Accounting and Finance 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Our programme is recognised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), and can lead to a range of exciting careers in business as well as a number of exemptions from their professional exams.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international or placement year

UCAS code: NN34

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Course Overview

You will study accountancy with a specialism in finance, exploring the design and use of accounting and financial systems and how they are affected by individuals, organisations, markets and society. The Finance modules are designed to help you better understand the theories leading to the design of financial institutions, the services they provide and the products they sell. The topics covered range from optimal portfolio creation and management, to project appraisals and financing, to risk management through the use of such derivatives such as options, futures and swaps. Drawing on economics, law, management, mathematics, statistics and IT, you will build your understanding of business strategy, behaviour and performance in the global context.

Our computer laboratories, equipped with Bloomberg terminals and Sage accounting software, will enable you to interact with real-world data and situations. You can also choose to build on this practical experience by opting to take a placement year between years two and three of your studies.

What will this mean for my future?

A high percentage of business leaders have finance backgrounds, and accounting has one of the highest graduate employment rates. With the increasing internationalisation of business and the capital markets, you will have extensive opportunities. You might work as a chartered accountant, chartered certified accountant, chartered public finance accountant or chartered management accountant. Or you might work as a commodities trader, stockbroker, management consultant, banker, financial or tax advisor or insurance broker, or go on to study at master’s or PhD level.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Accounting Principles
  • Management in Context
  • Business Law
  • Financial Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics of Financial Markets

Second Year

  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Asset Pricing
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • Portfolio Choice
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility 

Third Year

  • Management Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • The Audit Framework
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • International Finance

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

75

15

45

0

30

2

60

30

60

0

30

3

60

30

60

0

30

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 
   

Minimum of ONE of the following:

 

Accounting Principles MAN-10015*

15

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-100028*

15

Business Law LAW-10027*

15

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-10026*1

15

   

British and Global Economy ECO-10025*

15

   

Management in Context MAN-100182

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900037

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Financial Accounting MAN-10024*

15

Foundations of Human Resource Management HRM-10007

15

Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-100273,4*

15

Introduction to International Business MAN-10026

15

Economics of Financial Markets ECO-10017*

15

Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives MAN-100236

15

Notes:

      (*)  these modules count towards accreditation

 

  1. This module is compulsory for anyone who does not have A Level Maths (or equivalent). The module cannot be taken by anyone who already had A Level Maths (or equivalent)
  2. You will need to choose this option if you want to take Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising (MAN-20093) in Year 2
  3. Prerequisite either A Level Maths (or equivalent) OR Quantitative Methods 1 (ECO-10026)
  4. You will need to take this module if you wish to take Statistics with Bloomberg and/or Introductory Econometrics ECO-20042)  in year 2
  5. Prerequisite Accounting Principles (MAN-10015)
  6. Live company project recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  7. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 
   

Choose a minimum of ONE from the following:

 

Cost and Management Accounting MAN-20049*5

15

Banking ECO-20045

15

Asset Pricing ECO-20041

15

Professional Development MAN-200901

15

   

Statistics with Bloomberg  2

15

   

Taxation MAN-20054 *

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900037

 
   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900048

 

Semester two

 

Semester two

 
   

Choose a minimum of ONE from the following:

 

Intermediate Financial Accounting MAN-20051*

15

Introduction to Econometrics ECO-200423 4*

15

Portfolio Choice ECO-20044

15

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-200934

15

   

Corporate Governance and  Social Responsibility MAN-20082*

15

 

Notes:

  (*)  these modules count towards accreditation

  1. recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  2. Required for those wishing to take Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042
  3. Prerequisite Statistics with Bloomberg
  4. Required for those wishing to take Data Analysis ISP in Year 3 AND/OR Applied Econometrics in year 3
  5. Prerequisite Management in Context MAN-10018
  6. Prerequisite Accounting Principles (MAN-10015)
  7. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  8. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

For students undertaking a four-year version of the programme, the placement or international year options are taken between the second and third years of the programme. The placement year encourages reflection on programme content from the first two years and represents a chance to put programme material into practice. A summary of the International Year is provided at Annex A.

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Management Accounting MAN-30045*

15

Minimum of ONE of the following:

 

Corporate Finance ECO-30039

15

Advanced Financial Reporting MAN-30041*

15

   

Risk Management with Derivatives ECO-30048

15

   

Options (no minimum required)

 
   

Applied Econometrics 1

15

   

SME Live Project

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900043

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900054

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 
   

Minimum of ONE of the following:

 

Advanced Management Accounting MAN-30046*

15

Analysing Company Performance (ISP)MAN-30064  

15

Audit Framework MAN-30039*

15

Data Analysis (ISP)2

15

   

Options (no minimum required)

 
   

International Finance ECO-30037

15

 (*)  these modules count towards accreditation

  1. Prerequisite  Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042
  2. Prerequisite  Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042
  3. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  4. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az








Jenny Borthorpe-Booth

Jenny Borthorpe-Booth

"I have had a great experience at Keele."

Accounting and Finance, 2017