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Top Up - Management and Professional Accounting BA (Hons) Degree


Accountancy is a vital function in business. An accountant is a key member of the management team in any organisation, fulfilling an important role in business development. The ability to produce quality financial data is integral to strategic decision-making. Accountants and financial officers are in demand in both the public and private sector, as well as in not for-profit organisations such as charities. At CU Coventry we will aim to equip you with the necessary knowledge and wide range of skills to help you get into the accounting profession.


Focusing on assurance, advanced taxation and financial management, this course covers a broad range of topics, from theories and models of taxation to a critical exploration of financial management theories and models. You should also be able to develop the skills and knowledge that will help prepare you to gain professional qualifications.

The employability of graduates is a critical success factor and market research has shown that increasingly employers consider job applicants who hold professional qualifications in addition to academic ones to be of greater value in the labour market. The curriculum design team have used, as the basis for elements of this programme, standards used by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) , the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) which are widely recognised qualifications by employers and respected by the profession.


  • Assurance
  • Budgeting
  • Advanced taxation
  • Financial management

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Accounting context – you will look at a range of contexts in which accounting can be seen as operating, not only within business entities, including a critical understanding of market theories. You will also cover elements from ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accountancy and Business (CFAB) including business objectives, functions and business structures. The role of accounting and finance, the role of the accounting profession and the impact of the external environment. Also, core micro and macro-economic theory related to business objectives, functions and business structures, the role of accounting and finance and the impact of the external environment, business-related micro and macroeconomic theory;
  • Language and practices – the main current language and common practices used within accounting contexts, as well as a number of alternative practices, such as alternative recognition rules and valuation bases, approaches to control and decision making. You will also look at elements from ICAEW CFAB and IFA Level 5 Diploma for small and medium enterprises (SME) Financial Managers to include theories and models of taxation including; tax administration, corporation tax, and Value Added Tax (VAT);
  • Preparation and recording – methods of preparing financial statements, including the maintenance of financial records. You will look at the main methods and techniques of recording and summarising transactions and preparing financial statements. You will also cover elements from the ICAEW CFAB and IFA Level 5 Diploma for SME Financial Managers to include a critical examination of methods of preparing financial statements including the maintenance of financial records;
  • Analytical tools and techniques – theories and models of pricing, management decision making and performance management using analytical tools and techniques you will look at the key tools and techniques utilised to analyse organisational performance, prepare budgets and construct reliable forecasts. You will also cover elements from ICAEW CFAB and IFA Level 5 Diploma for SME Financial Managers to include critical analysis of pricing theory and models;
  • Business strategy analysis – you will study the theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management together with rational analysis and other processes of decision making within organisations and in relation to the external environment. You will also cover elements from ICAEW unit on business strategy: critical evaluation of strategic position, strategic options and strategic implementation impacting organisations;
  • Financial management – you will study the theoretical tools and theories of finance and their relevance and application to theoretical and practical problems: capital budgeting criteria, asset pricing models and the valuation of securities and cost of capital risk management, term structure and the movement of interest rates and determination of exchange rates. You will also look at the elements from AAT Level 4 and IFA Level 4 and 5 Diploma for SME Financial Accountants.


This course will be taught through a variety of methods – lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, textbooks, module webs, scenario-based learning sets, professional libraries and resources, journals and case studies, seminars, discussion forums and peer-to-peer learning.


Assessments will take the form of individual and group coursework, which is vocationally relevant. The wide range of assessment techniques used at CU Coventry will ensure that you have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in full.

There are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we will assess your learning through course work and phase tests. Assessments take place during and at the end of each six-week block.


As a full-time student a normal learning block will mean that you get 18 hours of teaching each week in groups of approximately 25-50 students. Depending on the course you have chosen, you will attend morning (9.00-13.00) or afternoon (14.00-18.00) sessions. You will also need to attend one two-hour tutorial each week.

Entry Requirements

UK/EU Students

Level 4 and 5 qualifications (Foundation Degree or HND) and 260 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

International Students

To apply for this course as an international student you must:

  • Meet the above entry criteria with either UK or equivalent qualifications.
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.5.


Full-time course is: £6,009 per year

For the academic year 2017/18, each six week block will cost £1,502.25. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,009. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2017/18 each block for part-time students will cost £1,502.25. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2017/18 is: £6,009.

International course fees is: £8,725


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.  


You can make your application in two ways:

• If you’re interested in a full-time course your application must be submitted via UCAS. Once you’ve registered you can start the application process; you’ll need our unique institution code C85, the code for your preferred course and the campus code 5.

Part-time/International Students

If you're looking to apply for a part-time or International course you can submit your application directly to CU Coventry via our online application form.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Successful completion of this course can enhance your ability to apply for accounting positions within various organisations. You could also look for jobs such as trainee finance manager or trainee financial controller - positions that have a level of responsibility and good salary prospects.


We plan to support you on your journey from student to graduate and hopefully employment by facilitating and encouraging work placements and internships to help you stand out from other graduates.

Sandwich years and placements give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the work place. Furthermore, if you choose to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.

Professional body qualifications

Modules within the programme include units based on the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 4 qualification and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Certificate in Finance Accounting and Business. Upon successful completion of these elements you’ll be exempt from examinations to complete this Certificate. This is not, however, a condition of academic credit:assessments for the professional qualification will be independent from that undertaken for the academic award.

Professional body fees

Should you decide to take the professional qualification with AAT, there is a student membership fee and assessment fee. Please see the link below for further details can be found on the AAT website.

Course code:

  • 1 year full-time; 14 months part-time (UK/EU only)

  • Top-up Courses

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time


Contact Details:

CU Coventry

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787