Accounting and Finance (Foundation Year)

Accounting and finance is vital to any organisation. Take your first steps towards a rewarding career in this fast-paced sector with our foundation year.

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Overview

Every business needs to get to grips with accounting and finance. That means completing a full degree in this field will open up a range of career opportunities.

The full course combines accountancy and finance with business disciplines. It gives you the management skills you need to get ahead while developing your head for figures. 

Our full degree course has been designed to cover many areas required by professional bodies. This means you could be exempt from many of the chartered accountancy exams and could qualify as a chartered accountant more quickly once you graduate.

You’ll also develop a range of transferable skills that employers around the world are looking for and that put you on track to start your own accountancy business.

Platform for success 

This course is designed to prepare you for studying our Accounting and Finance degree.

It will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to study for an honours degree, even if you don’t currently meet the academic requirements.

Once you’ve passed, you’ll be ready to start your degree course. That means your degree will take four years, or five years if it includes a work placement or year studying abroad.

Features and Benefits

  • Adapt to university life – develop your study skills, prepare for a full degree course and familiarise yourself with our Manchester campus.
  • Funding support – you can apply for student finance (e.g. tuition fee loan, student loan and student maintenance grant) in the same way as other students.
  • Platinum approved learning partner – we’re recognised by the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) for providing teaching that gives you the best possible chance of success.
  • Professional exam exemptions – qualify for exemptions with professional bodies like the ACCA, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
  • Accountancy experts – we’re the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England. Learn from qualified accountants who are active in the field.
  • Financial hub – The Business School is in the heart of Manchester, one of Europe’s largest financial sectors.
  • Experience the world – discover what it’s like to work in accountancy and finance through our excellent industry connections, or study abroad at one of our international partner institutions.
  • Regular industry events – attend guest talks and masterclasses delivered by leading industry professionals and network with businesses at key industry events.
“The Accounting and Finance Foundation Year has not only prepared me for my link degree but also university life as a whole. I feel more confident to start my course.” Princess Priscilla Ofori, Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“The support I received was amazing. The lecturers are fantastic and I was able to ask for advice on any aspect of the course – their open-door policy means we always get a swift answer”.

Jack Crombleholme, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance graduate (Assurance Associate at EY).

Career Prospects

An accounting and finance degree can lead to a wide range of career opportunities with high pay and a high profile.
 
This Foundation Year will ensure you have the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your full degree course. It will pave the way for your career in this sector, whatever your aspirations.
 
Graduates from our full degree have gone on to work for the likes of Deloitte, Experian, EY and KPMG.
 
You aren’t restricted to working in the finance sector though. Businesses of all types and sizes need people with strong management skills and a head for figures. You’ll also have the tools you need to set up your own accountancy firm.
 
UK accountancy qualifications are recognised around the world. That means there are opportunities to travel or even live and work abroad.

Learn more about graduate careers

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

72-80 at A2 (Grades BC-BB) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DM or MMP).  

 

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D or grade 3 in English Language and Mathematics.  Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

74 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

International Baccalaureate points

24

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 with no element below 5.5

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

Further information

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form www.mmu.ac.uk/course-enquiry

MEET THE EXPERTS

“The landscape of accounting, finance, and banking is constantly evolving. We equip students with the necessary skills in order to compete in the global job market…”
 
Listen to what Anna Hardy-Watmough, Principal Lecturer, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

This Foundation Year aims to equip you with the necessary knowledge in business and on successful completion of your studies, you can progress onto the first year of our Accounting, Finance and Banking degrees.

 During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Business Intelligence

The aim of the unit is to provide a foundation for the understanding, analysis and interpretation of real-life business data and equip students with a structured approach in using data to identify key business performance metrics and issues arising.

Indicative content includes:

1. Data and Information: an introduction to data; what data is; where data comes from; the different types of data that exist in organisations; how data can become information to assist business decision making.

2. Big Data: introduction to the issues surrounding Big Data and the implications of Big Data on organisations.

3. Managing data in organisation: introduction to how data is stored and retrieved; how to maintain quality of data; privacy issues; ethical issues.

4. Using data in organisations: marketing and customer Data; Business to Business sector sales analysis, customer performance over sales periods, sales-force performance, customer sales trends and values, segmenting customer base on performance indicators

5. Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic; mental calculations, BODMAS. Directed numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios and proportions. Calculating efficiently using a calculator. Logic.

6. Descriptive Statistics: Introduction to data sources; primary and secondary data, types of sampling; random, stratified, quota and cluster, together with their advantages and disadvantages, graphical illustration of data; bar and pie charts, histograms, box and whisker plots, cumulative frequency diagrams etc. the calculation and use of summary statistics; mean, median, mode, standard deviation and IQ range etc.

7. Statistical Techniques: introduction to a range of techniques including probability, correlation and regression and forecasting.

8. Data Handling and Interpretation: Introduction to the use of Microsoft Excel spread sheets to order and manipulate data and to analyse and present data in report format using appropriate software programmes such as Microsoft Word.

Accounting, Finance and Economics for Business

This unit aims to provide an applied introduction to key principles in economics through a range of topical issues and policy. The unit will enable students to understand and interpret financial statements and use costing techniques.
Indicative content includes:

  • Scarcity, supply, demand, externalities, inflation, unemployment, economic growth, international trade. Introduction to and financial analysis of key financial statements.
  • Accounting systems including book of prime entry.
  • The difference between cash flows and profit flows in business cost determination, cost behaviour and decision making.
  • Budgetary planning and control.
Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit is designed to help students to develop the skills required to be successful in their academic career. Indicative content includes:

  • Academic skills: HE terminology, assessment formal processes/mechanisms, critical thinking and logical analysis, developing an academic argument, presenting evidence, oral presentations, exam techniques & strategies, independent learning, reading techniques, note taking, learning styles, study skills including: time management and working in teams.
  • Employability skills: commercial awareness and research skills, personal development planning, self evaluation/reflection, action planning, target setting and skill acquisition and development.
  • General writing skills: Punctuation & sentence structure, report writing, Referencing methods, critical writing, HE academic standard conventions, academic writing styles & their typical features,effective communication - being succinct and concise.
  • Planning for assessed work: purpose, audience, structure, coherence and logical order of information.
  • Research skills: Research principles, conducting research, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data, report-writing.
Introduction to Business

This unit facilitates and supports students' learning in the area of business. A broad range of topics associated to the internal and external business environments are covered that encompasses theory and its practical application.


Term 1 - The unit starts by discussing the development of business in a modern context. Next the 'individual' is focused upon where motivational, role and leadership theory are given context. The unit will then exam  both the internal and external business environments. In doing so the unit focuses on organisations, entrepreneurship and the use of SWOT analysis. The external environment will encompass the political, economic, social, technological, ethical and legal issues that modern businesses face. During this term assistance and time will be given to assist with the academic essay coursework.

Term 2 - Encompasses `competition of market' Porters 5 forces are introduced as well as competition ratio's and differing types of markets. This will be followed by Marketing and Human Resource management. During this term focus and time will be given to assist with the group presentation coursework.

Option Units

English and Academic Practice (Optional Unit)

This unit is designed to provide those whose first language is not English and who come from outside the EU with the language and study skills needed for effective transfer to UK undergraduate courses at Manchester Met. You will learn to present themselves effectively in speaking and writing and to use printed, electronic and other materials and resources efficiently for higher education study. Course content will include language and study skills activities.

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 of 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:

Study
Assessment

Placement options

If you choose the placement route of the linked honours degree, you will include a minimum of 36 weeks work experience as part of your degree studies. Our dedicated placement team has over 25 years experience of matching students to employers and will help you find a placement. 

Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking

Our Accounting, Finance and Banking Department is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.

The department offers extensive industry experience through active experts in their profession, with excellent relations across industry bodies and a collaborative approach to promoting critical thinking, employability, flexibility and professionalism.

More about the department

Taught by experts

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.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

N423

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

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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