strategic decisions on the organisation's stakeholders. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Personal finance
    This module is about the application of the principles of financial management in various aspects of personal financial planning, such as budgeting, saving, borrowing and investing. Alternative avenues of investment and finance (both short-term and long-term) are examined from theoretical as well as practical perspectives, along with the important topical issues relating to the subject of personal financial planning. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.

Employability

Employability is at the core of this course. Our vocational approach to teaching will help you develop a wide range of skills that employers are looking for. You'll have the option of an industry placement and you'll document your experience, so that it's recognised by the accrediting bodies. 

Qualifications

This course will give you full exemption from the ACCA Fundamentals level, so you can work as a part-qualified accountant in public practice, industry or commerce. If you sit your exams for the ACCA Professional level (which you can sit at LSBU), you’ll be able to apply for a place on our MSc Applied Accounting course.

Your career

One of the most popular options on graduating is to go on to train as a chartered accountant. There are many different directions to pursue, specialising in financial reporting, taxation, auditing or forensic accounting. There are four main players in accountancy - Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC – but you’ll also find many small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which provide plenty of opportunities on graduation, such as professional training and development.

In terms of salary, 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. (Prospects)

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

Sara Abdaless

School/Division: Business / Accounting, Finance and Economics
Job title: Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Sara specialises in management accounting and governance, with a special interest in public sector and not-for-profit organisations. Sara teaches modules on both undergraduate level and Postgraduate level and has published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, journal and book chapters.


Joe Adomako

School/Division: Business / Accounting, Finance and Economics
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Joe Adomako is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting. He lectures Financial Reporting to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Mary Lawrence

School/Division: Business / Accounting, Finance and Economics
Job title: Associate Professor; School Lead for Marketing, Recruitment, Admissions and Collaborations

Mary oversees marketing, recruitment, admissions and collaborations both at home and overseas for the School of Business. She is a qualified accountant and specialises in the areas of audit, assurance and financial accounting.


Dr John Opute, PhD

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Human Resources Management

An expert in international human resource management, John has 20+years' industry experience within multinational companies including: Alcan Aluminium Company of Canada and Cincinnati Bell in Ohio, USA. PhD supervisor.


Ivor Pingue

School/Division: Business / Accounting, Finance and Economics
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Ivor is a practicing accountant and auditor. His teaching specialisms include audit, assurance, corporate governance and risk management, financial accounting, management accounting and financial management.


Dr Maria Postoyeva

School/Division: Business / Accounting, Finance and Economics
Job title: Lecturer

Dr Maria Postoyeva specialises in knowledge economy, sustainable development and governance issues with interests in culture, ethics and strategic management.


Dr Ling Xiao, PhD

School/Division: Business / Accounting, Finance and Economics
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Accounting and Finance

An expert in financial asset returns and volatility modelling for the finance sector. Ling uses advanced econometric methodologies to improve financial forecasting reliability – she primarily focuses on stock index and foreign exchange data.


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.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study
Year 1 26% 74%
Year 2 26% 74%
Year 3 26% 74%

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBB or:
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits or:
  • AAT level 3 or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • 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.

Direct entry into the second of third years

  • Direct entry to Year 2 is permitted for students who have passed ACCA papers F1 to F3 or have gained exemption from those papers on the basis of previous studies (e.g. by completing the AAT Technician qualification).

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
Full-time
Duration
4 years (sandwich)
Start date
January; September
Application code
N420
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
January; September
Application code
N420
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

International students can either apply through UCAS or directly to LSBU. See the international how to apply page for details.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

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
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4314Session code: 1FS01
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £39375
International (including any optional years) £39375
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4314Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £39375
International (including any optional years) £39375

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.

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Enrolling

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

 
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