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.
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 Accounting & Finance degree responds to the needs of the profession and is accredited by the UK’s accountancy bodies. We also offer a qualifying taxation module, which is not available at many other universities.
Kent Business School (KBS) is a top 20 UK business school for academic teaching, student satisfaction and graduate employment prospects. We provide a friendly, student-focused environment, which helps you to make the most of your studies. Based in our brand-new building, you also benefit from up-to-date teaching facilities.
Our degree programme
The programme begins with an introduction to accounting, including computer-aided systems, economics and, if you choose, business law. You then go on to focus in greater depth on subjects such as strategic management, investments and the role of the accountant in international markets.
You can choose from a wide range of accounting and finance options in your final year of study, allowing you to develop specialist knowledge.
Year in industry
You spend a year working between your second and final year – we have a Placement Officer who can give advice and guidance. In previous years, students have spent their year in industry with:
- British Energy
- Sun Microsystems
- Lloyds TSB
Spending a year in industry gives you invaluable workplace experience, which greatly enhances your employment prospects and also helps you in your final year at university, allowing you to put your academic learning into a real-world context.
You have the option to take this programme as a three-year degree, without the year in industry. For details, see Accounting & Finance.
Kent Business and Kent Enterprise are two of our student-run societies. Their activities have included events with guest speakers from industry and support for budding entrepreneurs.
Kent Business School also puts on special events and schemes. These may include:
- workshops and seminars
- business challenges
- enterprise initiatives, including the Business Start-Up Journey
- networking events.
At Kent Business School, we pride ourselves on the strength of our global connections. These include links with:
- The Bank of England
- Kent County Council.
Kent Business School also has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Finland and Italy.
In the National Student Survey 2016, 86% of our Accounting students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
Accounting and Finance at Kent was ranked 16th for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2017 and 18th in The Times Good University Guide 2017.
Of Accounting students who graduated from Kent in 2015, 94% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).
Teaching Excellence Framework
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
The course structure provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ 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.
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EC302 - Introduction to Economics
This module has been designed for students who need to study what is often described as a Principles of Economics course. Each economics topic is introduced assuming no previous knowledge of the subject. The lectures and related seminar programme explain the economic principles underlying the analysis of each topic and relate the concepts to the real world. In particular, many examples are taken from the real world to show how economic analysis and models can be used to understand the different parts of the economy and how policy has been used to intervene in the working of the economy.
This module aims to introduce you to the basic principles of Economics, to the main ways in which economists think about problems and to the important current economic issues in the United Kingdom, the European Union and the world economy. The module is self-contained, so that if you do not study Economics further, you should have a basic understanding of economic methods and debates. It is also suitable as a basis for further modules that you may take in economics, either as part of another degree programme or as part of a future professional qualification.Read more
CB312 - Introduction to Management
The module introduces students to theories of management, beginning with classical management systems through to contemporary management concepts. It will illustrate the continuities and transformations in management thinking throughout the 20th and 21st century. The main topics of study include:
The Human Relations School
Post Bureaucratic Organizations
The Contingency Approach
Managing EthicallyRead more
CB333 - Business Law
The law affects the commercial world in many ways. This module focuses on its impact on how businesses conduct transactions; how they are structured; how they operate; how they employ staff, and how they manage and avoid disputes. By enabling students to become familiar with those parts of the law they are most likely to encounter in their careers and in business the module will help them better understand the obligations that parties have to each other in law.
The module covers the following topic areas:
The English Legal System, Legal Process and Dispute Resolution;
Law of Contract formation, terms, vitiating elements, discharge and remedies;
Law of Negligence general principles and negligent mis-statement, particularly the issues faced by accountants in the area of negligent advice;
Law of Business Organisations - classification of business organisations; main principles applying to general and limited liability partnerships and registered companies; directors' duties, and insolvency;
Employment Law - the general scope of the legal obligations owed by employers to employees, including the employment contract, discrimination and dismissalRead more
CB372 - Mathematics and Statistics for Accounting and Finance
The following topics will be taught:
Summarising data with frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, spread and skewness. Visual representation of data in the form of graphs and charts.
Probability: The relationship between probability, proportion and percent, addition and multiplication rules in probability theory, Venn diagrams.
Distributions: Discrete (Binomial, Poisson) and Continuous (Uniform, Exponential, Normal).
Sampling and hypothesis testing and its use in inference; applications of sampling in Quality Control, business and accounting.
Regression and correlation: scatter plots; simple regression.
Decision making: payoff tables and decision strategies; decision trees; the Bayesian approach.
Functions, equations and inequalities: linear functions, solving linear equations and solving simultaneous linear equations graphically; simple polynomials such as quadratic and cubic functions; manipulation of inequalities.
Linear Programming problem formulation and the graphical solution method.
Calculus: The concepts of differentiation and integration, and their relationship; stationary values.
Financial mathematics: Logarithms and exponential functions. Simple and Compound interest, annuities and perpetuities, loans and mortgages, sinking funds and savings funds, discounting to find NPV and IRR and interpretation of NPV and IRR.Read more
AC300 - Financial Accounting I
A synopsis of the curriculum
Role and evolution of accounting; single entry accounting
double entry bookkeeping
financial reporting conventions
recording transactions and adjusting entries
principal financial statements
auditing; monetary items
purchases and sales
bad and doubtful debts
non-current assets and depreciation methods
sole traders and clubs; partnerships; companies
cash flow statements
interpretation of accounts through ratio analysis
problems of, and alternatives to, historical cost accountingRead more
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AC521 - Management Accounting I
The work of accountants permeates all aspects of management and accountants provide information that is relevant for both managers and external stakeholders in the context of planning and controlling an organisation. This module will introduce and develop the principles and techniques used to provide appropriate financial information for managers to enable them to make better informed decisions. Topics may include:
An introduction to management accounting
The role of management accountants in an organisation
Cost terms and purposes
Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) analysis
Measuring relevant costs & revenues for decision making
Job order costing
Activity based costing
Joint and by-product costing
Pricing, target costing and customer profitability analysis
Motivation, budgets and responsibility accounting
Flexible budgets, variances and management control
Value based management and strategic management
Performance management and management control
Environment cost accounting: SustainabilityRead more
AC523 - Principles of Finance
This module is concerned with the principles which underlie the investment and financing decision making process. Before a rational decision can be made objectives need to be considered and models need to be built. Short-term decisions are dealt with first, together with relevant costs. One such cost is the time value of money. This leads to long term investment decisions which are examined using the economic theory of choice, first assuming perfect capital markets and certainty. These assumptions are then relaxed so that such problems as incorporating capital rationing and risk into the investment decision are fully considered. The module proceeds by looking at the financing decision. The financial system within which business organisations operate is examined, followed by the specific sources and costs of long and short-term capital, including the management of fixed and working capitalRead more
AC524 - Financial Accounting II
The module will aim to cover the following topics:
the conceptual framework of financial reporting
the financial reporting environment
the regulation of financial reporting
the International Accounting Standards Board
content and application of International Accounting Standards as appropriate
accounting for transactions in financial statementsRead more
CB759 - Strategic Management
Strategic Management aims to provide an understanding of strategic analysis, strategic decision-making and strategic processes within and between organisations. The module content combines approaches to strategic management, concepts and frameworks, and issues in strategic management. In particular, the themes covered include: internal and external environment analysis, strategic options, selection and evaluation, organisational structure and culture, the role of knowledge, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, not-for profit and social enterprises, corporate social responsibility, international strategies, strategic change and building a cohesive strategy. Case studies, which are used throughout the module, provide a vehicle for exploring the relationship between theory and practice in organisations and analysing the implications for strategic direction.Read more
Year in industry
Students on the year in industry spend a year working between Stages 2 and 3 – we have a Placement Officer who can give advice and guidance. Industrial placements provide very valuable practical experience which combines well with academic study and enhances the employment prospects of graduates.
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CB698 - Business Placement Report
Synopsis of the curriculum
CB699 - Business Placement Experience
Synopsis of the curriculum
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CB513 - Taxation
A synopsis of the curriculum
The module will aim to cover the following topics:
The UK tax system including the overall function and purpose of taxation in a modern economy, different types of taxes, principal sources of revenue law and practice, tax avoidance and tax evasion.
Income tax liabilities including the scope of income tax, income from employment and self-employment, property and investment income, the computation of taxable income and income tax liability, the use of exemptions and reliefs in deferring and minimising income tax liabilities.
Corporation tax liabilities including the scope of corporation tax, profits chargeable to corporation tax, the computation of corporation tax liability, the use of exemptions and reliefs in deferring and minimising corporation tax liabilities.
Chargeable gains including the scope of taxation of capital gains, the basic principles of computing gains and losses, gains and losses on the disposal of movable and immovable property, gains and losses on the disposal of shares and securities, the computation of capital gains tax payable by individuals, the use of exemptions and reliefs in deferring and minimising tax liabilities arising on the disposal of capital assets.
National insurance contributions including the scope of national insurance, class 1 and 1A contributions for employed persons, class 2 and 4 contributions for self-employed persons.
Value added tax including the scope of VAT, registration requirements, computation of VAT liabilities.
Inheritance tax and the use of exemptions and reliefs in deferring and minimising inheritance tax liabilities. Introduction to international tax strategy, implementation, compliance and defence. An understanding of principles of normative ethics in business and in taxation from local and global perspectives.
The obligations of taxpayers and/or their agents including the systems for self-assessment and the making of returns, the time limits for the submission of information, claims and payment of tax, the procedures relating to enquiries, appeals and disputes, penalties for non-compliance.Read more
CB6001 - Fixed Income Markets and Instruments
This module will cover the following topics:
- Features of debt instruments and risks associated with investing in these instruments
- Debt and money markets (participants, operations, trading activities)
- Fixed-income instruments (Government bonds, corporate bonds, credit ratings, high-yield bonds, international bonds, mortgage-backed securities, etc.)
- Money market instruments (Treasury bills, commercial paper, repurchase agreements, bills of exchange, etc.)
- Fixed-income valuation (traditional approach, arbitrage-free approach, yield measures, volatility measures)
- Term-structure of interest rates and classic theories of term structure, derivation of zero-coupon yield curve
- General principles of credit analysis (credit scoring, credit risk modelling, etc.)
- Fixed-income portfolio construction and management strategies (portfolio's risk profile, managing funds against a bond market index).Read more
CB6002 - Finance with Excel
This module will examine how Excel can be used for financial data analysis.
A brief revision of each financial concept will be presented. The syllabus will typically cover:
Introduction to Excel:
Basic functions, mathematical expressions
Data Analysis with Excel:
Data analysis, charts, solver, goal seek, pitot tables and pivot charts
Applications of time value of money
Applications of capital budgeting techniques in Excel (IRR, NPV, Scenario Analysis, Monte Carlo simulation)
Company Valuation Models
Portfolio Analysis and Security Pricing:
Portfolio models, calculations of efficient portfolios, variance-covariance matrix
Beta coefficient estimations and security market line
Binomial option pricing, Black-Scholes model.Read more
CB611 - Futures and Options Markets
This module is concerned with International Investment Banks products and strategies that involve the description and analyses of the characteristics of more commonly used financial derivative instruments such as forward and future contracts, swaps, and options involving commodities, interest, and equities markets. Modern financial techniques are used to value financial derivatives. The main emphasis of the module is on how International Investment Banks value, replicate, and arbitrage the financial instruments and how they encourage their clients to use derivative products to implement risk management strategies in the context of corporate applications.
In particular, students will first cover the topics related to forward, futures and swap contracts. They will then be introduced to options and various strategies thereof. Valuing options using Black-Scholes model and binomial trees is also an important part of the module. The important finance concepts of no-arbitrage and risk-neutral valuation and their implications for pricing financial derivatives are also covered in the module. This will help students to learn the techniques used in valuing financial derivatives and hedging risk exposure.
Successful completion of the module will provide a solid base for the student wishing to pursue a career in International Investment Banking and Treasury Management. The students will have the knowledge of essential techniques of risk management and financial derivative trading.Read more
AC522 - Advanced Financial Accounting
This module is designed to build upon financial accounting topics taught in previous modules and assess them at a more advanced level. It will also introduce topics, not previous taught.
The following is an indicative list of topics to be covered:
Accounting for complex transactions in financial statements
Analysing and interpreting financial statements
Valuation and forecasting
Preparation of financial statements including those for complex groups
Content and application of International Accounting Standards, as appropriate.Read more
AC502 - Business Finance
This module begins with a focus on the financial system of the UK, including the major players in the markets and key interrelations. It then proceeds to cover key topics, including: advanced portfolio theory, the capital asset pricing model, arbitrage pricing theory, the implications and empirical evidence relating to the efficient market hypothesis, capital structure and the cost of capital in a taxation environment, interaction of investment and financing decisions, decomposition of risk, options and pricing, risk management, dividends and dividend valuation models, mergers and failures and evaluating financial strategies.Read more
AC504 - Auditing
This module will cover the following topics:
The historical development of auditing
The nature, importance, objectives and underlying theory of auditing
The philosophy, concepts and basic postulates of auditing
The regulatory and socio-economic environment within which auditing process takes place
Auditing implications of agency theories of the firm
Auditing implications of the efficient markets hypothesis
The statutory and contractual bases of auditing, including auditing regulation and auditors' legal duties and liabilities
Truth and fairness in financial reporting
Materiality and audit judgement
The nature and causes of the audit expectation gap
Auditors' professional ethics and standards
Audit quality control, planning, programming, performance, supervision and review
The nature and types of audit evidence
Principles of internal control
Systems based auditing and the nature and relationship of compliance and substantive testing
The audit risk model and statistical sampling
Audit procedures for major classes of assets, liabilities, income and expenditure
Audit reporting.Read more
AC507 - Management Accounting II
The module examines contemporary management accounting issues at an advanced level. It takes an interdisciplinary perspective and draws on the knowledge and techniques acquired in Stages 1 and 2 core modules. The module explores the role of management accounting within the context of strategic management and management control. The module traces and evaluates recent major changes in management accounting and aims to increase students' awareness of how management accounting is used in managing organisations and the impact of organisational and social context on management accounting practice and effectiveness.Read more
Teaching and assessment
Usually you spend eight hours in lectures and four hours in seminars each week. Some modules 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 70% 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).
The programme aims to:
- offer a structured opportunity to combine appropriate developmental work experience with academic study
- use the placement experience to develop and reflect on managerial and/or professional practice in real and often complex situations, and to integrate this with the study of the relevant subject(s) of the main programme
- where relevant, develop, reinforce and apply professional and / or technical expertise in an employment context.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the subject in the context of the placement within a particular managed organisation
- contemporary practice and issues, deepening and/or integrating subject knowledge with practice, within the context of a year in industry.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- apply some of the skills specified for the main programme in practice
- analyse and draw reasoned conclusions about management problems and relatively complex situations by working in an organisational setting.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- applying learnt skills specified for the required core in practice
- identifying, formulating and analysing problems considering options and using appropriate subject tools
- communicating effectively, orally and in writing, about business, management and/or professional/technical matters.
You gain transferable skills to:
- identify and make effective use of information from various sources to assess ideas
- be an effective self manager of time, so as to plan and deliver required outputs effectively
- communicate effectively orally and in writing, using media appropriate to the purpose
- work in groups effectively and apply other interpersonal skills
- where relevant, apply numeracy and IT skills appropriately.
Our graduates move into a range of careers within the world of business. Many go on to become chartered, certified or management accountants. 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:
- ABN AMRO
- Burgess Hodgson
- Baker Tilly
- Deutsche Bank
- Ernst & Young
- Fidelity Investment
- Royal Bank of Scotland.
Help finding a job
Kent Business School has good links with businesses globally. This network is very useful when looking for work in industry.
Our friendly Careers and Employability Service can also give you advice on how to:
- apply for jobs
- write a good CV
- perform well in interviews.
You graduate with an excellent grounding in the main concepts and practical methods of accounting and finance.
To help you appeal to employers, you also learn 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 extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
This degree is accredited by the UK’s professional accountancy bodies. If you’d like to become a chartered accountant, this accreditation allows you to gain several exemptions from your professional accounting exams. (The number of exemptions depends on which modules you choose.)
The number of professional exemptions available to Kent graduates is a key benefit of the programme. For instance, our optional 'Taxation' module confers an important exemption, which is not available at most universities.
Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance programme typically provides exemption from the following papers:
- F1 Accountant in Business
- F2 Management Accounting
- F3 Financial Accounting
- F4 Corporate and Business Law
- F5 Performance Management
- F6 Taxation
- F7 Financial Reporting
- F9 Financial Management
- C1 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
- C2 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
- C3 Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
- C4 Fundamentals of Business Economics
- C5 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law
- P1 Performance Operations
- F1 Financial Operations
- Business & Finance
- Management Information
- Financial Management
- Business Strategy
- Principles of Taxation
Accounting and Finance at Kent was ranked 16th in the UK for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2017.
According to Which? University (2017), the average starting salary for graduates of this degree is £24,000.
Kent is consistently ranked highly in university league tables, which is testimony to the high academic standards achieved by its graduates.Christine Livingston Accounting and Finance BA
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
New GCSE grades
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
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Mathematics grade 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.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)||
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.
34 points overall or 16 points at HL, including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL (Mathematics Studies 5 at SL)
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
Meet our staff in your country
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
English Language Requirements
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
General entry requirements
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
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.
Fees for Year in Industry
For 2018/19 entrants, the standard year in industry fee for home, EU and international students is £1,385.
Fees for Year Abroad
UK, EU and international students on an approved year abroad for the full 2018/19 academic year pay £1,385 for that year.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
General additional costs
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
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.
For 2018/19 entry, the scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.