Accounting (Including Year Abroad)

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Course overview
(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Accounting (Including Year Abroad)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Accounting
BSC N402
15/04/2017

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

GCSE: Mathematics C/4

A-levels: BBB

BTEC: DDD, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including Standard Level Mathematics/Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

From 2021, we will accept grade 4 in either Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Standard Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above

Flexible offers
Eligible applicants that choose us as their firm choice by the relevant deadline will be able to take advantage of a flexible offer. This offer will specify alternative entry requirements than those published here so, if your final grades aren’t what you had hoped for, you could still secure a place with us. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

Course qualifiers

None

Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

None

External examiners

Dr Javed Siddiqui

Senior Lecturer in Accounting

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 26 October 2020 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  BE100-4-FY  Introduction to Accounting  Core  30 
02  BE300-4-FY  Quantitative Methods and Finance  Core  30 
03  BE400-4-FY  Introduction to Management and Marketing  Compulsory  30 
04  EC100-4-FY  Economics for Business  Compulsory  30 
05  BE901-4-AU  Research and Study Skills for Professional Development  Compulsory 
06  BE916-4-FY  Student Success Tutorial  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  BE110-5-FY  Financial Reporting and Analysis  Compulsory  30 
02  BE111-5-AU  Management Accounting I  Compulsory  15 
03  BE311-5-SP  Corporate Finance  Compulsory  15 
04  BE113-5-SP  Management Accounting II  Compulsory  15 
05    2nd year EBS (Colchester Campus) option(s) from list  Optional  30 
06    2nd year EBS (Colchester Campus) option from list  Optional  15 
07  BE910-5-SP  Successful Futures  Compulsory 
08  BE917-5-FY  Student Success Tutorial  Compulsory 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  AW600-6-FY    Compulsory  60 

Year 3 - 2023/24

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  BE130-6-FY  Current Issues in Financial Reporting  Compulsory  30 
02  BE131-6-AU  Advanced Management Accounting  Compulsory  15 
03  BE133-6-SP  Issues in Management Accounting  Compulsory  15 
04  BE116-6-AU  Elements of Corporate and Business Law  Compulsory  15 
05  BE936-6-FY  Accounting Project  Compulsory  15 
06    Final year Accounting option from list  Optional  15 
07    EBS option(s) from list or outside option(s)  Optional  15 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

1. to provide students with a foundation in financial accounting, management accounting and financial management, with an opportunity to develop expertise in a chosen specialism;

2. to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in accounting;

3. to encourage and facilitate critical, analytical thinking by students as a vital foundation for subsequent academic study, employment, professional and personal development, and participation in society;

4. to enable students to acquire the personal and key skills they need to develop as autonomous and reflective individuals with the capacity to continue learning;

5. to provide students with an opportunity to gain exemption from at least the Foundation Stage of the qualifying examinations of the professional accounting bodies.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A11: Fundamental accounting concepts and principles;

A12: The contexts in which accounting is situated, including the business entity, capital markets and the legal framework;

A13: The regulatory framework governing financial reporting in the UK, including the most important requirements of legislation and Financial Reporting Standards;

A14: Quantitative and qualitative management accounting systems;

A15: Advanced planning, control and decision-making models;

A16: Alternative managerial accounting approaches to organisational systems, planning and control;

A17: Contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning accounting and capital markets, and accounting and society;

A21: Contemporary theories relating to portfolio analysis, asset allocation and the market efficiency debate;

A22: Contemporary theories relating to issues in corporate finance such as the role of dividend payments and the nature of external finance;

A31: The context, nature and processes of management and the core theoretical frameworks employed in attempts to explore and conceptualise the management process;

A41: The application of economic principles to individual decision making and to the performance of the economy;

A91: Understanding of particular areas of Accounting in which the student has chosen to specialise;

Learning methods

Lectures and tutor-led seminars Directed reading Individual and group tasks

Assessment methods

Unseen written examinations Assessed essays, Class tests.

Pre-published class assignments

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B91: Bring together data from a variety of relevant sources in order to support an argument;

B92: Critically evaluate contemporary theories and empirical evidence, marshal evidence, develop an argument (in writing) and present ideas in a coherent and effective manner;

B93: Manipulate and analyse numerical (including financial) data and appreciate the nature and limitations of basic statistical concepts.

Learning methods

Lectures and tutor-led seminars Directed reading Individual and group tasks

Assessment methods

Unseen written examinations Assessed essays Class tests.

Pre-published class assignments

C: Practical skills

C11: Record and summarise transactions and other economic events.

C12: Prepare financial statements in accordance with UK GAAP;

C13: Analyse and evaluate financial statements.

C14: Prepare and interpret organisational budgets;

C15: Perform financial analysis and projections;

C16: Prepare costing information;

C21: Undertake investment appraisal analysis using DCF and other techniques

C91: Ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and referencing of sources.

C92: Present data in an appropriate format.

Learning methods

Lectures and tutor-led seminars

Directed reading

Individual and group tasks

Assessment methods

Unseen written examinations Assessed essays Class tests.

Pre-published class assignments

D: Key skills

D1: Present ideas and arguments in a coherent and effective manner.

D2: Use appropriate Information Technology to locate, acquire and analyse data.

D3: Manipulate and analyse numerical (including financial) data and appreciate the nature and limitations of basic statistical concepts.

D4: Identify and analyse problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to develop effective solutions;

D5: Improving own Learning/Performance.

Learning methods

Lectures and tutor-led seminars

Directed reading

Individual and group tasks

Assessment methods

Unseen written examinations

Assessed essays

Class tests.

Pre-published class assignments


Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

Contact

If you are thinking of studying at Essex and have questions about the course, please contact Undergraduate Admissions by emailing admit@essex.ac.uk, or Postgraduate Admissions by emailing pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

If you're a current student and have questions about your course or specific modules, please contact your department.

If you think there might be an error on this page, please contact the Course Records Team by emailing crt@essex.ac.uk.