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Accounting and Management (Including Foundation Year)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Accounting and Management (Including Foundation Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree

UK and EU applicants should have, or expect to have:

72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent.

Examples of the above tariff may include:

  • A-levels: DDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP

All applicants must also hold GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above.

Essex Pathways Department accepts a wide range of qualifications from applicants. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

Essex Pathways Department is unable to accept applications from international students. Foundation pathways for international students are available at the University of Essex International College and are delivered and awarded by Kaplan, in partnership with the University of Essex. Successful completion will enable you to progress to the relevant degree course at the University of Essex.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. 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 required. 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

Our Year 0 courses are only open to UK and EU applicants. If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to your chosen 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.

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 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


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
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
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 0 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 IA124-3-PS Mathematics and Statistics Core 30
02 IA191-3-PS Research and Academic Development Skills Core 30
03 IA104-3-PS Introduction to Business Management Core 30
04 IA106-3-PS Introduction to Economics Core 30

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 BE410-5-AU Organisational Behaviour Compulsory 15
04 BE425-5-SP Research Methods in Management and Marketing Compulsory 15
05 2nd year EBS option(s) from list Optional 30
06 BE113-5-SP Management Accounting II Compulsory 15
07 BE910-5-SP Successful Futures Compulsory 0
08 BE917-5-FY Student Success Tutorial Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2022/23

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 BE420-6-SP Leadership in Organisations Compulsory 15
04 BE433-6-AU Human Resource Management Compulsory 15
05 EBS option(s) from list or outside option(s) Optional 30
06 BE936-6-FY or BE938-6-FY Compulsory with Options 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, financial management and management/ organization studies, 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 and/ or management;

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.

6. to provide students with a broad set of skills in the preliminary stage of study (year 0 and accelerated route) to allow progression to a wide set of degrees

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

A101 A knowledge of the structures, functions, processes and cultures pertaining to a range of social organizations, including business organizations
A102 The regulatory framework governing financial reporting in the UK, including the most important requirements of legislation and Financial Reporting Standards
A103 Quantitative and qualitative management accounting systems
A104 Advanced planning, control and decision-making models
A105 A knowledge of the external environment within which organizations operate, including the political, social, economic and technological contexts at both national and international levels
A106 A knowledge of the functions, processes and practices relating to the management and coordination of organizations, for example, decision-making, strategy formulation, leadership, and people management
A107 An understanding of the relationships between organizations, customers and markets
A108 An understanding of the significance of finances and the role of accounting practices and information in management
A109 An appreciation of the significance of policy and strategy formulation
A110 An appreciation of a range of contemporary and pervasive issues such as globalization, business ethics, innovation and new information and communication technologies
A111 Fundamental accounting concepts and principles
A112 The contexts in which accounting is situated, including the business entity, capital markets and the legal framework
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

C101 Record and summarise transactions and other economic events
C102 Prepare financial statements in accordance with UK GAAP
C103 Analyse and evaluate financial statements
C104 Prepare and interpret organisational budgets
C105 Perform financial analysis and projections
C106 Prepare costing information
C107 Undertake investment appraisal analysis using DCF and other techniques
C108 Identify and access data from a variety of relevant sources
C109 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

D101 Present ideas and arguments in a coherent and effective manner
D102 Use appropriate Information Technology to locate, acquire and analyse data
D103 Manipulate numerical data and apply basic statistical concepts
D104 Identify and analyse problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to develop effective solutions
D105 Improving own Learning/Performance
D106 An ability to learn independently using a variety of media, including books, learned journals, the Internet, etc. An ability to use the most effective strategies for reading and vocabulary development
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


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.

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