Are you a natural-born problem solver with a strong sense of logic and a head for numbers?
Those who work in accountancy and finance aren't just bookkeepers, they are important problem solvers who create solutions to help a business run smoothly and efficiently.
Accounting and Finance with a Foundation Year at Kent is designed to kick-start your career if you see yourself working in the fields of finance and accountancy. It equips you with core accounting and finance theories and knowledge of the latest techniques which you can apply to real data in our Bloomberg Finance Lab.
With a staggering five accreditations from accountancy bodies, you'll be eligible for as many exemptions as possible to support you in becoming a chartered accountant or to work in many other fields of finance.
The Foundation Year is for students whose school-leaving qualifications are below the level required. It offers one year of full-time study prior to the start of your BSc course.
You’ll learn about accounting and finance, its role in business and society, and explore core elements of the subject such as Financial Accounting, Business Law, Economics and Strategic Management. You can also choose to focus on specialist areas such as taxation, auditing, international investment, and banking.
"The financial accounting modules gave me a deeper understanding of the different financial instruments that are available to individuals and organisations."
~ Nadia Simpson, Accounting and Finance, graduated 2020
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
Mathematics grade 4 / C and English grade 4 / C
The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.
24 points overall or 12 points at Higher Level
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 4 years full-time
The course structure provides a sample of the modules currently available for this programme. Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
The following modules are offered to our current students. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:
The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:
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.*
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.
Our enthusiastic team of international teaching staff are all experts in their field of study and are regularly published in leading journals worldwide. They guide and support your learning, bringing their subject to life and drawing you into the conversation through lectures, seminars, presentations and computer-based simulations.
Your progress is assessed through a mix of coursework – including reports, essays and presentations - and exams. Undergraduate students can expect around 8 contact hours per week, depending on year of study and optional module choices made. The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study.
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.
Accounting and Finance at Kent was ranked 32nd out of 99 in The Guardian University Guide 2023.
Our Accounting and Finance graduates move into a range of careers within the world of business. Many go on to become chartered, certified or management accountants working at top accounting firms, including the ‘Big 4’, as well as other local, national and international firms.
The degree can also prepare you for a career in financial services (such as banking, insurance and investment) or in general management.
Recent graduates have taken up positions with a wide range of companies, including:
Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business undergraduate students for up to three years after graduation. In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University, can also provide advice on how to apply for jobs, write a good CV or perform well in interviews.
This degree is accredited by the UK’s professional accountancy bodies. If you’d like to become a chartered accountant, our accreditations allow you to gain several exemptions from your professional accounting exams. (The number of exemptions depends on which modules you choose.)
Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance programme typically provides exemption from the following papers:
Certified Practising Accountant Australia (CPA Australia)
If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.
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