Whether you’re an aspiring chief financial officer or want to start your own accountancy firm you need a good understanding of accountancy, financial practice and commercial business. This course covers all these areas as well as developing your management skills. It’s the ideal start to a career in accountancy or finance.
We designed the course to cover the same content as many of the chartered accountancy exams. That means you’ll be exempt from a lot of professional bodies’ exams. After graduation, you could be well on your way to being a qualified professional in a shorter space of time.
Kick-starting your career
Building your financial knowledge is just part of the picture. You’ll also develop the management skills you need to have a successful career. When you graduate you’ll have a range of transferable skills that employers around the world are looking for.
With its strong and growing economy, Manchester is the perfect place to learn. Our Business School is well-connected with local, national and international companies. The optional placement year, or study abroad year, is an excellent opportunity to add to your CV. In your final year you can choose from specialist modules and tailor your studies to suit your interests.
Accounting and finance offers huge potential for jobs with high pay and a high profile. Leading employers including KPMG, Deloitte, EY and Experian have hired our graduates.
You may prefer to set up your own accountancy business. Or you could find a job away from the finance sector. Organisations in every industry need people with strong management skills and a good head for figures.
Your skills will serve you well whatever path you choose. UK accountancy qualifications are recognised around the world. That means there are opportunities to travel or even live and work abroad.
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These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.
UCAS tariff points/grades required
104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).
Specific GCSE requirements
GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.
Non Tariffed Qualifications
Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.
International Baccalaureate points
6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any element
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
Accreditation with ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA and CIPFA is being sought and will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Accounting is essential for the day-to-day running of any business. But the course is also designed to help you understand how an organisation works. We want to develop your management skills to help you contribute to a viable, successful business.
You’ll start by learning about the context you’ll be working in, while building your accounting skills. We look at financial markets, and cover essential topics like decision making and ethics.
As the course progresses, we delve into more detail – subjects include law and reporting. In your final year you can choose option units to customise the course to your own interests.
Choose a placement or study abroad – The course offers real flexibility as you will enrol on the three year course and then decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.
You will study eight 15 credit units.
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Governance, Ethics and Law
This unit will provide an introduction to the legal and ethical backdrop in which finance professionals operate. It will consider the formation of companies and legal entities, and the rules governing this. It will also demonstrate the importance of ethical behaviour, linking to ethical scandals and poor corporate behaviour.
This unit will provide students with the mathematical and analytical skills required for future finance professionals. The application of analytics to business mathematics will be considered, alongside the development of IT skills in the key area of excel.
Personal and Professional Development
This unit provides students with the ‘soft skills’ required to begin their career planning and consider future career choices. The unit will look at both personal development e.g. resilience, personal learning styles, and professional development e.g. CVs, presentation skills.
Fundamentals of Management Accounting
This unit will cover the fundamentals of management accounting such as cost classification and behaviour, costing methods and decision-making techniques. The unit will introduce the fundamental principles used by management to plan, control and make decisions.
This unit will begin to embed the key digital skills required in the rapidly evolving digital world. The unit will utilise a variety of software and consider both how technology can be used to generate, and present, relevant information.
This unit covers the goals and decision of organisations, the market system and competitive process, the financial system and the macroeconomic context of business. This is contextualised to consider the relevance of this for those operating in the financial sphere.
This unit will consider the wider environment in which businesses operate, and the strategies adopted to promote success. Basic strategic tools will be considered, and the importance of this to corporate success will be evaluated.
Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
This unit provides an introduction to the concepts of financial accounting including recording fundamental transactions and preparing simple financial transactions. The fundamental principles underpinning financial accounting will be covered, along with recording transactions for several key areas. The unit will also cover the preparation of extracts of key financial statements.
In this unit you will study four 15 credit units and two 30 credit units.
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Continuing Professional Development
Building on the Personal and Professional Development module at Level 4, this unit will continue to develop the ‘soft skills’ required by employers. Students will have the option to engage in mock employability tasks and develop their own professional skills. Engagement in departmental employability events will be an integral component of this unit.
Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
Corporate finance provides an introduction to the fundamentals of financial management. This unit includes topics such as working capital management, investment appraisal and business valuation.
Digital skills for business professionals
This unit builds on the digital skills unit at Level 4 and will further develop the digital skills required for the business professionals of the future. The unit will again consider a variety of software and will equip students with the confidence to utilise well-known IT systems with ease.
Management Accounting and Business Operations
Building on both the Fundamentals of Management Accounting and Business Environment units at Level 4, the unit will teach students how to produce, analyse, interpret and discuss management accounting information for planning, control and decision-making. In addition, this unit will further examine the role of strategy within an organisation, and how think links to the management accounting information produced.
This module will cover all aspects of business law that are relevant to a professional accountant, such as corporate law, negligence and insolvency. The basic principles of employment law will also be considered.
Financial Reporting and Assurance
This unit builds on the Fundamentals of Financial Accounting at Level 4. It introduces new and more complex accounting standards, and the full preparation of full financial statements. The unit also considers how financial information can be analysed, and the relevance of this. In addition, this unit will consider the concept of assurance, and how this operates in practice. Students will study the fundamentals of an audit, and the significance of this for companies.
Students have the choice to select a non-exemption pathway (with fewer exams and wider choice of units) or an exemption pathway.
- Research Project
- Continuing Professional Development 2
- Corporate Reporting and Governance
- Management Accounting and Strategy
- Continuing Professional Development 2
Core unit details for both are detailed below:
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A substantial piece of research work, drawing upon academic theory to produce a critically reflective work, which adds to an area relevant to the degree and employability.
Continuing Professional Development 2
Building on the Continuing Professional Development module at Level 5, this unit will further embed the employability skills required to ensure students are ‘job ready’ on graduation. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of employability-based events, which will simulate a real-life job application.
Corporate Reporting and Governance
This unit builds on Financial Reporting and Assurance at Level 5. The application of complex accounting standards will be considered, alongside the preparation of group financial statements, and advanced analysis measures. The conceptual backdrop will be linked to business governance, which considers the requirements for businesses in terms of legal requirements for governance and recent developments.
Management Accounting and Strategy
This unit builds on Management Accounting and Business Operations at Level 5. This unit will focus on understanding and using the concepts of contemporary management accounting for strategic business decisions. It will also link into advanced strategy and consider how strategic tools are used by businesses to evaluate and monitor performance.
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:
- Year 1 25% scheduled; 75% independent study
- Year 2 25% scheduled; 75% independent study
- Year 3 20 - 25% scheduled; 75 - 80% independent study
Please note the scale in the final year of study reflects whether a student opts for the exemption or non-exemption pathway.
- Year 1 75% coursework; 25% examination
- Year 2 70% coursework; 30% examination
- Year 3 65-100% coursework; 35-0% examination
Please note that the split between coursework and examination in the final year of study depends on whether the students opts for the exemption or non-exemption pathway.
Most of our degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. It’s an opportunity to develop core skills, explore your career goals and discover about how your industry really functions – and shows employers that you’re ready to get to work. Our Business School Placement Team is ready to help. They offer a wide range of services, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs. They’re well connected, with an extensive network of relationships with placement employers locally, nationally and internationally. But it’s also up to you – the more proactive you are about applying for placement opportunities, the better.
Find out more about what a placement can do for you. Visit our placements page.
Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects. Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.
Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.
A City Of Opportunities
Manchester is the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse – an economic success story written even while other areas of the country struggle. The city has outperformed the capital in terms of employment growth, and it’s set to be the UK’s strongest performing city for years to come.
For today, that puts us in the perfect place to offer an education rooted in the real world – with relevant skills, useful experience and valuable connections to support your ambitions. For tomorrow,
that puts you in a city with a wide range of employers and a growing demand for ambitious graduates.
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