As well as offering some of the best employee compensation packages in the business world, job opportunities in the finance and accounting sector are expected to grow significantly over the next five years. Studying your accounting and finance degree course with Arden means you’ll develop the skills you’ll need to operate confidently in this fast-paced industry. Over the course of your BSc degree we’ll show you that accountancy is anything but dull!
Arden’s BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree course gives you the latest skills needed to launch your career in an area that is in high demand across all areas of business. We’ll help you develop a thorough understanding of modern financial theories, together with learning how (and why) organisations make those all-important investment and financing and decisions. This knowledge will give you the confidence to start working as an accountant or finance professional after graduation. You might also opt to continue your training with professional qualifications such as ACCA or CIMA, or a master’s degree in a specialised area of the industry.
Studying your bachelor’s course with Arden means you’ll be taught by practitioners and academics with extensive experience in the accounting and finance sector. 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 team working skills.
This course has double accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), two leading professional bodies. We’ve fully aligned your course content with these qualifications, meaning you can potentially gain up to 17 module exemptions towards your BSc degree. We’ve also partnered with Bloomberg, giving you access to Bloomberg Financial Markets and valuable insight into what it’s really like to work in finance.
This ACCA and CIMA -accredited BSc Accounting and Finance course will provide you with key skills in financial reporting and management accounting, and the ability to use these to inform good decision-making in real business situations. The specialist modules explored on this degree, as well as their practical application in the Bloomberg Terminal, will help you to graduate as a well-rounded professional who is ready to take on all manner of professional challenges.
"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."
You have 3-9 years to complete your course, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level – however, many of our students complete the course in 3-6 years.
You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways throughout your BSc Accounting and Finance degree, providing your tutors with the opportunity to see your progress and for you to demonstrate your strengths and understanding. As this accounting and finance course complies with both ACCA and CIMA requirements, a high proportion of modules will be assessed by examination.
Other methods of assessment may include:
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.
Our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:
We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.
We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this degree.
We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.
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.
Hassaan studied accounting and finance at the University of Kent, followed by an MSc and PhD in Finance from Durham University. Prior to joining Arden, Hassaan was associate dean at Global Banking School, looking after the finance and business management degree courses. He was director of programmes at BPP University where he was responsible for degree programmes in finance and applied management as well as professional courses and degree apprenticeships in accountancy.
We don’t expect our undergraduate students to have a definite career path in mind when enrolling with us, especially when you’ve got so many exciting career paths to choose from after graduation. Instead, we aim to prepare you with universal skills that employers from a variety of organisations will value, so you’ll graduate feeling confident to decide where your future career lies.
By mastering the fundamentals of accounting and finance, you’ll be able to demonstrate to employers how valuable you are. Just as valuable, are the key skills you can develop with this undergraduate course, including:
As a graduate of this accounting and finance degree, you’ll be prepared to enter a variety of business, financial and accounting roles. Candidates equipped with a solid understanding of business management, financial knowledge and accounting skills are highly valued and sought after by many employers, meaning there are a variety of job roles you might want to consider, such as:
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.
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is one of the most globally reputable organisations in professional accountancy. The institute works to provide continued professional development services, fund academic research, develop thought leadership, and monitor professional standards in the accountancy sector.
It also maintains a code of ethics for members and works with external tuition providers and assessment services to provide the best study and examination experiences possible for accounting students. CIMA currently has a network of more than 696,000 members, students, and professionals in management and public accounting.
Our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance has exemptions from CIMA at operational and certificate levels. Upon successfully graduating from this degree, you will also achieve the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting.
We have partnered with Bloomberg to provide our students access to the Bloomberg Financial Markets Platform, an industry leading and cutting-edge financial tool. Through this, you will be able to interact with financial markets in real-time, giving you insight into what it’s really like to work in finance and allowing you to gain valuable employability skills in a safe environment.
You will also have access to Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) – an industry leading course. BMC is a self-paced e-learning course that provides an interactive introduction to the financial markets. The course is available to you for free for the duration of your degree, and a year after graduation.
Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international quality assurance body of world-leading education providers who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning. Membership with the BGA means that Arden University will support its students’ professional growth, allowing them to contribute to an international network in which ‘Leaders Never Stop Learning’.