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BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

Course overview

Start date

September 2020

Subject area

Accounting, Finance and Economics





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Course summary

This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in Accounting and Finance but you don’t meet the standard entry requirements. 

We prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. You can then go on to study the full undergraduate degree. One of only a few courses in London that’s accredited by six accountancy bodies, the course will fast-track you on the path to becoming a qualified accountant. The qualification will open up a career in virtually any business or organisation in the private, public or voluntary sectors.

The course will also enable you to gain employment in the financial services industry because it provides a thorough overview of financial markets, financial reporting requirements and the regulatory framework of accounting. You’ll receive a solid grounding in the main accounting disciplines and the course places a strong emphasis on preparing you for the world of work.

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On the up...

The overall satisfaction is rated at 92% in NSS (National Student Survey) for 2018. This reflects the fact that we continue to invest in our facilities, deliver up-to-date and professionally accredited courses, and offer superb teaching year on year.


Top place

Our Accounting courses are ranked at the 1st place for London according to Guardian for 2018. We offer a state-of-the-art campus at University Square Stratford, complete with one of the largest Bloomberg training suites in the country. You'll have access to live financial data and the same world-class equipment that finance professionals use.


professional accreditations

Our course gives you exemptions from professional qualifications with the ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA and the AIA.


Yusuf Gafar

Accounting and Finance, BSc (Hons)

I was mentored by somebody from Barclays who gave me advice and arranged for me to do a mock interview with one of his associates at Goldman Sachs.

It really helped me to adjust to the workplace environment and made me less nervous going into a corporate environment.

What you'll learn

From day one, you’ll develop the theoretical and practical skills needed to succeed as an accountant or finance professional. 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 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 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
Developing Academic Literacy
Mental Wealth: Employability in a Changing World
Inside Business
Global Business and Enterprise
Connecting to Business and Employment through Volunteering

Mental Wealth 1: Academic and Digital Proficiency
Fundamentals of Economics
Fundamentals of Business Accounting
People and Organisations
Business Statistics and Data Analysis
Business Law

Mental Wealth 2: Graduate Employment Competencies
Intermediate Financial Reporting
Financial Management
Performance Management Accounting
Accounting and Tax Clinic
Mental Wealth 3: Global Enterprise and Consultancy
Advanced Financial Reporting
Corporate Finance
Strategic Management Accounting
Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethics

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 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.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

Accounting and finance 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 five accountancy bodies,” says Christina Stirk, our Head of Accounting.

“Our team of academic staff are dedicated to ensure that your experience and engagement at UEL will be first class.”

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