|Location:||University Centre at Blackburn College|
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|Validated by:||Lancaster University|
|Study Mode:||Full Time, Part Time|
Full time: 2 academic years
Part time: 4 academic years
|Start Dates:||september 2020|
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This course will equip you for a successful career in accounting, finance and business. It will give you a good understanding of both accounting and finance and their importance within different organisations.
The Foundation Degree in Accounting is aimed at individuals who wish to develop the skills, expertise, knowledge and understanding of accounting and accounting-related issues to enhance their employment.
The Foundation Degree is suitable for those who are currently in employment in an accounting environment or an accounting-related position, or those who are seeking employment in these fields.
This course should appeal to you if you need to fit studying around other commitments or if you are looking to take your first step into Higher Education after a gap of study.
- What will I study?
The content of the Foundation Degree covers accounting concepts as well as introducing other business related topics. You will develop the practical accounting skills demanded by employers such as the ability to draft financial statements and produce costing and budgeting reports, as well as analysis and decision making in appropriate contexts. This will allow you a thorough appreciation of the interrelation these topics have within a business context.
The course also includes the development of soft skills which are important to employers. Throughout modules you will build up an understanding of customer care, how businesses operate, develop team working skills and gain insights and practice into managing people.
During the course you will be required to spend at least 240 hours (120 hours per year if you study full-time) working in a relevant role in order improve your accounting knowledge and practice. This may be through paid employment or via a voluntary work placement in a relevant role.
At Level 4, the emphasis is on the importance of putting theory into practice. You will use your own organisation or well-known organisations as the starting point and through assessments will be encouraged to refer back to your working environment, providing you with the opportunity to relate your studies to real life situations.
At Level 5, you will also undertake a research project in which you will be able to specialise and research an area of accounting that is of specific interest to you, in consultation with your research supervisor.
All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
- Business Accounting
- Quantitative Techniques
- Organisations and People
- Financial Law
- Personal Taxation
- Management Accounting 1
- Research Methods
- The Reflective Practitioner
Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
- Financial Accounting 1
- Financial Accounting 2
- Financial Management
- Economic Environment
- Management Accounting 2
- Work Based Learning
- Research Project
During the course you are required to spend at least 240 hours working in a relevant role in order to improve your knowledge and practice of the subject. This may be through paid employment or via a voluntary work placement in a relevant role. Your work placement is expected to have a focus on applying the knowledge from your degree programme in an employment context.
Please note: work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.
- Entry Requirements
You'll need 48 UCAS tariff points.
You will need at least a grade 4 (grade C)in GCSE Mathematics and English.
Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered for entry to the programme subject to an interview or an appropriate diagnostic test that involves the current recommendation process. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.
- How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You will be assessed by:
- Case study reports
- Reflective portfolios
- Research projects
This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.
Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal 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.
Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
- Teaching and Learning
The learning environment and facilities could 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.
You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full-time.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.
We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;
- Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English
- Academic Writing (including referencing)
- Research Skills
- What can I do next?
The Foundation Degree in Accounting is a valuable qualification in its own right preparing the students for employment within a range of roles within the Accounting, such as junior management/supervisory positions, marketing and sales roles and operational opportunities.
For those wishing to continue with their studies the BA (Hons) Accounting (Top Up) route is available, which is delivered for one academic year, full-time.
Once students are awarded the BA (Hons) Accounting (Top Up) they are automatically exempt from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) papers F1 to F4. Possible further exemptions are at the ACCA’s discretion and will require you to forward your final academic transcripts.
- Supplementary Information
Download the Programme Specification for Accounting Foundation Degree FdA. 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.
Work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.
What does ‘subject to validation’ mean?
We are continually looking at enhancing our courses to ensure they are up to date and relevant. This means we may add new courses or update existing courses in our portfolio. As this happens, the courses are advertised as ‘subject to validation’ to make you aware that the course you are looking at may not yet be finalised, or is undergoing changes.
Any course listed as ‘subject to validation’ is in the process of approval. Validation is a rigorous process undertaken with academic staff, students, independent subject experts and employers to ensure the course is current, of high quality, and able to prepare students well for their future employment or further study.
Success through validation is not guaranteed, which is why courses are highlighted as ‘subject to validation’. In the event the course is significantly amended, or does not meet the necessary requirements for a successful validation, we will get in touch to support you in finding a suitable alternative, either at Blackburn College or at another provider.