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BA Accounting and Business - The Flying Start Degree Programme

Including paid work placements with PwC, this is one of the fastest degree routes to becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in the UK.

At a glance

  • Combine academic study with paid work placements at PwC
  • Earn a competitive salary
  • Fast-track route to becoming a Chartered Accountant
  • Reduced tuition fees in years 2, 3 and 4
  • Strong prospect of securing a graduate job offer from PwC
Level
Undergraduate
Subject area(s)
Accounting
Award
BA
Duration
4 years full time
Attendance
Full-time
UCAS Code
NN41
Programme Director
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Edel Byrne

If you’ve set your sights on a career as an accountant, then BA Accounting and Business - The Flying Start Degree Programme is for you.

Work while you study

4 ug students

During Year 1 you will study alongside other Henley students at our beautiful Whiteknights campus, 30 minutes from London. You will gain a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of accounting, business, ethics and law.

In Years 2, 3 and 4 you will combine academic study with paid professional work placements at PwC, where you will receive dedicated training and can expect to earn a competitive salary.

These placements will take place during term time, leaving you free to enjoy your summer holiday with the cash you've earned at work.

Fast track to becoming a Chartered Accountant

By the time you graduate, you will have completed modules that give credit for prior learning for 12 of the 15 ICAEW professional examinations, and you’ll be approximately one year away from achieving full ICAEW Chartered Accountant status.

A career that could take you anywhere

PwC is one of the largest professional services firms and offers exciting career opportunities for graduates all over the world. You could work in a variety of service lines or even travel abroad.

Student support

We offer academic support, personal support, careers advice and professional development, as well as full support for those facing the extra challenges of moving from other countries. The University of Reading's Disability Advisory Service (DAS) offers expert advice and guidance to prospective and current students.

Part 1

Compulsory modules Credits

Summary module description:

This is a ten week course which provides students with an introduction to the English legal system, the law of contract and some aspects of the law of tort.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

To provide students with an introduction to the foundations of English law as it impacts upon business and professional services: agency law, company and insolvency law, criminal law, the law relating to information and its legal environment, employment and social security law.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module introduces students to the main areas of UK taxes, including income tax, capital gains tax, corporation tax, national insurance and the ethical issues related to tax advisory work.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Part 2

Compulsory modules Credits

This module builds on the knowledge acquired in AC101 or AC110, Introduction to Accounting, with regards to the preparation of financial statements for single entities and introduces students to various International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the preparation of financial statements

This module aims to enable students to prepare a complete set of financial statements for single entities in conformity with IFRS.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module provides insight into the practical application of accounting and business skills and competencies

This module aims to provide students with:


1. A practical context for the academic material presented in their programme providing links between the theory and practice of accountancy.


2. An opportunity to develop personal and professional skills, including written and spoken presentation skills, team-working, and time management.


3. Relevant work experience which will enhance their CV and graduate employability.


4. Technical work experience approved by the ICAEW.

Academic authors
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Edel Byrne
40 [20 ECTS credits]

This module builds on the knowledge acquired in AC108 Principles of Taxation, developing knowledge and understanding of the main UK taxes, including income tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, corporation tax, national insurance, stamp taxes, and the ethical issues related to tax advisory work.

This module aims to enable students to prepare tax computations and provide tax advice to individuals and companies in a wide range of scenarios, in addition to explaining the ethical issues surrounding the tax advice.

Academic authors
Clare Bentata
Clare Bentata
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Part 3

Compulsory modules Credits

This module provides insight into the practical application of accounting and business skills and competencies.

This module aims to provide students with


1. a practical context for the academic material presented in their programme providing links between the theory and practice of accountancy

2. an opportunity to develop personal and professional skills, including written and spoken presentation skills, team-working, and time management.

3. relevant work experience which will enhance their CV and graduate employability

4. technical work experience approved by the ICAEW.

Academic authors
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Edel Byrne
40 [20 ECTS credits]

This module builds on the knowledge acquired in AC217/AC304 Tax Compliance, developing knowledge, understanding and advisory skills relating to potential business and personal tax scenarios.

This module aims to enable students to apply technical knowledge and professional judgement to identify, explain and evaluate alternative tax treatments to resolve tax issues that arise in the context of preparing tax computations and to advise on tax-efficient strategies for businesses and individuals. Students will also be required to evaluate the commercial, legal and ethical implications of recommendations.

Academic authors
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Edel Byrne
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module focuses on the key factors to be considered in corporate financial management decision makings, in terms of working capital management, sources of long-term finance, dividend policies, risk management and etc. The module aims to equip students with relevant knowledge in understanding and evaluating the factors in financial decision makings by a variety of stakeholders, such as shareholders, investors and etc.

This module aims to explain the nature and purpose of financial management and to discuss the objectives of financial management decision-making. The module introduces students to key perspectives, theories and practices in financial management by considering the effects of working capital management, capital structure, policies on dividends, and tools of risk management.

Academic authors
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Tony Graham
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module builds on the knowledge acquired in AC206, Financial Accounting, with regards to the preparation of financial statements for single entities in accordance with IFRS. It covers some of the more advanced standards including leases, foreign exchange and financial instruments.

The module also includes the preparation of consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS, including accounting for associates and JVs and the disposal of subsidiaries.

This module aims to enable students to prepare complete single entity and consolidated financial statements, and extracts from those financial statements, covering a wide range of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). It requires students to explain accounting and reporting concepts and ethical issues and the application of IFRS to single entity and group scenarios.

Academic authors
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Alison Hennell
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Part 4

Compulsory modules Credits
20 [10 ECTS credits]
30 [15 ECTS credits]

This module provides insight into the practical application of accounting and business skills and competencies

This module aims to provide students with


1. A practical context for the academic material presented in their programme providing links between the theory and practice of accountancy

2. An opportunity to develop personal and professional skills, including written and spoken presentation skills, team-working, and time management.

3. Relevant work experience which will enhance their CV and graduate employability

4. Technical work experience approved by the ICAEW.

Academic authors
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Edel Byrne
40 [20 ECTS credits]

An introduction to the moral norms of international accounting and financial management, the ethical choices to which they give rise and the resources on which such choices can be based.

Business has its own moral norms, which often differ from those in society at large, while both business and social norms evolve over time and vary between cultures. Within business, the area of finance and accounting raises particular issues in this respect as the micro-culture of financial trading, the professional norms of the accounting profession and the overwhelming preoccupation with money and profit introduce a variety of conflicting moral pressures.

This module aims to equip students with the intellectual foundations for negotiating the moral world that ensues. Throughout the module, applications to real-world situations are used both to develop students' analytical, reflexive and decision-making skills and to introduce them to the range of moral issues and contexts encountered in the practices of accountancy, investment and financial management.

Academic authors
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Ms Rhianydd Dow
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.

Our undergraduate degrees are taught through a mix of lectures, group projects and interactive classroom lessons. This gives you the opportunity to discuss, explore and then apply the subject content in depth with your lecturers and fellow students.

Through exploring and tackling real-world challenges, you will also be able to develop your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Modules are assessed through written assignments, in-class tests, group presentations and formal examinations. This helps you graduate as a rounded individual and develops your transferable skills, which are highly sought after by leading graduate employers.

Each academic year you will be required to complete a number of compulsory and optional modules, totalling 120 credits. A typical 10 credit module requires a total of 100 hours of study. This includes contact hours with lecturers as well as independent study.

Fast track your way to a professional qualification

As a BA Accounting and Business graduate you will have completed 12 out of the 15 professional exams required to become an ICAEW Charted Accountant.

The professional experience gained during your work placements with PwC also counts towards more than half of the technical work experience days required as part of the ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification.

This means that on graduating, you will be approximately one year away from achieving full ICAEW Chartered Accountant status - putting you ahead of other graduates entering the accounting profession.

Career progression

There is no obligation for you to work at PwC after completing the programme, though graduates who achieve a 2:1 and impress on their work placements are likely to be offered a permanent job with the firm.

As a BA Accounting and Business graduate, you can expect a competitive starting salary on account of the practical experience you have gained as well as your progress towards completion of the ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification.

Are the placements compulsory?

As part of the BA Accounting and Business degree programme, you will undertake three paid work placements with PwC. These are a compulsory part of the programme and you will be assessed against PwC's performance appraisal criteria as well as the University's academic standards.

When do placements take place?

Placements take place in years 2, 3 and 4.

In years 2 and 3, placements will take place approximately between mid-December and the end of March. In year 4 you will undertake a slightly longer placement, running from approximately mid-November to the end of March.

What will I do on placement?

Throughout your placements, you’ll put the theory you’ve been learning in the classroom into practice in the office.

The placements will be progressive, in that you will be expected to take on greater professional responsibility by your final year - and this will be reflected in your job grade and salary.

How much will I earn?

Over the course of the three placements you can expect to earn a competitive salary, offsetting a significant proportion of your tuition fees.

Where will I be based?

The expectation is that you will be based at the same PwC office for all three of your placements, enabling you to build a strong network of contacts and relationships with colleagues and clients.

Much of your time while on placement will be spent visiting commercial clients. Should your work placement be based at an office not within reasonable commuting distance from Reading, PwC will cover the cost of your local accommodation.

We always try to ensure that you are based in an office location with other placement students from Reading so that you are not left 'on your own'.

How will I be supported?

Both PwC and Henley Business School will ensure that you are adequately prepared for, and appropriately supported during, your work placements. You will also have access to online learning resources and support, to help ensure that you don't completely lose touch with your academic studies while working at PwC.

Will I be offered a permanent job?

If you impress while you’re there and graduate with a 2:1, PwC is likely to offer you a permanent job. And after you pass just three more ICAEW examinations, you could be a fully qualified Chartered Accountant roughly a year after graduating. In fact, wherever you take your career, your qualification will give you a serious competitive edge.

Edel Byrne

Associate Professor of Accounting

Dr Ronita Ram

Associate Professor in Accounting

Alison Hennell

School Director of Teaching and Learning

Ms Rhianydd Dow

Associate Professor in Accounting and Financial Management

Sue Blackett

Lecturer in Accounting

Dr Ekililu Salifu

Lecturer in Accounting

Julie Cooper

Associate Professor in Accounting

Sherika Deshields

Programme and Placement Administrator

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