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.

The Foundation Year is designed to prepare you for studying our Accounting and Finance degree and will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need, 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.
  • 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 during your degree 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

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

A levels ­– DDD-CDD

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – MMP

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

 

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D/3 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade D/3 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 74 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 overall with no individual element below 5.5

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

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.

Students on the Accounting and Finance (Foundation Year) will take the following units:

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Core Units

Study Skills

Upon completion of this departmental unit, students will have the skills, understanding and attributes to bridge the gap from Foundation year to an undergraduate degree programme of their choice. The unit aim is to equip students with the knowledge and understanding in such areas of academic writing, personal and professional development. During the unit students will be able to make connections between theory and practice and gain awareness of the importance of increasing a proficient approach to their academic and personal skills, behaviours and attitudes relating to further academic studies.

Business Intelligence

The main aim of this unit is introduce students to the vital role that data analysis plays in modern organisations and equip them with related fundamental skills. Students will develop skills in the areas of data handling and processing, analysis and presentation. The unit will focus on the summary and description of data sets using both graphical and statistical approaches. Consideration will also be given as to how data analysis can enhance the ‘intelligence’ of an organisation and, in particular, support the decision making process.

Fundamentals of Marketing

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of marketing. The core themes will include marketing orientation and practice, the marketing environment, marketing research and marketing applications of consumer psychology and behaviour, digital marketing and the changing approaches to communication, and operations/systems management for marketing.

Finance for Business

The main aim of this unit is to introduce students to the theories and concepts of finance in a business environment. This should cover the basic definitions of this subject and serve as an introduction to further studies in this area, as required.

Business Economics

This unit aims to provide an applied introduction to key theoretical aspects of microeconomics and macroeconomics through a range of case studies, policy debates and application to topical issues.

Introduction to Management

This unit will introduce students to the importance of creativity and responsible management in business decision-making, before outlining business strategy. The unit will show how these discrete disciplines are harnessed and used by managers throughout all levels of the organisation. The unit touches upon innovation, creativity and opportunity identification, explores aspects of business ethics and sustainability, and illustrates basic strategies developed by organisations in response to external and internal challenges.

Understanding and Managing People

The main aim of this foundational unit is to enable you to appreciate introductory topics related to understanding and managing people at work. Through studying organisational behaviour, students will cover selected topics at three main levels, comprising individual, group and management level. Academic theory is explored through organisational examples.

Customer Service Management

There is a critical need in all business sectors for the delivery of good customer service and for managers within the service industry this is particularly challenging. This unit will focus on the challenges and strategies for managing customer service particularly in the economic sectors of Events, Hospitality, Sport and Tourism. 

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.

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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: £16,500 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

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