Accounting and Finance and Economics - BSc (Hons)
with a Year in Industry

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Do you have a strong sense of logic and enjoy working with numbers, but also have a real interest in people, society, and the business world?

Overview

Accountants and those in financial services are essential in any business, but the way people interact with enterprise is much more than a monetary exchange.

Our Accounting and Finance and Economics course is designed to create options for students who are interested in the detail-oriented world of accountancy and finance, coupled with a broader understanding of how people and groups make decisions in the context of a broader economic climate.

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.

Through detailed theoretical and practical experience, you gain a solid rounded knowledge of finance and accounting principles and knowledge of how to construct and use economic models.

Reasons to study Accounting and Finance and Economics at Kent

What you’ll learn

You will initially be introduced to the principles of financial accounting, financial data analysis and economics before delving more closely into areas of economics, such as microeconomics (how individual choices affect things like supply and demand) and macroeconomics (a broader look at large-scale or general economic factors, such as interest rates and national productivity) and a more detailed study of financial reporting.

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

See what modules you’ll study

I have enjoyed all the financial accounting modules because I love working with numbers. The principles of finance module gave me a deeper understanding of the different financial instruments that are available to individuals and organisations that wish to diversify their portfolio of assets.

~ Nadia Simpson, Accounting and Finance graduated 2020

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Accreditation

AACSB

Entry requirements

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.

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    A level

    ABB-BBB

  • medal-empty GCSE

    Mathematics grade 5 / B

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    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.

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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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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL, including Mathematics SL or HL at 4, or Mathematical Studies at 5.

  • medal-empty International Foundation Programme

    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.

  • medal-empty T 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.

English Language Requirements

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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Course structure

Duration: 4 years full-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 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £13500
  • International full-time £18000

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.

Fees for Year in Industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

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.

Additional costs

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

Funding

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

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

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.

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

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
  • Apply intellectual skills in practice through a work placement or business start-up environment. 

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
  • Apply subject-specific skills in practice through a work placement or business start-up environment.

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
  • Apply transferable skills in practice through a work placement or business start-up environment

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 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. . 

Apply for Accounting and Finance and Economics with a Year in Industry - BSc (Hons)

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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