Accounting and Finance - BSc (Hons)

Do you strive for a successful career in accounting, finance or management? Leading to exemptions from a number of professional accountancy exams, the Accounting and Finance programme can offer a head start to your career. This diverse course also offers optional modules, which can prepare you for a career in financial services or in general management.

Overview

Accountants are best known for validating company accounts – or auditing – but they also devise and operate financial systems, conduct investment analysis, advise on business matters, and handle individuals’ and corporations’ tax affairs. Our Accounting & Finance degree responds to the needs of the profession and is accredited by the UK’s accountancy bodies.

The programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of accounting and finance within the economic, legal and social environment, preparing you for your career.

Kent Business School has expert accounting staff from the business world and our links with global business ensure that our teaching is always internationally relevant.

Our BSc Accounting and Finance degree programme

Studying Accounting and Finance at Kent you learn core accounting and finance theory, and gain an understanding of the role of accounting and finance in business and society. You’ll explore core subjects such as Financial Accounting, Business Law, Economics and Strategic Management. You will have the opportunity to tailor your course to specialist areas including taxation, auditing, international investment and banking.

The programme is accredited by five international professional accounting bodies:

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
  • ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)
  • CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy)
  • CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountant)

For more information on these accreditations see the Careers section.

On successful completion of your degree, should you decide to qualify as an accountant, you will be eligible for exemptions from some of the professional examinations.

On our flexible programme, you take a broad range of compulsory modules in your first and second years. You then select from a variety of options in your final year, furthering your knowledge of specialist topics.

You will have excellent opportunities to experience accounting and finance in action through hands-on experience via in-class live case studies from our visiting speakers, enterprise challenges and company visits.

The ICAEW run an annual Speed-meeting event with final year students, giving you the opportunity to meet recruiting employers. In addition CIMA regularly visit to give talks and host business games.

You’ll gain practical skills through real-world problem-solving exercises including access to our Bloomberg Suite, supervised by academic and industry experts. Becoming familiar with the technology used in the financial workplace can be an advantage in a competitive job market. You will also have an opportunity to gain entrepreneurial and life skills that enable you to accelerate your innovative thinking into practice.

Experiential learning

Kent provides a variety of employability opportunities for students during their studies. These range from short-term company internship opportunities to, voluntary work with local charities and University Business Societies. The central Careers and Employability Service also offers an exciting Employability Points Scheme. In addition to this, Kent Business School's specialised team of Employability experts provides support to all our students in personalised 1:1 meetings as well as online support via the Employability blog. Unique to KBS, our Alumni have access to all employability support for three years after their graduation.

Gain 1-Year long professional experience: Year in industry

You have the option to take this programme with a year of professional experience, in the UK or internationally. You are supported by our dedicated in-house Employability and Placements team to identify, secure and enjoy your placement year.

For more details, see Accounting and Finance with a Year in Industry.

You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions will apply.

For more information, see Programme Structure and Career sections.

Gain one-year cross-cultural experience: Year Abroad

If you would like to enhance your employability skills by widening cross-cultural perspectives, developing a global mind-set or learn another language then you can spend a year studying at one of Kent’s global partner institutions, see Accounting and Finance with a Year Abroad.

You do not have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions will apply.

For more information, see Programme Structure and Career sections.

Extra activities

In addition to your studies, our students can discover how to turn their ideas into a successful business at our ASPIRE centre, which provides practical advice and support to all entrepreneurially minded students, and runs our Business Start-up Journey initiative.

Many of our students get involved with societies including the Kent Finance Society and Kent Business Society, both of which in previous years has organised:

  • Social events including pizza nights and Dragons Den Challenge
  • Talks from industry leaders including Bruce Carnegie-Brown
  • Networking events
  • Workshops
  • LinkedIn Photoshoot


An outstanding student experience

“The lecturers are really approachable, quite wonderful.” Fathima, BSc Accounting and Finance (Graduate, 2020)

Kent Business School is dedicated to ensuring a positive experience for all our students, from induction to graduation, and beyond. As a Student Success school, we are committed to championing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and warmly welcome students from all backgrounds. Your experience is central to what we do, so we will listen to you every step of the way, through our robust Student Voice processes and mechanisms.

Alongside a world-class teaching and educational experience, KBS delivers a wide-ranging package of support, designed to ensure that you can maximise your time with us:

  • Every student is allocated an Academic Adviser from our highly skilled academic staff team, who will meet with you individually to give you personalised guidance on your academic journey with KBS.
  • Our dedicated Student Support Team, led by the Senior Tutor, are on-hand throughout term time and during vacations to provide confidential, sensitive, pastoral support and guidance to our students.
  • Academic Peer Mentors, recruited from the School’s most experienced undergraduate students, are available to help you to navigate your course and the modules that they themselves have studied, giving you insider access to someone who knows what it is like to suceedon your course.

About the School

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

Our programmes offer world-class business education enabling transformative learning experiences built around the School’s fundamental values of sustainable innovation and responsible management practice. Our students are at the heart of all considerations and through engaging teaching, world-class research, professional partnerships and an international community, we create an exciting atmosphere in which to learn and thrive.

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.

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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 contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

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    34 points overall or 16 points at HL, including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL (Mathematics Studies 5 at SL)

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average (plus 60% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics if you do not hold GCSE Maths at 6/B 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.