Finance, Accounting and Management BSc

   
   
  

Fact file - 2019 entry

Qualification
BSc Hons Finance, Accounting and Management
UCAS code
NN34
Duration
3 years full-time
A level offer
AAB
Required subjects
GCSE maths, 5 (B) or above
IB score
34
Course location
Course places
252
School/department
 

Overview

Focusing on the modern firm and its financial environment, this course provides a strong foundation in accounting and finance theory and practice.
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It is accredited by a number of industry bodies and offers exemption from a series of professional exams, including some set by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Year one

The first year serves as a broad foundation to the study of a range of business disciplines, including core modules in financial accounting, business finance, management accounting, entrepreneurship, business law, microeconomics, economic policy, organisation studies, business computing and quantitative methods.

Year two

The second and final years of the course allow you to develop specialist knowledge of finance and accounting theory and practice by building on your first year studies.

Specifically, the second year includes core modules in financial management, management accounting, financial reporting, accounting information systems, computational finance, management strategy, database design, quantitative methods and econometrics.

You can also apply to spend a semester of your second year studying abroad at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia, or to take a semester at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, China and Europe.

Year three

The final year has the greatest focus on the study of finance and typically includes core modules in corporate finance, financial analysis, financial markets, financial reporting, auditing, management accounting and business ethics. There are also opportunities for you to tailor the course to your interests and career aspirations through optional modules.

Placement year

This course is also available as a four-year programme, including a placement year. If you apply for this route, you will have the option to spend your third year on placement with a relevant organisation.

Key facts

  • One of the UK's leading centres for management education, part of an elite group of global EQUIS accredited business schools
  • Development and employability programmes that bring you closer to top employers, including Deloitte, HSBC, PwC and Unilever
  • Opportunities to study abroad at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia or in locations such as Australia, China and Europe
  • Nottingham University Business School is recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning
 

Entry requirements

A levels: AAB excluding general studies, critical thinking and citizenship studies

GCSEs: GCSE maths, 5 (B) or above, unless taking it at A level

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English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

International applicants

For country-specific information including entry requirements, contact details and representatives, see our website. If you need a visa to study, the University can provide all the information and advice you need.

Mature students

At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.

Alternative qualifications

Our admission process recognises that applicants have a wealth of different experiences and may have followed various educational pathways. Please view the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

All applicants who are made an offer are invited to visit the Business School and meet members of staff and students at our offer-holder events.

The school does not normally interview candidates; our offers are made on the basis of the information contained in your UCAS application. We welcome applications from mature candidates and consider academic and professional backgrounds on an individual basis. We also consider other qualifications in addition to those listed above.

Please note we do not accept entry, or transfer from another university, into year two or above on any of our undergraduate degrees.

 
 

Modules

The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Typical year one modules

Core modules

Business Finance

This module provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of finance and will help you:

  • understand that there is a relationship between the risk of an investment and the expected returns
  • understand the concept of the time value of money and be able to calculate the present value of a single and multiple future cash flows
  • be able to apply NPV to project appraisal in realistic situations
  • understand the fundamental ideas or portfolio theory and be able to apply the CAPM
  • to be able to estimate cost of capital for equity (CAPM and dividend growth model) and bonds (market value and IRR)
 
Business Law

This module will introduce you to:

  • UK legal framework
  • impact of EU legislation
  • law of contract - essential elements, performance and remedies
  • business and the law of tort
  • employment law
  • law in a local and global context
 
Computers in Business

This module will introduce the use of computers and IT in business today - and in particular spreadsheet modelling - via a lab based assessment and a case study group report and presentation.

 
Economic Principles

This module introduces you to the microeconomic theory of the market, firm and consumer and to the nature and scope of the macroeconomic policy agenda, developing the analytical frameworks necessary for the evaluation of policy instruments. The module enables you to understand the economic arguments that underlie different views and to evaluate relevant arguments.

Topics include: market demand, supply and equilibrium; firm production and costs; market structure (perfect competition, oligopoly, monopoly); consumer theory; market failure; asymmetric information; externalities; aggregate demand; money and interest rates; aggregate supply; unemployment and inflation; balance of payments and exchange rates.

This module provides you with the opportunity to apply for CIMA accreditation in the CIMA paper: Fundamentals of Business Economics. It also provides you with the foundations to build upon in quantitative and econometric modules which provides you with the opportunity to apply for additional CIMA accreditation.

 
Fundamentals of Financial and Management Accounting

This module covers:

  • key accounting concepts
  • the impact of accounting policy selection
  • the recording and collating of accounting information, including double entry bookkeeping
  • preparation of financial statement from accounting data
  • cost concepts and allocation of manufacturing overheads
  • absorption and variable costing
  • cost-volume-profit analysis
  • relevant costing
  • budgeting
 
Organisational Behaviour

This module will introduce you to the basic ideas of organisational behaviour. The content will encourage you to develop an understanding of managing and developing people within business organisations.

The module will draw its primary material from the major theorists and theories of both organisational psychology and organisational behaviour. The module will also develop links with other aspects of the business school curriculum such as general management and international business.

 
Professional and Academic Development

This module covers:

  • rules and regulations of studying at University, organisational skills and time management, and how to approach reflective work and skills analysis
  • essay writing, referencing and plagiarism, taking minutes and agendas
  • team working, listening skills, values, personal attributes, networking, cultural awareness
  • problem solving, critical thinking and decision making, SDGs and project - social enterprises
  • study abroad, careers insight days, CVs and applications
  • communication - personal brand, self-awareness values
  • project management
  • interviews and assessment days - careers and some external companies, commercial awareness
  • presentation skills
  • ethics in business and technology in relation to future careers
 
Quantitative Methods 1B

This module covers:

  • economic application of calculus
  • confidence intervals
  • introduction to hypothesis testing
  • partial differentiation
  • optimisation of two variables
  • probability
  • random variables
  • sampling distributions
 

Optional modules

One from:

Managing Operations in the Digital Economy

The module provides an integrated overview of operations management and information systems and covers:

  • key technology trends: industry 4.0, cloud, mobile computing
  • manufacturing systems design and management (process choice, layout, location)
  • service operations design and management
  • balancing capacity and demand
  • information systems analysis and design
  • operations planning and control, including inventory management
  • operations excellence, lean thinking and business process re-engineering
  • supply chain design and management
  • customer relationship management
  • knowledge management
  • business intelligence and analytics
  • sustainability in business operations
  • the wider supply chain and ethical responsibility of supply chain managers
 
Origins and Development of the UK Economy

The module provides an opportunity for you to learn how the modern UK economy, whose fortunes they study in other modules, has evolved over the last 300 years.

Starting with the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th century, we will look at how Britain became the 'Workshop of the World' in the mid-19th century, at how relative decline later set in and at the economic impact of the two World Wars. We will end by considering the economy since 1945, including the 'Golden Age' of the 1950s and 1960s, the oil crisis of 1973, the 'Big Bang' in 1986 and the financial crash of 2008.

Throughout, the emphasis will be on how individual businesses have evolved, the opportunities and problems they have faced and how lessons from the past can help in understanding business today and tomorrow.

 
Quantitative Methods 1A

This module introduces you to:

  • numbers
  • algebra
  • functions
  • equations
  • exponents
  • logarithms
  • descriptive statistics
  • differentiation
  • optimisation
  • integration
 
Tourism Futures: the Challenge of Sustainability

This module will survey the international tourism industry in the 21st century. Starting with lectures on the history and sociology of tourism and its broader cultural significance, it will analyse trends in tour operation management, sustainable transport practice, niche markets like eco-tourism, and investigate and evaluate the various social, cultural and environmental impacts which the tourist industry has on destinations.

 
Work and Society

The module explores the nature of work and society. The module will look at the development of our understanding of work and society. The development of the industrial and the post-industrial society will be explored and its impact on the nature of work, organisation and management.

There will be a historical and critical review of the schools of thought and key writers. Examples of research into individual and group experiences of work, organisation and management will be discussed.

 
 

Typical year two modules

Core modules

Accounting Information Systems

This module looks at the use of accounting information systems in financial and management accounting and their control and audit. You'll cover topics such as:

  • introduction to systems
  • business processes
  • budgeting and decision support systems
  • internal control and audit
  • computer crime and external audit
  • enterprise resource planning systems
 
Corporate Finance

This module will develop your knowledge of financial decision-making and strategic financial decisions, including takeovers and mergers.

 
Intermediate Corporate Reporting

The module addresses the application of financial reporting principles in preparing financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards for a range of transactions and economic events. This module also develops your understanding of the role of external audit, and audit theory and practice.

 
Introductory Econometrics

This module will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of quantitative economic modelling at a basic level. The theoretical framework will be developed around the classical regression model and its extensions, with theoretical understanding being supplemented with computer-based practical examples of modelling and data analysis. 

 
Management Accounting

This module will introduce:

  • activity based costing
  • process costing
  • transfer pricing
  • the changing role of the management accountant
 
Management Strategy

This module provides you with a theoretical and applied overview of strategic management in today's operational environment. It introduces and analyses the key concepts, frameworks and techniques of strategic management, which allow them to diagnose complex situations related to real-world business development.

 
Quantitative Methods 2A

In this module you'll study further maths and statistics including topics such as linear algebra, constrained optimisation, difference equations and hypothesis testing. 

 

Optional modules

Plus 20 credits of approved optional modules.

 

Typical year three modules

Core modules

Advanced Corporate Reporting and Analysis

This module covers advanced financial reporting topics including:

  • accounting conceptual framework
  • accounting measurement and recognition issues
  • special topics
 
Advanced Management Accounting

Content to be confirmed.

 
Business Ethics and Sustainability

Content to be confirmed.

 
Financial Markets: Theory and Computation

This module examines the workings of the major financial markets. Markets for equity and debt are dealt with (money and foreign exchange markets are also the focus) as are markets for derivative instruments. The module covers the key theoretical models of modern finance, key market conventions and mechanisms, financial risk management with derivative instruments.

 

Optional modules

Plus 40 credits of approved optional modules.

 
 
 
 

Study abroad

On this course, you can apply to spend all or part of your second year studying abroad at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia, or to take a semester at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, China and Europe.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.

I was able to study abroad without interrupting my degree and spent time in Malaysia: going on holidays most weekends, living in a village community, and working in Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur. I have everlasting memories from the absolute best months of my entire life and am now far more employable. In fact, most of my job interviews have focused on my experiences in Malaysia!
 

James Day, BSc Finance, Accounting and Management

 

Careers

Graduates from the Business School are highly sought after in the job market, gaining employment in accountancy, banking and other financial services, while many others develop careers in management consultancy, marketing and human resource management.

Recent graduate employers include Accenture, Amazon, Apple, Barclays, British Army, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, HMRC, HSBC, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, PwC, RBS, Saatchi & Saatchi, Samsung, Santander, and Standard Chartered Bank.

The Business School's careers and recruitment service provides targeted and bespoke support to help steer you onto a career path of your choice. You will have opportunities to network with top employers throughout your degree, with many of these companies choosing to sponsor prizes for the highest-performing students in different years of study or particular subjects.

Professional accreditation

ICAEW

Nottingham University Business School is recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students.

Graduates from this course will obtain exemptions from a number of professional examination papers set by the:

ACCA   CIMA  

CIPFA

Employability and average starting salary

98.7% of undergraduates from Nottingham University Business School had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,000 with the highest being £42,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

 
 

Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.

 
 
 

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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