BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

Accounting and Finance

BSc (Hons) & Foundation Year

Summary

Study level
Award
Degree
Location
Berlin or Online
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

Are you thinking about starting your career in accounting and finance, but need extra support before you start a full degree? Then the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year course at our Berlin campus is the perfect stepping stone – regardless of previous qualifications.

As with all of our foundation degrees, this course will provide you with the skills needed to achieve your career goals. A foundation year provides you with the extra support and skills needed to get started in higher education, helping you complete your accounting and finance degree with confidence. These courses are the ideal pathway if you don’t currently meet our standard entry requirements, or if it’s been a while since you were in formal education and need to brush up your study skills. After you’ve completed the foundation year, you’ll then move on to the first year of the full degree course.

This course is accredited by the ACCA, one of the world’s most respected accountancy bodies, and offers a range of specialist modules from financial accounting to business law. This means that when you graduate you’ll have gained the specialised skills and knowledge that employers in this industry value the most. Studying with Arden University in Berlin also means you’ll be able to work in Germany while you study, as well as being able to apply for an 18-month working visa after graduation. 
 

 

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Course details and modules

The first year of our accounting and finance foundation course gives you the support you need to succeed in your undergraduate studies. You’ll then be able to confidently progress to your full accounting and finance degree, where you’ll cover a range of specialist topics and skills areas.

Farhan Khan

My tutors assist me any time I have a question, and my classmates are very helpful too. If we have any problems in our assignments or don't understand something then we ask our tutor, and they respond right away and clear things up.

Farhan Khan
BA (Hons) Business (Tourism), Arden University Berlin

Modules

Your initial foundation year is made up of 6 modules. Then, to complete your full bachelor’s degree, you’ll study 360 credit hours over three years, which are made up of 16 modules over years 2, 3, and 4, and a dissertation.

  • Using Numeracy, IT and Data
  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Structure of Business
  • Technology in Organisations 
  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Business Maths
  • Understanding the Business Environment (Accounting and Finance)
  • Management Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • British Taxation
  • Accounting and Audit Framework
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Decision Making
  • Audit
  • Financial Management
  • Ethics
  • Professional, Statutory and Current Accounting Issues
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

How do we assess you?

Our assessment methods have been designed to allow you to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways. Throughout your studies, we’ll keep track of your progress through the following:

  • Assignment
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

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 able to study this course, we need to see that you have: 

  • At least 3 x GCSEs (including mathematics) / 45 credits at Level 2 or equivalent – if your qualifications are older than 3 years we would also ask to see a professional CV.

  • Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of professional work experience evidenced with a CV and Reference if they do not meet the qualification requirements.

  • Applicants must also have a GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics, above grade C

English proficiency

  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in any element); or TOEFL 46-59; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

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

Here at Arden University Berlin, we’ve designed our accounting and finance foundation degree to help you develop into a confident and forward-thinking finance professional. Wherever your career path leads you after graduation, you’ll have gained a well-rounded accounting and finance education that prepares you to take on challenges in whichever are of industry you feel most passionate about. 

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?

By developing important skills in the key areas of accounting and finance, you’ll be able to show employers how valuable you are to their organisation. Just some of the vital workplace skills you’ll develop on the course include:

  • The ability to research and present information to audiences
  • Understanding how to analyse and evaluate financial data
  • Learning how to communicate and problem-solve effectively
  • Gaining a clear understanding of business environments and financial management
  • The ability to work independently and within a team

What can I do after Arden University?

Your accounting and finance degree with foundation year sets you up for any number of possible career paths after graduation. And don’t forget, as a graduate from our Berlin campus, you’ll also have the chance to apply for an 18-month post-study residence permit to work in Germany after you complete the course! 

Here are some of the professions our previous graduates have gone on to explore:

  • Accountant
  • Finance Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Broker
  • Tax Advisor

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.