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What makes Accounting & Finance at Worcester special?

Our Accounting and Finance degree aims to build your skills portfolio for a rewarding career in accountancy. You'll actively engage with the leading professional bodies as you position yourself to enter this highly influential sector.

With its strong focus on contemporary issues (such as globalisation, governance and business sustainability), this degree will show you're a highly analytical, numerate and commercially-driven graduate. You'll also be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that employers value, and gain 'real world' experience through applied projects and placements.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Gain exemptions from professional exams (as attached handbook), plus Associate Membership of the IFA and Chartered Management Institute
  • Enhance your employability in a one-year paid placement, internships, consultancy projects and company visits
  • Compete for the Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce prize for 'Outstanding Performance in Accountancy & Finance'
  • Learn a foreign language and experience international cultures through opportunities to work and study abroad
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Places available for 2019

We have places available on a range of courses starting this September.

Find out more and register your interest for Clearing 2019

"The University is in a lovely, friendly city which offers really interesting modules for the Accounting degree."

Jasmine Hopkins, BA (Hons) Accounting graduate.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points - including GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above

Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Accountancy, Business & Marketing pathway page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Law for Accounting and Finance
  • Unlocking Individual Potential

Optional

All first and second year modules are mandatory. This enables you to acquire the core knowledge and skills that you need for the rest of your degree, maximise professional body accreditation and identify specialist topics which interest you and may wish to select in Year 3.

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Markets and Investment
  • Unlocking Organisational Potential

Optional Placement Year or Year Abroad

You can choose to take a placement year and convert your degree to a 4-year sandwich degree with virtually all of our full-time Single Honours degrees in Business or Computing by taking a year in industry between your second and final years.

You will be able to apply to spend your placement year at an organisation of your choice, anywhere in the UK. Placement opportunities are available in all business sectors, including marketing, advertising, PR, HR, business management, finance, economics, programming and game design.

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Audit and Ethics
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Strategic Business Management

Optional

  • Taxation
  • International Banking and Finance
  • Applied Economics
  • Internship II
  • Rethinking Organisational Value
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Accreditation

All of our courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of professional body accreditations: see more information above.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, laboratory practical sessions, fieldwork, practical activities, etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practical sessions are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

In addition, meetings (both individual and group) with personal academic tutors are scheduled throughout the academic year. There is an opportunity to undertake a year-long placement in the third year of the course, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor. Depending upon the course, there may be an opportunity to study abroad at one of our exchange partner universities.

Contact Time

In a typical week there will be at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. If the degree requires a Research or Consultancy Project, students will have guided supervision time with a Project Supervisor.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Information giving, facilitated discussions, small group work, presentations
  • Practical skills - the opportunity to practise group facilitation, presentation, communication and listening skills
  • Visiting speakers and opportunities to visit other settings are regular features of the course

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, full-time students are expected to undertake around 24 hours of personal self-study per week, plus additional preparation for assessments and examinations. Typically, this will involve meeting with individual tutors to discuss progress and feedback, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online. In addition to this, students will spend time sharing ideas with fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities and engaging with external employers.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources as well as our network of employers and entrepreneurs.

Assessment

The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken. The assessment strategy has been designed so that:

  • All modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the final module grade, and they are assessed against the specific module learning outcomes
  • Typically 15 credit/ one semester modules will have one assessment item; 30 credit/ two semester modules will have 2-3 assessments
  • Across each individual year and cumulatively across all three years the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. A variety of assessment types (reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a final year research or consultancy project) are designed to suit different learning styles
  • There may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. exams are more common in Accounting, Finance and Economics modules because the professional bodies prefer this method of assessment for exemption/ accreditation purposes and many of our modules are linked to those bodies in order to obtain such exemption/ accreditation
  • Different types of employability skills are embedded in all modules

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.

Feedback is intended to support learning by indicating how you can improve in future assignments and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors to help support personal and academic development and enhance employability skills.

Feedback on formal course work assessments is normally provided within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and many lectures are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and staff profiles can be view at the WBS Staff Profile Page.

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Jamie Wells

Jamie has spent the past nine years working within the accounting and finance team. Areas of teaching expertise are financial management and auditing. Jamie also has a particular interest in accounting education research, developing research on the use of simulations in the teaching of auditing. Jamie has also published a paper, which looked at the role of universities in developing softer skills in accountancy. Before working at Worcester, Jamie spent three years in practice for a large professional services firm specialising in forensic accounting and assurance. She also spent time working for HM Treasury within the Welfare to Work Team.

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Simon Quigley

Simon trained with a large firm of Chartered Accountants in the areas of audit, accounts preparation, taxation and insolvency. Working in industry, his roles ranged from Group accountant, Project accountant and Treasury.  

Since the move to lecturing, Simon has taught on a range of provisions, including ACCA, CIMA CIPD, AAT, HND as well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Stephanie Tiller

Stephanie joined Worcester Business School as a lecturer in accounting in January 2014. Previously Stephanie worked for Grant Thornton UK LLP as an Audit Manager and she has 14 years professional practice experience, working closely with a wide variety of companies from small owner managed businesses to large international groups and listed entities. Stephanie was also heavily involved in graduate recruitment, the summer internship scheme, local induction and training as part of her role at Grant Thornton UK LLP.

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Boyd Hargreaves

Winner of 2015 Student-Led Award for Outstanding University Teacher and Outstanding Academic Tutor

Prior to taking up a position at the University of Worcester, Boyd was an assistant principle (Head of Sixth Form) in a large 11-18 school. He also worked for 3 years at Trinity and All Saints College (University of Leeds) lecturing on undergraduate management programmes and worked as a PGCE mentor and sessional lecturer at Huddersfield University. He has over 25 years teaching experience in the economics and business studies field on both undergraduate and post graduate courses.

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Dr Jinning Hong

Jinning began her academic adventure at 24 and joined the University of Sheffield as a PhD candidate.  During her PhD study, she was a Teaching Assistant at the Management School of the Sheffield University.  Her research was funded by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and the Institute Chartered Accountant of Scotland (ICAS).  She was awarded a Doctoral Degree after three and a half years.  Prior to the completion of her PhD, she was appointed as a module leader at the Sheffield International College (Kaplan).  Jinning set up her private education business after two years.  As an entrepreneur, Jinning was engaging with teaching and management roles.  Before Jinning joined Worcester Business School, she has been working towards professional qualifications with the Institute Chartered Accountant of England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

Careers

Where could it take you?

Careers

Our Accounting and Finance degree will prepare you for a range of careers in accountancy or financial services, including:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • International trade

You'll also get the chance to work with accountants and finance specialists from organisations such as KPMG, Grant Thornton and HM Treasury. These professionals have experience of management, consultancy or running their own business across sectors including banking and manufacturing.

Benefits

Throughout your course, you will receive integrated career coaching to help you develop your CV and interview technique.

There are also a range of extracurricular opportunities offered by the Business School. You can develop your own business through our Business Incubator, or work on live client projects through our Media Lab.

Exemptions and Memberships

This course is designed for maximum exemptions from professional examinations, including:

  • ACCA
  • ICAEW
  • CIMA
  • CIPFA

You will also be able to apply for Associate Membership of the IFA and Chartered Management Institute.

Graduate Employability

Our graduates have secured jobs with companies such as:

  • BDO LLP
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • KPMG
  • NFU Mutual
  • Lloyds Bank
  • PwC
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“It is great to be able to obtain maximum exemptions for professional qualifications whilst completing your degree.”

Connor Tracey, Accounting student

Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

If you decide to take up the optional placement year accommodation and travel costs may be incurred dependent on location of placement. As placements are paid by the employer at minimum wage plus these costs can be covered by the student’s wage. During this year you will pay 10% of normal academic fees to the University. You are provided with a placement tutor, and have access to the advice of the full placement team, as well as all University student support and services.

There are also occasional trips which may require you to incur travel costs.

There will be a charge for membership of the professional bodies.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) N402
Accounting and Finance (Placement Year) BA (Hons) N403

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

N402 or N403

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

John Gardener

Admissions tutor