FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING

BSc (Hons) Top-up

Accredited by the University of Birmingham

Course Award

BSc (Hons)

Duration

1 year FT

UCAS Code

NN50

Placement

Opportunities available

Entry

January (2021) September (2021)

Fees

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Access our brand new financial trading suite, providing real-time global market information

Carry out in-depth research into an area of finance that interests you

Do you aspire to become a certified accountant or want to work in finance? Do you already have a background in these fields? Developed with the support of key industry partners, our Finance and Accounting top-up degree is designed to help you build on your existing knowledge and skills in order to open up a wide range of career opportunities.

In today’s dynamic digital marketplace, graduates need more than theoretical learning alone to compete in the job market. Designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5), our accounting and finance top-up course puts you ahead of the competition by offering early immersion into the markets, developing your practical and professional skills learning in our newly-built Financial Trading Suite powered by Infront Professional Terminal.

By studying our Finance and Accounting top-up course, you will not only gain a detailed understanding of financial systems but also insight into other business areas including enterprise, marketing, strategy and leadership. Thanks to our close connections with industry partners, you will also be exposed to the latest technology and become familiar with the digital tools used in professional practice.

Why choose this degree course?

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Work on live consultancy cases with local and international clients in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Choose a topic within the industry that interests you to study in depth for your final research project
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Our course is developed and delivered in partnership with key industry players and professional bodies

Our facilities

Students on our accounting and finance degree courses at University College Birmingham enjoy a wealth of practical learning opportunities in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite on campus, while we also provide a range of support services for student entrepreneurs through our Enterprise Hive.

Course breakdown

  • Modules

Core Modules

Financial Reporting

This module aims to develop accounting standards and theoretical framework knowledge in the preparation of financial statements. The module addresses the key issues in international financial reporting and financial analysis. It covers the fundamentals required by managers and analysts to understand, interpret and use financial information. The module will help you understand the financial reporting challenges of multinational companies. It will aim to give you the tools and skills to compare accounting regulatory frameworks around the world as well as to prepare and interpret consolidated financial statements.

Leadership and Enterprise Strategy

Leadership and Enterprise Strategy aims to provide an understanding of strategic analysis, strategic decision-making and strategic processes within organisations. The module content comprises two complementary components: the first involves the understanding and learning of the main strategic management concepts and theories, while the second implies its application in organisations.

Performance Management

This module is about making decisions which ensure the most effective and efficient use of organisational resources. The module aim is to develop knowledge and skills required by performance managers. This provides you with a grasp of techniques used by performance managers in planning, control, decision making and overall performance evaluation of organisational activities. It focuses on information needs, technologies and systems necessary for efficient and effective performance management of organisations. This is followed by an examination of decision-making processes with particular emphasis on management of scarce resources and how this relates to performance, uncertainty and risk management. A key aim of performance management is to measure costs and revenues relating to specific operations divisions and products. Information gathered in this way is used to plan and control activities in order to ensure that key organisational objectives are achieved.

Research Project

The Business Research Project extends and develops your knowledge and ability in focusing upon and preparing for research. It introduces you to the disciplines of critical appraisal and research techniques as well as the design and execution of a research project. The aim is to develop your skills and expertise in the essential research tools you will need in the future. The emphasis of the project will be on secondary data in the main, as you will be expected to select an organisation or a contemporary topic of interest to research. You will be required to apply and integrate the tools, techniques and theoretical frameworks from a number of modules of the programme, and to draw on a wide range of sources.

Plus one option from:

Corporate Risk Management

Corporate Risk Management is a comprehensive, systematic approach for helping an organisation to identify, measure, prioritise and respond to risks, which is critical when developing a company’s strategy. The module gives you an opportunity to understand the implementation and application of corporate risk management and to develop skills which are applicable to a diverse range of organisations and scenarios.

Portfolio Management

This module introduces the latest methodologies used by professional portfolio managers. The module addresses both the theory and practice of portfolio management and aims to build on the techniques for portfolio selection. The theoretical part will examine the issues involved in constructing an investment portfolio, evaluating its performance, and adjusting its composition through time to ensure the performance remains optimal. It will also consider the use of derivatives in managing risk. The module will provide you with hands-on experience of constructing and managing an equity portfolio in our newly-built Financial Trading Suite.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of accounting, banking and finance, business finance, economics or finance, with 240 credits.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email direct@ucb.ac.uk

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered. Applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer).

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or send an email:

EU: euadmissions@ucb.ac.uk

International: international@ucb.ac.uk

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.

Teaching

Learning strategies include:

  • Lectures (including guest lectures)
  • Small group seminars
  • Workshops
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Group projects
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Self-directed study

You will need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time.

Assessment

Assessment formats include:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework (including presentations, essays, reports, multiple choice tests and numerical computations)

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Kick-Start

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). This scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Tuition fees

UK/EU students

If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250 per each full year. A half year tuition fee is £4,625. UK/EU students do not pay tuition fees for any placement periods.

International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £11,500 per year.

If you complete a placement year, your tuition fee would be £500 for a full year (£250 for half year placement).

Percentage
70%

of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them

Work placements

 

Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

We encourage students on our BSc Finance and Accounting top-up course to gain work experience throughout your studies.

As institutions become more diverse, it's important to embrace and celebrate the skills that students are bringing. The fact that we are integrating practical skills allows students to home in on what they're good at. This training is built into the assessment to ensure that every student develops the practical skills they need.

Dilshad Sheikh Dean of The Business School

Career opportunities

Finance officer

Average Salary: £29,250

Analytics manager

Average Salary: £47,392

Budget analyst

Average Salary: £43,217

Want to take your studies to the next level? Completing the BSc (Hons) top-up degree will enable you to move onto our Finance and Accounting MSc/PGDip course.

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