Accounting and Finance Top-Up Award BA (Hons)

Top-up Award , Full-time

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Key Details

  • 1 Year
  • N401 Course Code
  • Full Time
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Overview

This course is intended to provide principal knowledge and skills in the thematic pathways of:

  • Financial management and probity that will enable operational effectiveness in a modern organisation
  • Decision making by organisations in the corporate environment with regards to investment appraisal
  • The current research in technical and theoretical areas of accounting
  • The effective design, supervision and management of organisational operations and processes
  • The role of legislation in regulating internal control and ethics of an organisation in a modern society and the extent to which this currently addresses growing concerns and sustainability of an organisation, corporate law, audit & assurance

Why study this course?

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (top-up) programme aims to:

  • enable you  to undertake a rigorous study of the theories and techniques related to accounting and financial management
  • acquire and develop the practical skills essential within an accounting and financial environment
  • develop knowledge, understanding and skills in line with the QAA benchmark statements for accounting and finance (QAA Accounting and Finance, 2016)
  • develop and enhance transferable skills relevant to a range of employment opportunities in both private and public sector organisations including the third sector
  • enable students to develop competence in accounting and finance alongside wisdom in its application sufficient for them to enhance their employability and possibly progress to postgraduate study
  • develop in you the ability to blend theory and practice in complex situations in a systematic and creative way to improve financial and business performance
  • encourage and support the spirit of intellectual curiosity and enquiry, an ability to tackle problem solving and the capacity for creativity.

What does the course cover?

During the top-up year, you will be involved in using the conceptual tools and experience developed in the first two years of their studies (undertaken before joining Newman University).  Final year modules may lead you towards partial exemptions that may be granted by the professional bodies. You will cover some core areas such as advanced management accounting, financial analysis, advanced financial reporting and audit and assurance. These modules in particular will help to develop skills of critical analysis and synthesis which will help you to reflect on your career aspirations. Accompanying the formal study will be the production of an individual project or dissertation which will offer the opportunity to integrate and consolidate material from all three parts of the course and to investigate issues of interest in greater depth.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a combination of options including coursework, class tests, and formal examinations.

What careers could I consider?

  • Financial accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Tax consultants
  • Internal/External auditor

This programme seeks to develop within you a range of relevant skills, knowledge, and capabilities that would enable you to pursue a career as professional accountants (subject to ACCA accreditation/exemptions), or for any career in finance, banking, administration and other management roles.

Also, you will develop the ability to conceptualise and solve practical problems by creating reasoned value judgements. In addition, you will be taught academic skills, report writing, and analytical skills apart from your academic studies which will equip them to adapt easily to the rapidly changing environment of work.

Contact Details

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Entry Requirements

September 2019 Entry Requirements

All applicants will need to have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 in a relevant Foundation Degree or HND.

Some applicants will need to successfully complete the Accounting and Finance Bridging Module to support their transition into the programme. If you have specific questions about the Top Up Award or bridging module please contact Admissions.

Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time Home/EU students: £9,250 *

* Fees shown are for 2019/20 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses

 

  1. BRIDGING MODULE FOR ACCOUTNING AND FINANCE
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module provides a foundation in research and academic writing to students entering Accounting and Finance degree at Level 6. It provides the students with a body of knowledge and experiences of information seeking, data analysis and interpretation required for study at Level 6 in a number of modules.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 30.00 Independent   : 170.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop students’ academic reading and writing skills.

    • Develop students’ information literacy skills.

    • Develop an understanding of the application of a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods used in finance and related disciplines.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Demonstrate an ability to search for, read and extract key information from academic literature.
    • Collect qualitative or quantitative data using appropriate methods
    • Identify and interpret a range of appropriate themes from data

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Literature Review (600 words)

    Component 2 - 30% Online test (1000 words equivalent)

    Component 3 - 20% Presentation and Debate (500 words equivalent)

  2. ADVANCED FINANCIAL REPORTING
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module aims to develop from previous studies a comprehensive understanding of theory and best current practice of financial reporting, with particular emphasis on current and controversial issues in financial reporting. It will also develop a capacity for critical reasoning and rational analysis, the ability to conceptualise problems, create reasoned value judgments and opinions and the ability to solve practical problems.  

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to deal with professional complexity, whereby a more holistic approach to leadership is required; one that draws together paradigms that are notionally treated theoretically as separate into an interrelated network of approaches that aids graduates to innovatively deal with the wide ranging complexity and uncertainty they will be faced with once they leave university. 

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the advanced aspects of generally accepted international accounting principles and techniques and supporting theory

    • Evaluate and challenge current and accepted accounting theory

    • Critically evaluate contemporary accounting issues and their effect on the further development of financial reporting

    • Demonstrate critically the ability to prepare accounting statements in compliance with international financial reporting standards, discussion documents and exposure drafts

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Coursework (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 70% Closed Book Examination (3 hours)

  3. PRINCIPLES OF AUDIT AND ASSURANCE
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    During this module students will learn about the role of the auditor and develop an understanding of modern audit from both an internal and external perspective. They will be introduced to forensic accounting as a discipline, studying the role and procedures of forensic accounting and the impact of auditing standards on those who undertake assurance engagements.The module willdevelop understanding of current issues relating to the provision of audit and assurance services to enable the identification of the work required for, and the evaluation of the findings of audit and assurance engagements.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to:

     

    • Identify and evaluate the nature and purpose of audit and its regulatory framework

    • Critically evaluate the source of evidence for audit reports

    • Evaluate the appropriateness of the internal control system of an organisation 

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Develop an in-depth understanding of the nature and purpose of the audit process, and its regulatory framework

    • Create a sophisticated awareness of practical aspects of audit and assurance services

    • Identify risks, evaluate internal control systems and design appropriate audit programmes

    • Explain and critically evaluate sources of evidence, so as to prepare appropriate audit reports

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Coursework (2000 Words)

    Component 2 - 70% Closed Book Examination (2 1/2 hours)

  4. FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to equip the students with the knowledge and skills expected of the financial manager in relation to investment, financing and dividend policy decisions. It will provide students with the necessary managerial tools and techniques required in order to undertake a strategic analysis and review of their organisational environment and develop a suitable plan to lead the organisation into the future. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to:

     

    • Identify the various techniques to be utilised in business and asset valuations

    • Understand the key introductory considerations and range of techniques that need to be utilised to achieve effective financial management within an organisation

    • Understand the techniques used in appraising capital investment

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key considerations and range of techniques that need to be utilised to achieve effective financial management within an organisation

    • Evaluate critically the relevance of a range of methods to establish business and asset valuations and the significance of the cost of capital

    • Evaluate critically the impact of different sources of finance on the cost of capital using suitable calculations and to compute business and asset valuations using a range of methods

      Indicative content

    • Investment appraisal involving inflation, taxation, risk and uncertainty

    • The cost of capital and the factors which affect it

    • Risk management techniques in business

    • Principles of business and asset valuation

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 70% Closed Book Examination (3 hours)

    Component 2 - 30% Report (2000 Words Equivalent)

  5. FINAL BUSINESS PROJECT AND CRITICAL EVALUATION
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The final project and critical evaluation will be structured to assess the knowledge and understanding by means appropriate to individual students, though all approaches will lead to the production of a significant piece of work that involves the demonstration of advanced practice in business management and/or original small research. All approaches will be accompanied by a critical self- evaluation of the outcomes achieved.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 12.00 Independent : 388.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  400.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Provide and integrative structure to enable student’s ability to identify, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence related to a selected area of business management
    • Provide students with a critical awareness of appropriate and ethically sound research methods in relation to identified research or operational purposes and justify their use
    • Embed a perceptive ability to work constructively with an advisory tutor, recognizing that the content and execution of the project belongs to the student
    • Provide an opportunity to further enhance the ability of the student to discover, analyse, evaluate, synthesise and present a solution to a business management problem or enquiry.

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Formulate clearly a research question and/or an issue of advanced practice
    • Critically and rigorously interrogate the literature available to them around their focal problem and identify current key concepts and knowledge
    • Apply existing knowledge to a contextualized problem and identify gaps in current knowledge pertaining to that problem
    • Critically and rigorously interrogate the literature on potentially successful approaches to elicit knowledge comprising these gaps
    • Execute effectively and efficiently a chosen approach to data elicitation
    • Analyse and evaluate appropriately situated knowledge contained in outcomes of data elicitation
    • Propose further action to implement advanced practice supported by the outcomes of the enquiry, including consideration of risk involved and approaches to its management.
    • Reflect upon the learning process embedded in the completion of their final project and identify a strategy for further personal development and lifelong learning.

     

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 90% Dissertation, 10,000 words

    Component 2 - 10% Viva-Voce examination, 15 minutes

  6. NEGOTIATED WORK-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module offers students the opportunity to build on their level 5 work placement through the more developed application of a negotiated work-based research project. Students will agree with their placement tutor and workplace mentor a brief for a project which addresses a need within the organisation. Learners should complete a minimum of 100 hours in the work place. It is in the spirit of this module that wherever possible, the focus will be on social or community / sustainable development.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 276.00 Placement   : 100.00 Total   : 400.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Enable students to take responsibility for initiating, directing and managing a negotiated work-based research project

    • Encourage students to use appropriate work-based research methods

    • Enable students to work collaboratively in a work setting, establishing continuity from their previous work placement and offering tangible evidence of building on this prior experience, where possible

    • Generate confidence and security in students’ employability on graduation

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Secure, negotiate and design a work-based research project

    • Develop an understanding of, and apply, research methods that are appropriate to work-based contexts

    • Interpret gathered information

    • Make a clear and productive contribution to the organization through the development of recommendations arising from the work-based research project

    • Present a creatively engaging argument

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% NEGOTIATED WORK-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT (8000 WORDS)