CertHe ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE 2022/23

Overview

Count on success

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).

Why Accountancy and Finance at LSBU?

We are ranked 2nd in London for Accounting and Finance by Guardian (2021), and 22nd in the UK overall.
We are ranked 3rd in London for Accounting and Finance, among modern London competitors, by the Complete University Guide (2021),
LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), sister brand to the AMBA.
The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
Software skills: you’ll learn industry-standard software including Bloomberg, SAGE, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModeFull-time Duration1 year Start dateSeptember Application code024N Application method UCAS
ModeFull-time Duration1 year Start dateJanuary; September Application code024N Application method UCAS

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

If you are visiting our Southwark Campus, you may wish to use our downloadable campus map (PNG File 466 KB). For information on accessibility, see our DisabledGo access guides.

Walk or bicycle

The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.

By bus

LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.

By train or tube

The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.

By car

London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.

Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.

TfL journey planner

You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.

The Croydon Campus is located at Electric House, Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR0 1LB

Walk

The Croydon Campus is 10 minutes from both East Croydon and West Croydon Station and within walking distance of Croydon Town Centre.

By train

Trains run frequently from London Bridge, London Victoria and Thameslink Stations from Central London, as well as Brighton, Gatwick and the South of England. Both West Croydon and East Croydon Stations are on the London Overground Line.

By tram / bus

LSBU Croydon is very well connected, and a large number of buses connect the campus with the wider area and London. The Tram line connects Croydon with other parts of South London.

By car

London South Bank University does not provide public parking space in Croydon. The campus is location near several Town Centre car parks, all of which charge a fee.

TfL journey planner

You can travel to Croydon Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.

Entry Level Requirements

  • 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.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

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.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

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.

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.

International students

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

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Full-time Duration 1 year Start date September Application code 024N Application method UCAS
Mode Full-time Duration 1 year Start date January; September Application code 024N Application method UCAS

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.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Enrolment

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.

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.

Semester 1

  • Finance and the Economy You’ll be introduced to a range of economic and financial topics and learn how these can be applied to understand the world around us. You’ll develop your understanding of the external environment businesses face, and aspects of finance relevant to the business context. The module aims to develop your understanding of the context in which modern business operates. Thus, enabling you to appreciate and apply simple economic concepts to facilitate business decision making in an increasingly dynamic and resource-constrained global business environment. It further aims to equip you with the understanding of financial tools and markets and the knowledge to make financial decisions for your personal or professional lives.
  • The LSBU Discovery Project You'll utilise business project frameworks, problem-solving skills and idea generation techniques that will support you through the key stages required to complete a business project from concept to delivery. Throughout the stages of your project, and by incorporating a facilitated coaching process, you will be supported to develop key skills vital to successful leadership and management.
  • Elements of Financial Accounting 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 knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and methods used in the recording of financial data and preparation and presentation of financial statements. This module aims to build up your knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts relating to financial accounting and, in so doing, to develop your technical proficiency in the preparation and interpretation of financial statements.

Semester 2

  • Management and Organisations You’ll be introduced to concepts of management in organisations, giving you an appreciation of the complexities of organisations, which affect employee the behaviour within them. You’ll learn about human resource management strategies to manage people in organisations, as well as key management, organisational behaviour and people management theories and practices.
  • Data for Decision Making In this module, you'll examine a range of ways of handling, analysing and presenting quantitative information.  The underlying theme is to look at data in a variety of forms, to determine the ‘story’ that this data is telling, and to use that ‘story’ to justify decisions. This module will equip students with the quantitative skills necessary for them to be able to understand and analyse the information contained in numerical data, and to use this analysis to make business decisions.
  • Management accounting You will learn about the basics of management accounting and how to apply your knowledge in various contexts. It will enable you to understand how to use a variety of management accounting techniques in supporting the management processes of planning, controlling and decision-making within organisations. It will cover cost accounting principles, conventions and practices as applied to the ascertainment of costs and the analysis, interpretation and presentation of cost information.

Careers

Employability Service

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 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).

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.

Professional links

LSBU Business School 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 Assessment

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is delivered through a wide variety of strategies.

In class

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

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.

Personal Tutoring

As an undergraduate student in LSBU Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.

Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions which will be designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your degree programme.

In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.

Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".

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