BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

Course summary

Our accounting courses were rated the best in London for personal development in the National Student Survey 2016
close up of hands taking meeting notes
Overview
On this course, you will learn the principles of accounting and finance, while developing the key skills you need to succeed in the financial marketplace. The foundation year provides a firm grounding in the underpinning skills and knowledge needed, and introduces you to the subject of accounting and finance.

This course aims to realise your potential while at the same time increasing your skills and employment prospects. We provide you with all the tools, techniques and experience you need to succeed in a highly competitive financial world.

Our tutors are professionally qualified and have worked in industry, giving you the benefit of their experience and knowledge.

Why choose this course
As a team, we do everything we can for our students, but do not take our word for it. Since the student satisfaction ratings were first introduced, this course has frequently featured in the top ten accounting degrees in the country.

The accountants in our teaching team are all professionally qualified, the majority with the Big Four accounting firms. All our teaching staff pride themselves on putting our students first, and you will always have academic support when you need it. Your tutors will work with you as an individual to make the most of your career opportunities.

How you learn is almost as important as what you learn, and it is our job to ensure we give you all the information you need in as interesting and varied a way as possible.

You will listen, learn, discuss and gain hands-on experience of how business and finance work through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops.

At the University of West London, we aim to combine traditional academic teaching with up-to-date training in the skills needed to be successful in the modern world.


Career and study progression
The course has been designed to maximise exemptions that may be obtained from the professional accounting bodies' examinations.

Upon graduation, you will gain maximum exemptions- no institution offers more exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams.

When you graduate you will be awarded up to nine exemptions from ACCA and it is possible to become a qualified accountant within two years of graduation. This means that in a period of five years you can achieve a good honours degree and a prestigious accounting qualification.

Most of our students go on to study for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations.

Course detail

The course consists of six 20-credit modules in each of the four years. These are all compulsory, except for two modules in the final semester, where students can choose from a range of optional modules. Teaching methods vary from module to module, and include lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-ones.

Modules

Foundation year (Level 3)

  • Introduction to Business
  • Recording Business Transactions
  • Data Handling and ICT
  • Managing People and Systems
  • Personalised Learning
  • Academic Performance

Year one (Level 4)

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Professional Skills for Accountants
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Computer Skills for Accountants

Year two (Level 5)

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Taxation
  • Auditing in Context
  • Business and Corporate Law

Year three (Level 6)

  • Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Performance Management and Control

Plus three options from:

  • Advanced Taxation
  • Project
  • Auditing
  • Financial Modelling
  • International Business Finance

Entry requirements

72 UCAS tariff points, normally in a minimum of two subject areas, plus Level 2 English and Maths

IB Points: 29
BTEC National Diploma: Merit, Merit and Pass
Access: Pass

This course particularly welcomes applicants with the Progression or Advanced Diploma in Business, Administration and Finance.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 5.5 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
Fees for our 2018 courses have not yet been released.

Funding

Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at www.ucas.com when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

If you are making an early application, before UCAS has opened, you can apply directly to the University by clicking the red 'apply now' button above. You should also use this button to receive specialist information if you are applying for Nursing and Midwifery courses.

More about how to apply to the University of West London.

International students

Apply at www.ucas.com or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

What our students say

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Accounting tends to be non-cyclical with professionals needed in both buoyant economic times and also when the economy is not performing well.

On completion of this course, graduates will be in a position to apply for a vast range of accounting and finance appointments in areas that include:

  • financial accounting
  • management accounting
  • auditing
  • taxation and corporate finance.

Study progression

Most of our students go on to study for ACCA qualifications, and others take a postgraduate degree.

KIS