This Accounting and Finance course has long been a popular choice because of its excellent career prospects. This course is so closely tied into real-world professional requirements that, when you've successfully completed it, you'll be exempt from exam papers from three professional accounting bodies. These include papers from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, self-directed study, workshops and case studies. As part of your active learning, you will work on problems and issues with the tutor and other students. Through analysing data and drawing your own conclusions, you’ll explore approaches to different business situations.
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Year 1 (national level 4):
Develop an understanding of the key legal principles relating to the different models of business structure. Delve deeper into contract law, corporate governance and insolvency. Learn how to apply the law by using scenario-based assessment questions.
Learn why goods and services are demanded, how suppliers meet this demand and at what price. Explore why countries specialise in particular products and the effect of trade barriers and tariffs on economic wealth. Examine the concept of efficiency and become skilled at presenting and interpreting economic diagrams and graphs.
Understand the role of business management. Learn how organisations are structured and managed and gain insight into different approaches to management and key schools of management thought. Develop your understanding of leadership and management of teams and individuals and explore the role of internal and external stakeholders and the impact of external forces.
Start off your financial journey by focusing on the basic accounting concepts and conventions used as building blocks to prepare financial statements. Learn how to produce financial reports, including income statements, statements of financial position and statements of cashflows. Take part in practical examples and discussions.
Get to grips with the basic tools of management accounting. Gain an awareness of the role of management accounting, an understanding of the basic models, concepts and techniques in management accounting, and an understanding of basic budgeting and budget preparation.
Learn how to present quantitative data visually and identify trends, averages and variation. Explore the concept of probability and how managers apply the principle of probability to business scenarios. Examine the theory of forecasting using historical data to predict future outcomes acknowledging margins for error and factors beyond manager’s control, and gain confidence in processing numbers to interpret business performance.
Year 2 (national level 5):
Learn current accounting issues dealing with auditing and carry out investigative research of financial consequences of issues in auditing. Integrate theory with contemporary financial articles sourced from recent newspapers and research journals. Develop your understanding of the purpose and value of an effective audit, including auditors and directors professional, legal and corporate governance responsibilities; the code of best practice and the London Stock Exchange listing rules; the audit processes and audit reports.
Learn the instrumental role business finance plays within the world of today's global business organisation. Gain an understanding of the differing options available to businesses when considering raising finance to fund investment and growth. Analyse and evaluate whether business finance theories can be successfully applied within the modern day business environment.
Study elements of strategic management and reflect on the role of human resource management. Find out about organizing for stability and for change. Explore management and marketing and investigate effective management control processes.
Develop a deep understanding of the national taxation system and the importance of tax planning to the wealth and success of individuals and corporations. Explore topics that include administrative aspects of taxation, allowances, partnership and individual taxation, corporate taxation, and capital gains.
Continue your journey into financial reporting from the year 1 module, Introduction to Financial Accounting. Continue to develop ideas for the key elements of international financial reporting and learn to analyse financial statements. Gain knowledge of current ethical issues; create group accounts, and discuss ideas and thoughts of current practices within the industry.
Learn how to use accounting information in solving practical business problems and the limitations of theoretical techniques when applied in practice. Identify the techniques appropriate to solve particular business problems and apply them to business problems. Use management accounting information for planning, decision making and control, and interpret management accounting statements.
Year 3 (national level 6):
Many students on this course will be considering a career as a professional accountant, whether as a financial accountant or a management accountant. A financial accountant will typically work for many different clients, while a management accountant is employed by just one organisation and has a say in the running of that organisation. Business graduates from Sunderland have secured roles with organisations including Facebook, Microsoft, Sage, HSBC, IBM, Enterprise, Nissan, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, Viacom 18, PricewaterCoopers and Adidas.
To further enhance employability we encourage you to undertake a 48-week placement between your second and final year. It effectively becomes a third year of a four-year course. You’ll earn an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on your location.
Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year