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Advance your career in the lucrative accountancy profession.
If you want to advance in the field of accountancy, it’s time to get serious about earning your bachelor’s degree at CUC Online. We’ve developed an online curriculum designed to give you an edge in the accountancy and finance sectors. Our courses are accredited by Coventry University and the Institute of Financial Accountants, meaning successful students could graduate with both a degree and up to a level 5 Diploma for SME Financial Managers from IFA.
Master the industry’s most sought-after skills.
As a student of this online bachelor’s degree programme, you will learn advanced topics in financial management, taxation, and business strategy analysis. More specifically:
- Accounting context – you will cover a range of contexts in which accounting can be seen as operating, not only within business entities, including a critical understanding of market theories;
- Language and practices – you will cover elements from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 4 and Institute of Financial Advisors (IFA) Level 4 Diploma for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Financial Accounting;
- Analytical tools and techniques – you will look at the key tools and techniques utilised to analyse organisational performance, prepare budgets and construct reliable forecasts;
- Business strategy analysis – you will study the theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management together with rational analysis and other processes of decision making within organisations and in relation to the external environment;
- Financial management – you will explore the theoretical tools and theories of finance, and their relevance and application to theoretical and practical problems: capital budgeting criteria, asset pricing models and the valuation of securities, and cost of capital.
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Request more information via the contact form on this page. You will then be put in contact with a Recruitment Advisor who will answer any questions you may have and assist you in the application process.
What will I learn?
• Financial statements, internal control and systems;
• Principles of taxation;
• Credit management and control;
• Business finance;
• Management information;
• Accounting for business;
• Law for accounting;
• Business strategy analysis;
• Advanced taxation;
• Financial management.
On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
• Accounting context – you will cover a range of contexts in which accounting can be seen as operating, not only within business entities, including a critical understanding of market theories. You will also cover elements from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) to include; business objectives, functions and business structures.
• Language and practices – you will study the main current language and common practices deployed within accounting contexts as well as a number of alternative practices (for example, alternative recognition rules and valuation bases, approaches to control and decision making). At this level you will also cover elements from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 4 and Institute of Financial Advisors (IFA) Level 4 Diploma for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Financial Accounting.
• Preparation and recording – you will examine the main methods and techniques of recording and summarising transactions and preparing financial statements. This module also covers elements from AAT Level 4 and the IFA Level 4 and 5 Diploma for SME Financial Accountants and Financial Managers.
• Analytical tools and techniques – you will look at the key tools and techniques utilised to analyse organisational performance, prepare budgets and construct reliable forecasts. This module also covers elements from AAT Level 4 and the IFA Level 4 and 5 Diploma for SME Financial Accountants and Financial Managers.
• Business strategy analysis – you will study the theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management together with rational analysis and other processes of decision making within organisations and in relation to the external environment. This module also covers elements from AAT Level 4 and the ICAEW CFAB.
• Financial management – you will explore the theoretical tools and theories of finance, and their relevance and application to theoretical and practical problems: capital budgeting criteria, asset pricing models and the valuation of securities, and cost of capital. The module also covers elements from AAT Level 4, the IFA Level 4 and 5 Diploma for SME Financial Accountants and Managers and the ICAEW unit on Financial Management.
How will this course be taught?
Online courses are designed to maximise the capabilities of today’s technologies in order to engage the full learning potential of each student. Tutors interact with students asynchronously (not in real time) using a robust virtual learning environment.
Module content incorporates online lectures, simulations, videos, audio, interactive animations, discussion boards, and in some cases, scheduled live classroom sessions. Through the web interface, you will be able to submit regular assignments and assessments, including homework, projects, tests and papers.
The convenient, flexible format allows you to study wherever there is access to the internet. The online classroom consists of a community of students, organised into small groups to form virtual classrooms. Expert tutors are available to answer questions about subject material, coordinate class discussions, assist with assignments, and provide personalised support.
How will I be assessed?
At Coventry University College there are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we’ll assess your learning through course work and phase tests. Assessments take place during and at the end of each six week block. For each module of this programme, you will be required to sit a phase test under examination conditions which will take place at an approved centre near to your location. You will be required to make yourself available on a specific date and time for the phase test, this is usually the final Friday of the study period, but the exact date and time will be confirmed to you as you start your module. Tutors can provide support through regular updates and online tutorials.
Professional body qualifications
Students starting on our online BA Management & Accounting programme will receive the following additional benefits at no extra cost;
- Free registration with the IFA worth £195 PA, funded by CUC as part of the course*.
- Once registered, as ‘affiliate’ members of IFA you have access to all of the additional IFA resources.
- On successful completion of the full three degree you will also be eligible for a level 4 Diploma for Financial Accountants and level 5 IFA Diploma for SME Financial Managers**.
* Students registered with IFA will become student members of IFA for a minimum of 1 year, or for the duration of their studies with CUC, whichever is longer.
**Direct entry CUC students (into Years 2 or 3) will not be eligible for the level 4 and 5 IFA Diplomas as noted above. No requirement for qualifying CUC degree students to submit additional assignments to IFA.
Modules within the course include units based on:
- The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 4 Diploma in Accounting
- The Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) Level 4 Diploma for Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Financial Accounting
- The IFA Level 5 Diploma for Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Financial Managers
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Certificate in Finance Accounting and Business.
All applicants will require:
• 260 UCAS tariff points and 5 GCSE’s at A-C including Maths and English or equivalent.
International Students will additionally require:
• English Language competence by completing a successful ‘Secure English Language Test’ or SELT. You can find a list of the Home Office’s approved SELT’s here.
You need a pass in the Access to Higher Education Diploma, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*–C, or specified equivalents.
If you do not fulfil the above entry criteria, you will be considered on an individual basis, taking into account your work experience, other qualifications and any training you have completed. Please contact our Recruitment Advisors for further information.
Teaching contact hours
This online course offers flexibility to structure study around your personal and/or work commitments.
Though curriculum requirements must be completed within an established period, you determine the hours that are best for studying. Hours of study per week are individualised for every student, based upon their pace of study.
Typically this would be 12 hours of weekly guided study, which consists of online materials such as assigned text reading, interactive discussions boards, video study and optional live classroom sessions. The remaining required hours would be self-guided and would consist of assignments, assessments and other project work.
Online module materials are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any location with internet access.
Fees and funding
The fees for this online course are paid on a modular basis. For self-funding or sponsored students this would take place at the point of enrolment for each module.
If UK/EU students are accessing a Student Loan, this will be drawn down at the start of each module and paid by Student Finance England.
For the academic year 2016/17 each six week module block will cost £1,461.50 for a UK/EU student.
For the academic year 2016/17 each six week module block will cost £2,121.75 for an international student.
Where a student is self-funded or sponsor-funded, fees must be paid online prior to the commencement of each block of study.
As a full-time or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at Coventry University College from Student Finance England.
For more information regarding the fees and the funding options available call our Recruitment Advisors on freephone 08081 789636.
How to apply
Complete the contact form on this page or call our dedicated Recruitment Advisors at 08081789636 and they will assist you in making your application.
One of our Recruitment Advisors will advise you about the degree that best meets your requirements, assess your suitability and help you prepare your application. We will work together to:
• Complete an online application form
• Provide documents (for example, identification, certificates, employers letters of support etc.)
Your application will then be passed to an academic team to be assessed, and a decision made.
How will this course enhance my career prospects?
Successful completion of this course can enhance your ability to apply for accounting positions within various organisations or aid career progression. You could also look for jobs such as trainee finance manager or trainee financial controller – positions that have a level of responsibility and good salary prospects.
Coventry University College is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The College provides a range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
How long does it take to complete the course?
To achieve a BA (Hons) qualification, you must study and complete 12 modules. Each module is a six-week teaching block and is worth 30 credits.
If studying full-time, the course will take 3 years to complete. There is a fast track option available after a testing period of successful study, which could allow you to finish the degree in 2 and a half years. Part-time students will complete the course in around 6 years, but will benefit from a much more relaxed pace of study. Contact our recruitment advisors on 08081 789 636 to discuss your options further.