Accounting and Finance, BA Hons

Accounting and Finance, BA Hons

Accounting and finance subjects at the University of Greenwich are ranked within the top 3 in London for course satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2016. Our degree has the highest professional accreditations, increasing career earning potential within accountancy sector. Courses also focus on practical skills using software and systems such as MS Excel, SAP ERP 6.0 and SAGE 50 accounts software.

If you successfully complete relevant course options, you will be exempt from a number of exam papers leading to professional qualifications from ACCA, AIA, CIMA, CIPFA, CPA Australia, ICAEW and IFA.  This will set you on the path to becoming a qualified accountant after university.

We have strong connections with companies in Canary Wharf, one of the UK's financial centres. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to start your career.

You will have the option to undertake a work placement, providing insight and practical skills which employers seek in graduates. Previous university students have secured placement years at Lawrence Grant solicitors, IBM, Northern Trust, Goldman Sachs and Currency Exchange Corporations Ltd.

We will encourage you to join societies such as Trading and Investment and take part in competitions for example the UK Trading Challenge. We are proud that our team of first year Greenwich students won the competition, beating teams from many other universities. 

Our degree will help you understand financial and management accounting, and how it affects planning, decision making and budget control.

You will learn to prepare financial reports and use software and systems, building your practical skills in lab exercises such as MS Excel, SAP ERP 6.0 and SAGE 50 Accounts software.

Courses will give you confidence in analysing and communicating information, so you can explain concepts and manage new projects. This will develop your core skills so you can choose to take your career in any direction. 

The aims of this degree are:

  • To prepare you for a career in the accountancy and finance sector
  • To equip you with the skills required for a complex and changing business environment.

UCAS code

N400 G BA/AF

Department

Accounting & Finance

Location

Greenwich Campus

Attendance

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
6 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

300 UCAS points

FROM at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

PLUS at least GCSE mathematics grade B and GCSE English grade C.

* Key Skills: Application of Number and Communication are not accepted in place of GCSE mathematics and English.

* Applicants with professional qualifications and/or four or more years' full-time work experience are considered on an individual basis.

* Applicants who do not have English as their first language require IELTS 6 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent in a Secure English Language Test.

Assessment

Students are assessed through presentations, examinations and coursework. Further information for each subject is available in the 'What you'll study' section.

Professional recognition

Successful completion (with the relevant options) provides exemption from: all 9 foundation-level papers of ACCA; papers 1-12 of the 16 AIA papers; all 5 certificate-level papers and 4 of the 6 managerial-level CIMA papers; 7 out of the 12 CIPFA papers;  and 7 out of 15 professional qualification papers of the ICAEW. Full exemption from the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA).

Careers

Graduates entering the accountancy profession may go into public practice by joining an accountancy firm. This can offer you the experience of working with multiple clients across various industries or the opportunity to specialise, for example, in auditing, stockbroking or consultancy.

Recent positions secured by our graduates include assurance associate at Grant Thornton, financial modeller at KPMG and counter risk trader at Barclays Investment Bank.

Course content

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 4

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 5

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 6

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Sandwich

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • Work Placement (Business School)

Year 4

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Accounting and Finance

We offer professional qualifications in accountancy, financial services or insurance and give students the chance to combine industry expertise with practical business skills.

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"The University of Greenwich played a big role in where I am today. I learnt a lot of the necessary skills that I needed in the workplace."

Alex McGrath
BA Hons Accounting and Finance

"I think university has changed me greatly I never thought I'd be as integrated into the university as I am now so I'm very happy to be taking part in all these activities."

Siobhan Shum
BA Hons Accounting and Finance

Undergraduate placements

The Business School has a dedicated Placements Office to assist students in securing a placement during their sandwich year, preferably with an organisation relevant to their programme or preferred career path. To find out more visit the department's placements page.

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