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BA (Hons) Accounting & Business

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  • Clearing
  • UCAS Code:
    NN41
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Places still available to study with BU this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future with BU. Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777.

The fields of accounting, finance, and economics have developed considerably in recent years and today’s graduates are expected to have a range of skills that transfer into a business environment. As such our degrees have been designed to equip you with the knowledge you’ll need in any organisation, large or small.

On the Accounting & Business degree you'll discover that there is considerable crossover between accounting and business management, and as such gaining an understanding of both fields will serve you well. From an accounting point of view, it’s important to have a good understanding of various aspects of a business, while business managers can benefit from a background in accounting to ensure their decisions are financially viable.

As well as having industry accreditations and exemptions for accountancy qualifications, which means you may not have to take all the exams required to become a Chartered Accountant, this course also covers communication and IT skills, which are vital in the modern business world. What's more if you opt to include the 30-week (minimum) placement as part of your course, you’ll gain invaluable workplace experience and can see how what you’ve learned translates into the real world.

Please watch the recorded BU Webinar 'Bachelor's degrees in Accounting, Finance & Economics'. Presented by Dr Phyllis Alexander, this webinar will give you an excellent insight into each of the Bachelor's courses we offer.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2016, September 2017

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years, or 4 years with a 40-week placement (or a minimum of 30-weeks for 2017 entry)

Accreditations:

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Association of International Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Chartered Institute of Taxation, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Relevant subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

Places still available to study with BU this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future with BU. Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777.

For 2017 entry, please check the full entry requirements below.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Economics for Accounting & Finance: You'll develop an understanding of the operation of markets, including the interaction between related markets along with an understanding of the impact of economic policies on business and society in the context of a global economy.
  • Introduction to Accounting: This unit aims to provide you with a sound foundation in the fundamentals of accounting, together with a basic understanding of the regulatory framework.
  • Professional Studies & Quantitative Techniques: You'll develop knowledge of the fundamental mathematical processes, techniques and ideas used in the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Law for Accounting & Finance: This unit will embed the core legal principles and concepts within the legal environment for a graduate operating in the finance sector.
  • Business Management: Providing you with an introduction to marketing, human resource management and organisational change in the context of business management in a global environment.
  • Basic Statistical Techniques: By the end of this unit you'll be able to calculate a range of basic statistical techniques and interpret the results and perform various significance tests.

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the first year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

  • Learning and teaching: 225 hours
  • Independent learning: 975 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 19 hours

Year 2

Core units

  • Management Accounting: Providing you with the practical ability to deal with fundamental cost and management accounting issues.
  • Business Tax Planning: This unit will equip you with a working knowledge of the UK taxation system as it impacts upon business decision making and encourages you to critically evaluate the principles underlying the UK system of taxing business.
  • Financial Reporting: You'll expand upon your theoretical knowledge of financial accounting and critically apply the principles to a consideration of alternative methods of accounting and to the practice of accounting in more advanced applications.
  • Corporate Financial Management: You'll cover the theory relating to investment, financing and dividend decisions and apply appropriate techniques to assist with the three key decision areas.
  • Global Sustainability & Cross-Cultural Challenge: This unit aims to equip you with a portfolio of skills, attributes, knowledge and competences, which will enable you to conduct yourself professionally, credibly and effectively in an international context.

Option units (choose one)

  • Professional Studies: The aims of this unit are to develop relevant transferable academic and vocational skills.
  • Business Simulation: Encouraging you to develop an understanding of the recruitment and selection process and various recruitment and selection techniques and strategies.
  • Advanced Academic English: If you don't have IELTS 7.0 or above you must complete this unit, which seeks to consolidate and refine the language and study skills required for effective academic performance at Honours Level in UK higher education.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the second year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

  • Learning and teaching: 217 hours
  • Independent learning: 975 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 2 hours

Year 3

You may choose to complete an optional a 40-week work placement (or a minimum of 30-weeks for 2017 entry) which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

Year 3/4 (final year)

Core units

  • Advanced Accounting Theory & Practice: This unit will develop your understanding of the theoretical aspects of financial reporting and teach you how to apply this to technical issues.
  • Perspectives on Business Strategy: You'll gain an insight into the differing perspectives used to develop and implement business strategy.
  • Advanced Management Accounting: You'll gain an understanding of the role of management accounting in all aspects of management control systems, particularly in the development and use of performance management systems and the strategic control of organisations.
  • Company Study: This unit will enhance your skills in both computerised and non-computerised information retrieval, analysis and presentation.

Option units (choose two)

  • Risk Modelling & Management: This unit aims to provide you with a significant awareness and understanding of risk within a modern business environment and the risk management processes necessary to control such risk.
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Ventures: You'll discover how individuals and teams build on opportunities to create new businesses or transform existing ones by undertaking entrepreneurial activities.
  • Law of Business Tax: This unit will enable you to examine the impact of taxation on the economic decisions of individuals and the scope for personal tax planning.
  • Taxation - Economics and Policy: You'll discover an insight into the impact of taxation on the economy, ways of appraising taxes and consideration of alternative types of tax policies, resulting in a broad knowledge of taxation issues.
  • Environmental Reporting: This unit aims to equip you with the ability to account and report on environmental matters and critically appraise the usefulness of such information.
  • International Taxation: The aim of this unit is to provide a technically and academically challenging examination of the issues in international taxation faced by multinational corporations and individuals.
  • Indirect Tax: You'll evaluate the application of VAT to specific business sectors in the UK and its interaction with the EU and overseas jurisdictions in the context of cross-border trade.
  • Law of Personal Tax: The aims of this unit are to enable you to explore and critically evaluate opportunities for mitigating the impact of personal taxation on the decisions of individuals.
  • Investment Management: You'll explore the current features of capital markets and savings products which will prepare you for business and personal investment.
  • Company Law: You'll extend your competence in the field of Company Law, and gain the necessary knowledge to apply Company Law at an advanced level.
  • Research Study: The aim of the unit is to provide you with the opportunity to develop skills in conducting effectively a research project, and acquire specialist knowledge within an area relevant to your programme of study.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the final year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

  • Learning and teaching: 186 hours
  • Independent learning: 1014 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 3 hours

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Accountancy & Business.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career, therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of their course.

Our accounting, finance & economics courses offer an optional placement year, which is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. We are proud that our students have played their part in the success of top firms including JP Morgan, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Motorola.

Although it is ultimately your responsibility to find a placement, we give you all the support you could need; our dedicated Placement Officers circulate job opportunities and offer CV, covering letter and interview coaching to ensure you have the best chance to compete for some of the top placement positions in industry.

What’s more, you can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Our students perform very well on placement and a number of firms return to us year-on-year to source BU placement students.

Our students have previously worked for*:

  • Fujitsu
  • Siemans
  • Logicalis UK
  • IBM
  • Ernst & Young.

*The above information is taken from BU institutional data.

Your application

Background and experience

We want analytical, eager, tenacious students who are going to make a real difference to the course they are studying. Our students learn from each other, as well as their academic staff, so it is really important to us that you can show us how much you care about the course you are interested in. Your UCAS personal statement is a great place to do this. Tell us about your personal achievements or any relevant work experience you have done, and show us how they make you the ideal candidate for a place on the course.

For this course we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate excellent problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills
  • Think logically and have an appreciation of mathematical concepts
  • Show self motivation and effective time-management skills.

We encourage applicants who have a real interest in accounting principles and concepts. Students on this course will have a proven ability to work effectively in teams as well as individually when completing assignments.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications, there are no interviews or selection activities needed. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply web pages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 20-60 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.

We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements. *Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry. If you have applied in the 2016 UCAS admissions cycle, you will use the previous UCAS Tariff.

The entry requirements for this course are 120 tariff points, with 80 from two A-Levels or equivalent, with remaining 40 points from other A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma:

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service – it may be that we can still consider it.

The Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) and Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) carry UCAS points and are recognised by BU. Please refer to the UCAS tariff tables for further details about the UCAS tariff points allocated to these qualifications. Please note applicants with the IFS Diploma cannot also count points allocated to the IFS Certificate.

Access courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit
  • Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit in addition to one A-level to achieve the overall tariff.
  • 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
  • Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels to achieve the overall tariff.

A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 75% overall.

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 31 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects

Scottish qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma + one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.

Options include:

Careers

  • Students in work/further study 6 months after graduation: 93.5%
  • Students in managerial/professional roles 6 months after graduation: 68.2%

A degree in Accounting and Business will prepare you for a variety of roles in organisations of all sizes and from many sectors. You'll have an excellent grounding in accounting before going on to specialise in business in your second year, ensuring that you keep your career options open.

Within six months of finishing their course, 93.5% of our students are in work or further study, with some of our alumni going on to work for the likes of Airbus, Arcadia, Barclays Bank Plc, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, HMRC, IBM, Miscox, Threadneedle Investments and Vodafone, among many others.

Once you graduate, you'll be suited to a range of roles, including:

  • Auditor
  • Accountant
  • Business development adviser
  • Data analyst
  • Finance executive.

All of our Accounting & Finance courses are accredited by the relevant professional bodies - The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the Association of International Accountants, allowing you to demonstrate your high level of skill and knowledge to potential employers.

Accounting and Business graduates can obtain exemptions from up to 8 exams set by the above bodies. Your course academic team will be happy to offer you guidance on how to maximise your exemptions.

In addition, we have been awarded member status of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), internationally recognised as an accreditation body of excellence in management education.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Course statistics

The National Student Survey

The below information all comes from the National Student Survey completed by some of the students who graduated from this course last year.

  • Students agreed staff are good at explaining things - 83%
  • Students agreed staff made the subject interesting - 72%
  • Students were satisfied overall - 79%
  • Students agreed they got sufficient advice and support - 72%.

At BU, we take our students’ feedback very seriously. We have reviewed all the responses to the survey, and we are implementing a number of new initiatives for our students. Why not visit us to see for yourself at an open day?

  • Relocated course administration and placement teams to be more accessible
  • New students welcome pack has much more information about where to go for help and advice
  • Inviting more guest speakers from industry to give you an insider’s view
  • Continuing investment in new buildings with dedicated study and social spaces on campus
  • Recruiting new staff to help you Grow@bu – a Faculty support service run by recent graduates who really understand student issues.

37% of the course is assessed by coursework

Throughout the course, you will be assessed by coursework, group work and written exams. The majority of assessment during the first, second and third years will be in the form of written examination with your final year mostly split between coursework and examination.

18% is scheduled learning and teaching activities

The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments. For those opting to undertake the optional placement year, this will involve working in industry – a vital part in developing you as a well-rounded and industry-ready graduate and giving you a head start when it comes to your future career.

Flexibility to specialise

This course sits within our accounting, finance & economics framework consisting of a range of specialised courses:

  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Business
  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance
  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Taxation
  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Law
  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • BA (Hons) Finance & Business
  • BA (Hons) Finance & Economics

Each of the courses in this framework will give you those vital core skills, as well as offering more specialist options depending on the pathway you choose to pursue. All courses' first year units are the same, allowing you the flexibility to transfer to another pathway at the end of the first year if you wish. This keeps your career options open and enables you to make more informed choices.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the student section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

What our students say

Scarlett Harrison

The Accounting & Business course has been extremely interesting and diverse with very helpful lecturers. Being able to study on the beach has been brilliant! ...

What out students say

Kate Ibbotson

BU gives you so many opportunities - I'm a student ambassador, a student rep and a peer-assisted learning leader developing really transferable skills.

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