A good accountant is a valuable asset to practically all forms of business. You can get trained up with a degree in Accountancy.
Monitoring and reporting on financial performance, accountants provide vital information for the organisations and business they work for. They are responsible for making and advising on a range of financial decisions – from setting product prices or determining the feasibility of multimillion pound developments to assessing the pros and cons of potential mergers and acquisitions.
Accredited by the UK’s leading professional bodies, this course is designed with a future accountancy career in mind and benefits from the highest levels of student satisfaction – 100% overall three years running in the National Student Survey (NSS). As well as providing exemptions from the relevant professional qualifications, professional experience and skills development are embedded throughout. There are opportunities to hear from current practitioners, take part in trade games and gain hands-on experience of key computerised accounting information systems like SAGE and SAP.
The course has a common first year curriculum with the BA Accounting and Finance, providing an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of accountancy and personal finance, together with key elements of business and decision-making. As this course progresses, however, optional modules are limited to accommodate a significant number of mandatory accounting and financial management modules and gain maximum exemptions from papers of the professional bodies.
Successful completion of the first year provides the foundations for all further study. We will cover a range of topics that cover the basics of accounting and finance, including: financial accounting, management accounting, personal finance, mathematics, statistics and business economics.
Building on the basic theory and principles of accountancy and finance, the second year focuses on threshold concepts. This includes, for example: management accounting including capital investment appraisal, marginal costing, opportunity cost; financial accounting including the application of international financial reporting standards and interpretation of financial statements; principles of UK taxation including personal and corporate tax; and an introduction to business law.
There is the opportunity 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. Research skills should also be developed in this year in preparation for a final year project in an accounting related topic of your choice.
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, which provides an excellent opportunity to obtain appropriate discipline-specific work experience on a much more significant scale than vacation or part-time work.
The final year of study is designed to provide a greater level of specialisation, enhancing your analysis and rigour, evaluative and critical thinking.
You will be required to write a dissertation to demonstrate your understanding of accountancy and students often choose a specific contemporary issue of interest to them. Recent topics have included: the problems in accounting for internally generated intangible assets; the impact of UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules on the financial performance of football clubs in the English Premier League; and using accounting techniques to predict the likelihood of corporate bankruptcy.
You must select an option for this course before you can view its entry requirements.