Accounting and Finance (ACCA Exemption) BA (Hons) - University of Sunderland

Course overview

You can have a head start in the process of becoming a qualified accountant, thanks to the exemptions provided by this course towards the exams of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Accountancy has long been a popular destination for graduates because of its excellent career prospects. The average starting salary for graduates with degrees in accounting and finance is above the national average. What’s more, among Chief Executives of Britain’s top 100 companies in 2010 one in six had a background in accounting or finance.

Sunderland is a top place to study accounting and finance, with the University being recognised by The Guardian University Guide 2012 as having the no.1 business school in the North East. 85% of business graduates from Sunderland enter employment or further study within 6 months of graduating, based on figures from the Destination of Higher Education Leavers Survey 2010.

Right from the start, you’ll notice Sunderland’s supportive atmosphere for your studies. There is a Getting Started programme (before you arrive), a Welcome Week where you get to know your tutors, planned one-to-one ‘programme time’ with the course leader, and support and advice from your personal tutor.

There are two start dates for this course: September and January. For more information please see the entry requirements page.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Level 1 (national level 4)

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Management Accounting (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Business Management (20 Credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (20 Credits)
  • Economics (20 Credits)
  • Business Law (20 Credits)

Level 2 (national level 5)

  • Financial Accounting (20 Credits)
  • Management Accounting (20 Credits)
  • Business Finance (20 Credits)
  • Business Management (20 Credits)
  • Business Taxation (20 Credits)
  • Audit and Assurance (20 Credits)

Level 3

  • Optional placement

Final Year (national level 6)

  • Business Modelling for Decision Making (20 Credits)
  • Financial Management (Professional) (20 Credits)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (Professional) (20 Credits)
  • International Financial Reporting (Professional) (20 Credits)
  • Managing Projects (20 Credits)
  • Contemporary Developments in Business Management (20 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning strategies include lectures, seminars, self-directed study, workshops and case studies. As part of your active learning, you will work on problems and issues with the tutor and other students. Through analysing data and drawing your own conclusions, you will explore approaches to different business situations.

Assessment methods during the course are designed to give useful consolidation and feedback about your learning. There are also formal exams that allow you to gain maximum exemptions from professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants.

To find out more about modules, credits and how you will be assessed, please see how courses are taught. Information about course regulations and documentation can be found on the Academic Services website.

Key Information Sets

All UK universities and colleges display Key Information Sets (KIS) on their undergraduate courses. The KIS gives you a quick overview of some standard information about a course, and has a link to more detailed information on Unistats.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

Recently we’ve developed a Student Learning Space that is designed for business students. It includes a boardroom as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and clients from outside the University. There are also areas to facilitate group work and collaboration.

When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

If the facilities at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s are first class, the location is outstanding: it looks out over the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside. 

It’s a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.

Business degree facilities

Location


The Reg Vardy Centre

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peters, St Peters Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Entry requirements

Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

If you have already covered one or more of the topics covered by the course, and would like to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL), please contact the course leader.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

There are two intakes for this course: September and July. Please note that the January intake is only available to international students.

Other acceptable qualifications

BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

International qualifications: Please call the Student Helpline for advice on other acceptable qualifications. The number from outside the UK is +44 191 515 3000.

Returners to Learning: The University of Sunderland runs a dedicated Returners to Learning Progression Scheme. For further information email: progression.schemes@sunderland.ac.uk or alternatively, call the Student Helpline on 0191 515 3000.

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If you wish to be considered for direct entry to a different year of a course please contact the Student Helpline: 0191 515 3000.

Fees & finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £7,800 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £9,500 if you are an International student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Scholarships and bursaries may be available to you – please see the Fees and Finance section of this website for more information.

Employment & careers

Career destinations

Many students on this course will be considering a career as a professional accountant, whether as a financial accountant or a management accountant. A financial accountant will typically work for many different clients, while a management accountant is employed by just one organisation and has a say in the running of that organisation.

Placements

To further enhance employability we encourage you to undertake a 48-week placement between your second and final year. It effectively becomes a third year of a four year course. Placements are paid, with an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on your location.

Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers.

Guest speakers

Our programme of guest speakers allows you to listen to people who hold leading roles in businesses and organisations that seek to employ graduates. Examples of past speakers include the chair of the technology-oriented Leighton Group (whose studies included Finance and Economics) and representatives of the North East based accounting function of Procter & Gamble, one of the world’s largest consumer goods corporations.

Enterprise and entrepreneurship

The University's Enterprise Team helps our students turn business ideas into reality. Throughout the year they run events and competitions such as the annual Blueprint Business Planning Competition. The University also offers business incubators (‘Creativitiworks’ and ‘Sunderland Software City Hatchery’) as well as prestigious yet affordable office space at St Peter’s Gate. These are all linked into our campus and offer excellent support and networking opportunities.  

Student Business Society

The University supports student-led initiatives that help you gain practical experience of management. The Business Student Society organises events and guest speakers, as well as attending tours of various companies. With its professional approach, it’s a great way to put into practice the lessons about how to make organisations function effectively. There is something for every student who is studying a subject related to business.

Experience

The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience.

CV-enhancing opportunities include:

  • Work placements
  • Graduate internships
  • Studying abroad
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • Mentoring
  • Starting your own business
  • Student jobs and volunteering
  • Careers advice

For full details, please see our Employability page.


 

Support

Support for your learning

You can expect stimulating contact time that includes lectures, workshops, seminars and case studies. There is also a significant amount of time where you will be researching and studying on your own in preparation for assignments and seminars. If you have individual queries or difficulties within subject areas, you can book an appointment with your tutor to gain more in-depth support and guidance.

A distinctive feature of Sunderland’s business courses is ‘programme time’ – timetabled and regular sessions that all students have with their course leader. This time allows the development of additional course-specific skills, such as numeracy for finance modules. Programme time also gives you an opportunity to meet with your course leader, give feedback and exchange information about progress.

From the start of the course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor. You’ll meet him/her in agreed timetabled sessions throughout the year, both individually and within a group.

Personal Tutors are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course and extra-curricular activities. They can also point you towards more specialist support, such as student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

In addition, all students at Sunderland Business School have access to our Student Academic Advisors. They provide workshops on study skills and follow up with one-to-one support and guidance.

Support from Day 1

Even before you arrive at the University you can access our Getting Started programme. On arrival there is a Welcome Week where you can meet all the staff involved with your course and also receive full information about services available from the University.

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views.

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers and Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

For more information about all the support services you will have access to as a Sunderland student, please see Student Support & Guidance.

"My first impression of studying at Sunderland was how friendly and helpful everyone was."

Izam Rahman - Student

Izam Rahman - Student

"My first impression of studying at Sunderland was how friendly and helpful everyone was. The academic and non-academic staffs are very supportive, more than I could have imagined.

"There is no such thing as 'stupid' questions and no enquiries are troublesome for them. They will guide and be there as long as you want them. They are like parents for a big family of students.

"The course is challenging yet as long as you are pro-active, you will find it very uplifting and rewarding. Achievements can be measured in a lot of ways, but to be in an Accounting and Finance course is already a big achievement.

"Brilliant staff, beautiful scenery, great location, modern facilities, and a well-designed module for Accounting & Finance, need I say any more?"

Apply for this course

This course runs twice a year, from September and from January. Please note that the January intake is only available to international students.

September start
Apply straight away through UCAS, or read our 7-step guide to applying to university.

January start
Apply by downloading and completing the University of Sunderland Application Form (.pdf).

Please note, the January intake of this course is open to international applicants only.

If you have Adobe Reader, complete the form electronically and email it back to us at admissions@sunderland.ac.uk. This is the easiest and fastest way to apply for this course.

If you can't fill in the form electronically: print the form and complete it by hand, and then scan it and email it to admissions@sunderland.ac.uk, or post it to: Admissions, First Floor, Edinburgh Building, Chester Road, Sunderland SR1 3SD.

Open days

Want to know more about this course or the University of Sunderland? Order a prospectus or come to our next Open Day to see the facilities and talk to academic staff:

  • Next open day:
  • Contact the Student Helpline for further information.

Contact Sunderland

Course Leader:

Philip Dodds FCCA

For general questions about studying at the University of Sunderland, please contact:

The Faculty of Business and Law
Tel: 0191 515 3341
Email: emrteam@sunderland.ac.uk

The details

Course Name Accounting and Finance (ACCA Exemption)
UCAS Code
NN41
Classification BA (Hons)
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Undergraduate
Duration 3 or 4 years
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 20 January 2014
15 September 2014
UK/EU Fee £7,800
Intl Fee £9,500

Entry Requirements

Typical accepting offer: 260 points

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