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Fees and Funding

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Overview

One of only a few courses in London accredited by six accountancy bodies, this course provides exam exemptions from ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, AIA, CPA Australia and IFA (provided you select the corresponding option modules) and will fast-track you on a path to becoming a qualified accountant. With this qualification you can enter a career across several industries, businesses and organisations in the private, public or voluntary sectors. 

Gain employment in the financial services industry with a solid understanding and thorough overview of financial markets, financial reporting requirements and the regulatory framework for accounting. Benefit from core accounting disciplines with a heavy emphasis on preparation for the world of work. 

Receive full exemption from professional-level exams as well as training to complete your final papers with the integrated Master's version of this course – MAccFin (Hons) Accounting and Finance.

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Placements

We work with employers in steering students into useful and relevant industrial placements. This benefit both the students and sponsors alike.

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Accreditation

With six professional accreditations, our course facilitates exemption from ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, AIA, CPA Australia and IFA.

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State of the art facilities

Study at our state-of-the-art campus at University Square Stratford, complete with one of the largest Bloomberg training suites in the country. Access, live financial data and world class equipment used by industry professionals.

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High marks for overall satisfaction

According to the National Student Survey (NSS) our Accounting program rates 4.2 out of 5 stars for student satisfaction. We continue to work hard to achieve a high standard of student satisfaction by investing in our facilities, delivering up-to-date and professionally accredited courses and offering superb teaching year on year.

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.

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.

MODULES

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    Developing Academic Skills

    The main aim of this module is to equip you and develop the academic skills necessary to study at an HEI. This includes an introduction to the structure of higher education and also the learning and study skills necessary to produce quality pieces of work.

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    Developing Academic Literacy

    The aim of this module is for you to develop confidence and autonomy through ‘learning by doing’ process. It will help you develop your academic literacy, appropriate academic voice and skills and to express argument(s) by using credible academic sources. Additionally, it helps you to apply theoretical concepts/positions in their coursework and also to demonstrate these properly in written form. It is also designed to ensure you understand the concept of academic integrity and associated protocols and the use of Word and referencing tools such as Endnote.

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    Inside Business

    This module is designed to give you a broad introduction to the main functions within a business, and assess how associated decisions are made. The aim is to provide you with an understanding of the relevance of these key topics in preparation for future studies in Business or its associated specialisms.

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    The Global Business Enterprise

    This module aims to offers you with a sound base in business and enterprise and support further studies. The module is built around developing your knowledge of the environment within which business, enterprise and entrepreneurship operate and will give you a solid scaffolding for expanding their knowledge of the area.

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    Connecting to Business and Employment through Volunteering

    This module provides you with the opportunity to engage in an activity as a volunteer in a social enterprise or charity. The experience will enable you to witness business processes practice and enables you to identify and try different styles of work. The activity itself will offer you with valuable networking opportunities, the development of employability skills, and experience that can enhance your CV.

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    Mental Wealth 1: Academic and Digital Proficiency

    The module will equip you to succeed in both your studies and subsequent career. This includes the development of individual non-cognitive intelligence; digital proficiency; and cultural intelligence.

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    Fundamentals of Economics

    The module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of the basic economic concepts, theories, ideas and tools and their real-world application.

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    Fundamentals of Business Accounting

    This module will develop and prepare you for entry into the professional workplace or further studies in accounting and finance. As part of this module, you will learn and develop a sound basis of theory and principles, accounting techniques and skills necessary as a foundation for further study and practical experience in accounting.

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    People and Organisations

    This module will introduce you to the variety of work organizations. You will also understand and explore the psychological, sociological and economic explanations of human behaviour in organisations.

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    Business Law

    This module will provide you with knowledge of the constitution and forms of business entities. You will understand the relevant principles of UK law and the legislation governing the formation, structure, and operation of a business and its obligations. As part of the module, your will explore the legal obligations of a professional practitioner and of a professional practice in respect of employees. As you study the module and attend the law clinic, you will be able to analyse problems confronting a business, identify applicable legislation and apply appropriate legal principles.

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    Mental Wealth 2: Graduate Employment Competencies

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to document the development of core employability skills and allow students to acquire tangible evidence to support your employability narrative at interviews.

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    Financial Management

    This module is intended to introduce you to the ideas and techniques of running a financially successful business. You appreciate and learn that in order to grow and expand, businesses must both find profitable investments and obtain funds to make those investments.

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    Performance Management Accounting

    This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of management accounting techniques. You will understand how management accounting techniques can be used to support management in planning, controlling, and monitoring performance in a variety of business contexts.

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    Accounting and Tax Clinic

    This module will give you an opportunity to get experience of a practical operational context where you can apply accounting techniques acquired in earlier modules of study.

    Optional Modules
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    Taxation

    The module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of taxation concepts and principles relating to individuals, partnerships, single and groups of companies operating in the UK and overseas business activities.

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    Optional placement

    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.

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    Mental Wealth 3: Global Enterprise and Consultancy Practice

    This module will develop core employability skills and allow you to develop and demonstrate skills in (i) the analysis of a problem (ii) planning and organising a task, including time management (iii) exercising judgement in the light of observed and published data (iv) compiling a report, (v) teamwork and collaboration and (vi) use of appropriate technologies.

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    Advanced Financial Reporting

    This module will build on your prior year studies and extend your understanding of corporate financial reporting. In particular, you will develop the professional skills to examine and apply consolidation techniques in the preparation and assessment of group accounts. You will develop the analytical skills to solve complex financial reporting problems. You will also have the opportunity and expertise to consider relevant conceptual issues and the application of accounting standards to such issues.

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    Corporate Finance

    This module aims to develop your understanding of corporate financial management decisions in the context of profit seeking organisations. You will also have the opportunity to examine and evaluate how such decisions may contribute to maximising shareholder value.

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    Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics

    The aims of the module are to develop a critical appreciation of the key principles of business ethics, corporate responsibility/citizenship and sustainability, and the relation of these to the workplace and encourage you to critique theories of management and leadership from the perspective of ethics.

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    Auditing

    The aim of the Module is to enable you to appreciate the nature, purposes, and detailed procedures of auditing and its relevance in today’s commercial environment. In particular, the module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the process of carrying out the assurance engagement and its application in the context of the professional framework.

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, learn how to trade in stocks and shares with our Bloomberg trading platform. This will develop investment management skills that will positively impact on your CV. 
  • Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

You will 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. 

With our optional placement year in the industry, you will 'learn by doing' while enhancing practical skills in the workplace. If you don't opt for the placement route, we'll support you in finding work experience or an internship during your course, which can then 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," says Dr Shampa Roy-Mukherjee, our Head of Accounting. "Our team of academic staff are dedicated to ensure that your experience and engagement at UEL will be first class."

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

  • Foundation Year - 100% coursework. 
  • Year 1 - Combination of coursework and exams, with two modules comprising a 50% exam component. 
  • Year 2 - 40% coursework, 60% examination. 
  • Year 3 - 80% -100 exams plus two modules comprising 20% coursework. 

You will receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and areas of improvement as we aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days. 

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

University Square Stratford

University Square Stratford, University Square Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

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.

Dr Eric Boahen

Dr Eric Boahen is a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London.

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What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

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.

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Accounting and Finance, BSc (Hons)

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

A UEL degree in accounting and finance 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 & Finance, MSc Professional Accounting, MSc Financial Management or MSc Risk Management. Please note that we also offer an integrated Master's version of this course - MAccFin (Hons) Accounting and Finance.

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:

  • Financial accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Budget controller
  • Tax advisor
  • Internal or external auditor.


In addition to large accounting and consultancy firms, other financial services institutions such as banks, building societies and insurance companies are in the market for well-qualified, ambitious accounting and finance graduates.

This degree will also leave you well placed to find employment in any other commercial sector, from retail and manufacturing to pharmaceuticals and utilities. You could also work for a charity or in the public sector.

If you'd like to start your own business, you can make use of the incubation space in our Business Centre, providing office accommodation, IT and access to business advisers and mentors.

Whatever path you take, our Careers and Student Employability team will provide practical help – and you can use their services even after you've graduated.

We also run a dedicated employability programme for business and law students, called Employ. It includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.

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