Accounting and Finance (Foundation Year)

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Overview

The Foundation Year enables you to gain the skills for your chosen degree course. Each year we welcome students from a range of traditional and non-traditional backgrounds who have the ability to study at university level, but don’t have the UCAS tariff points to enter directly onto an honours degree. The inclusive nature of the course is reflected in the entry requirements and you may find yourself studying alongside students with BTEC, NVQ, A Level and other Level 3 qualifications or students with relevant work experience.

The content of the Foundation Year is designed to ensure that you progress directly onto Year 1 of the linked honours degree with confidence. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can choose to progress to the full-time course or the placement course (includes a work experience year). 

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

Accounting and Finance is a thriving industry that offers a wealth of opportunity for graduate employment. This is a ‘high reward’ sector that is typically associated with excellent remuneration and the possibility to progress to the level of Finance Director or even Chief Executive. UK accountancy qualifications are recognised and respected throughout the world and graduates that secure positions at large international firms can benefit from overseas secondments.

Alternatively, it is possible to become self-employed or secure work in other sectors that will enable you to follow a more management focussed career route.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 academic year. Please check back for further details.

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

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 BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree.

You will study four 30 credit units: 

  • Business Intelligence 
  • Accounting, Finance and Economics for Business
  • Academic Skills for Higher Education
  • Introduction to Business

All Foundation Year students study the Academic Skills for Higher Education unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work. You will also study topics in business, business statistics and economics.

International students are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study. For more details on the units you will study after your foundation year, please refer to the linked honours degree course listing.

Please note that the English for Academic Practice unit is only available to international students.

 

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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

Study
Assessment

Placements 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.

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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.

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Fees

Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

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

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

Money Matters

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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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