Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

Accounting (top-up)

2018 entry

About the course

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

You will study four core units:

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Performance Management for Business
  • Business Environment and Operations

Core Units
Business Environment and Operations

This unit provides you with a holistic view of management across the organisation in particular the role of the management accountant. The unit builds on important concepts from management account studies and ethics, and includes strategic options, skills and issues the accountant would be exposed to in an organisational environment. Your studies will cover topics such as identifying types of competitive environment, developing strategies, CSR and ethics, the marketing environment, developments in strategic management; you will be learning the tools and techniques of project management including the role of a project manager. In addition to the competitive environment and project management you will also learn the concepts associated with the effective operation of an organisation and the various approaches of management and leadership, including the activities associated with managing people.

Corporate Financial Management

This unit provides a framework to allow you to appreciate the issues involved in corporate financial management.  It examines the basic principles of financial management and applies them to the main decisions faced by financial managers.  The unit covers the following topic areas; The objectives of financial management, Time Value of Money, Valuation – Bonds / Company, Cost of Capital, Portfolio Theory, CAPM, Efficient Markets Hypothesis, Dividend Theory, Capital Structure, Investment Appraisal Techniques, Real Options.

Corporate Reporting

This unit will develop the understanding of conceptual frameworks and accounting theories and their application in the current business environment. It will develop your knowledge of accounting standards, group reporting and corporate analysis in complex environments. You will develop and appreciation of the common ethical, professional judgement and governance scenarios in which a professional accountant operates.

Performance Management for Business

Adopting a topical real-world perspective, this unit critically considers the relevance and impact of a range of key performance management systems and techniques within a variety of organisational contexts.  This unit comprises four main sections: [1] Designing Effective Performance Management Systems [2] Performance Controls - in which both traditional and balanced approaches to performance management are considered [3] Strategic Controls – in which the theory and practice of strategic performance management are discussed; and [4] Topical Issues and Concerns – in which the important 'current' topics of globalisation and such 'future' developments as sustainaibility and corporate social responsibility are highlighted.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Assessment: 30-40% coursework, 60-70% examination

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/afe/

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

IELTS score required for international students

6.5 with no component less than 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Further information

BA (Hons) Accounting (top-up) is a Degree programme for applicants who have previously studied and successfully completed one of the following:

a relevant HND with a grade of Merit or above,

a relevant Foundation Degree with a score of 55% or above 

Or

Level 5 of a relevant undergraduate degree with a score of 55% or above.

Your career prospects after the course

This top-up degree will allow you to add an honours degree to your CV and demonstrate to employers that you have gained knowledge in accounting practices.

Graduates from our accounting courses are well equipped to pursue a wide variety of careers and this degree will allow you to continue onto professional accounting examinations with providers such as ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, where you can become a qualified accountant.

You would also be suited to move into careers in corporate finance, banking and professional services.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Open Days

Come and find out more about this course and our facilities at our open days.

Book now for the:

Manchester Open Day Wednesday 21st June

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

Undergraduate Study