BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance

BSc (Hons)

Summary

Study level
Award
Full time
3 years
Part time
3 years+
Location
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Berlin or Online
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

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 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. 

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This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the global body for accounting professionals..

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Course details and modules

This ACCA-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 will help you to graduate as a well-rounded professional who is ready to take on all manner of professional challenges.

Adrian Williams

"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."

Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)

Modules

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.

  • 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 and Dissertation

How do we assess you?

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 ACCA requirements, a high proportion of modules will be assessed by examination.

Other methods of assessment may include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Dissertations

Study options

This course is available to study through Arden’s blended learning study mode at our study centres in London Ealing, London Tower Hill, London Holborn, Manchester, Birmingham, and 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 in the UK or worldwide. 

Toby Bradley

It’s a great way to study if you’re looking for flexibility. It was challenging to balance a full-time job with my degree but once I was in a routine, it was much easier to manage everything. Online learning has actually helped me become very good with time management and given me the ability to prioritise tasks.

Toby Bradley
BA (Hons) Business & Accountancy

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 the Arden study centre of your choice. 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. 

Blended learning 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 live within commuting or driving distance of one of our UK study centres. 

If you're a student from the UK who is enrolling on a blended learning course with Arden (based in one of our UK study centres) then you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan to help pay for your living expenses. You can find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body.

This course is also available to study full-time at our campus in Berlin, Germany, where you’ll have the opportunity to experience life as an international student in the heart of one of Europe’s most dynamic and historic cities.

Please note: study centre 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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Part time 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.

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Tuition Fee loan to pay for their course. If you cannot attend your course in person because of a disability, you may also be entitled to a Maintenance Loan to cover living expenses. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body. 

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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

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:

  • GCSE Grade C in Mathematics , or equivalent.
  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • If you don’t currently hold the above qualifications, we also offer this course with an additional foundation year, which is designed for students who need extra support when starting their degree course.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

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.

 

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

Dilshad Sheikh

Our courses in finance and accounting have been designed with the highest industry standards and forward-thinking practices in mind. We create our modules to reflect professional body standards as well as the critical techniques and skills used today in finance and accounting positions around the globe. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business 

Career prospects

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.

What can an accounting and finance degree do for me?

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:

  • The ability to research and present information to various audiences
  • Analysis and evaluation of financial data
  • Effective communication, problem solving and decision making skills 
  • A solid understanding of business environments and financial management
  • The ability to work independently and within a team

What can I do after Arden University?

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:

  • 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. 

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

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’.