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Accountancy BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Course code:

N410

Study options:

3 years full-time, 4 years with study abroad or professional placement

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

A good accountant is a valuable asset to practically all forms of business. You can get trained up with a degree in Accountancy.

Accountants are responsible for making a range of decisions, from setting the prices for clothes to determining the feasibility of building new football stadiums.

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.

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:

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Chartered Association of Business Schools


European Foundation for Management Development

Association of International Accountants


Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

What our students say...

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi

Course information

With a focus on contemporary accounting and finance thought and practice, our degree aims to equip you with the personal and professional skills and knowledge for a career in the worlds of business, accounting and finance.

The course has a common first year curriculum with the BA Accounting and Finance, providing an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of accountancy and personal finance, together with key elements of business and decision-making. As this course progresses, however, optional modules are limited to accommodate a significant number of mandatory accounting and financial management modules and gain maximum exemptions from papers of the professional bodies.

100%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Successful completion of the first year provides the foundations for all further study. You will study Introductory Financial and Management Accounting, Economics, Mathematical Techniques and Statistics.

Modules

  • Introduction to Personal Finance

  • Accounting Fundamentals A

  • Academic and Professional Training

  • Mathematical Techniques for Accountants

  • Introduction to Business Economics

  • Accounting Fundamentals B

  • Statistical Analysis for Finance and Accounting

Overview

The second year provides the opportunity to build on these foundations with mandatory Financial and Management Accounting, Corporate Law and Taxation, with options in Finance, Accounting Information Systems and Banking. Research skills should also be developed in this year in preparation for a final year project in an accounting related topic of your choice.

Modules

  • Principles of Taxation

  • Law of Business and Business Organisations

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis

  • Academic Research and Employment Skills

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Economics of Banking and Finance
    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Principles of Financial Investment

Overview

Optional Placement or Study Abroad

Overview

The final year requires you to study International Corporate Reporting, Performance Management and Business Strategy, while there are further options including Audit, Corporate Governance, and Financial Management and International Taxation.

Modules

  • Advanced Study for Accounting and Finance (Dissertation)

  • Business Strategy

  • International Corporate Reporting

  • Performance Management

  • Optional modules

    2 from the following:

    • Corporate Financial Management
    • Audit and Internal Control
    • Investment Analysis
    • Corporate Governance and Ethics
    • Advanced Issues in Banking

     

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Access to academic staff with relevant professional backgrounds and industry experience.
  • Opportunity for hands-on experience of using market leading accounting and business software packages, from SAGE for small and medium enterprises, to SAP for international companies.
  • Links with employers including IBM and the National Health Service (NHS) and the professional accounting bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), who have delivered sessions with students on commercial awareness, key skills for getting a job and working in the accountancy profession.

Opportunity to apply for placements with companies and organisations which have in the past included Tesco, the NHS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, and Toys R Us.

Your course will be based on a series of weekly lectures, small group seminars and workshops. Some classes may be held in IT suites where students have individual PCs and work using appropriate software packages, such as SAGE and SAP.

In addition, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will review and discuss your progress with you and be available for advice.

Assessment on your course will be by a mixture of coursework assignments and formal examinations which could vary depending upon the module.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 70%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 20%
  • Group work etc: 5%
  • Presentations, posters etc.: 5%

70% assessed by exams

In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to spend 22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Students have previously participated in tax conferences in Belgium and Holland, where they engaged with students from different countries of the European Union.

Coventry University has many links with partner organisations and has recently arranged trips to China. Future field trips are planned to India and Hong Kong. You will also have the opportunity to study or work abroad and may be supported by schemes such as Erasmus, Marco Polo and Vasco da Gama.

Global ready

Did you know that 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 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

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, 2015/16)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: BESU010
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB-BBB
DDM 31-30 points 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language at grade C and GCSE Mathematics at grade B, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

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

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

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

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. 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 the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry 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 Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional 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 unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that 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 at Coventry 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.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi

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 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£11,927 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments. 

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say...

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi

Career prospects

On successful completion of your degree, you should be well equipped to pursue a career in a professional firm of accountants.

To complete your professional qualification you will need to complete final exams and have three years of professional training and work experience.

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 Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

In the past some of our students have obtained positions in KPMG, PwC and Grant Thornton or as an accountant in industry, working for companies like Tesco, IBM, Virgin Group, Next or Marks and Spencer.

A number of our graduates have also developed very successful careers with small and medium sized organisations.

£18K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.