Understanding the financial world can lead you down many career paths, and a degree in Accounting and Finance can give you the best start. If you are interested in current financial issues and are considering a career in either accountancy or finance, this course lets you sample the essentials of both disciplines.
Since almost every management job requires an understanding of budgeting and financial administration, this degree can open up much broader career opportunities as it will equip you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in financial management within a business context. As part of our focus on your career prospects, we will also help you develop the skills often quoted by employers as lacking in graduates – critical evaluation, self-direction and problem-solving – incorporating analysis, presentations and negotiation techniques into your studies.
A key advantage of our degree is the flexibility that comes from gaining a wide breadth of knowledge across both disciplines of accounting and finance, with the opportunity to choose from a large range of optional modules on topics like corporate governance and ethics, auditing or pensions.
As well as simulation and practical exercises, such as preparing accounts or assessing financial investment options, you will apply theory to real-life scenarios that you might encounter on a day-to-day basis as a professional. In the past, students have analysed the detail of corporate accounts from supermarket giants’ Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons; they’ve also looked at the competencies and skills of Easyjet in comparison to its competitors to try to ascertain what has contributed to its financial success.
In the first year, you will study a range of topics that cover the basics of accounting and finance, including: financial accounting, management accounting, personal finance mathematics, statistics and business economics. We will also begin to cover statistical analysis, ensuring you have the appropriate numeracy and mathematics skills needed for the quantitative methods you will explore from Year Two.
During the second year, there is a greater emphasis in the areas of accounting and finance within a business context.
You can begin to look at specialist subjects, such as accounting information systems, which provides great exposure to SAGE and SAP, the two leading systems used widely by small businesses and major global companies. We will examine financial strategies used by businesses and the role played by the external environment on financial decisions, considering, for example, the impact of interest rates or currency differences on borrowing and investment. Case studies will provided real-world examples, so you may find yourself investigating a business of your choice to determine which of Porter’s generic business strategies are being incorporated – high or low cost, broad or niche market focus or differentiation.
Optional Placement Year
After the second year, you have the option of taking a sandwich year on an industrial placement or spending 12 months studying abroad to broaden your international perspective. Your dedicated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) will provide support in finding a suitable placement and, in recent years, we have seen increasing numbers of placements with PWC, Ernst & Young, Deloittes, Microsoft, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS, as well as positions with a large number of small firms based in the West Midlands.
In the final year of study, a wide range of optional subjects are available to further tailor your studies – from portfolio management to corporate governance and ethics. You will be required to write a dissertation to demonstrate your understanding of accounting and finance; students often choose a specific contemporary issue of interest to them.
You must select an option for this course before you can view its entry requirements.