Understanding the financial world can lead you down many career paths, and a degree in Accounting and Finance can give you the best start.
If you are interested in current financial issues and are considering a career in either accountancy or finance, this course lets you sample the essentials of both disciplines to help you choose which interests you most.
Since almost every management job requires an understanding of budgeting and financial administration, this degree can open up much broader career opportunities as, upon successful completion, you should be equipped with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in financial management within a business context. As part of our focus on your career prospects, we will also help you develop the skills often quoted by employers as lacking in graduates – critical evaluation, self-direction and problem-solving – incorporating analysis, presentations and negotiation techniques into your studies.
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 readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
EmployabilityCareer-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Teaching ExcellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
Course essentialsA degree which offers you more, at no extra cost
Accreditation and Professional Recognition
This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:
Certified Practising Accountants (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)
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 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)
Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
Institute of Chartered Accountants of 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 for 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.
Students have opportunities to practice simulated trading and other finance-related activities using the various types of demo software available in the Trading Floor.
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What our alumni say
This course allowed me to secure offers from high profile multinational companies even before graduation. I also spent a year in Rotterdam studying with students from around the globe."
A key advantage of this degree is the flexibility that comes from gaining a wide breadth of knowledge across both disciplines of accounting and finance, with the opportunity to choose from a large range of optional modules on topics like Audit and Assurance, Business Strategy or Portfolio Management.
As well as simulation and practical exercises, such as preparing accounts or assessing financial investment options, you will 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 supermarket giants’ Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons; 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.
The course also offers the opportunity to apply for an optional study abroad or placement year (subject to availability, a competitive application process, meeting applicable visa requirements, and additional costs apply) Your dedicated Employment Personal Tutor will be able to offer you support in finding a suitable placement and, in recent years, we have seen increasing numbers of placements with firms such as PwC, Ernst & Young, Deloittes, Microsoft, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS, as well as positions with a large number of small firms based in the West Midlands. A placement provides an excellent opportunity to obtain appropriate discipline-specific work experience on a much more significant scale than vacation or part-time work.
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In the first year, you will study a range of topics that cover the basics of accounting and finance, including: financial accounting, management accounting, mathematics, statistics and business economics. We will also begin to cover statistical analysis, ensuring you have the appropriate numeracy and mathematics skills needed for the quantitative methods you will explore from Year Two.
Introduction to Finance
Introduction to Economics
Introduction to Management Accounting
Statistics for Finance and Accounting
Law for Business
Academic and Employment Skills
In your second year, you will have the opportunity to further deepen your knowledge of key areas of both accounting and through mandatory modules such as Management Accounting, Accounting Information Systems and Principles of Financial Investment. You’ll also have the option to select an optional module allowing you to tailor the course to your own areas of personal interest.
Accounting Information Systems
Professional and Academic competencies
Principles of Financial Investment
Choose one of the following modules:
- Economics of Banking and Finance
- Financial Services
- Principles of Taxation
- Financial Services
- Law of Business and Business Organisations
After the second year, you have the option of applying for a work placement year or spending 12 months studying abroad to broaden your international perspective.
Students can opt to go on a work placement or study abroad year and if selected, they will be registered onto a module which runs for a full academic year between years 2 and 3. Students must have a confirmed placement or study abroad opportunity two weeks prior to the start of the academic year to participate in the study abroad/placement year, however we encourage international students to confirm their placements earlier to ensure they are able to meet any applicable visa requirements. Students can only progress onto the relevant work placement or study abroad module if they successfully complete the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits).
Students opting for either the work placement or study abroad module will be registered on a non-credit bearing module and therefore no additional tuition fees apply. While the modules do not bear credits, they do require completion of a marked assessment reflecting on your placement/study abroad or work placement experience. Following successful completion of this assessment, the module selected will appear on your final academic transcript. Students will thus graduate with 360 credits in total, assuming successful completion of their final year.
Please note that the University cannot guarantee any study abroad or work placement opportunities and that such opportunities may be subject to availability, a competitive application process, meeting applicable visa requirements (which may include extending any Tier 4 visa upon successfully securing a placement or study abroad opportunity), and additional costs (e.g. accommodation and travel)). To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard and for further details, please contact the International Office if you are an EU or International student.
Previous students have secured placements at large multinational firms, while others have had the chance to study with some of our partners in Europe and Asia.
- Work Placement Module
- Placement / Study Abroad
In the final year of study, a wide range of optional subjects are available to further tailor your studies – from portfolio management to audit and assurance. You will be required to conduct a project to demonstrate your understanding of accounting and finance; students often choose a specific contemporary issue of interest to them.
One former student followed up his placement working at the NHS by studying in-depth the option to build a new hospital using a private finance initiative (PFI), another studied the impact of financial fair play regulations introduced by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in 2009, which prevent professional football clubs spending more than they earn and getting into financial difficulties.
We’ve even had one student try to determine whether or not the position of the moon affects stock market performance – and incredibly it did!
Corporate Financial Management
Choose three of the following modules:
- Audit and Assurance
- Advanced Financial Reporting
- Advanced Management Accounting
- Business Strategy
- Portfolio Management
- Investment Analysis
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.
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.
In more detail...
This highly practical degree aims to educate and prepare you for a range of careers within the accountancy and finance professions or as general managers; it will give you a solid grasp of accounting techniques, taxation, financial legislation, financial management and business strategies and demonstrate how they are being applied in today’s business world.
Our degree is recognised by the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW). The curriculum and assessment is designed to impart the knowledge needed to pass the professional qualifications, providing a significant number of exemptions, depending on which optional modules you take. Please see more information on our accreditations in the overview section of this page.
You’ll be taught by lecturers, some of which are qualified accountants with substantial experience in practice and industry, many with active research interests in areas such as auditing, banking, stock markets and return on investments. They regularly bring contemporary practice into the classroom by, for example, monitoring relevant news stories like the furore around public pensions or executive bonuses, to stimulate debate and discussion.
Throughout the course, teaching is designed to embed professional skills. You’ll have access to the one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe, which incorporates the best analytical, news and data platforms to give you first-hand experience of these industry-standard tools. You will use industry-standard business software packages, including SAGE and SAP.
You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities which develop you personally and professionally. These include: online phase tests, such as ‘My accounting lab’ or BPP SCORM; and graduate assessment days, interview techniques and telephone interviews.
- Outstanding facilities include our Trading Floor, which features 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
- Opportunity for all students to apply for a placement year, typically as a trainee accountant or in management accounts, with previous students working at large firms in retail, healthcare and professional services, as well as a large number of small to medium-sized accountancy firms and organisations (subject to additional costs, application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements).
- Coventry Business School was ranked ‘excellent’ in 2019 by Eduniversal, an annual ranking of business schools in over 150 countries.
- In your third year, there is the opportunity to select from a range of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your studies to a particular area of interest.
- Potential exemptions from papers of the professional qualifications from some of 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 to work with you throughout your course. Many of our employment team 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 for all students to apply for an internship or sandwich placement, typically as a trainee accountant or in management accounts, which previously has included companies such as Tesco, the NHS, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), IBM, Toys R Us, as well as a large number of small to medium-sized accountancy firms and organisations.
Our main study themes are:
- Accounting and finance fundamentals: The basic principles, rationale and methods used in analysing, recoding, planning and managing accounts or finances.
- 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 on finance of things like competition or overseas tax legislation on profit and loss.
- Statistical analysis and quantitative methods: Essential numeracy skills and analysis for financial reporting, forecasting and modelling, for example, evaluating how much debt a company can afford or the optimum percentage sales growth.
This course is available on a three-year full-time basis or a four-year basis if you opt for a study abroad or placement year, where between Years Two and Three there is one year of supervised work experience or a 12-month period studying abroad. The Faculty’s employability team will assist you in finding a suitable placement, preferably in an accounting or finance-related position in a private, public or charitable organisation. Please note that placements are subject to availability, a competitive application process, meeting applicable visa requirements, and fees may apply.
We also use a range of innovative practical exercises, such as trade games to reinforce the integrative nature of accounting assessment. Throughout the course, you will focus on a particular company, analysing its performance at each stage, depending on which financial principles or theory you have studies, culminating in a group presentation to summarise financial performance and future options.
Wherever possible, we introduce professionally relevant coursework and experiences. This may be a simple discussion about recent legislative changes or, for example, a look at whether a company’s commitment to environmental accounting, such as planting trees to offset their impact on global resources, is genuinely making a difference or just a marketing ploy. As part of the Principles ofTaxation 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. Previously, for example, they have presented findings and recommendations on behalf of a UK company with overseas subsidiaries, which requires knowledge of international corporate reporting, UK and overseas taxation and management reporting.
The Faculty of Business and Law’s Progress Coaches are available to all students with the Faculty, and can answer questions and give advice throughout your time on the course, on academic issues as well as personal ones.
Teaching methods include: weekly lectures, small group seminars and tutorials.
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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 be able to:
- Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of: the fundamental functions of and contexts in which accounting and finance operates; the impact of statutory and regulatory legislation and their impact.
- 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 up to 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.
You will have the opportunity to take part in a number of overseas field trips, designed to help further your ability to work in different cultural contexts and with students from other countries. In the past, our students have had the opportunity to visit 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.
Closer to home, you can participate in European field trips as part of the annual Tax Week initiative or the annual Audit Week, both of which are conducted in partnership with European universities, and see students work collaboratively on related projects.
Please note that all international experience opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, visa requirements and additional costs may apply.
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.
Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)
The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17
The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far
As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses
What our alumni say
Coventry University offers a great amount of student support and field trips. Additionally, Coventry University has a Global Leaders Program (GLP) which allow students to attend workshops and further focus on personal development.
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Course name: Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)
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What our alumni say
What really attracted me to Coventry University is that it offered an option of a sandwich year for this course, along with plenty of international placements.
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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 tripsAny mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.
Key materialThis can include core textbooks, software and equipment.
Laser prints1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.
Optional yearPay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.
The following are additional costs not included in the fees:
- Securing any placement opportunities (whether in the UK or abroad) and any associated costs of attending and completing such opportunities
- Any optional field trips or visits (whether in the UK or abroad)
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
What I like most about is Coventry University is that it is a very multicultural and opens doors for students to embrace their heritage through societies and more. I have decided to get involved with this and open a Somali society, for example.
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.
Our degree is designed to give you the opportunity to gain the practical skills and experience needed so that you can enter employment with the confidence to give sound financial advice and make effective financial decisions.
You’ll also benefit from exploring 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.
On successful completion, you should be well placed to pursue a wide variety of careers in finance, management, accounting, banking, personal and corporate finance, business, marketing, education or IT in private, public and third sector organisations. Alternatively, this degree could set you on the path towards professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant, if you decide to follow specialist financial roles as an accountant, auditor, business analyst, investment consultant, stock controller or tax assistant.
Additionally, 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
Our past graduates have gone on to work as personal financial advisors, trainee chartered accountants, finance assistants, finance advisors, business buyers, local authority system and improvement performance managers and trainers in maths for a diverse range of organisations.
of students in work or further study six months after finishing this course (DLHE 2016/17)
What our alumni say
Studying Accounting and Finance at Coventry University has helped me get an insight into the relevant information on how businesses work and operate. I am looking to utilize these skills in the future and to start my own business.
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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.