International Finance and Accounting BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: NN3L
International Code: LONU053
Coventry University London (City of London)
3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
5 years part-time (UK only)
Study level: Undergraduate
Study an ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW accredited degree course with employability skills at the heart of its modules. This course may appeal to you if you're interested in becoming a chartered accountant, working at a financial organisation or working in the finance department of any business or public-sector body.
The course gives you opportunities to:
- Build an understanding of the international finance sector through specialist modules, such as financial reporting, auditing, tax, financial management, business law and financial investment.
- Develop professional and managerial skills from as early as your first year.
- Gain exemption from certain ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW exams.
- Examine international case studies to gain a global perspective on finance management.
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
- This highly practical course is designed to make the most of the bustling financial district surrounding the campus. Our lecturers work hard to organise guest lectures, field trips and opportunities for networking with employers.
- You’ll be taught by tutors with superb international experience, who will draw on their research and backgrounds in industry to enhance your learning.
- You will learn how to use the industry-standard software and databases that are available on campus.
- There may be opportunities to complete internships, consultancy projects and simulations.
Accreditation and professional recognition
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
This course is accredited by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). If the accreditation of this course and/or the modules changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
This course is accredited by Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). If the accreditation of this course and/or the modules changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
This course is accredited by Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). If the accreditation of this course and/or the modules changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Please note that this course offers certain exemptions from professional ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW exams, upon successful completion of the course and subject to certain criteria, application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional fees. Please visit the relevant websites for further information.
I feel the teaching and support from tutors at Coventry University London is fantastic. They help you by offering dedicated one-to-ones, so if you do have questions, then it’s up to you to ask them. The academics want us to do our best, so they make it a very personalised learning experience.
The university has so many company visits, guest lectures by industry experts, and offers a lot of assistance in gaining work experience.
What you'll study
Your first year will introduce you to how money and value fit into business processes. You’ll explore the impact of business on wider society, looking at economics and legal and regulatory frameworks. In your first accountancy modules, you should also take your first steps in learning how to ‘account’ for money. From as early as year one, you should begin developing your professional and managerial skills.
Introduction to Economics (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the core concepts of economics. The module considers microeconomics, whereby economic decisions are made at the individual level, and macroeconomics, a branch of economics where decision making occurs at the economy level. In microeconomics, you will be encouraged to use the fundamental model of demand and supply to explore how the economy works. You should also gain a better understanding of elasticity, market structures and market failures, as well as the economic environment and its policy implications.
Assessment: coursework and exam
Professional Practice and Academic Skills (20 credits)
The module aims to introduce and develop the skills you will need for success on your course and in your potential professional career. These include some of the essential underlying personal and information handling skills, numerical techniques and basic mathematical and statistical foundations required by all students studying in a business school. The module also aims to develop your critical awareness of your developmental needs.
Introduction to Financial Accounting (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the core systems and techniques required by businesses to produce financial statements, and to the core concepts underpinning these statements.
Assessment: test and exam
Corporate and Business Law (20 credits)
This module aims to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills to identify and deal with a range of business legal issues. You will learn the relevant laws and how to apply them to a variety of scenarios.
Assessment: coursework and exam
Business and Technology (20 credits)
This module aims to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the role of managers in an effective, efficient, safe and secure accounting environment, in the modern digital world. This includes the coordination of work activities, the maintenance of an effective accounting system, people management, personal effectiveness, health and safety and security issues within the workplace.
Assessment: exam and coursework
Introduction to Management Accounting (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the ‘internal’ type of accounting that can help businesses to make better projections, decisions and performance evaluations.
Assessment: exam and coursework
In your second year, you will have the opportunity to study the core subjects in greater detail and will learn to analyse, critically evaluate and present key information. Key study themes include how accounting informs, supports and measures business strategy, including balancing investment with risk. You will examine the ethical and regulatory frameworks governing finance, including taxation, and take part in hands-on exercises to explore how money is moved and traded around the world.
Financial Reporting and Analysis (20 credits)
This module builds on the financial accounting fundamentals developed in year one, and aims to introduce the international regulatory framework which governs the production of published financial statements of companies. It also aims to enable students to interpret these financial statements and become aware of their inherent limitations, as well as introducing accounting for simple groups of companies.
International Business Strategy (20 credits)
The module aims to help students understand various strategic tools to evaluate corporate performance. Students will explore the way key business decisions are influenced by, and in turn influence, the financial status of the organisation. Empirical case studies will be introduced and utilised during seminars, for students to explore business strategies in a global context. Different theoretical approaches will be taught to enhance students’ understanding and learning outcomes.
Assessment: coursework and exam
Corporate Financial Management (20 credits)
The overall aims of this module are to make students aware of the scope and nature of the corporate finance function, to understand the source of capital, cost of capital and its possible return, as well as related risk. At the end of the module, students will be able to assess situations, collect data, and analyse the historical performance of a corporation, to work out appropriate logical solutions.
Assessment: coursework and exam
Performance Management (20 credits)
This module investigates how relevant accounting techniques can assist managers to control the performance of their businesses. Management accounting is presented as a service function; a means to an end rather than an end itself. The module aims to help students understand the various accounting performance evaluation techniques and teaches them to apply these to business situations, while remaining aware of their limitations.
Principles of Taxation (20 credits)
The aims of this module are to enable students to develop knowledge and understanding in the core areas of tax, as it relates to business. Students will learn how to prepare simple tax computations for individuals and companies. They will also develop an understanding of the UK tax system, application of the principles of UK taxation to individuals and businesses and the ability to work with tax calculations and present that information to relevant individuals and organisations.
Assessment: test and exam
Financial Markets and Regulation (20 credits)
This module aims to introduce students to the various roles of financial institutions and markets, together with their regulation and ethics. Students will explore the structure of financial markets such as a primary market, a secondary market, and a money market, as well as the main financial risks. Furthermore, this module is expected to provide students with a theoretical framework, which can be used to assess the rationale for financial regulation in general.
Assessment: courses and exam
After your second year, you have the opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement*. Our employability experts in the Talent Team can provide you with a wide range of support services in order to help you apply for a placement opportunity*, including mock interviews and CV-writing workshops.
(*subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and potentially, additional costs).
You’ll go into year three either straight after successfully completing year two, or after you have successfully completed your year in industry or study abroad (subject to successfully securing a place). In your final year, you’ll be encouraged to take a more high-level approach to finance. You’ll also have the chance to strengthen your research skills as you prepare for your final major project, which you will choose from a range of options.
Research Methods and Business Data Analytics (20 credits)
This module aims to prepare students to be successful in their final-term internship project, report or dissertation, as well as in their future finance, accounting and business-related research assignments. Students will learn what makes a successful research project, with particular emphasis on how to collect both qualitative and quantitative data. It also intends to expand students’ competencies in key areas, including the development of pertinent research questions and objectives, the selection of appropriate statistical tools, and further development of the student's analytical and independent reflective learning skills.
International Corporate Reporting (20 credits)
This module builds on the financial accounting and reporting techniques covered in the second year 'Financial Reporting and Analysis' module. Its detailed aims are to ensure students understand and are able to apply the main provisions of international accounting standards, and that they are able to prepare financial statements for various business combinations.
Financial Investment and Risk (20 credits)
This module intends to provide students with an understanding of the principles of financial investment, including the potential return and related risks. It aims to equip students with financial skills through the use of Excel-based introductory financial modelling, capital budgeting and portfolio management.
Choose one from the following (subject to availability):
Venture Capital & Private Equity
This module aims to provide you with a systematic and in-depth understanding of the workings of Venture Capital (VC) funds, Leveraged Buy Out (LBO) funds and the Private Equity (PE) industry. It will explain the origins, history and development of PE and VC, their participants, structure, and the different types of transactions. You will have the chance to gain knowledge of the business planning process, fundraising process, investment process and different methods of creating value. The latest trends, current developments and issues in the industry will be covered.
Audit and Assurance in Practice
This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of external and internal auditing and assurance in the context of both the UK and international regulatory frameworks. It provides students with an understanding of the legal and ethical frameworks surrounding auditing.
Assessment: coursework and exam
Assessment: coursework and exam
Choose from one of these final projects:
- Dissertation AFE (40 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of written work on a topic appropriate to their field of study. Students will undertake a substantive piece of research, where they will use their knowledge and experience to focus on a specialist area.
- Internship Project AFE* (40 credits)
This project will provide students with an opportunity to undertake an internship and accompanying piece of research, which will contribute to their research skills development and extend their experience in the fields of Accounting, Finance or Economics. The project will need to be based on a topic relevant to the internship employer context and approved by the student’s supervisor.
- Simulation AFE (40 credits)
The Simulation module is an action-based learning module, in which students have the opportunity to act as professionals in the fields of accounting, finance and economics, in a simulated business environment. Participants will be required to make business decisions which they will see the results of in real time, in a highly competitive environment, over several rounds of simulation.
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.
The course is crafted very well regarding the subjects; you get to learn almost every single aspect of accounting and you are even introduced to law! I feel like almost everything we have been learning is going to be used in the future, and after studying for three years you will definitely feel like you have been learning things, rather than just 'going' to university.
How you'll learn
You will typically receive around six hours of contact teaching per week. The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group sessions, and online classes. You will also be expected to spend a significant amount of time conducting independent study.
This course uses a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous teaching. Asynchronous teaching is where you watch pre-recorded lessons or do different activities to help you understand the content in more depth. Synchronous teaching is your opportunity to join a group of fellow students and, with the help of your lecturers, apply any knowledge you learned from practical exercises.
The course can also be offered on a part-time basis. Part-time teaching arrangements vary, as they are tailored for each course, each year. Please contact email@example.com for more information about studying this course part-time.
The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance.
The course follows the university’s assessment strategy and includes a variety of types of assessments. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, reports, essays, group work and presentations. The sequence of assessments within and across modules, semesters and years allows you to gain the necessary skills to succeed and build on what you have previously learned.
On graduating you should:
- Be familiar with problem solving and decision making, and should have an understanding of how to balance risk and investment.
- Be prepared to sit additional ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW exams, if desired.
- Be equipped for a career beyond accounting. The financial acumen, business skills and global outlook you’ll have begun to develop could be a superb foundation for a career in any professional or management role.
International experience opportunities
This course is designed to be taught from a global perspective, which is of major importance because economies are interconnected and financial services organisations either trade internationally, or are impacted by what happens in the wider world.
You will study alongside students from around the world, with the opportunity to hear their perspectives and learn to work cross-culturally, in a way that can help everyone be maximally comfortable and productive.
The course offers a range of opportunities for international travel*. You could go on a field trip to visit institutions in another country or take a sandwich year to work or study overseas. You could also arrange an overseas internship in your final term.
Haven't met the entry requirements or don’t have the right qualifications? You may still be able to progress onto a degree you’d love by studying a foundation or access course.
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|
If you choose to study this course with a professional placement or study abroad year, you will need to pay a tuition fee of £1,250 to cover your academic support.
For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Fees and Finance page.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Bloomberg Trading Floor
Our Trading Floor has been created to reflect the environment where traders work on the London Stock Exchange. It contains Bloomberg Terminals, which provide access to real-time global financial data, which students learn how to use through teaching and simulated projects.
Standard & Poor Market Intelligence Suite (S&P)
The S&P Suite contains some of the same software used by Wall Street. Its databases and tools can help you track performance, identify investment ideas, and keep up with industry news and insights.
Need employability support? Our dedicated Talent Team are on hand to help. They can assist you in applying for work placements, graduate level jobs and offer skills development workshops. They also organise networking events to introduce you to potential employers and industry contacts.
Careers and opportunities
On graduating, you should be ready to take the first steps into a high-flying accounting, finance or business career.
You’ll have had the opportunity to gain a wide range of softer skills, such as teamwork and communication, which will be highly transferable across all industries and employers.
Where our graduates work
Graduates of this course have gone on to become chartered accountants and work in big four accounting firms such as PwC, Deloitte and KPMG. We also have alumni working in investment banking and in finance departments in a range of companies, spanning many industries.
The course is rich in financial and accounting knowledge, touching on current events and situations in the international world of finance. Although I already had some experience in accounting, the course has really helped to build up my confidence and I feel ready for the job market. The rooms at the campus have the latest technology (Bloomberg Terminals), which is useful for those who want to have a career in the financial market.
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.How to apply
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