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Course summary

If you’ve a head for numbers and are looking for a rewarding career, an Accounting and Finance degree could be your way forward. At Salford Business School, we’ll help you develop the essential skills and knowledge for a high level career in accountancy, finance, banking and insurance as well as general management positions. You will study at our University of Salford campus close to Manchester city centre. The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in business to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programme. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills combined with key subjects in business. You will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within the disciplines to provide a basic knowledge in all related subject areas. The programme will introduce you to essential areas of business necessary for progression onto business, accounting or law degrees. You will learn how to apply business concepts to real life organisations and develop communication, IT and study skills. Following completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of your selected degree for the remainder three years of your course (four years if you are choosing to do the professional placement year). Our teaching is practical and career-focused, with input from our industry partners. This means you build the expertise that employers look for in areas including financial analysis, budgeting and risk management. You’ll look at accounting and finance within the wider context of business and management. And we’ll also work with you to develop your soft skills including teamwork, communication and problem solving. You’ll work with key industry standard tools, such as Microsoft Excel and Minitab, and also look ahead to the technologies – such as automation and artificial intelligence – that will affect the work of accountants in the future. Optional modules in your final year mean you can focus your career direction before graduation. The University programme is accredited by the major industry bodies so you know that what you learn is aligned with industry standards. You can start your path towards ACCA qualifications and get exemptions from some professional exams including exemptions from 9 ACCA exams and 8 CIMA exemptions. Our students move on to career success too. 96% of our Accounting and Finance graduates were in work or further study according to Graduate Outcomes survey, 2017-18 graduates (the most recent survey) All our undergraduate accounting courses are available with: • Placement Year - on the placement year option, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do. • Study Abroad – study with one of our partner Universities for a semester or a year • Foundation Year – start with the fundamental areas of business and the key skill you need to study at University level. Find out more at Our commitment to our students Our goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling life and professional career. Along the way, you’ll learn to be curious, adaptable and confident, ready to meet the digital, ethical and sustainability challenges of the 21st century. How will we - together - achieve this? Find out more at


Foundation Year: Accounting for Business, Foundations of Business, Foundations of Human Resource Management, IT for Accountants, Academic and Personal Skills. Year 1: Financial and Management Accounting, Business and the Accountant, Principles of Economics, Accounting Information Systems, Digital and Business Skills, Data Analysis for Business. Year 2: Professional Development, Legal Aspects of Business, Regulatory and Economic Environment, Financial Planning and Software Applications, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Financial and Management Information Systems. Year 3: Advanced Management Accounting, Advanced Financial Reporting, Business Finance, The Professional Accountant

Assessment method

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used and wherever possible these will reflect the types of work you will do in the ‘real world’. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams will only be used when it is a requirement for professional accreditation.

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Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year at University of Salford - UCAS