Accountancy BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

N410

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

N410

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

FBLU027

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

A good accountant is a valuable asset to practically all forms of business. You can get trained up with a degree in Accountancy.

Monitoring and reporting on financial performance, accountants provide vital information for the organisations and business they work for. They are responsible for making and advising on a range of financial decisions – from setting product prices or determining the feasibility of multimillion pound developments to assessing the pros and cons of potential mergers and acquisitions.

Accredited by the UK’s leading professional bodies, this course is designed with a future accountancy career in mind, with professional experience and skills development embedded throughout. There are opportunities to hear from current practitioners, take part in trade games and gain hands-on experience of key computerised accounting information systems like SAGE and SAP.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

CPA Australia

CPA Australia

This course is currently accredited by the Chartered Practising Accountants of Australia (CPA), and upon successful completion you will be able to secure exemptions from certain requirements to achieving CPA status. Please note that you will still be required to complete the CPA programme and fulfil the practical experience requirement, which may incur additional fees. This accreditation is current until 2024, at which point Coventry University will seek to renew it, and whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

This course is currently accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and upon successful completion of the course you will be able to secure exemptions from ACCA papers, depending on your choice of modules. Please note that additional papers may be required to be taken to reach ACCA qualifications, which will incur an additional cost. This accreditation with ACCA is due for renewal in June 2020, and whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).


European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

This course is recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), and upon successful completion you will be able to secure exemptions from certain ICAEW papers, depending on your selection of modules. These exemptions are valid until the end of 2020, and are renewed yearly, and whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be eligible for these exemptions and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

This course is currently recognised by the Chartered Institute for Management Accountants (CIMA), and upon successful completion you will be able to secure exemptions from CIMA papers, depending on your choice of modules. Please note that additional papers may be required to be taken to reach CIMA qualifications, which will incur an additional cost. These exemptions with CIMA are ongoing, unless there are major changes to the course’s content, at which point Coventry University would seek renewal of the exemptions. If this renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be eligible for these exemptions and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Our Facilities

Lecture talking to student in the trading floor

Trading Floor

Students have opportunities to practice simulated trading and other finance-related activities using the various types of demo software available in the Trading Floor.

Business Simulation Suite

Business Simulation Suite

Coventry Business School's Business Simulation Suite utilises the latest business simulation software to give students the opportunity to improve their business skills.

DigiComm Lab Seating Area

DigiComm Lab

Designed to build creative minds, the DigiComm Lab is equipped with the latest industry-standard marketing and advertising software and devices to support your creative development.

What our alumni say

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi, BA (Hons) Accountancy

Course information

With a focus on contemporary accounting and finance thought and practice, our degree aims to equip you with the personal and professional skills and knowledge for a career in the worlds of business, accounting and finance.

The ability to apply theory to practice, placing accounting and finance problems in a real-world context is a distinctive feature of this course. As well as simulation and practical exercises, such as preparing accounts or assessing financial investment options, you will be expected to apply theory to real-life scenarios that you might encounter on a day-to-day basis as a professional.

In the past, students have analysed the detail of corporate accounts from retailers such as Next plc and Marks and Spencer; they’ve also looked at the competencies and skills of easyJet in comparison to its competitors to try to ascertain what has contributed to its financial success.

93%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2018

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The course has a common first year curriculum with the BSc Accounting and Finance, providing an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of accountancy and personal finance, together with key elements of business and decision-making. As this course progresses, however, optional modules are limited to accommodate a significant number of mandatory accounting and financial management modules.

Successful completion of the first year provides the foundations for all further study. We will cover a range of topics that cover the basics of accounting and finance, including: financial accounting, management accounting, personal finance, mathematics, statistics and business economics.

Modules

  • Introduction to Finance

  • Introduction to Economics

  • Introduction to Management Accounting

  • Statistics for Finance and Accounting

  • Business Mathematics

  • Financial Accounting

  • Law for Business

  • Academic and Employment Skills

Overview

The course has a common first year curriculum with the BSc Accounting and Finance, providing an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of accountancy and personal finance, together with key elements of business and decision-making. As this course progresses into year two, however, optional modules are limited to accommodate a significant number of mandatory accounting and financial management modules.

Modules

  • Financial Reporting

  • Principles of Taxation

  • Accounting Information Systems

  • Management Accounting

  • Professional and Academic competencies

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Economics of Banking and Finance
    • Principles of Financial Investment

Overview

After the second year, you have the option of taking a sandwich year on an industrial placement or spending 12 months studying abroad to broaden your international perspective.

Your dedicated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) will provide support in finding a suitable placement, which provides an excellent opportunity to obtain appropriate discipline-specific work experience on a much more significant scale than vacation or part-time work.

Overview

The final year of study is designed to provide a greater level of specialisation, enhancing your analysis and rigour, evaluative and critical thinking.

You will be required to write a dissertation to demonstrate your understanding of accountancy and students often choose a specific contemporary issue of interest to them. Recent topics have included: the problems in accounting for internally generated intangible assets; the impact of UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules on the financial performance of football clubs in the English Premier League; and using accounting techniques to predict the likelihood of corporate bankruptcy.

Modules

  • Audit and Assurance

  • Advanced Financial Reporting

  • Advanced Management Accounting

  • Leadership and Strategy

  • Dissertation

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
    • Financial Management for Accountants

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom Guardian University Guide 2020

In more detail...

  • Facilities include our Trading Floor featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
  • Access to academic staff with relevant professional backgrounds and industry experience.
  • Opportunity for hands-on experience of using market leading accounting and business software packages, from SAGE for small and medium enterprises, to SAP for international companies.
  • Exemptions from multiple papers of the professional qualifications from the UK’s leading professional accounting bodies, whose representatives have visited our students in the past to speak about the professions and give advice and guidance on how to secure a job
  • Practical focus includes preparing and analysing corporate accounts, as well as studying the impact of finance on real businesses through case studies of a diverse range of organisations, from sole trader partnerships to large corporations like easyJet, Ryanair and Ben & Jerry’s
  • Designated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) to work with you throughout your course. All our EPTs have previously worked in industry and have experience of being a recruiter; they understand the labour market, the skills employers look for and the processes used by employers to select candidates

Opportunity to apply for placements with companies and organisations which have in the past included Tesco, the NHS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, and Toys R Us.

Your main study themes are:

  • Financial and management accounting: How businesses use accounting information to inform and assist the management decision making process and how performance is reported on a consistent and regular basis to stakeholder groups including shareholders.
  • Taxation and law: Study of relevant business and competition law, as well as essential knowledge of tax initiatives, such as company, valued added, personal and inheritance tax.
  • Economics and business: Understanding how businesses operate within the external environment and the impact of things like competition or overseas tax legislation on profit and loss.
  • Statistical analysis and mathematical techniques: Essential numeracy skills and analysis for financial reporting and management accounting, including discounted cash flows and cost, volume, profit analysis.  
  • Research skills:  Analyse and discuss contemporary accounting and finance issues; exhibit an understanding of research methodology and research methods; synthesise and evaluate data from a range of sources.
  • Employability skills:  Develop a range of generic skills that will be of value in employment including teamwork, numeracy, literacy, oral communication, ITC skills, and time management

This course is available on a three-year full-time basis or a four-year sandwich basis, where between Years Two and Three there is one year of supervised work experience or a 12-month period studying abroad. The Faculty’s Business Futures team will assist you in finding a suitable placement, preferably in an accounting or finance-related position in a private, public or charitable organisation.

Traditional teaching methods include weekly lectures, small group seminars and tutorials. We also use a range of innovative practical exercises, such as trade games to reinforce the integrative nature of accounting assessment.

Wherever possible, we try to incorporate topical issues from the news and introduce professionally relevant coursework and experiences. As part of the ‘Principles of Taxation’ module, you may be tasked with defending a fantasy budget, debating contemporary tax issues like transfer pricing and horizontal monitoring. We also take part in an annual ‘Tax Week’, together with universities in Italy, Belgium and Germany, where students work together to tackle European-wide tax problems.

We enjoy high levels of student satisfaction - in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018, 93% of students were satisfied overall.

As a student of Coventry Business School, you will have access to Progress Coaches, who will be able to support your academic progress during your course and be available for advice.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, test and essays, group work and presentations and posters. 

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The fundamental functions of and contexts in which accounting and finance operates.
  • The impact of statutory and regulatory legislation and their impact.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning the operation of accounting and finance in the wider contexts of capital markets, business and society.
  • Communicate accounting and finance concepts, models and techniques in a clear and precise style through written and oral work.
  • Analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured problems from sets of data drawn from a range of sources.
  • Analyse and discuss contemporary accounting and finance issues using appropriate accounting and finance principles and conventions.
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate relevant qualitative and quantitative data in the areas of accounting and finance from a range of sources.
  • Record and summarise transactions and other economic events in accounting systems for presentation and decision-making purposes.
  • Prepare and analyse financial statements through the use of recognised accounting conventions, statistical methods and computer-based techniques.
  • Analyse and produce financial solutions to complex business decisions. 

We set out below the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different semesters and years of study and may vary due to module selection. In addition to the contact hours below, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, including sessions with the Faculty’s progress coaches, or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.

Within your first and second year, you will have 12 contact hours of teaching a week which includes:

  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, seminars or workshops per week.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In your final year, if you are undertaking a project/dissertation, there is a greater emphasis placed on independent study and therefore total contact hours may be reduced.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using, for example, handouts or online activities.

There are opportunities to take part in a number of overseas field trips, some of which have previously been subsidised by the University. In the past, our students have visited universities in China and Malaysia to study alongside students, see how finance is taught internationally, appreciate the issues in different countries and broaden their perspectives. Students have previously participated in tax conferences in Belgium and Holland, where they engaged with students from different countries of the European Union.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our alumni say

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi, BA (Hons) Accountancy

What our alumni say

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi, BA (Hons) Accountancy

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


January 2021

£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 2020

£9,250 (per year)


January 2021

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£13,900 (per year)


January 2021

£13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our alumni say

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi, BA (Hons) Accountancy

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

On successful completion of your degree you should be well equipped to pursue a career in accountancy. Vital to the wellbeing of our economy, accountancy is the second largest UK industry with more than 1.25 million people employed across the finance sector.

The strong vocational element of the course and use of case studies aims to give you a good grounding in real business situations, while the exemptions from certain professional body examinations can help to fast-track your professional career.

There will also be opportunities to benefit from a wide range of desirable professional skills, including: team working; critical evaluation; self-directed learning; problem-solving; action planning and organising; written and oral communication; presentation; questioning and listening. The following personal qualities will also be addressed in each of the skills modules: achievement orientation; initiative and creativity; self-confidence; decisiveness; reflectiveness; adaptability and flexibility.

To complete your professional qualification, you will need to complete final exams and have three years of professional training and work experience. Alternatively, you may decide to continue your studies at postgraduate level to further enhance your employability. Here at Coventry, we offer the MSc Accounting and Financial Management and the MSc Professional Accountancy, which is designed to help prepare you for exams with the Association for Chartered Certified Accountants.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Past students have undertaken placements and gone on to work for prestigious companies including PwC, Ernst & Young, Deloittes, Tesco Graduate Scheme, Microsoft, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS.  

What our students say

I am currently taking part in a work placement as a finance assistant, improving core skills such as teamwork and time management as well as gaining a better understanding of the real world purpose of accounting within a company.

Caleb Mellen, BA (Hons) Accountancy
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The university will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The university will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s planned exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit from the European Union, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. Coventry University will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time. For international students, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.