Accounting and Finance and Economics - BSc (Hons)

Combine the study of accounting, finance and economics to develop the skills demanded by the modern accountancy profession and the financial sector. You gain a thorough understanding of accountancy as well as wider issues such as economic growth, sustainable development and international trade.

Overview

Kent Business School has expert accounting staff from the business world and our links with global businesses ensure that our teaching is always internationally relevant. Our academics in Kent’s School of Economics are exciting and innovative teachers who place a particular emphasis on making economics applicable to the real world.

Our teaching methods are varied; you take part in workshops, individual and team presentations, and use case studies to apply the theory to actual companies.

Our degree programme

In your first year, you are introduced to the fundamentals of financial accounting as well as economic theory and practice. You learn about different methods of analysis including statistics and econometrics which are relevant to all three subject areas.

In your second year of study, you further expand your knowledge in these areas.

In your final year of study, you can choose from a wide range of different modules allowing you to develop specialist knowledge on topics such as financial crises, monetary economics, taxation and auditing.

Year in industry

You have the option to take this programme with a year in industry. For details, see Accounting and Finance and Economics with a Year in Industry.

Study resources

You have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format through Kent’s Templeman Library.

Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development.

Kent’s Student Learning Advisory Centre offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.

Extra activities

There are a number of student-led societies which you may want to join such as:

  • Economics Society
  • Kent Investment Society
  • Entrepreneurship and Start Up Society.

Kent Business School’s ASPIRE centre provides guidance and practical support on how to turn your idea into a successful business.

The School of Economics also hosts events that you are welcome to attend. These include:

  • public lectures and seminars
  • employability workshops
  • networking events.

Exchange partners

Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.

Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:

  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • Renmin University of China, School of Business
  • University of Hong Kong
  • ESSEC
  • Neoma Business School
  • Freie Universitat Berlin
  • University of Florence
  • IE Madrid University
  • Stockholm Business School
  • Georgetown University

Professional network

At Kent Business School, we pride ourselves on the strength of our global connections. These include links with:

  • BBC
  • Barclays
  • Cummins
  • IBM
  • KPMG
  • The Bank of England
  • Kent County Council.

About Kent Business School

Our School is proud to be in the top 1% of business schools globally to hold accreditations from three large business organisations:

All of our programmes at Kent Business School address the challenges of modern global business and we aim to meet industry demands of producing quality graduates by ensuring we unlock our students’ potential, expand their thinking and nurture their talent. 

Flexible tariff

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    ABB-BBB

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    Mathematics grade 6 / B.

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    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please note that these qualifications are not normally accepted without accompanying A Levels. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

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    34 points overall or 16 points at HL, including Mathematics SL or HL at 4, or Mathematical Studies at 5.

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average, and 70% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics if you do not hold GCSE Maths at 7/A or equivalent.

International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £12600
  • International full-time £16800
  • Home part-time £4625
  • EU part-time £6300
  • International part-time £8400

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Teaching and assessment

Accounting & Finance

Most modules are taught by a combination of lectures and seminars and some have a number of workshops or sessions in computer laboratories. Most of your modules involve individual study using library resources.

Most modules have an end-of-year examination that contributes either 70% or 80% to the final module mark: your coursework provides the remaining marks. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count towards your final degree class (together with your marks from your year in industry, if applicable).

Economics

All of our modules are taught by a combination of lectures and small group sessions, which include seminars, computing practicals, problem sets, debates and role-play games.

On this programme, you develop transferable skills, including numeracy, analytical problem solving, data analysis, and written and oral communication, as well as subject-specific skills for further study at postgraduate level.

The modules are assessed by continuous assessment of coursework throughout the year and an end-of-year exam in the final term. A number of modules at each stage are assessed solely through coursework.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • Provide students with knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of accounting and finance within the economic, legal and social environment;
  • Develop competence in applying the concepts, principles and regulations in the main areas of accountancy, finance and related disciplines to practical problems;
  • Promote students’ ability to research and critically evaluate issues of contention and debate within the main areas of accountancy, finance and related disciplines;
  • Cultivate the ability to organise and plan work both autonomously and as part of a team;
  • Cultivate the ability to communicate both quantitative and qualitative information effectively;
  • Provide teaching informed by research and scholarship;
  • Meet the lifelong needs of a diversity of students;
  • Support national and regional economic success;
  • Produce graduates of value to the region and nationally, in possession of key knowledge and skills, with the capacity to learn;
  • Prepare students for employment or further study;
  • Provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable experiences, involve realistic workloads, based within a practice-based framework and offer appropriate support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds;
  • Provide high quality teaching in supportive environments with appropriately qualified and trained staff; Meet the requirements for accreditation by ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CPA Australia and CIPFA on successful completion of the programme.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain a knowledge and understanding of:     

  • Some of the contexts in which accounting can be seen as operating.
  • The main current technical language and practices of accounting in the UK.
  • Some of the alternative technical languages and practices of accounting.
  • Contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning accounting and the ability to critically evaluate such theories and evidence.
  • Theories and empirical evidence concerning financial management, risk and the operation of capital markets.
  • Theoretical knowledge integrated with business practice through a work placement or business start-up environment.
  • Some of the areas specified for the compulsory modules or options from the perspective of a second European country or other country.

Intellectual skills

You gain the following intellectual skills:

  • The capacity for the critical evaluation of arguments and evidence.
  • The ability to analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and, to a more limited extent, unstructured problems.
  • Numeracy skills, including the ability to manipulate financial and other numerical data and to appreciate statistical concepts at an appropriate level.

Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • Skills in recording and summarising transactions and other economic events
  • Preparation of financial statements
  • Analysis of the operations of business
  • Financial analysis and projections

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • The ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and referencing of sources
  • Capacities for independent and self-managed learning 
  • Skills in the use of communications and information technology in acquiring, analysing and communicating information 
  • Communication skills including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information, together with analysis, argument and commentary, in a form appropriate to the intended audience
  • An ability to work in groups, and other interpersonal skills, utilising a variety of presentation skills

Independent rankings

Accounting and Finance at Kent scored 93% overall and ranked 8th for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have entered into accountancy training with the Government Economics Service or with firms such as:

  • KPMG
  • Ernst & Young
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Our graduates have also gone to work in:

  • management consultancy
  • business
  • journalism.

Help finding a job

The Backpack to Briefcase scheme provides bespoke career and skills development events and activities for all Kent Business School students. Available from first year through to graduation, Backpack to Briefcase is designed to prepare you for a successful career after university.

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

As part of your degree, you also develop a number transferable skills that are useful in any career. These include the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • manage your time effectively
  • work independently or as part of a team.

You can also gain additional skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Professional recognition

Provided you choose the appropriate modules, your degree can earn you full or partial exemption from the preliminary stage of professional accountancy examinations.

Applications

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.

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