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Accounting and Finance for International Business BA Top-Up 2017/18 entry

Course code:

FBLU008

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017
January 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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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, BTEC or Foundation Degree – 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, studying with around 5,000 students in one of the UK’s largest Business Schools. Rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal, 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.

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:

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

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, MSc 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.

12th

Ranked in the top 12 UK universities

Guardian Good University Guide 2018

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • International Finance

  • Academic English for Accounting and Finance 1 and 2

  • Management Accounting for Business Decisions

  • Financial Theory

  • Corporate Reporting and Analysis

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.
  • 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.
  • Join our student-led Accounting and Finance Society, officially recognised by employers thanks to RBS Enterprising Student Society Accreditation (ESSA) received for its enterprising nature and commitment to events and activities. All members receive an RBS ESSA certificate and the Society’s Committee can participate in the national Annual RBS-ESSA event.

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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You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including: some examinations and time constrained tests; some course work in the form of reports or essays and group work, such as presentations or reports.

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

  • Formal examinations: 58%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 38%
  • Group work/presentations: 4%

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits, you will be assigned credits for years one and two based on your current educational transcript and experience. You will complete the year 3 top up year at Coventry University and be required to achieve 120 credits to successfully complete the course."

58% assessed by formal examinations

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.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks 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 undertake a further 22-24 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

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 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)


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 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, MSc 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 6.5 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

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 6.5 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 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, MSc 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 2017

N/A (per year)


January 2018

N/A (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

N/A (per year)


January 2018

N/A (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)


January 2018

£11,927 (per year)


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

Career prospects

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 to study courses such as the MSc Accounting and Financial Management or MBA Finance here at Coventry or our range of professionally accredited finance and accounting courses, 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 Careers and Employability 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, MSc 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 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.