Accounting BA (Hons) Top Up

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
UCAS Code: L400
Code: BS3501A11
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Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
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Overview

Our one year, full-time BA (Hons) Accounting (Top-up) course allows students who have successfully completed the FdA Accounting course at University Centre at Blackburn College to top up their foundation degree to honours level by studying at for an additional year.

The course will produce honours-level graduates with higher level skills and knowledge within a financial, accountancy and management environment.

What will I study?

You will study 5 main modules in order to complete your top-up year. All modules build on the skills that you have already acquired as part of the foundation degree. You’ll have to analyse problems, apply theory to practice and challenge theoretical models. Throughout all the stages of the course you’ll be encouraged to develop your own leadership and management style as well as the development of professional skills. You’ll look at the rules surrounding corporate governance, law and practice within a national context, as well as taxation, financial systems and the role of UK Auditing.

Modules include:

  • Corporate Finance and Related Ethical Issues
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Statistics

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Accounting (Top Up). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

 

Entry Requirements

In order to join this programme you will need to have successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Accounting. If you have received less than a Merit grade overall in your Foundation Degree you will be invited to attend a guidance interview first to ensure you are fully prepared for the Top Up programme. Additional preparation for study at the Top Up programme may be required.

How will I be assessed?

During the course you’ll be assessed by Examinations, Essays and Assignments/Briefs.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

You’ll graduate from the course able to apply for a range of careers both locally and nationally. You may choose to apply for a graduate role and a graduate trainee scheme in a financial or accountancy capacity. Such schemes exist with major UK employers including accountants and auditors. Post-graduate study is actively encouraged.

Many of our graduates choose to progress on to a Professional Qualification upon successful completion of the course. You can continue your study of Professional Qualifications at University Centre at Blackburn College.

Career Options

Management Accountant

  • £
    25,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Management accountants are responsible for managing a company's finances. They look after a company's accounts. They also find ways of improving profitability and growth. So if you are interested in finance and business, this could be just what you're looking for.

To do this job you will need to have good maths and computer skills. You’ll need accuracy and attention to detail. You’ll also need good communication skills.

To start working you will have to finish training with one of the professional bodies. Most management accountants choose to do this with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Public Finance Accountant

  • £
    17,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you have maths and computer skills, and you like analysing and solving problems, this job could be ideal for you.

As an accountant working in the public sector, you would play an important part in making sure that public money is spent properly in organisations like government departments, local authorities, housing associations, charities, the NHS or universities.

In this job you would need to work logically and methodically. You would need to know about business and public policy. You would also need to be a good communicator.

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Financial Adviser

  • £
    22,000
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

Financial advisers help their clients choose the financial products and services that best meet their current and future needs. As a financial adviser, you could advise your clients on the right investments, savings, pensions, mortgages or insurance products.

To succeed in this role, you need to be able to explain complex information clearly and simply. If you are interested in finance and you want to help people to get the best out of their money, this could be an ideal job for you.

You can become a financial adviser by taking a qualification in financial planning that is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). You will usually take this qualification through your employer. It will help if you have GCSEs in English and maths, and some relevant work experience in customer service, sales or finance.

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Actuary

  • £
    30,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Actuaries use their knowledge of maths, statistics and economics to help companies and public bodies forecast long-term financial costs and risks to investments.

If you are good with numbers, like solving problems and are interested in a career in finance, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you will be working with a lot of data - researching, analysing and interpreting it. You will need a good understanding of how businesses and financial markets work. You will also need a logical approach and sound judgement.

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Mortgage Adviser

  • £
    22,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

Mortgage advisers help people to find and apply for a mortgage when they are buying a property. As a mortgage adviser you would look at your client’s finances with them to see how much money they can afford to borrow. You would then help them to make their mortgage application.

If you want to help people make financial decisions, and you can explain complex things clearly and simply, this job could be for you. You would also need to be motivated to hit your sales targets.

To get into this job you will then need to take a qualification in mortgage advice that is recognised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). You will take this qualification through your employer. It will help if you have GCSEs in English and maths, and some relevant work experience in customer service, sales or finance. ???

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Purchasing Manager

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a purchasing or procurement manager, you would be responsible for buying the best quality equipment, goods and services for your company at the most competitive rates. If you are good at negotiating, networking and dealing with figures, this job could be a good choice for you.

You will need a well organised approach to work, the ability to analyse data and have good business sense.

There are different ways into this job, including starting out as an assistant and working your way up, getting a relevant higher education qualification, or going through a management training scheme. Professional qualifications are also important in this job.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Insurance Broker

  • £
    16,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As an insurance broker or agent, you would act as the link between insurance companies and customers. You would use your knowledge of the insurance market to find the best level of insurance cover at the best price for your customers.

You need to be a confident communicator, and a good negotiator. If you enjoy working with figures, have good report writing skills and are interested in financial services, then this job could suit you well.

To get into this job at trainee level, skills in maths and English are important, and you will also usually need A levels. If you have a degree in a relevant subject, you may be able to get onto a graduate training scheme. There may be opportunities to work your way up through an Apprenticeship if one available in your area.???????

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Insurance Claims Manager

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

Insurance claims managers lead a team of claims handlers and make sure that they deal with insurance claims efficiently. As a claims manager you would handle the more complicated insurance claims and deal with customer complaints and appeals.

To work in this role, you will need to be able to motivate and lead a team. You will need to have excellent communication skills and be able to work well under pressure. If you are looking for a management career in financial services, this job could be ideal for you.

You may be able to get this job by working your way up from a claims handler role. If you have A levels you may be able to join a management training scheme, and there are also graduate training schemes available with some of the larger insurance companies.

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Business Analyst

  • £
    30,000
    + starting salary
  • 40+ hours per week

Business analysts work closely with companies and organisations to help them change and improve the way they do things. They work in many industries from IT and financial services to telecommunications and retail.

If you like solving problems, are good at analysing data and have excellent communication skills, this could be an ideal career for you..

There are several ways to get into this career. You can complete a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like business or IT, or you can use your experience and expertise gained from managing projects.

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Credit Manager

  • £
    27,000
    + starting salary
  • 35 and 40 hours per week

As a credit manager, you would manage the team that controls credit offered to the commercial and personal customers of your organisation. You would check credit histories, assess risk and make decisions on lending.

If you’ve got good management skills, can motivate a team and want a job in the financial services industry, this career could suit you well.

You will also need to have good judgement, sound business sense and the ability to take decisions.

You would normally get into this work after gaining experience in credit or debt control. Experience and qualifications from accounting or banking might also be useful.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire