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Accounting and Finance for International Business top up BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Course code:

LONU001

Study options:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:

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Coventry University London

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

Take your career to another level: build on your prior qualifications to achieve a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting in just 1 year.

Are you looking to achieve a higher qualification to progress your career, or do you want to move into accounting and finance for the first time? If you already hold a qualification such as a BTEC, HND or foundation degree, this one-year course will earn you an honours degree.

With multiple exemptions from professional exams, you’ll also be well on your way to qualifying as an accountant. However, accountancy will be just one of your many options on graduating: your degree will also be excellent preparation for a wide range of professional and leadership roles in any industry.

You’ll study right here in London’s Square Mile, the heart of the world's leading financial centre, surrounded by – and engaging with – some of the world’s biggest businesses and financial institution.

Why Coventry University London?

We believe that there is no better place to learn about business than to study in the heart of one of the most successful business and financial centres in the world. Launched in 2010 and located in the City of London, we are minutes away from the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange, and are surrounded by several blue chip companies.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Heart of the City

Minutes from the Bank of England and Stock Exchange

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What our students say...

My fellow students came from all over the world, providing a deep understanding of the different national and cultural contexts and contributing significantly to making me a better global participant.

Accounting and Finance for International Business top up BA

Course information

The skills you learn on this course will always be in demand, and could lead to a successful international career in business. When you graduate, you’re likely to go straight into a good job or into higher study, whichever you prefer. Throughout your professional life, you’re likely to take up stable, well-paid jobs with exciting career prospects.

This fascinating course will teach you the skills you need to become a detail-oriented, responsible and discreet professional – someone who can be relied upon to give reliable and trustworthy advice. You’ll learn how money is earned, recorded, interpreted, managed and communicated around the world as it makes its way through the hands of individuals, businesses and governments.

You’ll explore essential academic theory while taking practical advantage of the many learning opportunities on offer in London’s exciting financial district. The course is accredited by the leading accountancy bodies, so you’ll benefit from exemptions from ACCA and CIMA examinations. It’s also one of the few courses to offer SAGE/CIMA certification, demonstrating proficiency in the world’s leading accountancy software.

96%

of students were satisfied with this course

NSS

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Your tutors all have international experience in industry, so they will draw on their work and research to enrich your learning. You’ll be using industry-standard software throughout, so you’ll graduate knowing how to use the leading IT packages for business and finance. You’ll support your academic learning with practical experiences such as networking, field trips, guest lectures and company visits, and you could choose to do a work placement in the UK or overseas.

Modules

  • Financial Management

    Explore how organisations manage diverse assets, investment and risk, and how finance feeds into strategic decision-making. 

  • International Corporate Reporting

    Multiple legal frameworks and accounting standards affect financial reporting around the word and in multi-national companies.

  • Audit and Internal Control

    The requirement for scrutiny demands an in-depth understanding of how to audit and how to prepare for being audited. 

  • Business research methods

    Develop the vital research skills you’ll need for your final major project (see below), and which will prove a lifelong benefit.

  • Internship/ Dissertation/ Global Business Simulation/ Entrepreneurship Business Plan

    For your final major project, choose from 4 diverse, challenging and stimulating options. 

  • Optional Modules

    1 from the following:

    International Finance

    Explore aspects such as multi-nationals, the impact of currency, international regulation, and moving money around the world.

    Performance Management

    Accounting/finance functions play a considerable role in setting and achieving targets and in planning and forecasting.

23rd

Coventry is rated 23rd out of 100+ in the UK for Finance & Accounting in the Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Coventry University is ranked 12th in the UK (out of 121 universities) for accounting and finance, according to the Guardian University League Tables 2018.
  • This course is accredited by the leading professional associations and is designed to reflect what businesses want from graduates.
  • You’ll learn a wide range of professional and technological skills which will smooth your transition into the world of finance or accounting, or support a return to your career at a higher level. For example, you’ll have learned to use industry-standard software.
  • Your tutors and the Employability Team at Coventry University London have an extensive network of business contacts, which can lead to visits, tours, networking and placement opportunities.
  • In your final term, your studies will culminate in a major project which will stretch your strategic thinking. You could choose from an internship, a dissertation, a global business simulation, or an entrepreneurship business plan.
  • You’ll develop a wide range of highly transferable soft skills, including confidence, teamwork, research, report-writing, communication and presentation skills.
  • You’ll graduate from this course with a clear idea of the career options open to you in the world of international finance and accounting – and beyond.

Your main study themes are:

  • Internationalisation – You’ll learn to apply your skills internationally, whether working for a multi-national, dealing with overseas companies, trading globally, or moving money around the world.
  • Frameworks – You’ll deepen your understanding of a wide range of governance systems, including business ethics; international accounting standards; and legal and regulatory frameworks.
  • The use of information – You’ll learn to accurately gather, record, analyse, model and present key financial information, both for internal and external use, within the appropriate frameworks.
  • Business strategy – You will contextualise finance and accounting within wider business and economics, and explore the way business strategy depends on, and also influences, financial and accounting policy and results. 

Your learning will be in excellent hands:

  • Coventry University is ranked top in England for its teaching quality score (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Coventry University London holds the Gold Rating for Teaching Excellence (TEF)
  • We’re the UK’s top new university
  • We’re ranked 12th among all the UK universities for finance and accounting courses (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

Classroom-based teaching involves around 12 hours of lectures and seminars each week. Seminars usually last 2 hours and can involve group discussions, debates, case studies and presentations. You’ll also engage in learning beyond the classroom by meeting companies, attending field trips and events, and independently exploring business-related experiences in London. You’ll also have opportunities to hear from industry experts through networking and guest lectures.

You’ll also manage around 24 hours per week of personal study such as reading, revising, completing coursework, and using Coventry University London’s online learning platform. An important part of your learning will be the time spent learning to use industry-standard, internationally recognised ICT for business and accounting.

You’ll use practical scenarios, such as case studies and simulations, to address and resolve real business problems. and you could even choose to do an internship with an employer. 

Teaching methods may include: Lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based learning, case studies, individual research, work placement, guest lectures, field trips, ICT & specialist software, simulations, group discussions.

Your tutors have devised a range of practical and academic assessment methods, including many which reflect the experiences and appraisals you’ll have in the workplace. The variety of these methods helps to ensure that your performance is measured accurately and fairly – rather than relying on one particular method, for example. The results of these assessments will help you and your tutor to continually track your progress so that you’re on target for the best degree result for you. 

On completion, you’ll be able to:

  • Discuss the role and function of markets and financial institutions
  • Use internationally recognised software such as Sage, SAP, Fame, Bloomberg and S&P Capital IQ
  • Articulate the legal and regulatory requirements governing financial accounting and reporting practices
  • Evaluate the impact of international standardisation and harmonisation
  • Explain complex financial information using high levels of numeracy and digital literacy
  • Record and summarise transactions, and prepare, analyse and interpret financial statements
  • Use statistical and financial functions and procedures, and be aware of the context in which they can be processed using accounting systems
  • Evaluate factors which influence the investment opportunities and behaviour of private individuals and organisations
  • Take a logical and creative approach to problem-solving and decision-making
  • Consider issues of ethics, sustainability, personal and social responsibility, diversity and global citizenship
  • Take a cross-cultural approach to the operational and strategic positioning of organisations
  • Begin qualifying as an accountant and gain exemptions in professional examinations.

You will have six contact hours per module per week in each term. This will be divided into Knowledgecasts (lectures), seminars, other activities such as group activity or field trips. 

Global perspectives and approaches are built into every aspect of this course, so you’ll graduate with a sound understanding of how different cultures, regulatory frameworks and even faiths can impact on accounting and finance practice.

You’ll study within an international cohort, with students drawn from around the world. You’ll very quickly appreciate the diverse ideas and perspectives they bring with them and which your tutors will encourage them to share. Should you choose to do an internship for your final major project, you could arrange a placement overseas or, if you’re an international student, in your home country. 

What our students say...

I work as a graduate analyst for RBS, in Corporate & Institutional Banking Operations. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support and learning I got at Coventry University London.

Graduate, Accounting and Finance for International Business top up BA

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: LONU004
HND Foundation Degree GCSE requirement
Merit profile Merit profile Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English Language and Mathematics 

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.5 overall is required for this course. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.5 overall is required for this course. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

My fellow students came from all over the world, providing a deep understanding of the different national and cultural contexts and contributing significantly to making me a better global participant.

Accounting and Finance for International Business top up BA

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£11,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

What our students say...

My fellow students came from all over the world, providing a deep understanding of the different national and cultural contexts and contributing significantly to making me a better global participant.

Accounting and Finance for International Business top up BA

Career prospects

On graduation, you’ll be ready to begin or advance a high-flying career in finance and accounting, or a related business discipline, anywhere in the world.

You’ll have a range of options when you graduate. You might sit the professional exams required to qualify as an accountant, but this is only one of many routes you could take. You might go into further study, such as a master’s degree or a PhD. You might return to your former employer, using your new qualification to release new career possibilities. You could join a business in a named permanent role or on a graduate programme.

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be a more confident and skilled individual, adept at problem-solving and decision-making, with a solid understanding of international finance and how to balance risk and investment. 

97%

of students in work or further study six months after they left university

DLHE 2015/16

Where our graduates work

The financial acumen, business skills and global outlook you’ll have begun to develop will be superb preparation for a career anywhere, in any professional or management role. Some of our graduates have joined ‘big four’ international accounting and consultancy firms. Others have gone into banking, investment, insurance, business, government or the charity sector, either in the UK or internationally.

You might decide to become an accountant and then to work within a private business or at a global accountancy firm. On the other hand, you could go into consultancy; specialise in taxation or financial analysis; become an independent financial advisor; or even start your own business.

What our students say...

Each student is prepared for their future through career workshops, one-to-one employability advice, local volunteering opportunities and personal industry mentors.

Graduate, Accounting and Finance for International Business top up BA