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Accounting & Finance Foundation Year 2018/19 entry

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Our Foundation Year courses offer an introduction to your chosen subject and are an ideal route to degree level qualifications, helping you develop the necessary skills for further study.

As accounting and finance plays an integral role in business operations, qualified accountants are in great demand all over the world. 

If you want to start a career in the finance industry, this course aims to provide the fundamental knowledge and skill set in a range of mathematical and business principles, as well as the theories and concepts involved in investment risk and professional ethics.

If you successfully pass all modules you can continue your studies with us on to the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Professional Accounting

Why CU Coventry

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. Our unique timetable and teaching structure gives you flexibility and our small class sizes ensure students receive plenty of contact hours with tutors. We are also dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we kept our fees low, our timetable structured and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.


Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a professional membership body. An AAT qualification is a route to some of the most in-demand skills in the world, and provides you with a professional status. This course embeds level 3 of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). Modules within the programme include units based on the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 3 qualification. Upon successful completion of these elements you’ll have the opportunity to take the examinations to complete this professional qualification. This is not, however, a condition of academic credit. Assessments for the professional qualification are independent from those undertaken for the academic award.

Course information

Academic Skills for Accounting and Finance
This year starts with you setting your academic goals, so that you can plan your personal development throughout the course. You’ll be introduced to a range of skills that will aid you throughout the programme and further study, such as critical thinking, planning and resource management and interpersonal skills.

In addition, you also gain key employment skills such as digital proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), team working, communication, planning and more. We will also cover plagiarism, referencing and professional standard skills throughout the module, so that you receive thorough academic training.

Accounting and Spreadsheets
In this module, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of accounting and finance. You will explore and critically evaluate different streams of accounting, such as partnership accounts, control accounts, sole trader accounts and accounting systems. We introduce professional software to you from the offset, so that by the end of the four-year degree, you are highly proficient in industry standard programmes. To cement your understanding, we test your knowledge through case studies centred around spreadsheet software.

Investment and Risk
Investment and risk is a specialist sector within finance, yet is a discipline that is required in every business. In this informative module, you will understand the impact that macro and micro environments have on investment and returns, as well as the nuances of ethically and socially responsible investments. Exploring modern and exciting case studies, you will learn about asset class, packaged investment products and asset allocation.

Throughout this module, we will introduce you to the notion of working autonomously, taking pride in your work and gaining the confidence to make informed decisions.

Cost, Revenue and Professional Ethics
This module focuses on the application of the fundamental concepts for accountants, including, ethics, costs and revenues. In preparation for progression onto our degree course, this module teaches you the ethical side of accounting, such as resolutions to ethical dilemmas and legal considerations when dealing with clients. In addition, you will look closely at costing methods and behaviours within the accounting profession. At this stage, you are able to critically analyse data and information and you will be required to complete a test to confirm your competency of this subject.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress onto year 1 of the Professional Accounting Ba (Hons) Degree.


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Course Specification
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In more detail...

  • If you successfully pass this foundation year, you will automatically qualify for enrolment onto our Professional Accounting BA (Hons) course, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.
  • An opportunity to study at different locations across the UK, in Coventry, London or Scarborough.
  • We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone. This means you benefit from an amazing modern university experience, at a competitive price.
  • Small tutorial group sessions of up to five people ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our in-house Careers & Employability department.

Your main study themes are:

  • Academic Skills: You will improve and refine key academic skills needed for progression into higher education and industry application. These skills include research methods, communication skills, referencing skills, presentation skills and more.
  • Self-Management Skills: You will have an understanding of management skills and appropriate approaches. You will also learn motivational skills, decision making, problem solving and more.
  • Language and Practices: Understanding the main language and common practices used within accounting contexts. Exploring a number of alternative practices, such as alternative recognition rules and valuation bases, approaches to control and decision making.
  • Communications: Exploring communication with teams and the important role this plays in the business industry. You will also look at different forms of communications from presentations to written communications, focussing on how to share information effectively.

At CU Coventry, students learn through a variety of modes. The Foundation Year programme is focused on applied learning geared to high intensity teaching and study throughout the programme, requiring full commitment from students. The delivery of course content is a blend of lectures, tutorials and online mediums. 

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of a working environment.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximate):

  • 100% Coursework



100% assessed by coursework

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Further develop personal, professional and employability skills and work with initiative, independently and as a team member.
  • Communicate effectively via reports and presentations and develop a reasoned argument. 
  • Develop appropriate research and analysis techniques, alongside the ability to undertake reliable market research activities.

Full-time students are expected to study a minimum of 21 hours each week.
The majority of this will be face to face teaching, with the addition of tutorials and independent/online learning.
Classes are split into two categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon - 2pm-6pm

Part-time students receive 8 hours of teaching each week.
Outside of this, there will also be independent study and online support.
Teaching will normally take place Saturday - 9am-6pm
Please note our part-time offering is subject to numbers.

We hold tutorials in groups no larger than 5 every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Groups are kept at an average of 25-50 students per class. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

Entry Requirements

Accounting & Finance Foundation Year

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English. 

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

Accounting & Finance Foundation Year

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English. 

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

Accounting & Finance Foundation Year

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English. 

CU Coventry welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a Foundation Year, you can do so by completing our online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • English language proficiency level to IELTS 6.0
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Coventry. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Coventry. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Coventry.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Coventry their firm choice.

CU Coventry has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon completion, automatically qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



November 2018

£6,200 (per year)

January 2019

£6,200 (per year)

March 2019

£6,200 (per year)

May 2019

£6,200 (per year)

June 2019

£6,200 (per year)



November 2018

£6,200 (per year)

January 2019

£6,200 (per year)

March 2019

£6,200 (per year)

May 2019

£6,200 (per year)

June 2019

£6,200 (per year)



November 2018

£9,000 (per year)

January 2019

£9,000 (per year)

March 2019

£9,000 (per year)

May 2019

£9,000 (per year)

June 2019

£9,000 (per year)

Fees & Funding


Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block will cost £1,550. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,200. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

Part-time (UK/EU)                                                                  

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

Each stage of the qualification (Foundation/HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2018/19, each block for part-time students will cost £1,550. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2018/19 is: £6,200.


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.


For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block will cost £2,250. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £9,000. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

Career prospects

If you successfully pass a Foundation Year, you will be guaranteed a place on the Professional Accounting BA (Hons) Degree at CU Coventry, subject to meeting specific entrance criteria.

The strength of the course lies in preparing students, who choose not to take a more traditional route into business, for progression on to a related degree course within CU or at other institutions.


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