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What makes the Accounting and Finance diploma special?

The course will be delivered by Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) at their Matthew Boulton site.

Our diploma in accounting and finance aims to build your skills portfolio for a rewarding career in business, in the field of accountancy or finance. You'll actively engage with employers and the leading professional bodies during your time with us, as you position yourself to enter this highly influential sector.

With its strong focus on business sustainability, including environmental, social and governance issues, this course will show you're a highly analytical, numerate and commercially driven graduate. Throughout the course you'll be able to develop the knowledge and skills that employers value.

On successful completion of the course, you will have the opportunity for entry to year 3 (L6) of the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance at the University of Worcester. This offers you an optional work placement year as well as shorter-term internships opportunities.

In addition, if you continue onto the final year at Worcester, on successful completion of the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree programme we expect that you will be eligible for exemptions with all professional bodies, ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CIPFA and IFA. (This is pending approval from professional bodies.)

*Subject to approval

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Our course is designed to equip you with skills and knowledge required to achieve your career goal
  • We have designed the course with you and your profession in mind and closely aligned the content to the syllabi of professional accountancy bodies
  • You will put your skills at test with the industry placement opportunities and prepare yourself for your future career
  • On successful completion of this course, you would be able to progress to L6 of the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance at the University of Worcester with an optional work placement year and internships
  • You will be taught using a variety of methods by leading lecturers who have worked professionally in the accounting and finance sector

Accreditation (Pending approval)

If you continue with your studies at L6 at the University of Worcester and graduate with a BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, we expect that you will be eligible to apply for exemptions from all the main accounting professional bodies: ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CIPFA, and IFA. (This is pending approval from professional bodies).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points - including GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above.

Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes.

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

Course content

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.

All modules are mandatory. This enables you to acquire the core knowledge and skills that you need for the rest of your degree, maximise the potential for professional body accreditation and identify specialist topics which interest you and may wish to select in Year 3.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Law for Accounting and Finance
  • Unlocking Individual Potential

Year 2

  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Markets and Investment
  • Management Accounting
  • Unlocking Organisational Potential
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

We place emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Contact time

In a typical week there will be at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work.

Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • Information giving, facilitated discussions, small group work, presentations
  • Practical skills - the opportunity to practise group facilitation, presentation, communication and listening skills

Visiting speakers and opportunities to visit other settings are regular features of the course.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Duration

  • 2 years full-time
  • 3 years part-time

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 100 per cent of Accounting and Finance lecturers have a teaching qualification.

Assessment

The assessment strategy has been designed so that:

All modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the final module grade, and they are assessed against the specific module learning outcomes.

Typically, modules will have 2-3 assessments.

Across each individual year and cumulatively across all three years the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. A variety of assessment types (written examinations, reports, presentations, essays, portfolios and practical reports) are designed to suit different learning styles.

Different types of employability skills are embedded in all modules.

A typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
  • 3 formal examinations of 3 hours duration
  • 1 essay
  • 1 reflective and skills portfolio
  • 2 in-class tests
Year 2
  • 3 formal examinations, one of 2 hours, and two of 3 hours duration
  • 1 reflective and skills portfolio
  • 1 essay
  • 1 practical report
  • 1 individual presentation

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We will provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Careers

Careers

Studying accounting and finance will prepare you for a range of business careers including in accountancy or financial services, for example:

  • Accounting
  • Audit
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • International trade

On our accounting and finance course, you'll also give you the chance to get access to work with professional accountants and finance specialists. These professionals have experience of management, consultancy or running their own business across sectors including banking and manufacturing.

Costs

Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

BMet does not offer any accommodation, but if you wish to progress to Level 6 at the University of Worcester you would be able to apply for university accommodation.

How to apply

How to apply

Full-time study - Applying through UCAS

  • Accounting and Finance DipHE - [N404]

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

 

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

University of Worcester

Tracey Pearce

BMet