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Accountancy BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2018



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A good accountant is a valuable asset to practically all forms of business. You can get trained up with a degree in Accountancy.

Monitoring and reporting on financial performance, accountants provide vital information for the organisations and business they work for. They are responsible for making and advising on a range of financial decisions – from setting product prices or determining the feasibility of multimillion pound developments to assessing the pros and cons of potential mergers and acquisitions.

Accredited by the UK’s leading professional bodies, this course is designed with a future accountancy career in mind and benefits from the highest levels of student satisfaction – 100% overall three years running in the National Student Survey (NSS). As well as providing exemptions from the relevant professional qualifications, professional experience and skills development are embedded throughout. There are opportunities to hear from current practitioners, take part in trade games and gain hands-on experience of key computerised accounting information systems like SAGE and SAP. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Chartered Association of Business Schools

European Foundation for Management Development

Association of International Accountants

Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

What our alumni say

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi, BA (Hons) Accountancy, graduated in 2014

Course information

With a focus on contemporary accounting and finance thought and practice, our degree aims to equip you with the personal and professional skills and knowledge for a career in the worlds of business, accounting and finance.

The ability to apply theory to practice, placing accounting and finance problems in a real-world context is a distinctive feature of this course. As well as simulation and practical exercises, such as preparing accounts or assessing financial investment options, you will be expected to apply theory to real-life scenarios that you might encounter on a day-to-day basis as a professional.

In the past, students have analysed the detail of corporate accounts from retailers such as Next plc and Marks and Spencer; they’ve also looked at the competencies and skills of Easyjet in comparison to its competitors to try to ascertain what has contributed to its financial success.


of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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The course has a common first year curriculum with the BA Accounting and Finance, providing an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of accountancy and personal finance, together with key elements of business and decision-making. As this course progresses, however, optional modules are limited to accommodate a significant number of mandatory accounting and financial management modules and gain maximum exemptions from papers of the professional bodies.

Successful completion of the first year provides the foundations for all further study. We will cover a range of topics that cover the basics of accounting and finance, including: financial accounting, management accounting, personal finance, mathematics, statistics and business economics.


  • Introduction to Personal Finance

  • Accounting Fundamentals A

  • Academic and Professional Training

  • Mathematical Techniques for Accountants

  • Introduction to Business Economics

  • Accounting Fundamentals B

  • Statistical Analysis for Finance and Accounting


Building on the basic theory and principles of accountancy and finance, the second year focuses on threshold concepts. This includes, for example: management accounting including capital investment appraisal, marginal costing, opportunity cost; financial accounting including the application of international financial reporting standards and interpretation of financial statements; principles of UK taxation including personal and corporate tax; and an introduction to business law.

There is the opportunity to look at specialist subjects, such as accounting information systems, which provides great exposure to SAGE and SAP, the two leading systems used widely by small businesses and major global companies. Research skills should also be developed in this year in preparation for a final year project in an accounting related topic of your choice.


  • Principles of Taxation

  • Law of Business and Business Organisations

  • Decision Management

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis

  • Academic Research and Employment Skills

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Economics of Banking and Finance
    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Principles of Financial Investment


After the second year, you have the option of taking a sandwich year on an industrial placement or spending 12 months studying abroad to broaden your international perspective.

Your dedicated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) will provide support in finding a suitable placement, which provides an excellent opportunity to obtain appropriate discipline-specific work experience on a much more significant scale than vacation or part-time work.


The final year of study is designed to provide a greater level of specialisation, enhancing your analysis and rigour, evaluative and critical thinking.

You will be required to write a dissertation to demonstrate your understanding of accountancy and students often choose a specific contemporary issue of interest to them. Recent topics have included: the problems in accounting for internally generated intangible assets; the impact of UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules on the financial performance of football clubs in the English Premier League; and using accounting techniques to predict the likelihood of corporate bankruptcy.


  • Advanced Study for Accounting and Finance (Dissertation)

  • Business Strategy

  • International Corporate Reporting

  • Performance Management

  • Optional modules

    2 from the following:

    • Corporate Financial Management
    • Audit and Internal Control
    • Investment Analysis
    • Corporate Governance and Ethics
    • Advanced Issues in Banking



We are ranked as the 13th best University in the United Kingdom Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • Facilities include our Trading Floor featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
  • Access to academic staff with relevant professional backgrounds and industry experience.
  • Opportunity for hands-on experience of using market leading accounting and business software packages, from SAGE for small and medium enterprises, to SAP for international companies.
  • Exemptions from multiple papers of the professional qualifications from the UK’s leading professional accounting bodies, whose representatives have visited our students in the past to speak about the professions and give advice and guidance on how to secure a job
  • Practical focus includes preparing and analysing corporate accounts, as well as studying the impact of finance on real businesses through case studies of a diverse range of organisations, from sole trader partnerships to large corporations like Easyjet, Ryanir and Ben & Jerry’s
  • Designated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) to work with you throughout your course. All our EPTs have previously worked in industry and have experience of being a recruiter; they understand the labour market, the skills employers look for and the processes used by employers to select candidates

Opportunity to apply for placements with companies and organisations which have in the past included Tesco, the NHS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, and Toys R Us.

Your main study themes are:

  • Financial and management accounting: How businesses use accounting information to inform and assist the management decision making process and how performance is reported on a consistent and regular basis to stakeholder groups including shareholders.
  • Taxation and law: Study of relevant business and competition law, as well as essential knowledge of tax initiatives, such as company, valued added, personal and inheritance tax.
  • Economics and business: Understanding how businesses operate within the external environment and the impact of things like competition or overseas tax legislation on profit and loss.
  • Statistical analysis and mathematical techniques: Essential numeracy skills and analysis for financial reporting and management accounting, including discounted cash flows and cost, volume, profit analysis.  
  • Research skills:  Analyse and discuss contemporary accounting and finance issues; exhibit an understanding of research methodology and research methods; synthesise and evaluate data from a range of sources.
  • Employability skills:  Develop a range of generic skills that will be of value in employment including teamwork, numeracy, literacy, oral communication, ITC skills, and time management

This course is available on a three-year full-time basis or a four-year sandwich basis, where between Years Two and Three there is one year of supervised work experience or a 12-month period studying abroad. The Faculty’s Employability and Placements Unit will assist you in finding a suitable placement, preferably in an accounting or finance-related position in a private, public or charitable organisation. 

Traditional teaching methods include weekly lectures, small group seminars and tutorials. We also use a range of innovative practical exercises, such as trade games to reinforce the integrative nature of accounting assessment.

Wherever possible, we try to incorporate topical issues from the news and introduce professionally relevant coursework and experiences. As part of the ‘Principles of Taxation’ module, you may be tasked with defending a fantasy budget, debating contemporary tax issues like transfer pricing and horizontal monitoring. We also take part in an annual ‘Tax Week’, together with universities in Italy, Belgium and Germany, where students work together to tackle European-wide tax problems.

We enjoy the highest levels of student satisfaction and, in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, 100% of students felt staff were good at explaining things. Throughout your studies, your academic personal tutor (APT) will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice during published hours.

In addition, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will review and discuss your progress with you and be available for advice.

Assessment on your course will be by a mixture of coursework assignments and formal examinations which could vary depending upon the module.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 70%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 20%
  • Group work etc: 5%
  • Presentations, posters: 5%

In order to achieve the award of Bachelor of Arts (Honours), a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

20% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The fundamental functions of and contexts in which accounting and finance operates.
  • The impact of statutory and regulatory legislation and their impact.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning the operation of accounting and finance in the wider contexts of capital markets, business and society.
  • Communicate accounting and finance concepts, models and techniques in a clear and precise style through written and oral work.
  • Analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured problems from sets of data drawn from a range of sources.
  • Analyse and discuss contemporary accounting and finance issues using appropriate accounting and finance principles and conventions.
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate relevant qualitative and quantitative data in the areas of accounting and finance from a range of sources.
  • Record and summarise transactions and other economic events in accounting systems for presentation and decision-making purposes.
  • Prepare and analyse financial statements through the use of recognised accounting conventions, statistical methods and computer-based techniques.
  • Analyse and produce financial solutions to complex business decisions. 

In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to spend 22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

There are opportunities to take part in a number of overseas field trips, some of which have previously been subsidised by the University. In the past, our students have visited universities in China and Malaysia to study alongside students, see how finance is taught internationally, appreciate the issues in different countries and broaden their perspectives. Students have previously participated in tax conferences in Belgium and Holland, where they engaged with students from different countries of the European Union.

Global ready

Did you know that we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA, 2015/16)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our alumni say

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi, BA (Hons) Accountancy, graduated in 2014

What our alumni say

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi, BA (Hons) Accountancy, graduated in 2014

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£12,600 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our alumni say

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi, BA (Hons) Accountancy, graduated in 2014

Career prospects

On successful completion of your degree you should be well equipped to pursue a career in accountancy. Vital to the wellbeing of our economy, accountancy is the second largest UK industry with more than 1.25 million people employed across the finance sector.

The strong vocational element of the course and use of case studies aims to give you a good grounding in real business situations, while the exemptions from certain professional body examinations can help to fast-track your professional career.

There will also be opportunities to benefit from a wide range of desirable professional skills, including: team working; critical evaluation; self-directed learning; problem-solving; action planning and organising; written and oral communication; presentation; questioning and listening. The following personal qualities will also be addressed in each of the skills modules: achievement orientation; initiative and creativity; self-confidence; decisiveness; reflectiveness; adaptability and flexibility.

To complete your professional qualification, you will need to complete final exams and have three years of professional training and work experience. Alternatively, you may decide to continue your studies at postgraduate level to further enhance your employability. Here at Coventry, we offer the MSc Accounting and Financial Management.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Past students have undertaken placements and gone on to work for prestigious companies including PWC, Ernst & Young, Deloittes, Tesco Graduate Scheme, Microsoft, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS.  


Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our alumni say

The course that I have studied really helped me to become the professional that I am today. It provided me with the necessary skills that are useful in contemporary accounting businesses.

Junjie Chi, BA (Hons) Accountancy, graduated in 2014

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 17/18 Contract can be found here and the 18/19 Contract will be published shortly.