Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: NN34
International Code: FBLU081

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement

Start date

September 2023

We are reviewing this course for 2023-24 entry and the validated module information will be added shortly. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

The course offers you the chance to gain a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for a broad range of potential career options within finance, accountancy or general management.

Sound financial knowledge and accountancy skills are needed so businesses can make the right decisions, develop the right strategies and achieve growth, while also considering issues of ethics and sustainability. Almost every management job requires an understanding of budgeting and financial administration to ensure the business remains on track and meets its targets.

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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • Put your skills to the test: prepare and analyse financial statements, as well as studying the impact of finance on real businesses through case studies of a diverse range of organisations.
  • Develop practical skills in our Bloomberg Trading Floor: develop your skills in our Trading Floor4, which is currently one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe, featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
  • Benefit from real-world exposure: prepare for a future career in accounting and finance with a work placement2, typically as a trainee accountant or in a management accounting role. Past students have undertaken placements with L'Oreal, Vauxhall Motors, and Digitus Accountancy Limited.
  • Tailor your studies: select from a range of optional modules in your final year, allowing you to tailor your studies to a particular area of interest.

Accreditation

Accreditation for this course is being renewed as we are making some changes to our modules. This exciting new course is subject to approval from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Practising Accountants of Australia (CPA).*

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The Accounting and Finance BSc at Coventry University has provided me with a rigorous and comprehensive platform for building my accounting and finance knowledge in a systematic way. The Bloomberg Trading floor and huge amount of online academic resources are of great help to us students.

Yilong Chen, Accounting and Finance BSc (2021)
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How you'll learn

Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:  

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops  
  • Group work  
  • Self-directed learning  
  • Work placement opportunities. 

If you would like more information, you can request information about teaching hours.

Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. Across the course of the week you will have non ‘taught’ time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills you have learnt in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs. This self-directed learning allows you to monitor and self-evaluate your development and how to manage this time to best impact your work.

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.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Individual Assignments

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


International Experience Opportunities

Coventry is a multicultural university, so our typically diverse student and staff body helps to facilitate a multicultural learning environment.

Coventry University aims to give you the global opportunities2 needed to become a truly global graduate, enhancing your employability on a global scale. Options might include from language classes, studying or working abroad, international field trips, summer schools, leadership development or work experience.

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 could have the opportunity chance to participate in European field trips2 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.

My absolute passion is making the complex issues of accounting and finance easily understandable to students. I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), with over 15 years of teaching and research experience at various universities in three different countries.; I love bringing that experience to my teaching and inspiring learners to think about the possibilities that studying this course can potentially open up.

Dr Hafij Ullah, Assistant Professor in Accounting 2022
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Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBC
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English
BTEC DMM
IB Diploma 24 points 

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

Fair Access Scheme

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.

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Fees and funding

Student Full time Part time
UK TBC per year Not available
International TBC per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

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.


Facilities

We have a range of facilities4 available to support our accounting and finance students in putting the theories you are taught into practice.

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The Trading Floor

The Trading Floor is an invaluable facility which allows you to get hands-on with industry-standard software. Featuring 42 dual-screen Bloomberg terminals, this facility can add a dynamic practical element to your course.

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Talent Team

Our dedicated Talent Team can assist you in applying for work placements and graduate level jobs, and offer skills development workshops.


 

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sigma Centre

sigma is housed in our Lanchester Library and offers maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions and bookable appointments.

 

 


Careers and opportunities

On successful completion, you will be able to: 

  • Explore and evaluate the complex and dynamic global business environment in which accounting and finance operate.
  • Identify, extract and interpret data from a variety of financial and other numerical sources.
  • Record and summarise transactions, prepare compliant financial statements and demonstrate awareness of the contexts in which accounting data and information is processed and used.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the financial needs of business entities and an appreciation of how theory and evidence may be used to guide practice.
  • Critically evaluate a range of contemporary theories, models and concepts in accounting and finance.
  • Apply critical, analytical and problem-solving skills to draw reasoned conclusions to formulate effective strategies.
  • 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.

Designed to prepare you for a successful career in finance, accounting or management, this course offers lots of opportunities to gain industry experience, such as field trips2, live cases with clients, business simulations and work experience2.

On successful completion, you should you have the confidence to give sound financial advice and make effective financial decisions. 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
  • 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

In the past graduates have gone on to work for companies spanning a range of sectors such as BDO, Britvic, Meggit, ICON plc, and The Wigley Group.

Typical roles that graduates from this course may progress to include Finance Analyst, Account Technician, Audit Graduate Scheme, and Finance Graduate Scheme.

Further study

Upon successful completion of our Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) course, you may wish to continue to further your studies at postgraduate level with our Accounting and Financial Management MSc or Finance MSc here at Coventry Business School. You can explore all of your options using our postgraduate course search tool. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

Please note that further study opportunities2 are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional costs may apply.

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How to apply

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  • 1Accreditations

    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.

    *In the event that there is any delay in obtaining approval, we will run Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) for 2022-23 which has already been accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Practising Accountants of Australia (CPA).

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home 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.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.