Coventry University Accounting and Finance

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Coventry University Accounting and Finance

Coventry University Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18.

If you have an interest in current financial and accounting issues but are not yet sure which area you would like to specialise in, this course allows you to look at discipline course before making any final decisions.


If you have an interest in current financial and accounting issues but are not yet sure which area you would like to specialise in, this course allows you to look at each discipline before making any final decisions.

Why should I choose Accounting and Finance?
This course gives you the option to specialise in accountancy as well as finance, and you could benefit from many of the exemptions that are available from the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) with whom we are also a partner in learning. The exemptions will be available depending on the choices you make through your studies. This could provide a great first step in starting your accountancy career and will save you time and money when looking to complete your professional qualification after you graduate.

If you choose this course you can benefit from:

  • Links with employers and professional accounting bodies who deliver sessions with students in commercial awareness, key skills for getting a job and working in the accountancy and finance professions;
  • opportunity for all students to apply for a placement in both the private and public sector. Previously this has included companies such as Tesco, the NHS, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), IBM, Toys R Us, as well as a large number of small to medium sized accountancy firms and organisations;
  • hands-on experience of using market leading accounting and business software packages, from SAGE for the small and medium enterprises, to SAP for the international companies;
  • access to academic staff with relevant professional backgrounds and industry experience, who bring this into their teaching.


In the first year, you will study a range of topics including financial accounting, management accounting, personal finance mathematics, statistics and business economics, as well as ensuring you have appropriate numeracy and IT skills for further study in accounting and finance.

During the second year, there is a greater emphasis in the areas of both accounting and finance within a business context. You will have the chance to further develop your knowledge of financial and management accounting together with the principles of finance. As an Accounting and Finance student, you can also study Accounting Information Systems, which provides great exposure to SAGE and SAP, two accounting information systems used widely by small businesses and major global companies.

In the final year of study, a wide range of optional subjects in accounting and finance areas are available including: Auditing, International Corporate Reporting, International Taxation, Investment Analysis, Portfolio Management, and International Finance.


Your course will be based on a series of weekly lectures, small group seminars and workshops. Classes may be held in IT suites where students have individual PCs and work using appropriate software packages. Your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress and will be available for advice.


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 70%;
  • coursework, tests, essays 20%;
  • group work 5%;
  • presentations, posters 5%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week;

Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week;

Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures;

Personal study: 22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential entry requirements 

5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents. 

Typical offers 

A-Levels: ABB-BBB. 

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM. 

Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31-30 points.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

On successful completion, you should be well placed to pusue a wide variety of careers as Accountants or Financial Managers in the corporate, financial or public sectors.

You may decide to pursue postgraduate study opportunities to study courses such as the MSc Accounting and Financial Management here at Coventry University; this could further enhance your employability.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


Included in the fees

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year.

Additional costs not included in the fees

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

For more details about the No Hidden Extras programme, click here for further details.

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The Add+vantage Programme is not applicable to this course.


You will have the opportunity to take part in overseas field trips to China and the USA. Closer to home, you can participate in European field trips to Holland, France, Italy, Belgium and Germany.

There is also the opportunity to study or work abroad, supported by schemes such as Erasmus, Marco Polo and Vasco da Gama. Many topics include an international dimension which reflects the globalisation of the accounting profession and financial markets.

Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152

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