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Accounting and Finance

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Accounting and Finance
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Business School
Kaplan Singapore
Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.
Honours Degree
Courses offered in Singapore through our partnership with Kaplan Higher Education Institute and Kaplan Higher Education Academy in Singapore, are modelled on the courses on offer in the UK and are contextualized to meet the needs of students in Singapore. Please contact the team at Kaplan in Singapore for full details.

External Examiners

Prof Joan Amanda Emery
University of Ulster
Professor of 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 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 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE110-5-FY Financial Reporting and Analysis Compulsory 30
02 BE610-5-FY Introduction to Banking Compulsory 15
03 BE313-5-FY Portfolio Analysis Compulsory 15
04 BE111-5-FY Management Accounting I Compulsory 15
05 BE311-5-FY Corporate Finance Compulsory 15
06 BE113-5-FY Management Accounting II Compulsory 15
07 BE314-5-FY Financial Modelling Compulsory 15

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE131-6-FY Advanced Management Accounting Compulsory 15
02 BE132-6-FY Auditing Compulsory 15
03 BE332-6-FY Options and Futures Compulsory 15
04 BE630-6-FY International Finance Compulsory 15
05 BE130-6-FY Current Issues in Financial Reporting Compulsory 30
06 BE631-6-FY Risk Management and Financial Institutions Compulsory 15
07 BE334-6-FY Financial Markets and Monetary Policy Compulsory 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

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:


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