BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance

BSc (Hons)

Summary

Study level
Award
Degree
Location
Berlin or Online
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

Ready to get a head start in your accountancy career? Study your accounting and finance degree course in Germany and develop the skills you’ll need to operate confidently in the fast-paced world of international organisations and global financial markets.

The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance course at our Berlin campus gives you the latest skills and knowledge you need to launch your career in an area that is in high demand across all areas of business. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of modern financial theories together with learning about how organisations make investment and financing and decisions. This will give you the confidence to start working as either an accountant or finance professional after graduation, or to pursue additional training and professional qualifications such as ACCA or a master’s degree. 

What’s more, you’ll be taught by practitioners and academics with extensive experience in the accounting and finance sector here at our Berlin campus. They’ll show how to apply the most up-to-date accounting and finance strategies that are proven to enhance corporate value, while developing your communication, leadership and teamworking skills so that you become adaptable to change in this fast paced and ever-evolving industry. 

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Course details and modules

By establishing a strong foundation in accounting and finance and studying a major center of commerce, you’re setting yourself up for an exciting future full of career possibilities. 

Nkechi Mathilda Nwobi

I learn better face-to-face, so blended learning gives me an opportunity to do both face-to-face learning and independent online study. This is better for me because I need time for my daughter as well as my studies, so now I have time for both.

Nkechi Mathilda Nwobi
MSc Project Management student, Arden University Berlin

Modules

To earn your bachelor’s in accounting and finance you’ll complete 360 credit hours, which are made up of the following 17 modules:

  • Financial accounting
  • Cost accounting
  • Developing personal and management skills
  • Business maths
  • Understanding the business environment
  • Management information systems
  • Business law
  • British tax system
  • Accounting and audit framework
  • Financial reporting
  • Management accounting
  • Decision making
  • Audit
  • Financial management
  • Ethics
  • Professional, statutory and current accounting issues
  • Research methods & dissertation

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways. That’s why we choose a range of methods to keep track of how well you are progressing. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams

Study options

This course is available to study full time through our blended learning study mode at our campus in Berlin, Germany. The course is also available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere or worldwide. 

Oscar Bustillo

I have enjoyed doing my master’s here because it’s not like a traditional university where you sit in a classroom and a lecturer talks and you write down everything. I like that when we come here there’s actually a discussion and we do a lot of analysis.

Oscar Bustillo
MSc Project Management student, Arden University Berlin

Full time, blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at our centrally located Berlin campus. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully. 

Full time study in Berlin is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who are attracted by the opportunity to move to Germany to study, where you can take advantage of the employment opportunities available for overseas students.

Please note: our campus classes are temporarily being conducted online in our virtual classroom due to Covid-19 restrictions. Face-to-face classes will resume once the current restrictions are lifted. 

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Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.  

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

To be eligible to study this degree, we need to see that you have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

We also usually ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your motivations to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant work experience.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 60-78; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. Get in touch to find out more. 

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Faculty of Business and Management

Our business and management faculty in Berlin are a dedicated and passionate group of professionals who are here to help you reach your goals both in and outside of the classroom. Get to know some of our business faculty members before you start your programme by following the link below.

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Career prospects

The world of accounting and finance is vast - which role is best for you?  

Jasvir Markandy

I chose Arden University Berlin because they provide an environment to further your knowledge and pursue opportunities in a new field.

Jasvir Markandy
MSc IT Security Management graduate, Arden University Berlin

What will I gain from this degree?

We design each of our courses to give graduates relevant and highly-sought after career skills that can be applied in a number of different fields and roles. As a graduate of our bachelor’s in accounting and finance programme, you’ll have gained knowledge of:

  • Current practices in accountancy and how the different areas of this field are interconnected
  • Tools to be an ethical, independent, and professional member of a team
  • The basic structure of the British tax system, and general understanding of business law relating to accounting and finance
  • Making effective decisions in a business environment
  • The issues faced the fields of accounting and finance today

What can I do after Arden University?

After earning your BSc in accounting and finance you can go on to join the workforce or pursue additional education opportunities. As a graduate in Berlin, you’ll also have the chance to apply for an 18-month post-study residence permit to work in Germany. 

With some more training, you could land a role in positions including:

  • Accountant
  • Finance Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Broker
  • Tax Advisor
  • Forensics Accountant
  • Data Analyst
  • Retail Banker
  • Economist

Industry skills

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)


The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is a powerful global presence within the accountancy profession, inspiring its members and students towards greater success and prosperity. 


When a higher education degree course is accredited by the ACCA, that course has been assessed by the ACCA’s professional qualifications approvals team, and exemptions from future ACCA exams are awarded accordingly.


At Arden, our BSc Accounting and Finance is awarded the maximum nine ACCA exemptions. This means that students who go on to study ACCA after graduation will start their studies at the appropriate level, studying only five ACCA papers out of the standard 14 that make up the ACCA qualification.