Accounting and Finance for International Business BSc Top-Up 2020/21 entry

Course code:

Study options:

1 year full-time
(Final year entry)
2 years full-time (Second year entry)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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Course code:

Study options:

1 year full-time
(Final year entry)
2 years full-time (Second year entry)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 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:

FBLU029

Study options:

1 year full-time
(Final year entry)
2 years full-time (Second year entry)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 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

Do you speak another language? If finance piques your interest too, then international accounting could be the ideal career path for you.

Successful completion of this ‘top-up’ programme will enable you to qualify to Bachelor’s level in Accounting and Finance, provided you already hold a Level 5 qualification, such as a Higher Diploma, DipHE or Foundation Degree, for final year entry, or a Level 4 qualification, such as a Higher National Certificate, Higher Apprenticeship, on CertHE, for second year entry. Existing qualifications should be in a related field.

Primarily targeted at international students, it is designed with a specific focus on accounting and finance in an international context, incorporating the advanced study of at least one European language, to better prepare you for global careers in business, accountancy or financial management.

You can benefit from industry-standard facilities, including one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe, featuring 42 dual-screen Bloomberg terminals. Rated ‘excellent’ in 2018 by Eduniversal,  an annual ranking of Business Schools, we have close relationships with the leading professional bodies in the UK and are active members of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).

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:

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 December 2022, 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.

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).


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).

Our Facilities

What our alumni say

I've got the great honour of first class finally and I'm now studying in the University of Glasgow for my master, the major is MA in International Accounting and Financial Management. I really learnt a lot of useful knowledge from the class.

Xuanfei Cheng,BA Accounting and Finance for International Business, graduated in 2016 with first class honours, now continuing studies at the University of Glasgow.

Course information

Offered to overseas students, this top-up course has been designed with specific emphasis on international accounting and finance. We adopt a multidisciplinary approach, which covers economics, business strategy, marketing, financial planning and accounting through a range of mandatory and optional modules.

An advanced module in English is mandatory, which aims to  support development of your English skills to a higher level and with a focus on the language used in international business arenas. You will practise and learn how to write reports in a suitable academic style on recent accounting, finance and international business topics, such as recent financial crisis and Brexit, then present your findings to help build your confidence in communication skills. 

You will consolidate your previous studies, while having the chance to develop the higher level skills needed for international business. For example, by examining real-life case studies in financial accounting, management accounting, financial theory and international finance, you will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills. We encourage you to adopt a problem-based approach to identify, analyse, apply and evaluate real-world business problems, such as the implication of globalisation and relevance of international/corporate social responsibility.

We will study how organisations interact with stakeholders within the external environment, identifying the different users of financial data and their varying needs, investigating the adequacy of information disclosure in corporate annual reports. 

We will also look at some of the challenges facing financial management in an international context, such as overseas initiaI public offerings and variances of regional accounting standards. You will have the opportunity to  gain experience in a range of accepted techniques and practices, like consolidation of financial statements and investment appraisal, learning how to apply them in different contexts, for example, evaluation of overseas investment opportunities.

Teaching is informed by research conducted by staff who specialise in the areas of international accounting standards, corporate social responsibilities and international finance and whose work has been published in peer reviewed publications, such as Research in International Business and Finance; the Journal of Financial Planning; International Review of Financial Analysis; and Journal of Investing.

13th

Ranked in the top 13 UK universities

Guardian University Guide 2019

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The below modules are studied in your first year on the course if you enter at Level 5, having already gained a Level 4 award in a related field.

Modules

  • Principles of Finance

  • Business Accounting For Decision Making

  • English Skills for Finance

  • Employability Skills in Finance

  • Governance and Ethics in Finance

  • Software Applications in Finance

  • Quantitative Analysis

Overview

The below modules are studied in your second year on the course if you enter at Level 5, or the first year on your course if you enter at Level 6.

Modules

  • Academic English for Accounting and Finance

  • Intercultural communication skills for Accounting and Finance

  • Corporate Reporting and Analysis

  • Financial Theory

  • International Finance Managment

  • Management Accounting for Business Decisions

  • Case Studies in Accounting & Finance

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...

  • Specialist content covers the identification, analysis and solution of financial decision making.
  • Outstanding facilities include our state-of-the-art trading floor featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals. Outstanding facilities include our Trading Floor, currently one of the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
  • Experienced staff, who have worked as auditors for Ernst & Young, Deloitte, and KPMG in different countries and as ACCA markers in the UK.
  • Opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and visit key financial institutions, such as the London Stock Exchange and Bank of England.
  • Opportunity to join a variety of student led societies, including the Accounting and Finance society, the Investment Society and the Financial Trading Society.

Opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and visit key financial institutions, such as the London Stock Exchange and Bank of England.

Our main study themes are:

  • Advanced English for Business and Management:  Supports development of your proficiency in English language within the context of accounting, finance and business. The emphasis is on developing practical reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and will involve activities and tasks designed to increase the range and effectiveness of your use of language and the development of study and communication skills in a professional and academic context.

  • International Corporate Reporting: Focuses primarily on the preparation and analysis of published financial statements by public limited companies. You will be introduced to some of the key International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS’s), enabling you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and apply a number of IFRS’s and accounting theory in the preparation of the published financial statements of entities, including a simple group. You will also be able to develop the skills necessary to critically analyse and interpret these financial statements and become aware of their limitations.

  • International Finance: Provides an understanding of the international dimension of finance and how this impacts upon business so that you are better able to appreciate the workings and operation of currency derivatives markets, the international money and capital markets and the principles of currency risk management. We will explore currency markets, international parity conditions, international money and capital markets, the nature and importance of currency risk and strategies for managing currency risk, including the application of derivatives to manage such risks.

  • Financial Theory: Aims to further develop your understanding in the key concepts in finance, including the function of capital markets, the relationship between risk and return and how to price a variety of financial assets.

This course is studied full-time over one year. You can start in September and January.
Seminars and workshops are smaller group teaching environments, they are interactive and may involve hypothetical problem questions, simulations, case studies and the analysis of more theoretical issues.

We also use a range of innovative practical exercises, such as trade games to reinforce the integrative nature of accounting assessment. For example, you may be acting on behalf of a UK company with overseas subsidiaries, which requires knowledge of international corporate reporting, UK and overseas taxation and management reporting.

At every stage, we will introduce professionally relevant coursework and experiences. You may be tasked with essays/reports of current financial or business issues or take part in a range of simulation and practical exercises, giving you the chance to put theory into practice. In the past, students have analysed the financial performance of companies such as BA, Marks & Spencer and EasyJet.

Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars, workshops and personal study.

Meet our staff

Dr. Torri Wang

Dr. Wang worked in accountancy in China and the UK before becoming interested in international students’ experience in UK universities. Her current job involves teaching financial accounting and providing academic and pastoral support for international students.

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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. 

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 in an international context.
  • Communicate accounting and finance concepts, models and techniques – including interpretation and forecasting of financial statement and business valuation – 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, such as corporate annual reports, FAME and Bloomberg etc.
  • Analyse and discuss contemporary accounting and finance issues using appropriate accounting and finance principles and conventions.
  • 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 of study. 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.

 

Additionally, 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.

The University is committed to providing an international perspective for all of our students, not least from the multicultural experience that comes from learning alongside students and staff from across the world. We are also committed to organising a range of online international learning (OIL) projects, which vary year to year, which enable you to work on projects online with students studying in other countries.

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

I've got the great honour of first class finally and I'm now studying in the University of Glasgow for my master, the major is MA in International Accounting and Financial Management. I really learnt a lot of useful knowledge from the class.

Xuanfei Cheng,BA Accounting and Finance for International Business, graduated in 2016 with first class honours, now continuing studies at the University of Glasgow.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted for the programme students must possess 240 credits (120 ECTS) at level 1 and 2 obtained in a relevant subject area.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our alumni say

I've got the great honour of first class finally and I'm now studying in the University of Glasgow for my master, the major is MA in International Accounting and Financial Management. I really learnt a lot of useful knowledge from the class.

Xuanfei Cheng,BA Accounting and Finance for International Business, graduated in 2016 with first class honours, now continuing studies at the University of Glasgow.

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

£13,900 (per year)


January 2021

£13,900 (per year)


May 2021

£13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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

I've got the great honour of first class finally and I'm now studying in the University of Glasgow for my master, the major is MA in International Accounting and Financial Management. I really learnt a lot of useful knowledge from the class.

Xuanfei Cheng,BA Accounting and Finance for International Business, graduated in 2016 with first class honours, now continuing studies at the University of Glasgow.

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.

This top-up degree is designed to give you the opportunity to develop the practical skills and experience so that you can enter international employment in accounting or finance with the confidence to give sound financial advice and make effective financial decisions.

You can also 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; 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 and IT in private, public and third sector organisations. You could pursue roles as an accountant, auditor, business analyst, investment consultant, stock controller, tax assistant or teacher.

Alternatively, you may decide to pursue postgraduate study opportunities by studying courses such as the MSc Accounting and Financial Management or MSc Banking and Finance here at Coventry Business School, which could further enhance your employability. 

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.

What our alumni say

I've got the great honour of first class finally and I'm now studying in the University of Glasgow for my master, the major is MA in International Accounting and Financial Management. I really learnt a lot of useful knowledge from the class.

Xuanfei Cheng,BA Accounting and Finance for International Business, graduated in 2016 with first class honours, now continuing studies at the University of Glasgow.
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 2020/21 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 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.