BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Course Overview

Arden’s BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree course gives you the latest skills needed to launch your career in an area that is in high demand across all areas of business. We’ll help you develop a thorough understanding of modern financial theories, together with learning how (and why) organisations make those all-important investment and financing and decisions. This knowledge will give you the confidence to start working as an accountant or finance professional after graduation. You might also opt to continue your training with professional qualifications such as ACCA or CIMA, or a master’s degree in a specialised area of the industry. 

Studying your bachelor’s course with Arden means you’ll be taught by practitioners and academics with extensive experience in the accounting and finance sector. They’ll show how to apply the most up-to-date accounting and finance strategies that are proven to enhance corporate value, while developing your communication, leadership, and team working skills. 

This course has double accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), two leading professional bodies. We’ve fully aligned your course content with these qualifications, meaning you can potentially gain up to 17 module exemptions towards your BSc degree. We’ve also partnered with Bloomberg, giving you access to Bloomberg Financial Markets and valuable insight into what it’s really like to work in finance.

Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn’t a clear pathway to this degree – we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

Our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:

  • GCSE Grade C in Mathematics , or equivalent.
  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • If you don’t currently hold the above qualifications, we also offer this course with an additional foundation year, which is designed for students who need extra support when starting their degree course.

Course fee

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Fee per level:
Foundation year fee:£4,000
Level 4 fee:£5,500
Level 5 fee:£5,500
Level 6 fee:£5,500

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on (i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course details and modules

This ACCA and CIMA -accredited BSc Accounting and Finance course will provide you with key skills in financial reporting and management accounting, and the ability to use these to inform good decision-making in real business situations. The specialist modules explored on this degree, as well as their practical application in the Bloomberg Terminal, will help you to graduate as a well-rounded professional who is ready to take on all manner of professional challenges.

How do we assess you?

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways throughout your BSc Accounting and Finance degree, providing your tutors with the opportunity to see your progress and for you to demonstrate your strengths and understanding. As this accounting and finance course complies with both ACCA and CIMA requirements, a high proportion of modules will be assessed by examination.

Other methods of assessment may include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Dissertations

Modules

You have 3-9 years to complete your course, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level – however, many of our students complete the course in 3-6 years.

Level 4

  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Business Maths
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Management Information Systems

Level 5

  • Business Law
  • British Tax System
  • Accounting and Audit Framework
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Decision Making

Level 6

  • Audit
  • Financial Management
  • Ethics
  • Professional, Statutory and Current Accounting Issues
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

Career prospects

We don’t expect our undergraduate students to have a definite career path in mind when enrolling with us, especially when you’ve got so many exciting career paths to choose from after graduation. Instead, we aim to prepare you with universal skills that employers from a variety of organisations will value, so you’ll graduate feeling confident to decide where your future career lies.

What can I do after Arden University?

As a graduate of this accounting and finance degree, you’ll be prepared to enter a variety of business, financial and accounting roles. Candidates equipped with a solid understanding of business management, financial knowledge and accounting skills are highly valued and sought after by many employers, meaning there are a variety of job roles you might want to consider, such as:

  • Accountant
  • Finance Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Broker
  • Tax Advisor

What can an accounting and finance degree do for me?

By mastering the fundamentals of accounting and finance, you’ll be able to demonstrate to employers how valuable you are. Just as valuable, are the key skills you can develop with this undergraduate course, including:

  • The ability to research and present information to various audiences
  • Analysis and evaluation of financial data
  • Effective communication, problem solving and decision making skills 
  • A solid understanding of business environments and financial management
  • The ability to work independently and within a team
  • Hands-on experience with Bloomberg Financial Markets, one of the most cutting-edge and widely used platforms in finance.

What is Blended Learning in Arden University ?

Do you want to study for a Degree, but feel like you just don’t have the time to fit it into your life? Arden University’s  Blended Learning courses combine innovative online learning with traditional, face-to-face classes to give you a more flexible way to study.

How does it work?

The face-to-face hours are delivered as a part-time course would be, but with the additional independent online learning, you can still complete your Degree in 3 years*. This Blended approach means you can study anytime, anywhere and your tutors and support teams can be contacted outside of the classroom, online or over the phone.

When can I study?

Requiring just 8 hours of classes a week at your chosen UK study centre, you will have the opportunity to select when you want to learn: weekdays or  evenings .

  • Weekdays: 2 days per week either 9.00–13.00 or 13.30-17.30
  • Evenings**: 2 evenings per week 17.30–21.30

Where can I study?

With  Arden study centres across Birmingham, London , Manchester and Berlin, we believe we can offer a study option that suits most lifestyles.

So, whether you’re a full-time parent, striving to be employee of the month, or just don’t want the traditional study methods offered by other universities, Blended Learning at Arden University offers all the flexibility and support you need to fit study around your life.

Take a look at the courses on offer and talk to one of the Ulearn’s course advisors through our Live Chat function, or complete an enquiry form and someone will be in touch.

*4 years if taken with a foundation year.
** selected centres and courses only.

Flexible Intake Dates

At Arden University you don’t have to start your Degree in September like most other universities. We offer 6 different intakes throughout the year so you can start your course at a time that suits you and fits around your commitments.

Undergraduate Intake Dates

  • September
  • November
  • February
  • April
  • June

 How much will it cost?

We believe costs shouldn’t be a barrier to personal development which is why the cost of studying with Arden is lower than traditional universities. If you are looking for a smart, value for money option then look no further – you can stay in control of your finance and focus on your learning.

You can choose to pay for your course in full, in installments or through employer sponsorship. For UK students, you can also choose to pay with a student loan, if you’re eligible. For more information and for up-to-date fees please visit: https://arden.ac.uk/studying-with-us/fees-and-funding

Part time online learning

How does it work?

Studying the BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 

Our online students study their degree through iLearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  iLearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and access to our Library Portal. The portal includes an extensive digital library including thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and academic and industry databases which you can use to research your assignments and projects. All of these materials are provided to you free of charge, and contain all the research information you’ll need to complete your degree with us.

iLearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online does not mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We have even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you are currently learning. 

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Maintenance Loan if they cannot attend their course in person because of a disability. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you’re a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information on Living Cost Loans from your student finance body.