Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code: NN34
International Code: FBLU028
Coventry University (Coventry)
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Study level: Undergraduate
If you are interested in current financial issues and are considering a potential future career in either accountancy or finance, this course lets you sample the essentials of both disciplines to help you choose which interests you most.
This course will interest you if:
- You are looking for a career path that requires an understanding of budgeting and financial administration.
- Want to gain a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in accounting and finance within a business context.
- Understand the financial world.
Global ReadyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
Teaching excellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
EmployabilityCareer ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Why you should study this course
The Accounting and Finance course offers an insight into the financial world. By studying this course you will have the opportunity to:
- Develop your skills in our Trading Floor, which features 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals – we are also currently a Bloomberg Experiential Learning partner, which recognises our commitment to integrating our terminals into our courses.
- Learn in a Business School that was ranked ‘excellent’ in 2020 by Eduniversal, an annual ranking of business schools in over 150 countries.
- Have the opportunity to select from a range of optional modules in your final year, allowing you to tailor your studies to a particular area of interest.
- Gain professional accreditation from some of the UK’s leading professional accounting bodies, whose representatives have visited our previous students in the past to speak about the professions and give advice and guidance on how to potentially secure a job (subject to availability). Please refer to the Accreditation and Professional Recognition and Exemptions section.
- A course that has a practical focus, preparing and analysing financial statements, as well as studying the impact of finance on real businesses through case studies of a diverse range of organisations, including easyJet, Ryanair, Apple and Ben & Jerry’s.
- Access to the university’s sigma centre, which provides maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions with experienced tutors.
- Support from our employability team, The Talent Team, 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. Please note that staff may be subject to change.
- Opportunity to apply for an internship or sandwich placement*, typically as a trainee accountant or in management accounting role, 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 business organisations.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the 2022/23 intake. Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to secure certain exemptions from ACCA papers, depending on your choice of modules. Please note that additional papers will be required to be taken to become /qualified through the ACCA, which will incur additional costs, and you will also need to fulfil the practical experience requirement. Qualifying will be subject to competitive application, availability, and meeting any applicable visa requirements. If the accreditation of this course changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Certified Practising Accountants of Australia (CPA)
This course is accredited by the Chartered Practising Accountants of Australia (CPA) for the 2022/23 intake. Upon successful completion of this course, 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 to become certified, which may incur additional fees. This may also be subject to competitive application, availability, and meeting any applicable visa requirements. If the accreditation of this course changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
This course is recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) for the 2022/23 intake. CII recognition allows you to gain certain exemptions from some professional examinations, upon successful completion of this course (subject to application, availability, meeting applicable visa requirements and additional fees may apply). If there is any change to the recognition of this course by the CII, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)
This course is recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) for the 2022/23 intake. Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to secure particular exemptions from certain ICAEW papers, depending on your selection of modules, and you will also need to fulfil the practical experience requirement to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. Please note this is subject to availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional costs. If there is any change to the recognition of this course by the ICAEW, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Chartered Institute for Management Accountants (CIMA)
This course is recognised by the Chartered Institute for Management Accountants (CIMA) for the 2022/23 intake. Upon successful completion you will be able to secure exemptions from CIMA papers, depending on your choice of modules. Please note that additional papers will be required to be taken to attain the CIMA qualification, which will incur additional costs, and you will also need to fulfil the practical experience requirement. This may also be subject to competitive application, availability, and meeting any applicable visa requirements. If there is any change to the recognition of this course by the CIMA, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible
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, which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research.
European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) – Coventry Business School is currently an active member of Ethe European Foundation for Management Development, a global membership organisation dedicated to management development, covering over 900 members across 91 countries.
Coventry Business School is recognised by the above memberships for the 2021/22 intake. There is currently no intention for either of these memberships to lapse however if either of these memberships were not to be renewed we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
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What you'll study
In the first year, you will have the opportunity to study a range of modules that cover the basics of accounting and finance and provide the necessary numeracy skills, including financial accounting, management accounting, mathematics, statistics and business economics. You will need 120 credits to pass the year.
Introduction to Finance - 20 credits
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the importance of business finance, and of the constraints and opportunities relating to business finance.
Introduction to Economics - 20 credits
This module aims to introduce students to the economic environment in which a business organisation operates and to develop an understanding of basic economic concepts that are applicable to careers in business, accountancy, and finance.
Introduction to Management Accounting - 20 credits
The principal aims of this module are to
- Introduce students to the nature and behaviour of costs, the various approaches to the treatment of overheads and the different methods of costing available to the professional management accountant.
- Introduce students to the concept of budgeting, measurement of variances, contribution analysis and other accounting concepts.
Statistics for Finance and Accounting - 10 credits
This module aims to provide students with transferable skills required for subsequent accounting and finance modules. In addition it provides the statistics based skills required to obtain exemptions from professional qualifications. The module will give the student a grounding in two principal areas:
- ICT skills: basic I.T. based numeracy skills and also accounting data-based research skills using appropriate databases resources.
- Statistics: an introduction to statistical methods relevant to accounting and finance including: descriptive statistics, statistical inference and regression modelling.
Business Mathematics - 10 credits
This module aims to develop students’ ability to apply appropriate mathematical techniques to financial and economic problems. It starts by applying basic mathematical methods that students will have covered at GCSE level or equivalent, and then introduces students to other techniques in the context of financial and economic applications.
Financial Accounting - 20 credits
This module aims to introduce students to the main principles behind recording and presenting financial information for external reporting worldwide, the systems and techniques used by businesses to produce these statements and the core concepts underpinning these statements.
Law for Business - 10 credits
This module aims to provide students on non-law degree courses with the knowledge, understanding and skills to identify and deal with a range of legal issues likely to be encountered in business. This will include an understanding of how the law works and the ability to apply the law to appropriate scenarios.
Academic and Employment Skills - 10 credits
This module aims to provide students with a range of skills which will enable them to become effective learners and enhance their employability. During the module students will be introduced to a range of subject specific knowledge and communication skills. In addition they will be introduced to a personal development planning and will be encouraged to become reflective learners.
In your second year, you will have the opportunity to further deepen your knowledge of key areas of both accounting and finance 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. You will need 120 credits to pass the year.
Financial Reporting - 20 credits
This module builds on 4001ACC Financial Accounting and focuses primarily on the preparation and interpretation of published financial statements by public limited companies. Through use of real world examples students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and apply a number of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and accounting theory in the preparation of published financial statements for entities, including a simple group structure. Students will also develop the skills necessary to critically analyse and interpret these financial statements and become aware of limitations in published accounting information.
Accounting Information Systems - 20 credits
The Accounting Information Systems module explores the processes by which financial and management accounting is supported by various Enterprise Resource Planning Tools such as (SAP), and market leading software such as (SAGE) in the decision-making process.
Management Accounting - 20 credits
This module investigates how relevant accounting techniques can be used to assist managers in decision-making. The aims are for students to understand the techniques, be able to apply them to business situations and to be aware of their limitations.
Professional and Academic competencies - 20 credits
This module aims to further develop and practice a range of key skills required of the professional accountant and financier.
Principles of Financial Investment - 20 credits
Choose one from the following modules:
Economics of Banking and Finance - 20 credits
functions of financial institutions, to equip students with the necessary tools and concepts to be able to explain and interpret the process of financial intermediation, and to understand the system of regulation in financial markets. The module also examines the underlying principles and characteristics of money and banking that are the foundation for understanding their role in the economy.
Financial Services - 20 credits
This module intends to provide students with an understanding of the functions and operation of retail financial services in the UK and international. It aims to provide an advanced knowledge of the main financial products offered by the financial service industry in the UK and in other major countries. These will include investment, savings, borrowing, insurance and pension alternatives available to individuals. It also provides a background to financial advice at the personal level through an understanding of the regulation framework and the decision -making process.
Principles of Taxation - 20 credits
The overall aims of this module are to enable students to develop knowledge and understanding in the core areas of UK tax related to business and their employees, and to prepare simple tax computations for individuals and companies.
After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement.
Placement years are subject to additional costs, application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability. Further costs incurred as a result of the professional work placement or study abroad shall be borne by the student.
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an International student.
In the final year of study, a wide range of optional modules 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. You need 120 credits to successfully pass the year.
International Finance - 20 credits
The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the international dimension of finance and how this impacts upon business. By the end of this module students should appreciate the workings and operation of currency derivatives markets, the international money and capital markets and the principles of currency risk management.
Corporate Financial Management - 20 credits
The overall aim of this module is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the scope and nature of the financial management issues that exist within modern corporations.
Project - 20 credits
This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to apply and develop their research skills and to extend their knowledge, understanding and ability to critically analyse in a specialist area of interest. The student will chose an academic area related to their programme of study and apply their independent learning skills to research this area in depth. Students will receive academic support through a series of group supervisions and will be allocated a project supervisor.
Choose three from the following modules:
Audit and Assurance - 20 credits
The module builds on and requires knowledge and understanding of financial accounting and reporting developed by Financial Reporting and Analysis or equivalent. Its aim, for different business entities operating in an international environment, is to develop understanding and critical evaluation of:
- Internal control risks and organisational responses, and
- Audit processes and their application in the context of the external regulatory framework.
Advanced Financial Reporting - 20 credits
The module focuses primarily on the preparation of published financial statements by public limited companies. The module aims to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and apply International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and accounting theory in the preparation of published financial statements of entities, including groups.
Advanced Management Accounting - 20 credits
This module seeks to equip students to design, use and critically appraise management and cost accounting information systems. Students will learn how to employ advanced management accounting techniques, but also to evaluate their strengths and limitations and appreciate when different techniques may or may not be appropriate in the light of recent research in this area.
Business Strategy - 20 credits
This module aims to provide a firm foundation for understanding and applying a number of strategic management models, concepts and techniques. Through the use of case studies and real world examples students will consider the usefulness of strategic management in enabling businesses to assess competitive conditions, evaluate corporate capabilities, and identify means for them to establish a sustainable competitive advantage. It will therefore explore the techniques of strategic analysis and evaluation available to companies, aiming to develop their strategic options, choices and business performance.
Portfolio Management - 20 credits
This module examines how portfolios are structured, monitored and managed for maximum effectiveness. It develops students understanding and ability to apply asset allocation, portfolio strategies, international diversification and performance evaluation techniques.
Investment Analysis - 20 credits
This module provides students with an understanding of: the characteristics of, and methods used in the valuation of, bond and equity financial investments. The teaching of the model will be focused around the use of practical problem solving exercises using, where possible, real-world financial data.
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.
How you'll learn
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 around 12 contact hours of teaching a week which includes:
- Medium group teaching: practical classes, seminars or workshops per week.
- Large group teaching: 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, seminar exercises or online activities.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.
Assessment methods include:
- Formal examinations
- Phase tests
- Group work
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 will be able to:
- Understand the complex and dynamic global business environment in which accounting operates including awareness of interdependencies between the regulatory, legal, ethical and economic frameworks.
- Identify, extract and interpret data from a variety of financial and other numerical sources using appropriate financial analysis techniques and an appreciation of statistical concepts.
- Record and summarise transactions and other global economic events; prepare financial statements in compliance with relevant regulatory requirements; and show awareness of the contexts in which accounting data and information is processed and used by different stakeholder groups.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the financial needs of business entities, an appreciation of how theory and evidence may be used to guide practice; the workings of capital markets; and the relationships between risk and return.
- Critically evaluate a range of contemporary theories, models and concepts in accounting and finance, and synthesise these to devise optimal strategies for entities.
- Apply critical, analytical and problem-solving skills, including critical analysis and evaluation of data, drawing reasoned conclusions to formulate effective strategies for individuals or organisations.
- Use contemporary information and communications technology for the acquisition, analysis and communication of information.
- Effectively communicate and present quantitative and qualitative information, analysis and findings in a form appropriate to the intended audience.
- Evidence effective critical self-reflection, ethical awareness, intercultural awareness and well-developed interpersonal skills including numeracy, global networking, collaborative problem-solving and effective time management.
International experience opportunities
You will have the opportunity to take part in an overseas study trip, or a full year abroad
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 will have the opportunity to 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.
Typical offer for 2022 entry.
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|GCSE||Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including English|
|IB Diploma||30 - 31 points|
We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international foundation year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Accounting and Finance or International Year One (Accounting and Finance) will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.0 overall.
- If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
- For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
- To be accepted for the programme students must possess 240 credits (120 ECTS) at level 4 and 5 obtained in a relevant subject area, covering either accounting or finance.
Fees and funding
2022/23 Tuition fees
|Student||Full time||Part time|
|UK||£9,250 per year||Not available|
|International||£15,300 per year||Not available|
For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.
With 42 Bloomberg terminals, this facility can add a dynamic practical element to your course.
Our dedicated Talent Team can assist you in applying for work placements, graduate-level jobs and offer skills development workshops.
Careers and opportunities
Our course is designed to give you the opportunity to gain the practical skills and experience needed for your potential future career, so that upon successful completion you have 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 potential future careers options in areas such as finance, management, accounting, banking, personal and corporate finance, business, or education in private, public and third sector organisations. Alternatively, this course could set you on the path towards a professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant.
Where our graduates work
Our past graduates have gone on to work in a number of roles including trainee-chartered accountants, finance assistants and financial advisors.
How to apply
Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS. Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
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Full-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.
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The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we 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 exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.
The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.
Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
Placements and study abroad opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.
This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).