Accounting and Finance with a Foundation Year - BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code: NN4F
  • Level: Foundation
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Full Time (4 Years)
  • Location: City Centre

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Looking for a foundation course in accounting in Birmingham? Our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with a Foundation Year course has lower entry requirements and can lead to a full undergraduate qualification.

This course has been specifically designed to allow home and EU students, who do not initially meet the Birmingham City University entry requirements for our standard Accounting and Finance degree, to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree course.

What's covered in the course?

The foundation year itself will equip you with the required knowledge and skills to proceed on to any of our undergraduate degree courses offered within Birmingham City Business School.

This course covers a range of areas such as accounting, taxation, business economics and law, strategic decision-making, and management, with real-life briefs and projects to work on.

This course offers you the choice of studying for the conventional four years or undertaking an additional professional placement for a year at no extra cost. A year of work experience will not only provide you with real-world experience of your subject but will also give your employability credentials a substantial boost.

As part of their studies, previous students have worked with renowned names such as AXA Investments, Bentley, Goodyear Dunlop and Volkswagen.

With our practice-based approach to teaching, you'll have the chance to learn from professionally qualified, experienced academics who continue to work with industry. They've worked for companies such as KPMG, BMW and Cadbury Schweppes.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is designed to progress students who fall below normal entry requirement levels on to full Undergraduate degrees.
  • This degree course is accredited by the ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CIPFA professional bodies for maximum exemptions. This means that the course is as professionally relevant and up-to-date as possible, taking into account the very latest developments in the profession.
  • On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience of accounting, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in the business world. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course. Your placement tutor will also give you guidance throughout.
  • Our links with accrediting bodies and big name businesses mean we regularly hold industry talks and guest visits on campus.
  • Recognising the global scope of business, all our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • Your course will consider the study of accountancy, finance and business from an international perspective, and you will be given the opportunity to travel abroad as part of your course.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to Birmingham’s business district, one of the largest in the UK.
  • We keep group sizes small, and focus on teaching instead of lecturing, meaning you’ll get all the time and focus you need from our industry experienced staff.

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This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Investment Advisor

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a maximum of 2 A Levels.

Typical Offers (UK Students)

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above, at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered. Plus, you must have achieved or be completing one of the following:

UK Qualification Requirements 2020/21
A Level / AS Level Obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points at A-level and/or AS-level.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3. Must already hold GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade 4 or higher or the equivalent at application point.
BTEC National Diploma DM combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 80 UCAS points.
BTEC Extended Diploma MMP (80 points).
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Accepted alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 80 UCAS Tariff Points.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in three level subjects.  This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects).
Scottish Advanced Higher

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CDD. 

Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers). 

Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications to 80 points are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2020/21
IELTS

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2020 FT 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2020 FT 4 Years £12,800 per year Register your interest

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Business in Context
20 credits

This module will provide you with an introduction to the business environment, different business functions, and how they relate to each other. Considering how businesses operate within their context will allow you to develop a broad approach to understanding how businesses work and inform your future degree and career choice.

Developing Academic Skills for Success
20 credits

This module will help you to develop the essential academic skills required to be successful in Higher Education.  Within a supportive class environment and your own individual study this module will help you to develop basic research skills, academic writing and reflection skills.  Acquiring these skills will aid your transition to undertake the higher levels of study associated with your chosen degree programme.   

During this module you will be required to maintain a learning diary to reflect upon the enhancement of your own academic skills development. The majority of taught sessions will involve interactive discussion and activities led by the module tutor.  Certain sessions will introduce you to services and resources available to you at Birmingham City University.

Developing Interpersonal Skills for Success
20 credits

This module will equip you with the essential skills required to be successful in Higher Education.  Within a supportive class environment and your own individual study this module will help you to develop the professional presentation, time management and team working skills that will be needed in your subsequent study at Birmingham City University and in graduate employment.  Acquiring these skills will aid your transition to undertake the higher levels of study associated with your chosen degree programme and increase your self-awareness, confidence and assertiveness.   

Within the module there will be a combination of teamwork and self-directed study so as to foster a culture of innovation and collegiality that will significantly benefit your transition to degree studies and the learning and teaching philosophy of your chosen degree pathway. Through working with your peers and in addition to regular contact with the module tutor, the module enables you to enhance your ability and confidence to undertake academic study at degree level.  

Fundamentals of Accounting
20 credits

This module is designed for both those who are interested in studying accounting to degree level or those interested in studying other business related degrees.
It will introduce you to the business environment and will identify both the purpose of accounting and the role of the financial and management accountant within any organisation.

Foundation Practice Project
20 credits

The Foundation Practice Project module is a practical piece of extended work related to your chosen degree. It will require you to apply the knowledge and skills developed throughout your current level of study and will enhance your ability to work individually and as part of a team. During the project you will be given the space, time and facilities to support deeper appreciation for your specialisation and you will be encouraged to demonstrate creativity in the design, planning and execution of a project.

Within the module there will be a combination of teamwork and self-directed study so as to foster a culture of innovation and collegiality that will significantly benefit your transition to degree studies and the learning and teaching philosophy of your chosen degree pathway. Through working with your peers and in addition to regular contact with an assigned supervisor, the module enables you to negotiate your learning and will directly contribute to your professional development and appreciation of how others work.

Fundamentals of Finance
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the basics of finance as well as the financial world within which financial institutions and businesses operate. The module provides the basic foundation upon which other Level 4, 5, 6 and 7 finance modules are designed.
Concepts such as Time Value of Money, Financial Institutions, Markets and Institutions, Sources of Finance, and Types of Risk and Return will be introduced. On this module you will develop an understanding of financial information and financial terminology.

Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Introduction to Financial Accounting
20 credits

You will learn how to prepare simple financial statements for sole proprietorship accounts, as well as being able to explain the purpose of financial accounting. 

Business Foundations
20 credits

Within this multi-disciplinary module, you’ll work with colleagues studying other programmes within the Business School, exploring how to run a business effectively through a business simulation. You’ll run a virtual business, and – with support and guidance – respond to business issues and challenges, rectifying them as you will when it comes to facing such situations in real life.

Principles of Economics
20 credits

This module will teach you the fundamental economic principles, theories and models. You’ll learn to evaluate the impact that external micro, macro and international environments have on the activities and performance of businesses. 

Applied Accounting
20 credits

You will learn to interpret published financial information and to apply accounting principles to the preparation of financial statements. 

Introduction to Management Accounting
20 credits

You’ll have to explain the nature of costs and employ a range of cost accounting techniques in order to account for materials, labour and overheads.

Financial Information Systems
20 credits

This module will teach you to input, manipulate and extract data and information from a discipline-specific financial software. You will undertake a project report and explain the types, purpose, benefits and risks of financial information systems. As part of the module, you gain industry qualifications, such as the Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel qualification.

Year Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits).

Financial Reporting
20 credits

You will evaluate the performance and position of a company and advise stakeholders on appropriate courses of action. You’ll also prepare published financial statements, including a statement of cash flow.

Decision Making for Business and Finance
20 credits

In this module, you will use both short and long term decision making techniques to make commercial and investment decisions, as well as assessing the performance of organisations against budgets and forecasts utilising advanced variance analysis.

Principles of Taxation
20 credits

You will evaluate the theories of taxation, illustrate the principal types of direct and indirect tax policy, and appraise the objectives of a tax system within a country.

Ethics, Corporate Governance and Law
20 credits

You will explain how the law determines the validity of contract law and how to manage both termination / breaches. You will also discuss the importance of ethics and corporate governance, and the roles both play within modern accounting and finance.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.

Business Operations
20 credits

This module focusses on the tools and techniques used by Operation Managers within service and manufacturing institutions to ensure activities are cogent with corporate and market objectives. The module requires you to apply a range of operations management tools and techniques to given scenarios in order to produce a range of verbal, written and numerical solutions focussed on the efficiency, effectiveness and economy of an operation’s processes.

Microeconomics
20 credits

This module equips students with key tools for conducting microeconomic analysis and introduces a number of policy applications. The specific topics include consumption and production theories, perfectly competitive markets, market power, game theory and risk and uncertainty.

Strategic Development
20 credits

This module will provide an introduction to the role of Strategic Development in an organisation. Strategic Development is a vital activity in all organisations and the importance of this activity is recognised by all the Professional Accountancy Bodies who have the subject in their syllabi.

Accountants in organisations play a key role in the Strategic Development of organisations. The module will cover the key areas of Strategic Development of – Strategic Analysis, Strategic Choice and Strategic Implementation.

Financial Modelling
20 credits

This module is designed for the student who wishes to learn how to utilize financial theory in real world applications. The course is practical in nature and will implement computational approach to many financial problems. This module will build upon modules that are covered in year 1 and will link to the year 3 modules. Upon completion of the course, the student will be fluent in both Excel as well as financial modelling.

Econometrics
20 credits

This module is consistent with the philosophy of the programmes where it is delivered as it presents a comprehensive coverage of the main techniques of analysis for economics, business and financial-type data involving the application of regression analysis. You will be given the opportunity to experience how econometrics can be used to empirically study and answer questions across a variety of disciplines.

Study Abroad
20 credits

This module is open to BLSS students who choose to undertake an international Study Abroad or Erasmus+ study outgoing mobility placement within their second year of study. The aim of this module is to enable individuals to explore their mobility experience through a cross-cultural lens that focusses on the key themes of their discipline in an international context, cross-cultural awareness, social construction, and the self. Informed by activities that draw on research enquiry, creativity, culture, employability, reflection and professional development.

 
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Final Year

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 120 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.

Advanced Financial Reporting
20 credits

You will prepare accounting statements in compliance with international finance reporting standards. You’ll critically discuss and apply the advanced aspects of generally accepted international accounting principles. 

Strategic Management Accounting
20 credits

You will apply, interpret and make recommendations using a range of capital investment appraisal techniques, and critically analyse and apply a range of strategic management accounting techniques.

Taxation
20 credits

You will evaluate and prepare appropriate taxation advice with supporting schedules and computations. You’ll compute direct and indirect taxes for incorporated businesses, and recognise the impact of groups and overseas aspects of corporate tax. 

Not for Profit Accounting and Reporting
20 credits

You’ll differentiate between public and charitable organisations, and evaluate the context in which the not-for-profit sector operates. You will also engage in a live charity case study, gaining valuable real-life skills.

Banking, Financial Markets and Institutions
20 credits

In this module, you will compare the distinctive features of financial markets and institutions, differentiating between the roles of financial markets.

Integrated Business Research Project
40 credits

Part presentation, part project, here you will create a document on a particular topic that interests you. You’ll draw adequate and appropriate conclusions and recommendations, as well as assessing their impacts. At the end of the module, you should be able to identify, determine and justify a disciplinary-relevant project, including its aims, scopes and objectives.  

Audit and Assurance
20 credits

In this module, you’ll analyse the nature and purpose of audit and assurance, while recognising and applying the regulatory framework.

Financial Management
20 credits

Financial Management will develop your research and analytical skills, enabling you to explain the techniques, concepts and nature of financial markets that affect the financial environment. 

Islamic Accounting and Finance
20 credits

You will learn to explain Islamic economics, the notion of Islamic social equality and governance. You’ll critically evaluate growth, challenges and critiques of the Islamic banking industry. 

UK and Global Accounting Issues
20 credits

You will summarise a range of current issues in company reporting, as well as critically evaluating current company reporting research in a national and international context. 

Project Management
20 credits

You will assemble a project plan using project management theory, concepts and tools. 

 
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

You have the flexibility to transfer to any standard undergraduate programme offered within Birmingham City Business School after successful completion of your foundation year.     

Some of the Accounting and Finance related course you could go on to are:

BSc (Hons) Accountancy is designed to equip you with technical knowledge and skills as well as a range of employability skills, attributes and attitudes. The course will encourage your intellectual and ethical development and your personal commitment to the social purpose of becoming a business professional. As you progress you will become more effective and creative as a problem solver and be able to critically advise individuals and companies in the UK and internationally on a range of business related matters.

BSc (Hons) Business Accounting will help you develop the professional accounting skills required of any senior manager, and you'll have the flexibility to customise your own programme during the second and final years to become a specialist in economics, taxation, project management or international business.

BSc (Hons) Business Finance is designed to equip you with the expert knowledge and technical skills required by the Association of Corporate Treasurers qualification and the wider industry, this flexible course will encourage your development towards becoming a successful business finance professional.

BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment is focused on a practical application of financial skills in the investing world, qualities that are in high demand in modern business. Designed to equip you with technical knowledge and skills, the course will encourage your development and commitment in becoming an investment professional.

Further Study

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to proceed on to any of of our undergraduate degree programmes offered within Birmingham City Business School (excluding Integrated Master's). 

What our students say

"Part of my decision to come to BCU was the fact that the Accounting and Finance course offered the sandwich year. As soon as I saw that, I didn’t have to think twice!"

Christopher Cocksedge, Accounting and Finance student

Enhancing employability skills

Your course will prepare and equip you for a career in accountancy, finance, management or business, by relating your studies to the latest practice-based business developments.

Throughout the course, we have regular visits from professional bodies such as the ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA. These visits help ensure that you are learning the exact skills organisations and regulator bodies are looking for. 

You will also have the opportunity to attain the Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel qualification, enhancing your employability prospects.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Many of our graduates move on to exciting roles within accounting and finance. Because of the range of areas our course covers, students also go on to more diverse careers. We’ve seen graduates go into roles as fraud officers, hedge fund analysts and office managers.

What our graduates say

"Part of my decision to come to BCU was the fact that the Accounting and Finance course offered the sandwich year. As soon as I saw that, I didn’t have to think twice!"

Christopher Cocksedge, Accounting and Finance graduate

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

"We have a great team of academics and students waiting to welcome you onto the course and begin this journey with you. We have a range of field trips, projects and many other opportunities planned to help you achieve your ambitions."

Steven Monks, Course Director

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Samantha Roberts

Associate Professor

After a 15 year career in the banking and finance sector Samantha Roberts moved into higher education. She is a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy and has over 10 years of teaching, course management and leadership experience at both undergraduate and post graduate level.

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Margaret Saunders

Senior Teaching Fellow

Margaret Saunders began her career in industry working for a steel stockholders as a Management Accountant for their International subsidiary. After a brief period working with accountancy apprentices, Margaret joined Birmingham City University in September 2013.

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Shaista Mukadam

Senior Lecturer

After completion of her Chartered Accountancy Professional Qualification from India, Shaista Mukadam worked and audited in many of the multi-national companies in India. She retrained as a lecturer, and now teaches on accounting modules at Birmingham City University.

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Kulvinder Singh

Senior Teaching Fellow in Financial Accounting

Before joining Birmingham City University, Kulvinder Singh held a position as a Lecturer in Accounting at Coventry University, teaching on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate financial accounting modules.

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