BA (Hons) Accounting (top-up)

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Overview

This is an ideal degree if you want to top-up your existing qualifications and achieve a degree in just one year.

This one-year top-up degree offers direct entry at Level 6 to students who wish to utilise their current qualifications to develop skills in industry-standard accounting practices.

The programme is suited to those wishing to gain expertise in assessing the business performance through corporate financial measures and developing essential leadership, project and operational management skills. 

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

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.

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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.

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.

Course details

You will study four core units:

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

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Core Units

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.

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.

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 sustainability and corporate social responsibility are highlighted.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

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

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

£10

Scientific Calculator £10. 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.

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)

A40A

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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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
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