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BSc Accounting and Finance

Our BSc Accounting and Finance degree is designed to prepare you for a career in accountancy firms, financial institutions or large multinational enterprises.

At a glance

  • Gain a sound understanding of accounting and finance
  • Accredited by the ICAEW and ACCA with the opportunity to obtain credit for prior learning
  • Apply your learning in our state-of-the-art dealing rooms
  • Can lead to a career in accountancy firms, financial institutions or multinational enterprises
  • Option to undertake a one-year work placement to further develop your knowledge and skills
Level
Undergraduate
Subject area(s)
Accounting
Award
BSc
Duration
3 years (4 years with a placement year)
Attendance
Full-time
UCAS Code
NN43/NN34
Programme Director
Rhianydd Dow005 75efq6kte
Ms Rhianydd Dow

Accounting is about analysing and interpreting information while Finance is about current and future management of finances within an organisation. Put them together and you have a wide variety of skills and knowledge highly in demand by graduate employers. On this degree you will obtain a critical grasp of core accounting and finance theory as well as sound technical knowledge. You will also gain a thorough understanding of the role of accounting and finance in business and society.

A range of core modules will develop your understanding of the operation of the financial system and capital markets, and you will have the opportunity to apply the theory learned in our dealing rooms, using computer trading simulations and spreadsheet modelling.

In your first year, you will acquire a sound understanding of core financial, accounting and business concepts. In your second and final years, you can then go on to take more advanced modules and tailor your degree towards your own interests and aims. You will graduate with professional and technical skills that will be immediately transferable to the business environment.

An optional one-year work placement gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment.

This course offers the opportunity to apply for credit for prior learning from two major accounting bodies: ICAEW and ACCA.

Part 1

Compulsory modules Credits

This module introduces management accounting concepts and techniques that assist managers with their organisational decision making, planning, control and performance evaluation.

Academic authors
Maggie Cooper005 75ipdsq6y
Dr Maggie Cooper
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module introduces you to different aspects of 'business' and aims to develop your academic and professional skills that will be applied at university and in the workplace.

Academic authors
Maggie Cooper005 75ipdsq6y
Dr Maggie Cooper
20 [10 ECTS credits]

An introduction to double-entry bookkeeping and the preparation of financial statements for sole traders and limited companies.

The module aims to help students to develop a sound understanding of the techniques of double-entry bookkeeping, so that they can apply its principles in recording accounting transactions, adjusting financial records and preparing non-complex financial statements.

Academic authors
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Dr Ed Tew
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module provides an introduction to commercial and retail banking theory and practice, the use of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in lending and investment decisions and an introduction to financial technology (fintech) and venture capital investment in this sector.

Academic authors
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Emeritus Professor Brian Scott-Quinn
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to provide the student with an overview of the financial system. This will include an overview of the role that the financial system plays in the economy, a discussion of some of the main players in the system, the instruments they trade, and the trading prices.

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Dr Gita Persand
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module introduces you to a range of quantitative techniques that are commonly applied in business, finance and management.

Academic authors
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Dr Nikolaos Antypas
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Part 2

Compulsory modules Credits

This module looks closely at the content and application of a range of international financial reporting standards.

This module aims to develop and add to the knowledge, understanding and skills of financial accounting and reporting acquired on the level 4 modules Introductory International Financial Accounting A and B (AC105a and AC105b), and Introduction to Accounting (AC101 or AC110) ). The module also aims to foster in students, an inquiring and critical attitude towards issues in financial accounting and reporting.

Academic authors
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Dr Ekililu Salifu
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module builds upon the foundations of management accounting established in AC107 Management Information by developing a critical understanding of the main concepts and ideas underlying management control systems.

To build upon the foundations of management accounting established in AC107 Management Information by developing a critical understanding of the main concepts and ideas underlying management control systems. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the techniques, principles and underlying concepts relating to the provision and use of financial information in organisational decision-making, planning and control. This involves understanding the theories, technical language, practices and their location within the organisational and business context together with developments in contemporary management accounting.

Academic authors
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Tony Graham
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module focusses on corporate value, considering how it is measured and how companies can create value through their strategies, financial decisions and governance practices.

Academic authors
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Dr Carol Padgett
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module examines the issues involved in understanding the investment market, constructing an optimal investment portfolio, evaluating the performance of that portfolio, and adjusting its composition through time.

Academic authors
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Dr Nikolaos Antypas
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Work Placement Experience

  • Work placement experience (including a minimum of 9 months, full-time work placement) or study abroad (if applicable).
  • Students who have completed two years of study and for whom a work placement is unsuitable can progress directly into the third (final) year of study, converting this into a three-year degree programme
  • If you take a year-long placement or study abroad, Part 3 as described below may be subject to
    variation.
Optional modules Credits

This module provides insight into the practical application of your Accountancy and/or Business Management Skills.

Aims:

1. To gain relevant work experience in order to provide a practical context for the academic material studied in the first, second and final year.

2. To enhance employability through being able to demonstrate 12 months relevant work experience.

3. To extend knowledge and learning of degree discipline modules, to help identify future career path(s).

4. To further develop ‘soft skills’ (team-work, communication, time management, planning, leadership skills etc)

Academic authors
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Sarah Rourke
120 [60 ECTS credits]

Part 3

Compulsory modules Credits

This module looks closely at a number of international financial reporting standards and at the preparation of consolidated financial statements.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module is designed to combine theoretical and practical approaches to derivatives.

Academic authors
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Mr David Knapp
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module introduces students to a set of techniques to measure and manage market and credit risks in banks. It also covers recent developments in bank regulation. Financial press articles are extensively used to provide context and show the relevance of the teaching material to current risk management issues.

Academic authors
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Dr Ivan Sangiorgi
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Dr Chao Yin
20 [10 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.

Academic authors
Rhianydd Dow005 75efq6kte
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.

ACCA Accredited Programme

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the global body for professional accountants. ACCA awards a specific level of exemption to graduates, which matches the knowledge and skills gained from their degree qualifications. Students will be partly qualified Chartered Certified Accountants once they complete their degree programmes at Henley Business School successfully.

Henley Careers

Our aim at Henley Careers is to empower and enable you to leave the Business School confident in being able to progress your career forward successfully.

We are committed to enable you to take a strong career leadership approach to your career planning. We will work with you to help you understand yourself better, as well as truly understand the obstacles and opportunities around you. Research both at Henley and other leading Business Schools shows that people who are self-reliant and usually achieve higher levels of success. We therefore encourage your job search to be driven by you and your needs, but along the way, we provide you with advice and insight regarding your strategy.

You can book a telephone or video appointment with your dedicated Careers Consultant to get support and advice for your career planning or professional development. We also hold numerous events to help you learn about different careers and develop your skills, such as Monday Night Employer Panels, Success Studios and Resilient You.

A work placement offers you an enormous range of benefits – both during your degree and beyond.

On most of our undergraduate courses you can choose to do a 9 to 12-month placement in your third year, before returning to complete your final year at the Business School. This will appear on your degree transcript and offers many of the following benefits:

  • Put your learning into practice
  • Enhance your CV by developing sought-after skills such as time and project management, teamwork, commercial awareness, and communication
  • Build a professional network - a successful work placement can lead to the offer of a permanent role with the same organisation upon graduation
  • Gain a wealth of knowledge, experience and transferable skills to set you on the right path for a successful career
  • Gain insight into the real world of business

How we support you

Our dedicated placement team, who all have a background in industry and graduate recruitment, will provide you with expert advice and guidance – from helping choosing the right Industry Placement through to supporting you while working during your third year.

You will start to consider what kind of work placement you would like to pursue in your first year. Students returning from their work placement will give presentations and share their experiences with you, providing a valuable insight into what you can expect.

You will receive ongoing support during your work placement, with your tutor visiting twice during the year to discuss your experience and performance. You will also develop and agree a training plan with your placement tutor and line manager.

Work placement destinations

Recognising that the majority of our students prefer to remain in and around Reading during their placement year we work with leading graduate employers in the region.

We also encourage and support students who wish to do their placement year in London, or other cities in the UK or abroad.

Ms Rhianydd Dow

Associate Professor in Accounting and Financial Management

Dr Maggie Cooper

Lecturer in Management Accounting

Dr Ed Tew

Lecturer in Accounting

Dr Gita Persand

Lecturer in Finance

Dr Nikolaos Antypas

Lecturer in Finance

Tony Graham

Lecturer in Management Accounting

Dr Ekililu Salifu

Lecturer in Accounting

Dr Carol Padgett

Programme Director: MSc Corporate Finance

Julie Cooper

Associate Professor in Accounting

Mr David Knapp

Visiting Fellow

Dr Ivan Sangiorgi

Lecturer in Finance

Dr Chao Yin

Lecturer in Finance

Emeritus Professor Brian Scott-Quinn

Director of Banking Programmes

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Contact us

If you have any questions regarding Accounting, Business & Management Courses, please contact us by:

Email: UG-BMAP@henley.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 5058