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 year one of our Professional Accounting BA (Hons) Degree.
Why CU London
We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low 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.
EmployabilityDedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment
Top Quality CoursesTaught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University
No End of Year ExamsOur modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress
Professional RecognitionSpecific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies
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 should 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 should be 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 one of the Professional Accounting BA (Hons) degree.
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In more detail...
You’ll be based in the spacious Civic Centre building, which provides an outstanding learning environment. You will have access to our Library & Learning Services (LLS), fully equipped seminar rooms and impressive IT suites.
This course has been developed and is currently taught by practising professionals and industry experts. Our academics bring a wealth of expertise to the classroom with many continuing to undertake research and other projects alongside teaching, meaning our students gain a well-rounded and relevant teaching experience.
Throughout your studies, you should find that the course is underpinned with practical elements.
- 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.
- 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.
- You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in London, Coventry and Scarborough.*
- * Depending on COVID-19 guidance.
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 London, 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.
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.
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
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Further develop personal, professional and employability skills and to 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.
If you choose to study full-time you can expect up to 20 hours of learning activities per week, made up of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, online classes and independent learning.
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.
£6,700 (per year)
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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) travel, accommodation, activities and visas. This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.
Fees & Funding
We price our courses competitively in an attempt to make higher education accessible for a wide range of people. Your tuition fees will cover all of your classes, online tutorials, some of the learning materials and access to our Library & Learning Services.
As a full-time 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 London from Student Finance England.
If you successfully pass a Foundation Year, you will be guaranteed a place on the Professional Accounting BA (Hons) Degree at CU London, 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.
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 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 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, 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 at that time.