Accountancy with Financial Services BA(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
This degree provides a basis for a wide range of careers in the field of professional accountancy, finance, banking, insurance, public sector and general management. The role of an accountant is different depending on the organisation you work in. In some organisations you could be responsible for cash flow, whilst in others your focus could be solely financial audits. We have designed the course with this is mind and aim to give you a good overview of all areas of accountancy in your first year, with the added benefit of having the opportunity to focus your studies on financial services which can cover a multitude of areas, from banking and pensions to investments and hedge funds. You may find yourself working on multimillion pound investments, analysing information for a financial audit or providing financial advice to clients to enable them to make sound business decisions. Understanding how organisations are financed and effectively managed is at the core of this degree. We provide you with access to experts from leading accounting firms. As a student at Huddersfield you'll work directly with one of the world's leading firms, PwC, who run an annual competition for our first year students, giving you quality feedback from top professionals. You'll also have the opportunity to work with other leading international, national and local accounting firms who have signed up to our innovative Partners in Accountancy scheme, helping to build your academic learning, professional knowledge and graduate job prospects. In addition to this, our courses provide professional exemptions for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). We'll also encourage and support you to do a one-year paid work placement, so that when you graduate your CV will show not only academic and professional skills but also real-world experience and professional development.
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This is a common first year across all Accountancy courses and comprises -
This module provides you with an introduction to the concepts, principles and practices of financial accounting. It covers accounting concepts, double-entry bookkeeping for manual and computerised accounting systems, the preparation and presentation of financial statements for sole traders, partnerships, clubs and societies and limited companies.
Management and Cost Accounting for Accountants
This module provides an initial grounding in management accounting and the way that products are priced and basic financial decisions are made. You’ll look at the way that management accounting information can be used for planning, control and decision making.
This module introduces the types of statistical and quantitative techniques that are widely used in business situations.
The Legal Environment of Business and Employment for Accountants
This module examines the law of commercial obligations in contract, particularly but also, in outline, in tort, with special emphasis on the relationship of employer and employee, distributor and customer, and professional adviser and client. The role of statutory law and the use of codes of practice in seeking to protect the health and safety of consumers, employees and the general public will also be considered.
Accountants in Organisations
This module provides you with an introduction to the accountancy profession and helps you to understand the concepts and influences that affect the work of accountants. You’ll have the opportunity to engage, identify and evaluate your employability and enhance your ability to successfully gain work placements and a graduate career.
You may then choose to specialise in an area of Accountancy.
This module helps build on your knowledge of the fundamentals of management accounting and give you the opportunity to develop further techniques that can be used for planning, decision making and control. You’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of management accounting theory and the use of spreadsheets.
Corporate Reporting and Governance
The Corporate Reporting and Governance module aims to help to develop your understanding of financial accounting in relation to companies. The module considers the sources of authority for accounting practice, the application of accounting standards in preparing published financial statements and the concept of corporate governance. The module also aims to help develop skills in the analysis of financial statements and introduce you to the preparation of consolidated accounts.
Developments in Banking and Finance
This module covers current and topical developments in the world of banking and financial markets, including retail and investment banking, financial intermediaries and stock markets. A key theme is the application of theory to real-world practice.
Personal Financial Planning
This module introduces you to key areas in financial services. The module looks at the regulatory framework of the financial services sector. It also introduces the various financial services products available to the consumer. You will be introduced to areas of personal tax which are relevant to financial services advisors, and have the opportunity to develop an awareness of current financial issues.
This module considers how best to manage the finances of the firm on a medium to long term basis to ensure survival and growth. It explores the main financial decisions that have to be made by the management team to ensure maximisation of shareholder wealth. The module also forms part of the skills spine through the accountancy degree program.
Year 3 - optional placement year
The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.
Advanced Corporate Reporting
You will have an opportunity to expand your knowledge from previous studies of corporate reporting, with regard to conceptual understanding and more detailed application of knowledge of current reporting practices for individual companies and groups of companies.
Issues in Accounting and Finance
This module focuses on the development and evaluation of transferable skills to help maximise your employability including career preparation group case study work integrating all the knowledge and skills you should have developed over the length of your course.
Investment and Portfolio Management
You will have an opportunity to study investment analysis and portfolio management, using an innovative experiential learning environment – “The Portfolio Game”. This providing you with the opportunity for personal development whilst developing a critical appreciation of the features of managing a successful investment portfolio.
Monetary and Financial Framework
This module helps you to develop an advanced understanding of central banking, financial markets and regulatory practice. Theory, policy and practice are explored to keep apace with fast moving and ever changing business environments.
Option modules: Choose two from a list which may include -
You will have an opportunity to extend and develop your knowledge of financial management through an examination of the theory of business finance and its contribution to financial decision making. The module introduces the environment of financial decision-making, involving corporate objectives, the role of the finance function and the importance and functioning of the capital markets.
This module considers the fundamental issue of competitiveness and helps you to consider a strategic perspective on globalisation. You'll explore the benefits of location (such as costs, consumer preferences and technology) and the internationalisation of business through the impact of multinationals and global supply chains. In term 2 you'll focus on international business functions such as marketing and human resources.
The first part of this module deals with the general principles of employment law by considering the formation, sources and variation of obligations under a contract of employment, implied terms in contracts of employment and termination of the relationship between employer and worker at common law and under statute. The second part of the module considers the issues of equality and the problems of discrimination in employment in Britain.
Auditing is an integral part of accountability, governance and the management of risk within organisations. This module examines the audit process and gives you the opportunity to gain analytical skills and insight into professional judgement and scepticism.
This module highlights the role of strategic management in organisations and helps make you aware of the key strategic management approaches that assist managers in delivering both short and long term aims, goals and objectives for the organisation. It is underpinned by theory that then provides a tool kit for strategic analysis and demonstrates how this can aid management teams make business decisions in today’s complex and turbulent environments.
Advanced Management Accounting
This module examines advanced topics in management accounting, focusing on its role in providing relevant information for strategic planning, decision-making, budgetary control and performance management. The module has a clear focus on cost management and the large business enterprise, and considers recent developments in relation to the integration of cost accounting with modern manufacturing techniques, supply chain management within and between business enterprises.
The module aims to ensure that you’ll develop a good working knowledge of income tax, corporation tax and capital gains tax, including relevant computations and provision of basic advice. In addition, the module introduces you to value added tax and aims to help you develop a broad understanding of the role of taxation in the UK economy.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This paid position provides the opportunity for further personal development and to see accountancy and finance in action, helping you develop the knowledge and skills obtained on the course.
Huddersfield Business School's Placement Unit won the National Undergradute Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service' for their hard work and innovative ideas.
Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.
Previous placement providers have included Sigma Chartered Accountants, Golfbreaks, NHS Health Lloyds Banking Group, Audit Partnerships, Vauxhall, YBS, Rolls Royce, Northern Commercials, NHS, PPG, Department of Health, Cummins, Panasonic, Discovery Channel, Organic HR and Enterprise Rent-a-Car Informatics.
80% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.*
Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as Accounts Assistant, Graduate schemes, Commercial Analyst, Accounting Trainee, Audit and Accounts Assistant, Junior Management Accountant, Financial Analyst Management Accountant and in organisations including Pentagon Vauxhall, HSBC Commercial Banking, Teale Services AT Ltd, Mitha Chartered Accountants, Redcats and BJA Refrigeration.*
*Source: DLHE survey and LinkedIn.
Professional links and accreditations
This degree provides a basis for a wide choice of careers in the fields of professional accountancy, finance, banking, insurance, public sector and general management. It enables graduates to enter for the examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) with significant exemptions depending upon options selected, and attracts exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, computer aided learning packages, directed study and project work.Assessment will include exams, group exercises, case studies, in-class tests, peer assessment and individual coursework.
21% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
We have a strong focus on developing your personal and professional development through the use of case studies and group work. You'll also work with experts from our innovative Partners in Accountancy scheme in the classroom, who will provide high-level, contemporary professional input into your academic learning.
You'll benefit from highly experienced and well qualified teaching staff in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, who maintain strong links with the profession. For example, the Head of Department is past President of the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) and current ICAEW council member and our Professor of Accounting (and Dean) is on the International Ethics Standards Committee of the ICAEW.
If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
The Business School was opened in 2010 at a cost of £17m and is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop. Located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.
The Learning Development Group (LDG) offer a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as referencing, presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing.
Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to our students on sandwich courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CV's and covering letters.
Excellent teaching rooms combine with fully-equipped computer labs to provide access to technology and learning resources alongside 'The Street' cafe which offers space for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide selection of fresh food and hot and cold drinks.
How much will it cost me?
The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
For details of course fees please call the Student Finance Office on 01484 473904
Our Partners in Accountancy initiative is designed to give you an exceptional start to your accountancy career.
In the Huddersfield and Leeds area we currently have nine firms taking part: RSM, BDO, Grant Thornton, Wheawill and Sudworth, KPMG, Kirk Newsholme, PwC, Revell Ward and Simpson Wood.
The partnership builds on established links with many of the firms and has been warmly received by the accountants. The firms will offer accountancy students direct input to their studies from leading case studies on technical and professional areas and providing careers support.
Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.
If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website