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.



Accreditations

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)

Accounting - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - N420
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Accounting with Professional Practice Year - BA (Hons)

  • 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.

Accounting with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Accounting with foundation year

    This course is available with a Foundation Year from academic year 2018/19.

Accounting with International Year Zero - BA (Hons)

  • *International Year Zero (IYZ) is the first stage of a four-year International Incorporated Bachelor's degree. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English language, before you continue to year one of your undergraduate degree course.

    IYZ is delivered by London Bedfordshire International College in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.

    Find out more about International Year Zero

    *IYZ is only available to international students





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.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1

This common first year across all our accountancy courses provides you with a broad understanding of key concepts and techniques. What you learn in the first year will prepare you to undertake more advanced study in the following years.

Core units in this year include:

  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Business Pod
Year 2

In the second year you will begin to explore in more detail the core elements of your degree.

Core units in this year include:

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Intermediate Auditing 
  • Intermediate Financial Management 
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting
  • Intermediate Management Accounting
  • Intermediate Taxation
  • Practice Weeks: Career Planning
  • Project Management 
Year 3

In the final year, you will undertake a project, which allows you to carry out an in-depth investigation into a topic or issue of your choosing.

Core units in this year include:

  • Advanced Auditing
  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Practice Weeks: The Future You
  • Specialist Project In Accounting



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We are daring to be different. This vision is founded on this difference. The imaginative new futures for business education, research and practice will be co-created with our staff, students and other stakeholders and will deliver not only academic impact but also a practice impact in our classrooms and communities alike. This vision reflects our existing School strengths, strategic space opportunities in the crowded and overly competitive and branded business school market and provides staff good opportunity to create a business school that is different. In sum, we will use this vision to drive excellence, change, growth and investment within the School.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



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 has introduced a new tariff for courses starting 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 undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. 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.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. 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.

  • The full-time tuition fee 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.

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

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