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Accountancy BA (Hons)


This course runs 2017/18.

Accountants are responsible for making a range of decisions, from setting the prices for clothes to determining the feasibility of building new football stadiums. This course offers a great start to your accountancy career.


This course is designed with professional qualifications in mind. Our syllabus is closely linked with the requirements of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW), giving you the opportunity to achieve maximum exemptions from professional accounting examinations and can help you on your way to an accountancy career.

If you choose this course you can benefit from:

  • links with employers including IBM and the National Health Service (NHS) and the professional accounting bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), who have delivered sessions with students on commercial awareness, key skills for getting a job and working in the accountancy profession;
  • opportunity to apply for a placement with companies and organisations which have in the past included Tesco, the NHS, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), IBM, Toys R Us, as well as a large number of small to medium sized businesses;
  • 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;
  • access to academic staff with relevant professional backgrounds and industry experience, who bring this into their teaching;


The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Additional fees may apply.


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The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)



The Association of International Accountants (AIA)     Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators



Association of Business Schools   European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Accreditations, partnerships, memberships and exemptions shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


Successful completion of the first year provides the foundations for all further study. You will study Introductory Financial and Management Accounting, Economics, Mathematical Techniques and Statistics.

The second year provides the opportunity to build on these foundations with mandatory Financial and Management Accounting, Corporate Law and Taxation, with options in Finance, Accounting Information Systems and Banking. Research skills should also be developed in this year in preparation for a final year project in an accounting related topic of your choice.

The final year requires you to study International Corporate Reporting, Performance Management and Business Strategy, while there are further options including Audit, Corporate Governance, and Financial Management and International Taxation. 


Person checking figures with a calculator

Your course will be based on a series of weekly lectures, small group seminars and workshops. Some classes may be held in IT suites where students have individual PCs and work using appropriate software packages, such as SAGE and SAP. 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 etc. 5%.


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

Personal study: 22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language at grade C and Mathematics at grade B, or specified equivalents. 

Typical offers 

A-Levels: ABB-BBB

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM. 

Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language at grade C and GCSE Mathematics at grade B, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31-30 points.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

On successful completion of your degree, you should be well equipped to pursue a career in a professional firm of accountants. In the past some of our students have obtained positions in KPMG, PwC and Grant Thornton or as an accountant in industry, working for companies like Tesco, IBM, Virgin Group, Next or Marks and Spencer.

A number of our graduates have also developed very successful careers with small and medium sized organisations. To complete your professional qualification you will need to complete final exams and have three years of professional training and work experience.

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.


Included in the fees

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year

Additional costs not included in the fees

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

This will be updated with more specific information on the books and equipment you will receive as soon as it becomes available.

For more details about the No Hidden Extras programme, click here for further details.

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The Add+vantage Programme is not applicable to this course.


Students have previously participated in tax conferences in Belgium and Holland, where they engaged with students from different countries of the European Union.

Coventry University has many links with partner organisations and has recently arranged trips to

China. Future field trips are planned to India and Hong Kong. You will also have the opportunity to study or work abroad and may be supported by schemes such as Erasmus, Marco Polo and Vasco da Gama.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know 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 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

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.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say – Junjie Chi

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. 


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time; 4 years sandwich (study abroad or work placement)

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Professionally Accredited Programmes

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152