BA (Hons) Business, Accounting and Finance (Top-up)

Course details

Online application

September 2016

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*This course will be revalidated in 2016. This information is for the previous version of the course

If you've been studying business management or are generally interested in the corporate world, have you considered topping up your degree to develop your financial planning skills? If so, our Accounting and Finance course is just what you need to help improve your financing techniques, no matter which field of business you wish to pursue. We offer a strong vocational course that will help enhance your skills, giving you the edge in the world of business.

If you've already completed modules in financial and management accounting, we will offer you a helpful learning environment in which to further develop your knowledge of strategic financial planning. We're here to help you through to the next stage of progressing your career, giving you the skills you need through an interactive learning environment.

Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.

This award is for those who have studied business management or a combination of business with another subject, who now want to develop their financial skills. We offer a strong vocational programme in a supportive environment, taught by dedicated professionals who draw on significant relevant professional experience combined with academic knowledge.

Programme specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

Successful completion of a related foundation degree or HND.

Applicants from courses based at institutions other than University of Cumbria will be assessed on their suitability depending upon the modules they have studied.

Selection criteria

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

See the following website for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk

A degree in Accounting and Finance opens up a variety of career opportunities, providing you with highly valuable financial management skills that employers in all sectors would want to see. It serves as a good introduction to the various accounting and finance professions.

Our Business School programmes are strongly vocational and valued by employers in the UK and overseas. Every year graduates of our accounting programmes achieve a high employment success rate in a wide variety of businesses.

We place a high degree of emphasis on interactive learning within the Business School and provide a supportive environment in which you can develop academically and personally.

Business e-resources are available to students through the Library's OneSearch service. OneSearch is an easy to use, powerful discovery service that searches the university's journal collections, bibliographic databases and library catalogue from one search box.