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International Finance and Accounting BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Course code:

Study options:

2.5 years full-time (accelerated option)
3 years full-time
5 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

September 2017
January 2018

Fees:

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Coventry University London

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Overview

Where better to study international finance and accounting than in the Square Mile, the heart of the world's leading financial centre?

The world will always need people who manage, record, interpret and communicate the way money moves through the hands of individuals, businesses and governments. Successful practitioners are detail-oriented, responsible and discreet, and may be relied upon for advice by anyone from families to chief executives and governments.

Studying finance and accounting doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll go into accountancy: it’s also excellent preparation for any professional or leadership role, in any industry. People with these skills will always be in demand, and can benefit from stable, highly paid jobs with excellent career progression. Graduates from this course have a very strong chance of getting onto a programme with a top employer. 

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

Your course in pictures

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

What our students say...

Most of the lecturers have worked within the field that they’re now teaching, so you can ask direct questions – their experiences help you learn for your future

Callum McLean, International Finance and Accounting BA

Course information

This course will immerse you in a fascinating subject that can lead to a successful international business career. On graduation or at any point in the future, you could choose to go into finance/ accounting or any other professional or managerial role.

This highly practical course makes the most of the bustling financial district surrounding the campus. You’ll encounter some of the world’s biggest banks and businesses thanks to networking, guest speakers and company visits. *There may be opportunities for internships, consultancy projects and simulations, and you could apply for UK or international work placements.

You’ll be taught by tutors with superb international experience, who will draw on their work and research to illustrate your learning. Since the course is accredited by leading professional accountancy bodies, you’ll gain a range of exemptions from ACCA and CIMA examinations upon successful completion of the course. You’ll learn to use a wide range of industry-standard software, and this is one of few courses leading to SAGE/CIMA certification, demonstrating your ability to use the market leader in accounting software.

*subject to successful application 

100%

of students agreed staff made the subject interesting

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Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Your first year will be an introduction to the way business works and how money and value form part of that process. You’ll explore how business fits into wider society, looking at economics and legal and regulatory frameworks. In your first accountancy modules, you’ll also take your first steps in learning how to ‘account’ for money. From as early as Year One, you’ll begin developing your professional and managerial skills.

Modules

Overview

Plunge deeper into detail, learning to analyse, critically evaluate and present key information. Explore how accounting informs, supports and measures business strategy, including balancing investment with risk. Examine the ethical and regulatory frameworks governing finance, including taxation, and discover hands-on how money is moved and traded around the world.

Modules

  • Data Management and Analysis

    All organisations depend on meticulous recording and interpretation of data to support decisions and measure performance. 

  • International Regulation and Professional Ethics

    Continue to explore the way finance and accounting are governed, both legally and ethically, with a global perspective.

     

  • Financial Markets

    Learn how money is moved and traded on the markets: you’ll even use Bloomberg terminals and the S&P Capital IQ platform.

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis

    Learn to record, analyse and present information: for management, for potential investors or for regulators, for example.

  • Principles of Taxation

    Taxation forms part of the regulatory framework for accountancy, demanding careful management and openness to scrutiny. 

  • Business Strategy

    Explore the way key business decisions are influenced by, and in turn influence, the financial status of the organisation. 

  • Financial Investment and Risk

    Investment and risk are two sides of the same coin, so financial acumen is crucial to the management of any organisation. 

Overview

You’ll go into Year Three either straight after Year Two or after your year in industry/ studying abroad. In your final year, you’ll take a more high-level approach to finance. You’ll also strengthen your research skills as you prepare for your final major project, which will be your choice from a range of options. You’ll also spend time exploring how you can use your degree once you graduate.

Modules

  • Financial Management

    Learn to take a strategic approach to managing finance, including protecting financial integrity and making key decisions. 

  • International Corporate Reporting

    Explore how to navigate the complex demands on financial reporting when a business operates across multiple countries.

  • Audit and Internal Control

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

  • Advancing Career Development

    This module helps you begin to think about graduating, including your career and professional development options. 

  • Research Methods for Finance and Accounting

    This Research Methods module is essential preparation for undertaking your final major project (see below).

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

    You’ll have the luxury of a wide range of hands-on or more academic options for your stimulating final major project. 

  • 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

    Learn to enhance efficiency by setting key performance indicators, planning and forecasting, and reporting on performance.

    Islamic Finance

    Learn how Sharia law governs banks, capital markets, fund managers, investment firms and insurance in the Islamic world.

    International Securities

    Using Bloomberg terminals, examine how securities are traded and their impact on the performance of global business.

    *options are subject to student numbers

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, according to the Guardian University League Tables 2018
  • This course is closely aligned to the leading professional associations and to what employers are looking for in graduates
  • This is a practical course, which means if you go on placement, and when you graduate, you’ll transition more easily into the world of work – and you’ll already have learned how to use many industry-standard software programs
  • Between them, our tutors and our Employability Team have an incredible network of contacts in global finance and accounting, which can help you with networking and placements
  • In your final year, besides the more standard dissertation, you could do an internship or a global business simulation, or develop an entrepreneurship business plan – all of these will stretch your strategic thinking
  • You’ll develop your confidence as an individual, as well as within a team, and you’ll become more skilled in researching, writing up and presenting your work
  • 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 – This course aims to prepare you to apply your skills anywhere in the world, perhaps working in a multi-national organisation or moving/ trading money internationally.
  • Frameworks – You’ll learn about all of the systems which govern finance and accounting, including ethics; legal and regulatory frameworks; and international standards.
  • 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 – This course contextualises finance and accounting so that you will understand its relationship to business and economics. You will understand how business strategy both depends upon, and influences, financial and accounting policy and results. 

You’ll enjoy excellent teaching from experienced tutors at Coventry University London. We hold the Gold Rating for Teaching Excellence (TEF) and we’re number 6 for Student Experience (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018). We’re also the UK’s top new university and we’re ranked 12 among all UK universities (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

In a typical week, you’ll attend up to 12 hours of lectures and seminars. For larger groups, lectures last for up to an hour and seminars last two hours. Seminars are interactive and may involve group discussions, debates and case studies.

You’ll also develop the invaluable discipline of managing your personal learning, which is a life-long skill. This will entail 24 hours each week spent studying and revising in your own time, including some guided study using hand-outs and online activities.

Since this is a practical, hands-on course, you’ll learn to use a range of industry-standard, internationally recognised finance and accounting software platforms. Your learning will also include interaction and collaboration with your fellow students using Coventry University London’s online learning platform.

*A range of options will enable you to address real business scenarios, and you could even choose to do an internship with an employer. You’ll also have opportunities to hear from industry experts through networking and guest lectures.

If you decide to add a year to your course in order to work or study abroad, this will contribute significantly to your learning, both personally and professionally. You will encounter real-world challenges and opportunities, strengthening your confidence and resilience while making a major contribution to your knowledge and understanding.

*Subject to successful application

Teaching methods may include: Lectures, seminars, textbooks, workshops, debates, case studies, consultancy projects, simulations, business plans and online collaborations.

Learning will be assessed using a combination of exams and coursework such as essays, reports, presentations, simulations and workshop activities.

Some assessments are taken as group work. With all our assessments we make sure that students not only demonstrate subject knowledge but also develop professional skills such as professional report writing, structuring a logical argument, analysing data or making a compelling presentation. 

On completion, you should 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.

In a typical week you can expect to attend up to 12 hours of knowledge casts (lectures) and seminars. For larger groups, lectures last for up to one hour and seminars two hours.

Seminars are interactive and may involve group discussions, debates and case studies.

Personal study: 24 hours each week studying and revising in your own time, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

One of our major strengths is the way we internationalise your learning. Besides building in a global perspective to every aspect of this course, we offer opportunities for you to spend a year studying or working in another country.

Tutors may include joint projects with partner universities in Europe. There are also other opportunities for short overseas trips to explore aspects of your course. In the past, students have visited Dubai, the USA and destinations across Europe. These trips might involve looking at taxation in other countries, tours of stock exchanges, and visits to the local offices of major global accountancy firms. 

What our students say...

It’s great that there are a lot of international students here, because I’ve met a lot of interesting people.

Callum McLean, International Finance and Accounting BA

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: LONU009
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB  DMM  29 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English Language and Mathematics 
 

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements.

The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

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

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 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 6.0 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...

Most of the lecturers have worked within the field that they’re now teaching, so you can ask direct questions – their experiences help you learn for your future

Callum McLean, International Finance and Accounting BA

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


January 2018

£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)


January 2018

£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)


January 2018

£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...

Most of the lecturers have worked within the field that they’re now teaching, so you can ask direct questions – their experiences help you learn for your future

Callum McLean, International Finance and Accounting BA

Career prospects

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to take the first steps into a high-flying business career in the private or public sectors anywhere in the world.

This course is accredited by leading accountancy bodies including ACCA and CIMA, which means you should be well-prepared to sit exams to qualify as an accountant, and you may be exempt from some exams with ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CISI. You should also be equipped for a career beyond accounting, because 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.

You’ll be adept at problem-solving and decision-making, and should have an understanding of how to balance risk and investment. You’ll also have had the opportunity to gain a wide range of softer skills, such as teamwork and communication, which will be highly transferable across all industries and employers. 

 

97%

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

DLHE 2015/16

Where our graduates work

Past graduates of this course have had a wide array of career options to choose from. Some have joined ‘big four’ international accounting and consultancy firms. Others have joined private businesses of every size, insurance companies, or not-for-profit organisations such as charities. Some have gone into local and central government departments either in the UK or overseas.

As a graduate yourself, you might decide to become an accountant and then to work within a private business or at a global accountancy firm. Alternatively, you could choose to go into consultancy; become a taxation specialist, a financial analyst or an independent financial advisor; or even start your own company.

65%

of graduates are in a professional or managerial job within 6 months of graduating

Unistats

I’d always wanted to be a forensic accountant – someone who investigates fraud. Course modules like Financial Reporting and Auditing really developed my analytical skills and attention to detail.

Tinashe Sandengu, International Finance and Accounting BA