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If the plan is to become an accountant working in a practice, or to enter the worlds of commerce, industry or financial services, this course will give you the essential, must-have knowledge you need to succeed.

The degree programme will also maximise the number of exemptions you receive in your professional accountancy exams.

Overview

To master the language of accounting and finance is to master the language of business. That means that whatever aspect of business you go on to, the accounting and finance expertise gained on this degree will put you at a great advantage.

The course is ideal if you want to become a financial accountant or auditor. You’ll gain all the technical skills you need to become a chartered accountant, with the added advantage of exposure to financial reporting. Depending on the modules you choose you’ll also have the chance to gain exemptions available from professional accounting bodies. These demonstrate your skill and credibility to future employers and are a great boost to your career prospects.

This degree isn’t just for aspiring accountants though. Making profit is key to any business. Understanding accounting will give you an advantage whatever sector or role you work in. So the course is also an excellent choice if you want to work in commerce, industry, financial services such as banking, investment banking, fund management or insurance, as a tax advisor, or if you want to start your own business.

After gaining a grounding in core business disciplines you will learn the theory and practice of financial accounting and reporting. You will then develop your understanding of business finance and accountancy, as well as contract and company law. You’ll learn how to understand, interpret and act on the financial accounts of any business. You’ll learn how to put an argument across in a way that’s relevant to the main financial drivers in that business. You’ll also learn how to use your professional judgment to understand and influence business decisions. And you’ll even have the chance to explore how accounting influences wealth distribution in society, and how politics can influence accounting.

As you progress you will turn your focus to advanced modules that are designed to prepare you for your future. You can study Advanced Financial Accounting, Advanced Management Accounting, Audit and Accountability and Personal and Corporate Taxation. In your second and final years, you also have the chance to take certain optional modules according to your interests and aspirations.

You’ll have the chance to gain examination exemptions from key professional bodies, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. We work very closely with these professional bodies and structure our degrees to maximise the number of exemptions you can gain.

NBS is a friendly and supportive school, with a lively and international cohort. We are in a region that’s safe and welcoming, with a thriving business innovation and enterprise community. All our teaching is informed by our world-leading research and real-world business experience. That’s means you’ll gain knowledge of the latest issues and debates facing industry and employers.

In the Guardian University Guide 2020, we were ranked in the UK top 10 for Accounting and Finance and top 15 for Business, Management and Marketing. We were ranked top 15 for Marketing in The Complete University Guide 2020 and were 9th for the quality of our research and 17th overall in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) which looked at 101 institutions across the UK. UEA has been awarded a Gold for teaching excellence (TEF, 2017).

Our current research interests include finance, accounting, employment systems and institutions, responsible business regulation, marketing, entrepreneurship and business strategy, and innovation, technology and operations management.

Course Structure

All our undergraduate degrees share a common first year. This structure means you’ll get a broad view of business, and can be confident you are on the right course for you. As you progress through your degree you will be able to specialise and tailor your studies to the areas that you find most interesting and that are most relevant for your career goals.

Year 1

Across six fascinating core modules you’ll explore the essentials of modern business. This will give you an excellent grounding in not just financial accounting, business finance, and quantitative methods, but also economics, organisational behaviour, human resources management, marketing, supply chain management, and operations management. By the end of your first year, you won’t just have a firm foundation of your chosen subject, you’ll understand all the key disciplines of business. Throughout your future career you are likely to work closely with these disciplines so this understanding is extremely valuable – the accounting and finance specialists who are most able to communicate with and understand other disciplines are often the ones who go the furthest. Should you discover during your first year that your true passion lies with one of these other subjects, you are welcome to change pathways in order to focus on it – an option roughly 25% of our students take advantage of.

Year 2

After exploring all the essentials of business in your first year, you’ll move on to core modules in financial accounting and business finance in your second year, as well as choosing three optional modules from any of those offered by NBS, including modules focusing on auditing, finance, and management. This means you can start to tailor your expertise to your interests and the goals you have for after graduation. You can also study a language.

Year 3

In your third year your studies will become even more advanced as you go beyond learning about accounting and finance theories and start to critically analyse them and come up with your own ideas. Through a mix of compulsory and optional modules you will delve into the most current debates facing the financial world today. The optional modules available to you will depend on those taken in your second year.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

Throughout your degree you will hone your skills and build your knowledge through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops.

All our teaching is informed by the latest research and real-world business experience. That means you benefit from the latest thinking in the industry. Business is ever-changing, so you won’t just learn to understand, evaluate and utilise the leading theories of today, you’ll also develop the critical skills needed to examine and put to use new theories and methods that come to the fore during your career.

Independent study

You will also learn through self-directed study – a skill that’s highly prized by employers. You’ll undertake IT lab work, using online resources to practice text book questions. You’ll also have the option to take part in various projects, including solving a live business problem for a real company. In addition you can choose to enhance your studies by getting involved in the various student-led, extracurricular Business related Societies.

Team work and communication

During your first year and some of your second and third year modules you will work alongside students from other NBS degrees. This will build your teamwork and communication skills, as well as giving you insight into other business disciplines. In our experience the accounting and finance specialists who rise to the top are the ones who don’t just have technical know-how, but are also able communicate well with non-specialists. Working alongside other NBS students during your degree is a great way to develop this skill. We attract students from the UK and all over the world, so the relationships you build here will also be invaluable if you aspire to an international career, or to working for a multi-national company.

Guest speakers

During your time at UEA you’ll have the chance to gain unique perspectives from leading industry figures, with opportunities to hear guest speakers from the business world, including UEA alumni. Past speakers from Goldman Sachs, PwC and EY have given students valuable insights into the transition from student to business life, sharing their unique experiences and advice about how to succeed in business.

Employability

Your career is our priority, and employability is embedded in our degrees in all sorts of innovative ways, from guest speakers from industry and projects with real businesses, to accreditations and exemptions from key professional bodies, to our flagship Employability Week. During this annual event you can meet potential employers and speak to successful UEA alumni about how they got where they are now. We also hold an annual photography exhibition where you can discover what it’s like to work in an accountancy firm, talk to lecturers about the practice and how to get into the profession. 

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through a mix of course and online tests, coursework, group and individual presentation and writtenexams. The balance of exam and coursework is approximately 80 per cent exam and 20 per cent coursework, depending on the optional modules you choose.

Study abroad or Placement Year

Choose BSc Accounting and Finance with a Year Abroad and spend your third year abroad before returning to UEA for your final year. You can choose from several European universities, or go further afield to one of our partner institutions in Australia, North America or Asia. A year abroad is a unique, fulfilling experience that will help you develop skills that you’ll use throughout your career, and that are coveted by employers.

After the course

In an ever-changing and increasingly complex world one thing is certain, Norwich Business School is where great business careers begin. Our degrees have a proven track record of leading to successful careers in accounting, management and financial services. You could go to work at major international companies such as Ernst & Young, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, Sky, Next, Unilever, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and IBM, in roles such as trainee accountant, business analyst, auditor, insurance broker and more. The skills you’ll gain on this course are valued by all employers so a wide range of sectors will be open to you, including banking, commerce and retail. 

Graduate Trainee Management Scheme

After you graduate you could secure a nine-month paid graduate trainee placement as part of our Graduate Trainee Management Scheme (GTMS). Created in partnership with local employers, every year the GTMS features a number of exciting placements that are ring-fenced for our graduates. Our best students are then put forward for those positions. This is your chance to gain industry experience in a salaried position. Placements often lead to employment, so it’s also a chance to kick start your career. All students that are eligible to work in the UK and meet a certain level of academic achievement during their studies are eligible to apply for the GTMS.

Career destinations

  • Career destinations related to your degree include:
  • Chartered accountant
  • Financial accountant
  • Auditor
  • Manager in retail
  • Investment banker
  • Tax advisor

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.

Accreditation

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

The current period of accreditation runs from 1.1.2018 to 31.12.2020

We would expect to apply for renewal of accreditation at the end of this period.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

The accreditation agreement between the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and University of East Anglia has been extended indefinitely and will not expire.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

We are recognised Partners in Learning with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales and our students receive Credit for Prior Learning (exemption) from some professional examinations.

Course Modules 2019/0

Year 2

When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module.

Compulsory Modules ( 60 credits)

 
Description Credits
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 20
MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 20
BUSINESS FINANCE 20

Options Range A

This is your Defined Option Range choice.
Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT 20
BUSINESS AND COMPANY LAW 20
QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS 20
BUSINESS ETHICS 20
OPERATIONS STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT 20
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 20
DIGITAL MARKETING AND THE SERVICE ECONOMY 20
EMPLOYABILITY, CREATIVITY AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 20
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 20
PRACTICAL LAW FOR MANAGEMENT 20
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS 20
AUDITING AND ASSURANCE 20
BEGINNERS' FRENCH I - A1 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' FRENCH II - A2 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' FRENCH I - A1 CEFR (SPRING START) 20
BEGINNERS' GERMAN I - A1 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' GERMAN II - A2 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' SPANISH I - A1 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' SPANISH II - A2 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' SPANISH I - A1 CEFR (SPRING START) 20
BEGINNERS' CHINESE I 20
BEGINNERS' CHINESE II 20
BEGINNERS' ITALIAN I - A1 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' ITALIAN II - A2 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' JAPANESE I 20
BEGINNERS' JAPANESE II 20
BEGINNERS' JAPANESE I (SPRING START) 20
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I - A2 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I - A2 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I - A2 CEFR 20

Year 3U

When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module.

Compulsory Modules ( 60 credits)

 
Description Credits
ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 20
PERSONAL AND CORPORATE TAXATION 20
ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 20

Options Range A

This is your Defined Option Range choice. Students may only select one level 5 module in their third year provided that the module wasn't taken in the 2nd year.
Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
FURTHER MATHEMATICS 20
INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT 20
BUSINESS ETHICS 20
OPERATIONS STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT 20
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 20
DIGITAL MARKETING AND THE SERVICE ECONOMY 20
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 20
PRACTICAL LAW FOR MANAGEMENT 20
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS 20
AUDITING AND ASSURANCE 20
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES 20
CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY 20
FINANCIAL MODELLING 20
CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR 20
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 20
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 20
MARKETING: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE LAW 20
INNOVATION MANAGEMENT 20
MANAGEMENT CONSULTING AND DEVELOPMENT 20
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: STRATEGY AND DESIGN 20
INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT 20
PROJECT MANAGEMENT 20
BUILDING STRENGTHS AT WORK 20
STRATEGIC BRAND MANAGEMENT 20
ORGANISATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS 20
DEVELOPING ORGANISATIONS CAPABILITY, ADAPTIVITY AND AGILITY 20
DEVELOPING TALENT; MANAGING YOUR CAREER 20
PROFESSIONAL VALUES 20
EUROPEAN BUSINESS: BRUSSELS, BUSINESS, BREXIT AND BEYOND 20
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I - A2 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I - A2 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I - A2 CEFR 20
MEDIA, GLOBALISATION AND CULTURE 20
POWER AND SOCIETY 20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

Year 2 entry will be assessed by Norwich Business School at UEA on a case by case basis.  Year 2 entry will also be considered by reviewing previous studies alongside our minimum Year 1 entry requirements. 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Course Open To

UK and Overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students 

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further information

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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