Accounting BA (Hons)

About the course

The degree course for you if you seek a career in accountancy or an accounting function in business, and offers the maximum ACCA exemptions available at undergraduate level.

Practise using the latest technology, then proceed to advanced study of financial and management accounting, taxation, financial management and auditing.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) awards exemptions from its F1 to F9 papers for those students successfully completing relevant units.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - N420
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start Dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time
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This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course. 

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification. 

There is also a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2019.


With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire. 

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree. 

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

 

Why study a Foundation Year degree?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 

Why choose this course?

  • Learn the technical expertise and professional skills and attributes needed to enter a career in accounting
  • Study a specialist course with the emphasis on practice, supported by the latest technology and software packages
  • Develop your interest in specialist areas, with the opportunity to progress to further study at Masters level
  • Gain skills and knowledge to enter any branch of accounting, including financial accounting operations, management accounting, auditing, taxation or financial management; or general business management
  • Explore contemporary issues in accounting through your supervised research dissertation – ensuring your knowledge is up to date
  • Benefit from a course that offers the maximum ACCA exemptions at undergraduate level, or the flexibility to transfer to other areas of the Business Core Integrated Programme, should you wish

The demand for accountants continues to grow internationally, due to the strategically important role that accountants play in the growth and success of any business organisation. The purpose of this course is to provide you with a broad business education with a distinct focus on the core elements of accounting.

This specialist the course is geared towards those seeking to pursue a professional career in Accounting. It is structured to attract maximum exemptions from the professional accountancy bodies: the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and Association of International Accountants (AIA); which is a significant step towards becoming a fully qualified accountant.

You will enjoy and benefit from the modern facilities of the University of Bedfordshire Business School and its innovative methods of teaching. In Year 1 you will study in our unique Business Pods alongside your students on other courses taught in the Business School giving you insight of the variety of business roles that exist, and to the relationship of the accounting role to these. You will undertake integrated project-based work where the role of accounting and accountants is set within the wider business context.

As you advance in your studies you will explore core elements of accounting in detail, through units on financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, taxation and financial management. In your final year you will investigate contemporary issues in accounting through a specialist project – ensuring your knowledge is up to date and that you have developed skills for lifelong learning.

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What will I learn?

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  • Business Practice Explored (BSS005-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Accounting And Finance (AAF005-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Economics (AAF010-1) Compulsory
  • Numerical Skills For Finance And Economics (AAF015-1) Compulsory
  • Corporate And Business Law (LAW018-2) Compulsory
  • Data Analysis For Finance And Economics (AAF022-2) Compulsory
  • Intermediate Auditing (AAF012-2) Compulsory
  • Intermediate Financial Management (AAF014-2) Compulsory
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting (AAF010-2) Compulsory
  • Intermediate Management Accounting (AAF011-2) Compulsory
  • Intermediate Taxation (AAF013-2) Compulsory
  • Management Accounting (AAF006-2) Compulsory
  • Personal Development And Employability (AAF004-2) Compulsory
  • Practice Weeks: Career Planning (BSS008-2) Compulsory
  • Social And Environmental Reporting (AAF033-2) Compulsory
  • Taxation [Uk] (AAF025-2) Compulsory
  • Advanced Auditing (AAF018-3) Compulsory
  • Advanced Financial Management (AAF014-3) Compulsory
  • Advanced Financial Reporting (AAF011-3) Compulsory
  • Advanced Management Accounting (AAF013-3) Compulsory
  • Advanced Taxation (AAF019-3) Compulsory
  • Audit And Assurance (AAF004-3) Compulsory
  • Financial Accounting (AAF003-3) Compulsory
  • Financial Management (AAF002-3) Compulsory
  • Practice Weeks: The Future You (BSS023-3) Compulsory
  • Specialist Project In Accounting (AAF016-3) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

Our Business School is committed to a  practical and applied education. A large part of the assessment will relate to your demonstration of your ability to carry out accounting in practice, which many students prefer because of the applied approach.

Different assessment methods contribute to your development and help you achieve your goals and enhance your employability throughout this course. Feedback is provided promptly to give you the maximum benefit as part of your learning process.

Estimated percentage breakdown of the different assessment methods:

  • Formal Examinations: 40%
  • Coursework, Essays, Reports: 40%
  • Portfolio: 10%
  • Presentations: 10%

Entry requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed. At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

 

 

  • Applicants with other entry qualifications will be assessed individually by the field chair for APCL. This might include applicants with complete or partially complete AAT, CAT, ACCA, CIMA or other professional qualifications. Overseas qualifications will be assessed in a similar way.
  • In general APEL will not be allowable for any unit achieving ACCA exemption.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Students completing the course will have the skills and the knowledge to enter any branch of accounting. This might include financial accounting operations, management accounting, auditing, taxation or financial management; or general business management in both the private and public sector.

Whilst the course curriculum is designed with further ACCA or AIA study in mind, the course will provide an excellent platform for any further professional study in the area of Accounting and Finance (for example the Chartered Insurance Institute will give exemption for students passing Financial Accounting and Taxation).

Although most of our graduates join an accounting firm or larger multinational companies to complete their professional studies, others use their expertise within the financial services sector or are involved in more general management roles. Students wishing to enter general business management will also find that an Accounting degree will enable them to understand much of the operations of business. This is a highly numerate and sought-after degree that will give you a competitive advantage.

The course also  provides an excellent basis for further study on our MSc Accounting and Business Finance, or other Masters awards.

The course will equip you to meet the increasing demands of a competitive and global labour market, to prepare you to be an effective contributor in the workplace. You will also be given the necessary grounding to undertake postgraduate and professional study.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

 

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

    Facilities

    Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

    The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

    Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

    It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

    Accommodation at Luton

    Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

    This exciting new facility includes:

    • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
    • informal and quiet learning spaces
    • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
    • a student lounge and cafe

    Luton campus is home to the following departments:

    • Business
    • Media, Art and Design
    • Science
    • Computing
    • Law
    • Psychology
    • Social Sciences

    Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

    • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
    • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
    • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
    • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
    • Art and design studios

    Town centre location

    The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

    Directions to Luton campus

    Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

    It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

    Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

    How to Apply

    Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

    EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

    International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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