COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

Finance and Accounting

BA (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

If you are interested in current financial issues and are considering a career in either accountancy or finance, this course lets you sample the essentials of both disciplines to help you choose with interests you most. 

Since almost every management job requires an understanding of budgeting and financial administration, this degree can open up much broader career opportunities as it will equip you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in financial management within a business context. As part of our focus on your career prospects, we will also help you develop the skills often quoted by employers as lacking in graduates – critical evaluation, self-direction and problem-solving – incorporating analysis, presentations and negotiation techniques into your studies.

It’s one of many reasons why our graduate employability levels are so good – with 87% in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15) ; and why student satisfaction is high, 96% in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.  

 

 

Programme description

If you are interested in current financial issues and are considering a career in either accountancy or finance, this course lets you sample the essentials of both disciplines to help you choose with interests you most. 

Since almost every management job requires an understanding of budgeting and financial administration, this degree can open up much broader career opportunities as it will equip you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in financial management within a business context. As part of our focus on your career prospects, we will also help you develop the skills often quoted by employers as lacking in graduates – critical evaluation, self-direction and problem-solving – incorporating analysis, presentations and negotiation techniques into your studies.

It’s one of many reasons why our graduate employability levels are so good – with 87% in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15) ; and why student satisfaction is high, 96% in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.  

 

 

Key Modules

Our degree is designed to give you the practical skills and experience so that you can enter employment with the confidence to give sound financial advice and make effective financial decisions. 

You’ll 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; presentation; 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, business, marketing, education or IT in private, public and third sector organisations. Alternatively, this degree could set you on the path towards professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant, if you decide to follow specialist financial roles as an accountant, auditor, business analyst, investment consultant, stock controller or tax assistant. 

Alternatively, you may decide to continue your studies at postgraduate level to further enhance your employability. Here at Coventry, we offer the MSc Accounting and Financial Management.

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.

Module & Subject

In the first year, you will study a range of topics that cover the basics of accounting and finance, including: financial accounting, management accounting, personal finance mathematics, statistics and business economics. We will also begin to cover statistical analysis, ensuring you have the appropriate numeracy and mathematics skills needed for the quantitative methods you will explore from Year Two.

Modules

Year1

  • Introduction to Personal Finance

  • Accounting Fundamentals A

  • Academic and Professional Training

  • Mathematical Techniques for Accountants

  • Introduction to Business Economics

Year2

During the second year, there is a greater emphasis in the areas of accounting and finance within a business context. 

You can begin to look at specialist subjects, such as accounting information systems, which provides great exposure to SAGE and SAP, the two leading systems used widely by small businesses and major global companies. We will examine financial strategies used by businesses and the role played by the external environment on financial decisions, considering, for example, the impact of interest rates or currency differences on borrowing and investment. Case studies will provided real-world examples, so you may find yourself investigating a business of your choice to determine which of Porter’s generic business strategies are being incorporated – high or low cost, broad or niche market focus or differentiation. 

Wherever possible, we try to incorporate topical issues from the news and have, in the past, studied BP’s accounts to assess the impact of court cases and payments following the notorious Gulf oil spill. Another popular example is a look at premier league football clubs and particularly the impact of expensive players when they are playing more games on financial forecasts.

Modules

  • Principles of Financial Investment

  • Decision Management

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis

  • Academic Research and Employment Skills

  • Accounting Fundamentals B

  • Statistical Analysis for Finance and Accounting

In the final year of study, a wide range of optional subjects are available to further tailor your studies – from portfolio management to corporate governance and ethics. You will be required to write a dissertation to demonstrate your understanding of accounting and finance; students often choose a specific contemporary issue of interest to them. 

Year3

One former student followed up his placement working at the NHS by studying in-depth the option to build a new hospital using a private finance initiative (PFI), another studied the impact of financial fair play regulations introduced by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in 2009, which prevent professional football clubs spending more than they earn and getting into financial difficulties. 

We’ve even had one student try to determine whether or not the position of the moon affects stock market performance – and incredibly it did!

Modules

  • Corporate Financial Management

  • Advanced Studies for Accounting and Finance

Entry Requirements
  • For entry to Year 1, you will need to successfully complete and pass the Foundation programme. Exceptional candidates with good marks in the Bangladeshi Higher School Certificate (HSC) may be considered for Year 1 of a Bachelor degree programme. We would also accept candidates studying for A-Levels with the correct number of tariff points.
  • You may also apply for Year 1 if you have completed the first year of a relevant degree. Advanced standing to Year 2 is possible if you have completed 60 credits of a relevant degree in Bangladesh or to Year 3 of some degrees if you have completed 90 credits of a relevant degree in Bangladesh
  • We also welcome students with the International Baccalaureate diploma. We require 28 points or more to be considered for direct admission to Bachelor degree courses.
  • IELTS - 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing
  • Hsc grade minimum 50% and ssc minimum 60%

Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 3 year
Course Fee:  14200.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)-(15,November)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Coventry University Priory Street Coventry, United Kingdom
Intake Deadline
JANUARY
SEPTEMBER