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BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management

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UCAS code: 
NN43
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level) DMM (BTEC)

  • Benefit from our status as Partners in Learning with the ICAEW.
  • Different to other courses, learn about personal finance as well as corporate practice.
  • Gain excellent experience through our excellent industry relationships.
  • Small classes result in exceptional tutor support.
  • Study on the prestigious Ipswich Waterfront.

Introduction

You will be immersed in the worlds of accounting, finance and management from the start. You will engage in taught sessions, work placements, field trips, and hear guest speakers throughout your degree. With work assessed using a variety of methods, you build a diversity of skills and become a ‘career-ready’ graduate.

 

As Partners in Learning with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEA) – the oldest professional body of accountants in the world – you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to assess business performance. With the commercial environment becoming increasingly financially driven, this expertise is vital.
 

Our programme also sets the foundations for professional exams, helping you prepare for ACCA, CIMA or ACA qualifications if you choose to do them later in your career. Your employability is at the heart of everything we do. We help you with job searches, while advancing your development through our excellent business links.

We go on expert-led field trips to the City of London and local businesses, such as Ensors and Handelsbanken, to help bring your learnings to life. We also invite business managers into the University to provide superb career guidance; lending a hand with CV writing and sharpening interview skills.

Field trips

Expert tour guide, Ruth Polling, explains the history of the City of London, one of the most important centres of global finance.

Learning about personal finance is essential, not only for your career, but also for your personal wellbeing. A topic often overlooked by other courses, we fully engage with this essential topic through our relationship with the Citizens Advice Bureau.

As with other Business School courses, we offer a guest speaker programme; a recent visitor was Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Andrew Philips.

View more information about the range of employers our students work with in the Business School.

Further information about the University's relationship with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

The following comprehensive range of subjects will be taught during the degree, to prepare you for a solid business, banking or professional career.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Business Finance and Quantitative Methods (Requisite)

Accounting and quantitative methods as information systems lie at the heart of all business decisions. This module aims to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and skills suitable for non- finance specialists who need to use accountancy and quantitative information in decision making and in communicating with specialists in businesses.

Introduction to Accounting (Mandatory)

This purpose of this module is to provide an introductory knowledge of financial accounting concepts and principles as it as is applied in small and medium size entities (SMEs). It aims to develop the ability to identify, evaluate, present, and interpret financial and quantitative information, and how these contribute to effective management decision making. Taken together, the module provides a solid foundation upon which the more advanced modules of financial accounting are built.

Financial Markets and Institutions (Requisite)

The module aims to introduce financial institutions and the main types of financial instruments offered by the financial markets with a view to providing an understanding of the environment, principles and practices of the financial services industry. It develops a conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding of the financial markets, financial institutions and their interlocking roles

Business Law (Requisite)

This module enables you to develop an understanding of where law comes from and how it is developed, amended, applied and (if necessary) enforced. The module then examines areas of law which will affect you, both in your business careers and in your private capacity.

Business Economics (Requisite)

This module provides you with an understanding of key economic concepts that affect the successful operation and functioning of all types of businesses. It provides a basis for understanding operational and strategic decisions and particularly for an understanding of the environment in which businesses operate.

Management and Managing: an introduction (Requisite)

This module has been designed to allow you to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and origins of ‘management’. In addition the module has been designed to allow you to develop the skill-set necessary for success in the context of higher education and more broadly within the graduate employment market.

Entrepreneurship (Optional)

This module recognises the importance of entrepreneurship to stimulating and sustaining economic growth. You examine what makes for a successful entrepreneur and how ideas can be evaluated and then turned into successful businesses. This will include business planning, financing and risk assessment.

Marketing Fundamentals * (Optional)

Marketing is a fundamental business activity and philosophy, which relates an organisation to its environment and orientates the organisation around the needs of its customers. Marketing is a major component in the management in all business sectors. This module will explore basic marketing principles in industries which are undergoing rapid change.

Financial Risk Management (Requisite)

The module will give an introduction to the types of financial risk that arise for a business and look at how they can be quantified and managed. Topics include financial market risk, credit risk, interest risk and economic risk. It looks at portfolio theory, the efficient markets hypothesis and the operation of derivatives markets. 

Financial Management (Requisite)

The module is designed to develop students knowledge and skills of financial management principles and their practical applications. The financial management knowledge and skills developed will be in relation to investment, financing and dividend policy decisions.

Intermediate Financial Accounting (Mandatory)

This module, which builds on the Introduction to Accounting at Level 4, aims to explain the scope of financial reporting using financial information relevant to small and medium scale entities (SMEs) and listed companies in the UK context to enable students prepare for advanced studies in financial accounting or to work in accounting.

Modern Banking (Requisite)

The module aims to develop a sound awareness and understanding the banking business environment. It builds on the knowledge previously gained in the financial markets and institutions module at level 5 to provide a good grasp of the structure and environment, as well as the selected aspects of the modern-day banking.

Cost and Management Accounting (Mandatory)

This module aims to develop intermediate knowledge and understanding of concepts and techniques used in costing and management accounting in relevant practical situations. It develops students’ ability to apply the principles of costing and management accounting in planning and control scenarios

Topics in Business Research (Mandatory)

This module provides students with an insight into topics, methods and functions of business-related research projects. Each week will be centred on a different research study run by a member of academic staff or one of the School’s visiting professors, senior fellows or fellows. Weekly topics will be selected to ensure relevance across all the undergraduate programmes within the School, with a focus on drawing out important common research methods learning rather than subject-specific focus.

Business Management in Practice (Optional)

This module provides you with an opportunity to study management principles and ideas in a business setting. In completing this module, students are supported in putting academic study in context through engagement with work experience.

Business Ethics * (Optional)

This module provides you with an insight into topics, methods and functions of business-related research projects. Each week will be centred on a different research study run by a member of academic staff or one of the School’s visiting professors, senior fellows or fellows.

Dissertation (Mandatory)

The dissertation project offers you the opportunity to focus their attention on a topic of personal interest. It allows the development and application of specialist skills and knowledge. 

Financial Strategy (Mandatory)

This module provides an appreciation of a number of financial issues and how they relate to the business world. It initially concentrates on the application of financial tools and techniques before progressing to a more strategic perspective. It encourages you to see the financial implications of the decision-making process.

Strategic Management (Mandatory)

In this module, you will develop an academic understanding of the strategic context of business, along with analysis and problem-solving skills. You will learn to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to finding solutions and strategic thinking, drawing on skills developed.

Strategic Management Accounting (Optional)

This module will develop the connection between the management of internal business costs and profitability, and delivering broader strategic success through an understanding of competitor behaviour, market position and relative business advantage. This will give students greater confidence in applying management accounting concepts in real-world business situations.

Taxation (Optional)

This module is designed to develop a thorough understanding of the UK tax system. It aims to develop students‟ knowledge and skills of the UK tax system as applied to individuals and businesses.

Auditing and Assurance (Optional)

The module introduces students to key auditing concepts, the audit process and key auditing issues. Auditing and compliance forms an integral part of corporate governance and risk management hence the need for students to acquire the required knowledge and skill.

Career opportunities

By studying for a BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management, a range of potential careers in the public or private practice open up to you. Alternatively, you may choose to progress to study for an MBA with us, or build on your qualifications while you are working.

You could also explore opportunities beyond the world of accountancy; roles including Management Consultant, Economist and Tax Adviser are all options.

What our students say

Our students often find work with reputable regional companies. Conor Dale, for instance, was recruited by major accountancy firm, Larking Gowen, before graduation. 

"During my time at the University I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, and lecturers made each module enjoyable in their own way. I received the support I needed at every stage of the application process to Larking Gowen from my tutor, Dr Atul Shah.” Conor Dale, Suffolk Business School graduate.

Fees and finance

2020-21       

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above) BBC (A-Level) DMM (BTEC)

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you  have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Lecturer in Accounting and Financial Management

Associate Professor and MBM Programme Leader

Director of Heritage Futures

Senior Lecturer in Tourism, Events and Management

Senior Lecturer in Employment Development

Lecturer in Language

Associate Professor, Course Leader for MBA

Associate Professor, Course Leader for Business Management

Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Facilities and Resources

The Waterfront Building will be your main base during your degree. Located on Ipswich Waterfront, it is home to lecture theatres fitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment, and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the open period.

You may also spend time in the recently opened Atrium Building, which houses the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC). A hub for start-ups and technology enterprises, IWIC offers you the opportunity to network with other students and business owners. Also in the Atrium is our well-resourced library, which offers extensive print and digital resources, with plenty of study space and pods for extra privacy.

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The Atrium Building - the home to new innovative companies and technology.