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BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance (FinTech Pathway) with Foundation Year

Course overview

Start date

September 2020

Subject area

Accounting, Finance and Economics

Attendance

Full-time, 3 years

Part-time, six years

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

This four-year course is perfect if you want a degree in accounting and finance with FinTech, but you don’t have the standard qualifications.

Accounting and finance with FinTech are practical, career-focused subjects. Our learning methods reflect the tasks you’ll be expected to carry out in the workforce.

The future of financial transactions, applications and management of finances is expected to be impacted heavily by FinTech. The course will enable you to understand the trends and innovations in the financial industry. We have already started to see the application of FinTech e.g. cryptocurrency, crowdfunding, mobile payment systems. Therefore, studying this pathway will help you to have a good grasp of not only the foundations and applications of FinTech but also on the strategic implementation of FinTech.

It is important to note that the curriculum does not include the technology, coding or programming involved in FinTech but the strategic management of technology.

This course is subject to validation.

UCAS points

64

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

N304

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Careers

The course will enable you to gain employment in the financial services industry, open up a career in virtually any business or organisation in the private, public or voluntary sectors. 

Industry ready

The course provides exam exemptions from ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, AIA, CPA Australia and IFA (provided you select the appropriate option modules) and will fast-track you on a path to becoming a qualified accountant. 

Work placement

Learn by doing and enhance practical skills by taking the placement year option. 

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Eric Owusu Boahen

Course Leader

The course offers jobs in reputable organisations. Past students have worked at Accenture, Morgan Stanley, Ernst and Young, Credit Suisse, Barclays Bank, NHS and other blue-chip companies. Students graduate with good honours degree and progress to complete their professional qualification within two years.


What you'll learn

From day one, you’ll develop the theoretical and practical skills needed to succeed as an investment banker, financial analyst, accountant or finance professional. You will develop soft skills in FinTech that will prepare you career in financial services. An interest in news and current affairs will be an asset as you’ll examine and debate current financial issues in light of what you learn.

Throughout the course you’ll learn about foundations and applications of FinTech, business analytics, financial and management accounting and the business and regulatory environment in which businesses operate. You’ll also learn about financial management and the role of the financial markets and key financial institutions.

A major part of the course involves understanding FinTech and its applications in industry, developing relevant practical skills to prepare you for employment. For example, you’ll learn how to:

  • Manipulate, analyse and interpret financial and non-financial data.
  • Prepare financial reports.
  • Apply accounting principles and techniques to a range of business problems.
  • Use industry-standard software.

You’ll also learn how to appraise evidence, present and communicate clearly, work in a team and conduct independent research when required, such as when preparing a final-year project on a topic of your choice.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Developing Academic Skills for Business (Core)
  • Inside Business (Core)
  • Developing Academic Literacy (Core)
  • The Global Enterprise (Core)
  • Connecting to Business & Employment (Core)
  • Mental Wealth: Employability in a Changing World (Core)
  • Academic and Digital Proficiency (Mental Wealth 1) (Core)
  • People and Organisations (Core)
  • Fundamentals of Business Accounting (Core)
  • Fundamentals of Economics (Core)
  • Business Statistics and Data Analysis (Core)
  • Business Law (Core)
  • Graduate Employment Competencies (Mental Wealth 2) (Core)
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting (Core)
  • Performance Management Accounting (Core)
  • Financial Management (Core)
  • Taxation (Optional)
  • Tax clinic internship (Optional)
  • Auditing (Optional)
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
  • Global Enterprise and Consultancy Practice (Mental Wealth 3) (Core)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (Core)
  • Advanced Financial Reporting (Core)
  • Corporate Finance (Core)
  • Foundations and Applications of Fintech (Core)
  • Business Analytics (Core)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you in a number of ways to mirror some of the tasks you will be expected to carry out during your career. These include: writing reports, analysing financial information, using software, and presentations, sometimes as part of a team to reflect how you may operate in the workplace; preparing a portfolio of work; delivering a business pitch: analysing a case study; financial modelling or producing a financial analysis and plan.

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Accounting and finance with FinTech are practical, career-focused subjects. As far as possible, learning methods will reflect the tasks you’ll be expected to carry out when you start work.

With an emphasis on learning practical skills, underpinned by a sound knowledge of key principles, theories and regulations, you’ll learn in ways that include:

  • Field trips to companies and financial institutions to see how professional accountants and finance professionals operate.
  • Teamwork, to share ideas and insights and produce work together.
  • Guest speakers representing a cross-section of finance, accounting and business expertise.
  • Practical tasks. For example, you can learn how to trade in stocks and shares with our Bloomberg trading platform. This will develop investment management skills that will look impressive on your CV.
  • Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

You’ll also be expected to undertake a great deal of independent study outside of formal teaching time, supported by our specialist business library and a selection of digital materials, financial databases, handbooks, notes and other resources.

If you take a placement year in industry, you’ll ‘learn by doing’ and enhance your practical skills. But even if you don’t choose this option, we’ll support you to find work experience or an internship during the course, which can earn you credits towards your final degree.

Our accounting and finance course is one of only a few in London which is accredited by six accountancy bodies.  Our team of academic staff are dedicated to ensure that your experience and engagement at UEL will be first class.

Who will teach on this course

Dr Eric Boahen

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

A UEL degree in accounting and finance with FinTech will leave you in an excellent position to gain work in a variety of business sectors.

Some students choose to continue their studies with a relevant postgraduate degree, such as the MSc International Accounting and Finance, MSc Professional Accounting, MSc Financial Management or MSc Risk Management.

Others obtain employment and go on to achieve their ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA or AIA qualifications while working.

The kind of roles that you can expect to be open to you after graduation include:

Investment banking analyst
Financial analyst
Personal financial advisers
Investment analyst
Client adviser
Compliance officer
Financial accountant
Management accountant
Budget controller
Tax advisor
Origination loan officer
Internal or external auditor

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Entry requirements

64

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,700
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

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