Accounting and Finance

BSc (Hons) & Foundation Year

Study level
4-12 years
Study locations
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Berlin or Online
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BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

Course Overview

Are you looking to pursue a dream career in accounting and finance, but need extra preparation? Our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year course is ideal for those wanting to successfully graduate with a full degree and establish a professional career in the finance industry – regardless of previous qualifications.

This accounting and finance with foundation degree is designed to provide you with the skills needed to achieve your higher education goals, even if it’s been a while since you last studied. And what’s more, our flexible study options provide the best of both worlds when it comes to the university experience. 

Starting with an accounting and finance foundation degree is the perfect option for those looking to improve their study habits, develop a wide range of transferable skills and gain an in-depth understanding of a range of disciplines before continuing into undergraduate study. Sound like you? If the answer is yes, we offer a combination of flexibility through our state-of-the-art online portal, with support classes twice a week at one of our study centres in London, Birmingham or Manchester.

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This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), so you’ll leave with a degree that is recognised in both academic and professional fields. As this programme is recognised by ACCA you can enter further studies at an appropriate level, rather than starting anew.

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Our accounting and finance foundation degree will equip you with the skills needed to succeed at undergraduate study. You’ll then seamlessly transition into an accounting and finance degree where you’ll cover a range of specialist topics across a variety of fields – from financial reporting and management accounting to applying these concepts to inform good financial decision-making in real business situations.


You’ll have 4-12 years to complete your accounting foundation degree and undergraduate degree, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level. However, many of our students complete the course in 4-8 years.

Foundation Year Modules    

  • Using Numeracy, IT and Data
  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Structure of Business
  • Technology in Organisations 

Year 2    

  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Business Maths
  • Understanding the Business Environment (Accounting and Finance)
  • Management Information Systems

Year 3    

  • Business Law
  • British Taxation
  • Accounting and Audit Framework
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Decision Making

Year 4    

  • Audit
  • Financial Management
  • Ethics
  • Professional, Statutory and Current Accounting Issues
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

How do we assess you?

On this accounting and finance foundation year course, you’ll have the opportunity to regularly demonstrate what you’ve learned, allowing your tutors to track your progress. As this accounting and finance course complies with ACCA requirements, a high proportion of modules will be assessed by examination. These assessments include:

  • Assignment
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

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.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


To be eligible for our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year, we need to see that you have:

  • GCSE Maths Grade C or equivalent
  • At least 1 year of full-time, relevant work experience

Candidates for our accounting and finance with foundation degree are also required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or interview demonstrating an ability to study the programme at Arden University, taking into account:

  • Their motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Prior qualifications
  • References

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent

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

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Before joining your BSc Accounting and Finance course, it’s always nice to know who you’ll be learning from and spending time with. This degree is led by a group of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic lecturers who design the course modules alongside professionals in the industry. 

Accounting and finance skills are high in demand, and employers are seeking candidates who can demonstrate knowledge in a range of specialist areas. That’s why we’ve designed our accounting and finance foundation degree to help you develop into a well-rounded and forward-thinking finance professional - ready to launch your graduate career.

What can an accounting and finance with foundation degree do for me?

After graduating from your accounting and finance degree with foundation year from Arden, you’ll be ready to enter a variety of business, financial and accounting roles. Graduates equipped with a solid understanding of business management - as well as financial knowledge and accounting skills - are highly valued to many employers.

What can I do after Arden University?

Every organisation and business around the world requires accounting and finance skills, meaning your career possibilities are endless – but you don’t have to decide right now! In the meantime, some roles you might want to consider are:

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

Ready to get started on your lifelong learning journey? Your BSc is just the start. Alongside your core modules, you’ll also have access to several extra opportunities for professional development. You can use these to explore a specialist area of interest and to enhance your CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are here for you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

Which study mode is right for you? You’ll have the choice to complete your degree via online learning or blended learning. Here’s a quick summary of both options, so you can choose the flexible learning model that works best for you. 


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
Toby Bradley
BA (Hons) Business & Accountancy
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Blended Learning

How does it work?

Blended learning involves face to face, on campus, teaching, including eight hours of time-tabled classes spread over two mornings, afternoons, or evenings, at one of our study centres. This study mode provides an element of structure to your day, where you’ll join your fellow classmates at specific times to learn. 
Students are then required to complete the rest of their studies online at a time and place that suits them.

With blended learning you can choose to study weekdays:


  • two mornings (9.00am to 1.00pm)


  • two afternoons (1.30pm to 5.30pm)

Find out more about Blended Learning.

Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.