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BA (Hons) - Business, Accounting and Finance (Integrated Foundation Year)

If you’re looking for a foundation course that’ll give you an edge in business, a great employability profile and current industry-specific business knowledge, our Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) accredited degree is for you.

We’ve designed you an accounting and finance foundation degree – in consultation with industry and professional bodies – so you can gain all the core academic and practical skills you’ll need to adapt and succeed in the global market.

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Course Overview

If you’re looking for a business, accounting and finance foundation course that will develop your skills and confidence in a supportive and dynamic environment then look no further. Your introductory year will be spent developing essential university skills that will enable you to progress to our highly respected undergraduate programme.

You’ll get a firm grasp of the fundamentals of business with a sound knowledge of applied financial theories, concepts and resources. But you won’t just learn theoretically about business - you’ll be doing it.

With our innovative teaching you’ll find yourself leading a lecture, or turning the classroom into a mock accountant’s office, giving you every opportunity to build your boardroom and business confidence and bolster your business practice.

On this course you will...

  • Learn to critically evaluate the relationships between business strategy and operational business.
  • Develop strong business acumen skills including marketing, digital technologies and business administration.
  • Become a confident high-level, financially literate graduate.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The BA (Hons) Business, Accounting and Finance has been designed in consultation with industry and the professional bodies to provide you with relevant vocational underpinning skills and knowledge.

In the first year, modules are taken together with students on other Business degrees, giving you a strong foundation in all the key business processes essential to understanding the wider role of the accountant in practice.

Modules in the second and final years are specialist in nature. Professional identity is created through reflection upon your own personal values, attitudes, morals and beliefs, whilst considering the interaction of these within the legal, ethical and moral frameworks.

As you move through the programme you will experience a wide range of roles within the industry providing you with an understanding of the role and purpose of the different professional bodies and therefore encouraging you to develop your own professional identity.

Year one
  • Essential University Skills 1
    Develop the academic and professional skills required for effective learning and successful progression through your chosen course.
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
    Explore a range of contemporary issues through the lens of the media that relates to your subject area.
  • Business Innovation
    Develop your own business idea and explore the interaction between different business disciplines to ensure success in profit and non-profit making organisations.
  • Essential University Skills 2
    Further develop the skills acquired in Essential University Skills 1.
  • Leading and Managing Individuals and Organisations
    An introduction to key concepts in leadership and management
  • Individual Case Study
    Undertake an individual given case study using a problem based approach.
Year two
  • Managing People and Organisations
    Gain the necessary skills and confidence to be successful within a business and management setting.
  • The Business Environment
    Develop an understanding of the nature and formats of business organisations in the modern, market type economy and how they operate within the legal and economic framework.
  • Introduction to Business Finance
    Develop your knowledge and understanding of how to prepare and process basic financial accounting information.
  • Fundamentals of Business
    Learn about business; its scope, nature, types, management functions, systems, leadership, range and challenges and how they relate to stakeholder responsibilities.
  • Principles of Marketing
    Learn about the importance of marketing’s role in driving success and delivering results.
  • Management Accounting
    Develop knowledge and understanding of how to prepare and process basic cost and management accounting information to support management in planning and decision-making in a variety of business contexts.
Year three
  • An Introduction to UK Law for Business
    Enhance your knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business.
  • Management Accounting for Decision Making
    Develop your appreciation for the decision making aspect of business.
  • The Financial Regulatory Environment
    Study the regulatory framework of accounting and examine how this informs the standard setting process and the conceptual framework of accounting.
  • Introduction to Audit and Assurance
    Develop your knowledge of internal and external audit, assurance, corporate governance and internal control.
  • An Introduction to Taxation
    An introduction to theory, regulations and administration of the UK tax system as applicable to individuals and sole traders.
  • Corporate Law
    Explore the formation of an organisation, the running of a business, rules governing the responsibilities and duties of those running a business and fraudulent acts within corporations.
Year four
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
    Study the specific techniques involved in the preparation of published financial statements for individual companies and groups of companies in accordance with international accounting standards.
  • Corporate Financial Management
    Critically evaluate the role of professional accountants in business through the lens of organisational sustainability.
  • Management Accounting for Managing Performance
    Develop your budgetary planning skills.
  • Business Valuation and Financial Risk
    Further develop your understanding of the role and skills expected from a senior financial manager responsible for the finance function of a business organisation.
  • Audit and Assurance in Practice
    Understand the practical processes and procedures used by auditors in conducting audit engagements, including the provisions of the International Standards on Auditing.
  • Negotiated Project
    Enhance your skills in critical thinking, negotiation, time management, communication and influencing through an independent piece of study or research.

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