Staffordshire University

Accounting & Finance (with placement year) Staffordshire University Degree level: Undergraduate

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If you enjoy working with numbers and are passionate about problem-solving, our Accounting and Finance degree could equip you for a successful career in financial services. Our Accounting courses have been ranked 1st for Students Satisfied with Teaching in the Guardian League Tables 2018.

Whether you want to work in accountancy, financial services, banking, taxation or insurance, this course will help you develop practical accounting skills for business-related and management positions.

At Staffordshire University, we are well known for our business connections, and as a student, we will use our extensive industry links to offer you a guaranteed work placement.

The accounting and finance academic team is made up of active and professionally-linked staff that provide extensive real-world experience. You will have more than great quality teaching to inspire your career too, as we also host inspirational guest speakers and organise industry visits to bring the subject to life. It's for reasons like this that we received 98% Student Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.

With the BA (Hons) accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), this course is highly regarded.

There is an accounting course for everyone. We operate standard 3-year degree courses, accelerated 2-year courses, foundation level degrees and masters awards.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:
BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Course content
Led by knowledgeable academics with a wealth of experience in this field, we’ll teach you about the economic environment and explain the fundamentals of financial services.

As well as becoming familiar with accounting software, you’ll learn how to communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences effectively. You’ll study management accounting, gaining experience in producing financial reports and interpreting data. You’ll learn about personal and business taxation, and get to grips with modern accounting software.

We encourage students to undertake a work placement year to develop employability skills, gain invaluable practical experience and position you favourably for graduate roles. Our close links with many high-profile businesses mean we can help you secure your work placement.

In your final year, you’ll cover problem solving and analysis in complex business contexts. You’ll also acquire research and data analysis skills in preparation for a financial research project, possessing the confidence to demonstrate your newly acquired skills in the workplace and make important business decisions.

Placement year opportunities can be taken up between years 2 and 3 and our Workplace Learning Manager, alongside your course team, will be able to help and support you when exploring your placement opportunities.

Course details

Modules

Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September. Year 1 compulsory modules Introduction to Financial Accounting Economics for Managers Management Accounting Ethics and Governance Law for Managers The Professional Toolkit Year 2 compulsory modules Financial Reporting Business Creation and Innovation Advanced Management Accounting Advanced Professional Toolkit Work placement project Year 3 compulsory modules Financial Strategy and Decision Making Personal and Business Taxation Auditing Fraud and Risk Management Investment and Banking

Assessment method

Teaching You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies. Assessment Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. Learning support In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management). Additional support Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Feedback Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code NN44
Institution code S72
Campus name Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further details of what is and is not included in your tuition fees please visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees/

Provider information

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Staffordshire University
College Road
Stoke on Trent
ST4 2DE


Course contact details

Main Contact

01782 294000

Fax: 01782 295704