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Are you a natural-born problem solver and wish to gain work experience as you study?
The Accounting and Finance course at Kent is designed to kick-start your career if you see yourself working for a business in the fields of finance and accountancy. It will equip you with a background in core accounting and finance theories and knowledge of the latest techniques which you can apply to real business data in our Bloomberg Finance Lab.
You take a Year in Industry following your second year of study, enabling you to apply your expertise in a work setting while earning a salary. You will graduate with the skills and confidence to become a qualified accountant or venture into other areas of the financial sector and valuable work experience on your CV.
This course is accredited by five international accounting bodies (ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CIPFA, CPA) providing you with as many exemptions as possible to support you if you choose the path to becoming a Chartered Accountant.
Our curriculum is shaped by our close work with our accrediting bodies. 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 focus on specialist areas such as taxation, auditing, international investment and banking. You’ll also experience accounting and finance in action with in-class live case studies from visiting speakers, enterprise challenges, and company visits.
We also work with our accrediting bodies outside of the classroom to help you to network and develop other skills. For example, the ICAEW run an annual speed-meeting event with final year students, where you can meet recruiting employers. The CIMA regularly visit to give talks and host business games.
I have enjoyed all the financial accounting modules because I love working with numbers. They 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 5 / B
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.
32 points overall or 16 points at HL, including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL (Mathematics Studies 5 at SL)
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average, and 60% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics if you do not hold GCSE Maths at 6/B or equivalent.
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.
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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.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
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.
We use a variety of teaching methods, including;
Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.
Your progress is assessed through coursework and exams.
Coursework takes a variety of forms and includes;
Exams are individual written assessments tested under time-controlled conditions.
To proceed to the next year you must achieve satisfactory results. Your final degree is based on marks gained in the second and third years (and Placement Year/Year Abroad if chosen) and credits which you build up throughout the whole programme.
Undergraduate students can expect around 12 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 based on degree programme content and requirements of specific modules. 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.
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programme specification below:
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:
Many of our students also stay local and find job opportunities regionally in small and medium firms or even set-up their own businesses as well-equipped entrepreneurs.
The Backpack to Briefcase scheme provides bespoke career and skills development events and activities for all Kent Business School students. Available from the first year through to graduation, Backpack to Briefcase is designed to prepare you for a successful career after university.
To help you appeal to employers you will graduate with a solid grounding in core business management concepts, theories and skills in a global context but also key transferrable skills such as critical reflection, cultural awareness, creativity and innovation, effective time-management and productive teamwork as well as enhanced confidence, intellectual curiosity and resilience. As a KBS graduate you will be able to demonstrate to your employer how you have developed The Grad Goals.
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 choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.
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