CertHE Accounting and FinanceSouthwark Campus
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Successful money management is key to personal and professional success.
The CertHE Accounting and Finance aims to equip students with a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of Accounting and provide a first step towards obtaining higher level qualifications namely the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance.
This is a one-year full time degree programme which provides the opportunity to progress onto year two of the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance upon full completion of the course (120 Credits).
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.
Why Accountancy and Finance 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).
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- 2nd in London for graduate prospects in Accounting & Finance (Complete University Guide 2019).
- Guest speakers to deliver industry specific knowledge related to current employment practices and opportunities.
- 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.
This course covers a broad range of areas including financial accounting fundamentals, concepts of management and principles of marketing. Take a look at the detail below.
- Concepts of Management This module will introduce students to the process of personal development planning supporting them in identifying their goals and achieving their aims via participation in a structured and facilitated coaching process. It will also support students via the development of key skills, mathematical techniques and acquisition of knowledge necessary for success on an academic business programme or in a professional business setting. 100% coursework.
- Financial accounting fundamentals This module will introduce students to the fundamentals of the regulatory framework of accounting together with the qualitative characteristics of useful accounting information. It will also develop knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and methods used in the recording of financial data and preparation and presentation of financial statements. 50% coursework / 50% exams.
- Principles of marketing The module introduces students to the theories and practices of marketing providing them with an underpinning in the subject of marketing 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. 100% coursework.
- People and organisations The module will give students an appreciation of the complexities of understanding people and behaviour within organizations. The module is incorporated with theories of organisational behaviour and people management practices and students will develop an understanding of how and why individuals behave in specific ways in the workplace. 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. 100% coursework.
- Management accounting The module will introduce students to the basic principles and practices of management accounting. It will enable students to identify how management accounting techniques can be used to support the management processes of planning, controlling and decision-making. 50% coursework / 50% exam.
The CertHE in Accounting is a one-year full time degree programme that enables progression onto year two of the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance upon full completion of the course (120 Credits).
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
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.
The School of Business has established links with a number of organisations including:
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- The Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA)
- The Institute of Directors (IoD)
- The National Audit Office (NAO)
- The National Health Service (NHS)
- The PQ Magazine
- The Small Business Charter
- Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrations (ICSA)
- The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
- Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
- Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD)
Teaching and learning
The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is delivered through a wide variety of strategies.
Lectures will where appropriate, deliver key topic areas across all academic Levels. Where possible, guest speakers from business and academia will bring specialisms and real world contextualisation.
Interactive seminars and workshops support the lectures and will have a strong focus on small group activities to encourage the active participation of students throughout the academic year, developing peer learning, the sharing of knowledge and support amongst the diverse student body.
Examples of activities students will engage with during seminars are: question practice and case study analysis to reinforce and contextualise key lecture topics, debate and discussion. There is greater emphasis on acquisition of knowledge of process thus question practice and repetition of process are key to learning.
An integrated formative and summative assessment and feedback process are a key component to a student’s independent acquisition of knowledge and understanding.
Self-managed learning activities to supplement and consolidate classroom based activity include: reading texts and relevant journals, application of knowledge to additional problem based exercises, engaging in coursework, group discussion, review of key topics and examination preparation where appropriate. Many of these activities are supported by the VLE.
As an undergraduate Business student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least once a semester for 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional meetings or support by email.
Students in their first year of an undergraduate degree will also benefit from our coaching programme. This programme is a proactive approach to student development that draws out our students' potential through a process of self-analysis, reflection, planning and action, enabling students to discover and decide upon their required needs.
- A Level DD or:
- BTEC National Diploma MPP or:
- Access to HE qualifications with Pass or:
- Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 64 UCAS points.
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including English and Maths, 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.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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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.
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.
Prepare to start
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
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 Enrolment pages.
Fees and funding
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 and for our regulatory returns, 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 government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.