BSc Accounting and Management with a Year Abroad

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Prepare for a high flying career as a management or company accountant. Gain the technical knowledge and communication skills that could set you on the path to be a financial director roles or even a CEO. Plus, bring an international flavour to your studies, build contacts and show future employers you have what it takes to succeed on the international stage by spending a year studying abroad. You can choose from several European universities, or go further afield to one of our partner institutions in Australia, North America or Asia.

You don’t need to have studied business before to thrive on this degree. You just need to be diligent, accurate, numerate and a keen communicator.

Overview

Management accounting is a forward-looking practice. On this degree, you will learn how to influence the future of the businesses you’ll work in, potentially changing their direction in both subtle and major ways. In business you need to be able to come up with new ideas and strategies. You also need to be able to cost those ideas and present them in a compelling way. This is the day-to-day business of the management accountant, and you’ll get first hand experience of it on this course.

Accounting and management is a common route to the top of business, with many CEOs of large companies coming from an accountancy and financial director background. So if you have ambitions to go all the way, and if you don’t just love working with numbers but also with people, this degree is ideal. 

Your degree will prepare you for a successful career as a management accountant or financial director, dealing with issues such as how much products cost, how much new products or services will cost to develop and take to market, and the financial implications of opening new divisions or closing old ones. On this degree you’ll learn the financial accounting skills needed to ask the right questions and collect and interpret the relevant information. You’ll also learn how to effectively present this information to decision-makers, and how to make recommendations and decisions of your own. This includes learning how to present specialist financial and accounting information to non-experts in a way they can understand.

You will take a core of accountancy and management modules, where you’ll learn important accountancy skills and discover different management theories. You’ll also have a lot of freedom to design your own course, choosing from a wealth of optional modules. This means you’ll be able to focus on the areas of management and accountancy that interest you most. For example, you could focus on strategic management, resource management, HR management and more. Or you could choose to concentrate on more traditional financial accounting, audit, or tax modules.

As a management accountant you need to be able to communicate your findings and ideas, including to non-experts and people who aren’t from an accounting background. On this course you will develop your written and presentation skills, becoming a confident, passionate and persuasive communicator. You’ll learn to take complex accounting and financial information and present it in a way that’s simple, engaging and clear.

We have close links with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) who hold regional meetings on campus, which you are invited to attend.

You will graduate well-equipped to gain accreditation from CIMA. Depending on the modules you choose you’ll also have the chance to gain exemptions from other 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.

We are ranked 6th for Accounting and Finance in the Guardian league table 2018. We were in the top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction for Finance, Marketing, Management Studies and Business Studies in the National Student Survey 2017. Analysis of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked UEA ninth in the UK for the quality of its research output in Business and Management Studies (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis).

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 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 management and accounting, 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 – being able to communicate with and understand other disciplines is a crucial part of management accounting. And 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 management and accounting in your second year. You’ll also choose optional modules from any of those offered by NBS. This means you can start to tailor your expertise to your interests and the goals you have for after graduation.

Year 3

You’ll spend your third year overseas at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or the US. During your time abroad you’ll gain a new perspective on your studies. You’ll also broaden your horizons, grow your confidence and your contacts, and show international employers that you have what it takes to succeed on a global platform.

Year 4

In your fourth year, you’ll take just one core module in management and accounting. The rest of your modules will be optional and can be chosen from any of those offered by NBS. This means you can continue to specialise according to your career aspirations. For example you might choose to give your studies an international flavour by choosing International Financial Services and International Business. Or you could focus on the UK by taking modules focused on UK tax and auditing. The annual NBS Module Fair will help you choose the right options for you. Some third year options are only available if you’ve taken specific second year modules, but we can advise you on this.

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 any 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 helping you gain insight into other business disciplines. To be a successful management accountant, you need more than technical know-how. You need to be able to communicate your findings and ideas to non-specialists and those without an accounting or financial background. Working alongside other NBS students during your degree is a great way to develop this skill. We also attract students from the UK and all over the world, so the relationships you build here will also be great practice 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.

Assessment

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

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

On this course you will spend your third year studying abroad before returning to UEA for your final year. 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. You can choose from a broad range of partner universities in Europe, Australia, North America or Asia. Although you will need to pass your year abroad, it won’t count towards your final degree classification.

While you’re away you will be encouraged to take modules related to your personal interests and career goals. They could be in accounting or management, or in other disciplines. In addition to studying subjects offered by your host institute, you’ll also get to experience a different culture and learn a little more about yourself. Students who spend a year abroad often grow in self-confidence as a result of the challenges posed by a new environment. This is a quality future employers find attractive and a valuable life skill in itself.

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.

After the course you could go on to work as a management accountant, a company accountant, or in planning and costing. Later in your career you might progress to financial director or even CEO. You’ll also be well prepared to start your own business, or to take your family business to new heights.

You could work in any number of industries, from manufacturing, to retail, to the service industries, media, arts, entertainment, sport and more, at multinational and major companies such as Sky, Unilever, Manchester United and British Airways. All businesses need to be able to make decisions based on financial information, so the list is endless.   

We have alumni working at most of the major accounting firms nationally, as well as numerous local firms.

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:

  • Management accountant
  • Company accountant
  • Senior manager
  • Financial director
  • CEO

Course related costs

You are eligible for reduced fees during your year abroad. Further details are available on our Tuition Fee webpage. 

There will be extra costs related to items such as your travel and accommodation during your year abroad, which will vary depending on location.

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

For further details, visit the Study Abroad section of our website.

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 01/01/2018 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 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (1)

How do businesses organise themselves? This module helps you to explore the dynamic and ever-changing world of business and provides insights into the managerial role. Introduction to Business explores the business environment, key environmental drivers and the basic functions of organisations. It is designed to provide essential core knowledge for Year 1 Business students on how organisations are managed in response to changes in the business environment and what is the role of its functional divisions in implementing strategic responses. In addition, the module also explores some of the current issues faced by organisations such as sustainability, corporate social responsibility and internationalisation. Core business theory is introduced in lectures and applied practically with the use of examples in seminars. By the end of this module you will be able to understand and apply key business concepts and a range of analytical tools to explore the business environment. Introduction to Business facilitates study skills development that is essential across all three years of the undergraduate degree by developing academic writing, presentation, team working and communication skills effectively.

NBS-4007Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING (1)

It is vital that everyone working in business has an understanding of accounting data in order that financial information can be used to add value to the organisation. You'll be provided with a foundation in the theory and practice of accounting and an introduction to the role, context and language of financial reporting and management accounting. The module assumes no previous study of accounting. You'll begin with building a set of accounts from scratch so that you will be able to analyse and provide insight form the major financial statements. You'll also look at management decision making tools such as costing, budgeting and financial decision making. You will be required to actively participate in your learning both in lectures and seminars. The module employs a learn by doing approach.

NBS-4001Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR (1)

How do you lead and manage teams? How do you lead and manage dynamic organisations? How do you navigate around the internal workings of organisations? In this module, you'll have the opportunity to explore these questions and many more in the fascinating subject of organisational behaviour. You'll explore one of the key areas of business and management - that is, how to understand and manage people and organisations effectively. As the title of the module implies, there is also particular emphasis on the way that individuals behave and how that shapes what an organisation is like and how it performs. To this end, you'll explore the processes associated with leadership, team effectiveness and communication. You'll learn about what motivates people, as well as the challenges of conflict. Additionally, you'll learn about the roles that structures, change and power have on organisational life, and how they might be managed effectively. On successful completion of the module, you'll have discovered key insights into the nature of social interaction in business and organisations. You'll have had opportunities for self-reflection and personal learning. And you'll be ready to take your learning about understanding people at work to the next level.

NBS-4005Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS

How do businesses use mathematics and statistics to make strategic decisions? How does a business make use of digital technology to facilitate their operations? You'll be provided with the necessary skills to understand these questions. You'll be introduced to important mathematical and statistical skills which are commonly used in the workplace. Alongside this, you will develop your skills in using spreadsheets and a specialised statistical software package. You will learn to use quantitative techniques to summarise, analyse and interpret data. You will then use this information to make decisions and communicate your results to others in a variety of different ways. You will begin by revising and refreshing some fundamental mathematical concepts. You will then undertake a study of both descriptive and inferential statistics. You will learn the techniques for describing data both graphically and numerically. You will learn which techniques are appropriate in different circumstances. You will learn how to measure uncertainty and why this is necessary. You will then go on to see how it is possible to make decisions about a whole data set by selecting a sample from the population. By gaining an understanding of confidence intervals and hypothesis testing you will see how a business is able to make strategic decisions which are vital to the success of the business. Your learning will be underpinned by relevant examples from the business world. You will learn through a mixture of lectures, and IT-based seminars. You will be assessed on your learning with a computer-based multiple choice maths test (25%), a computer based descriptive statistics test (25%) and a computer based inferential statistics test (50%). On successful completion of the module, you'll have the knowledge and skills to assess relevant business problems in a quantitative manner. You will be able to select an appropriate method of analysis, perform the analysis and interpret the results. These skills will be useful in subsequent years of undergraduate study and also in your future working and personal life.

NBS-4004Y

20

PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING

You'll be given a general introduction and foundational grounding to Marketing. You'll be concerned with marketing functions of an organisation and seek to develop awareness and understanding of marketing as an integrated business activity. You'll focus on the theoretical frameworks which underpin an organisation's responses to market demand. Additionally, you'll consider examples of marketing programmes for a variety of organisational contexts to provide an industry perspective to theory.

NBS-4006Y

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will be streamed into the appropriate of the two modules below based on their previous Economics qualifications.

Name Code Credits

CASES IN ECONOMICS FOR BUSINESS

This module provides students with an application to core economic theory and principles in a business context. It combines microeconomic and macroeconomic theory with cases/applications in a teaching programme designed to provide you with the ability to understand and analyse current and topical economic issues with relevance for business. This module is for students who have a good knowledge of economics (an A-level or equivalent at grade B or above).

NBS-4009Y

20

ECONOMICS FOR BUSINESS

This module provides you with an introduction to core economic theory and principles in a business context. It combines basic microeconomic and macroeconomic theory with cases/applications in a teaching programme designed to provide you with the ability to understand and analyse current and topical economic issues with relevance for business. This module is for students who do not have an A-level (or equivalent) at grade B or above in Economics. Students who have an Economics A-level (or equivalent) at grade B or above must take NBS-4009Y.

NBS-4003Y

20

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

What are the rules that dictate how company accounts should be prepared and why do those rules exist? This is the essence of this module. Whilst company directors may wish to present the financial condition of a business in the best possible light, rules have been developed to protect investors and users of the accounts from being misled. You'll develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards when preparing financial statements. You'll also prepare and analyse statements of both individual businesses and groups of companies. Large UK companies report using International Financial Reporting Standards and these are the standards that you'll use. You'll begin by preparing basic financial statements and progress, preparing accounts of increasing complexity by looking at topics including goodwill, leases, cashflow statements, foreign currency transactions, financial instruments and group accounts. You'll also deepen your analytical skills through ratio analysis. You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars and self-study, and be assessed by coursework (20%) and final examination (80%). On successful completion of this module, you'll have acquired significant technical skills in both the preparation and analysis of financial statements. This will give you a strong basis from which to build should you wish to study advanced financial accounting or are planning on a career in business or accounting.

NBS-5002Y

20

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

If you become a manager of people, how will you look after those in your team, department or wider organisation? Will you seek to empower, encourage and energise your staff? How will you deal with conflict and management control? You'll have the chance to examine a range of approaches to managing people across a variety of organisational contexts and issues. By doing so, you'll discover valuable insights into the way that organisations work and the impact that different human resource management approaches can have on organisations, people and business. You'll learn about the strategic significance of human resource management for competitive advantage, and particularly the processes to recruit, reward and retain the staff your organisation needs. You'll also explore contemporary issues about managing employees against a background of change and internationalisation. On successful completion of the module, you'll have gained insight into the ways that organisations deal with their workforce. You'll have developed skills and knowledge that will help equip you for future management practice. And you'll learn useful lessons about job markets and how to get and grow in the job you desire.

NBS-5011Y

20

MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

This module aims to develop students' understanding of the theory and practice of management accounting. It develops underpinning competencies in management accounting and builds on topics introduced in the first year. It extends comprehension of the role and system of management accounting for performance measurement, planning, decision making and control across a range of organisations. Additionally, it introduces recent developments in management accounting practice, particularly those which underpin its growing strategic role.

NBS-5007Y

20

OPERATIONS STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT

What does it take for an organisation to succeed? Managing operations well is critical to every type of organisation and requires both strategic and tactical skills. Only through effective and efficient utilization of resources can an organisation be successful in the long run. Operations management is concerned with explaining how manufacturing and service organisations work. This module will introduce you to this functional field of management which encompasses the design and improvement of the processes and systems employed in the creation and delivery of an organisation's products and services.

NBS-5010Y

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AUDITING AND ASSURANCE

What do auditors do? When Enron collapsed in 2001 people asked where were the auditors? The same question was being asked when Lehman Bros collapsed in 2008. This module looks at the detail of what auditors do. You will learn about the tools used by auditors to plan and deliver a quality audit; tools such as risk assessment, documenting and analysing systems, testing details of transactions and using analytical procedures to understand where accounting errors may have occurred. You will start by going through the process of an audit, how the auditors use a risk based approach to develop an audit strategy and how that audit strategy is applied to different parts of the financial statements. You will look in depth at the audit of areas such as inventory. You will explore the specific issues thrown up by the pervasive use of information technology. You will consider how the audit field work is reviewed and comes together to produce the audit report. When you have competed this module you will be able to understand and use the technical language of audit. You will have developed your transferable skills of critical evaluation of arguments and evidence.

NBS-5021Y

20

BUSINESS AND COMPANY LAW

This module is highly vocational and primarily designed for those taking accounting and related degrees, who wish to satisfy the curriculum requirements of the accounting profession, as having a foundation in aspects of English business and company law. You'll cover in particular detail the Law of Contract and Company Law but also a wide variety of other subject areas, including the English Legal System, Partnership and Agency Law, Law of Torts, Criminal Law, Data Protection Law and Employment Law.

NBS-5004Y

20

BUSINESS ETHICS

How do we know what is morally right and wrong in business? Is it ever ethical to accept 'corporate gifts' or to be a 'whistle-blower'? What new and complex ethical issues are raised by the globalisation of business? Questions like these are central to this module. In this module you will learn about the nature, applications and consequences of ethics in business. You'll discover why individuals sometimes make unethical business decisions. You will learn to use theoretical tools that help you to identify and analyse key ethical problems associated with business practice. You will also gain knowledge of practical approaches for managing business ethics in organisations. This module is ideal for those with an interest in corporate responsibility and sustainability. You will begin with an overview of what business ethics is and why it is important. You will go on to master the major ethical theories and concepts that form the core of business ethics. You'll then build on these foundations to explore important business ethics issues - examples could include whistleblowing, environmental sustainability, corporate influence and/or others. You will discover how to use ethical theories to gain an in-depth understanding of whether, and to what extent, such issues are ethically problematic. You will also gain hands-on experience of applying ethical theories to business scenarios through a range of activities (e.g. role play, small group exercises, case study). You will learn through a combination of interactive lectures and seminars, and independent study. You'll be assessed through coursework and an exam. By successfully completing this module you will have new knowledge and skills that increase your ethical awareness and enable you to communicate your ideas clearly and systematically based on evidence. You'll also be equipped with theoretical tools that will help you to identify and analyse ethical problems and make ethically justifiable decisions.

NBS-5006Y

20

BUSINESS FINANCE

On this module you'll learn about the basic principles of financial management and how to apply them to the main decisions faced by the financial manager. For example, you'll consider why the firm's owners would like the manager to increase firm value, and how the manager will choose between investments that may pay off at different points of time or have different degrees of risk. Moreover, you'll explore how companies raise the necessary funds to pay for these investments and why they might prefer a particular source of finance. Overall, this module will present you with the tools of modern financial management in a consistent conceptual framework.

NBS-5008Y

20

DIGITAL MARKETING AND THE SERVICE ECONOMY

This module advances your understanding of strategic marketing by focusing on digital and service marketing. While strategy is about planning, developing and continuously creating the firm's future to ensure sustainable competitive advantage, today's firm must learn to adapt its marketing activities and ground its understanding in the reality of its chosen markets. We draw on digital marketing and service theories by highlighting different models, case studies and industry experience. We propose to develop strategic thinking for marketers in a highly challenging technological world, and to help lead firms in facing future challenges in a more connected economy.

NBS-5013Y

20

EMPLOYABILITY, CREATIVITY AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

The overall aim of the module is to encourage you to develop key employability skills that will stand you in good stead for a future career in business, management, and the creative sectors. You will find opportunities to practice skills such as self-organization, communication, leadership, creativity, design thinking, and problem solving relevant to the expectations of graduate employers. The module will put you right in the centre of your own learning and engagement with an array of developmental activities designed to develop yourself and to develop adaptable and practical approaches to your future roles within organizations. This module draws from an interdisciplinary perspective to understand career success, creativity, self-making and personal branding. It will build on foundational concepts and skills in career development from across disciplines, including psychology, business, design thinking, entrepreneurship, and employability. The module also involves the development of practical employable skills including preparing CV, writing a cover letter, and preparing for job interviews. This is an applied vision and skill development module; focusing on the development of the new skill sets for professionals of the 21st century. It is designed as a learning environment and a management trainee program that focuses on the development of knowledge and skills for global leaders. A core belief underlying our approach, demonstrated in interactive sessions, stems from the Chinese proverb, "Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand." We will have intensive brainstorming sessions, professional development workshops and executive training programs to help you and your colleagues to develop and apply professional skills for your career in the 21st century. In today's global, rapidly changing knowledge based economy, learning and experimenting with employable skills is one of the smartest investments you can make for your future career.

NBS-5015Y

20

INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT

You'll discover the ways in which organizations acquire, implement, and manage modern information systems. You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of important topical applications of information systems, including Business Intelligence, the Human Computer Interface (HCI), Change Management, Information Systems Development, and Sustainable Technologies. You'll also explore and analyse the way new technologies are changing how organisations do business and interact with customers. You'll also address the changing role of information systems and technology in modern organisations. In particular, you'll examine the multiple roles and uses of information in organisations, meaning the emphasis of this module is on the 'I' in IT (information), not on the 'T' (technology).

NBS-5003Y

20

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

This module provides students with an introduction to core trade theory and principles in a business context. It combines basic microeconomic and macroeconomic principles with cases/applications in a teaching programme designed to help you understand current business and international business issues. What drives cross-border trade flows? Why is free trade better than autarchy and what is the cost of not having it? How does cross-border trade affect economic growth? And what are the most common challenges that firms have to face when operating across borders? The module will provide you with a set of technical tools and way of thinking to answer such questions, among others.

NBS-5016Y

20

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

How do businesses go about getting their messages across to their customers? This module will explain how modern organisations plan their communications with the people that matter to them. You will discover the range of activities and tools which is available to marketing managers from traditional advertising and public relations (PR) to the more up-to-date product placement and social media. You'll look at the issues that arise in planning, implementing and managing Integrated Marketing Communications - IMC - campaign. These include print and broadcast advertising, PR, sponsorship, product placement, sales promotion, experiential and event-marketing as well as direct and digital marketing. In this module you'll discover some communication theories and combine these ideas with your own creative side to produce a marketing campaign for a real live brand of your choice. You'll begin with some of the theory behind marketing communications and look in depth about how advertisers use both the Elaboration Likelihood Model and Narrative Transportation Theory. Later you'll look at each of the activities and tools which make up a modern IMC - campaign. Assessment is through an exam and a short written report and most of your seminars will be teamwork where you will build up your knowledge and experience to make your own campaign tools. You'll be given a crash-course in video-making and this will give you everything you and your team needs to create their own 30 second TV advert! If you work in a marketing department the chances are you will be doing marketing communications. In this module you'll have the chance to create your own marketing campaign and get a practical insight into the world of the marketing manager and a career in marketing.

NBS-5020Y

20

PRACTICAL LAW FOR MANAGEMENT

You'll be introduced to aspects of law which are relevant to your future careers as managers. It is an extremely practical module which is taught using a range of legal cases, practical scenarios, and problem questions. This approach enables you to learn the essentials of business law in a useful and engaging way, and introduces you to some of the key legal documentation you are likely to encounter in a managerial role. You'll learn where to find the law, the practical implications for managers, and when it is essential to seek legal advice.

NBS-5017Y

20

QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS

How do businesses use mathematics to make strategic decisions? How can statistical methods help you understand complicated situations and which ones should you use? How can digital tools help you solve quantitative problems. You'll be given an insight into these questions. You'll be introduced to important statistical skills and decision-making methods through their mathematical underpinning. Building upon this, you will develop your skills in using digital tools to describe and solve these problems too. You'll learn to interpret and communicate the results of your analyses to potential colleagues and clients by written, oral and visual means. You'll begin by deepening your understanding of hypothesis testing methods concerning means of samples. You'll then learn about the essential tools of correlation and regression, leading naturally to multiple regression analysis. After this your learning will be focussed on modelling business scenarios using time-series forecasting, model simulation and validation, linear programming, project planning methods and decision making. In addition the mathematical theory behind how monetary values are affected by time (for example interest calculations, mortgages, net present values) and effective inventory control models will be explored. Your learning will be underpinned by relevant examples from the business world. Wherever relevant, you will be taught how to use a digital tool to perform these tasks. You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, IT-based seminars and scenario-based seminars. You'll be encouraged to communicate your findings both orally and in writing, and to defend your assertions using sound quantitative reasoning. You'll be assessed on your learning with a computer-based course test (20%) and a written examination (80%). On successful completion of the module, you'll have the knowledge and skills to assess relevant business problems in a quantitative manner, choose an appropriate method of analysis, perform the analysis and communicate your findings effectively. In addition you will have knowledge of the mathematics that drives these methods allowing you to understand, build and analyse more complex situations.

NBS-5005Y

20

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

NBS YEAR ABROAD

The NBS year abroad offers the exciting opportunity to enhance your study while experiencing a different country and culture. It will enable you to enhance your knowledge of degree related subjects while acquiring personal skills and experience which are highly valued by employers.

NBS-5001Y

120

Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

You will develop a sound understanding of advanced techniques of pricing and performance measurement, together with a critical viewpoint of management accounting, which can be applied in the workplace. You'll examine a number of key topics in depth to illustrate three main themes: organisational control, performance measurement and management decision-making. You'll explore a number of issues relating to contemporary practices from a research perspective, in the light of the changing nature of management accounting across different contexts and settings. You'll build upon previous study of the subject and understand management accounting within an organisational, strategic and ethical context. You'll also develop your research and enquiry skills by exploring of some of the underlying debates surrounding both the practice and theory of management accounting.

NBS-6006Y

20

Students will select 20 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Students are required to select at least 20 credits from Option Range A. Under Option Range C a further 20 credits maybe selected from Option Range A or B.

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

In 2014 Tesco admitted that it had overstated profits by GBP326 million leading to legal costs, fines and compensation payments totalling a further GBP235 million. Investors rely on the financial statements of companies like Tesco. This module explores some of the issues that make preparing and understanding financial statements far from straightforward. The foundation for understanding financial statements are the standards which are used to produce them. But how did we get the standards we use today? You will learn about the regulatory context of financial reporting and look at some of the key issues that are currently being debated and negotiated. You will look at the key bodies involved in accounting regulation and consider how new standards are negotiated. You will apply concepts and theories of financial accounting to standards that relate to groups of companies, to gain a deeper understanding of both group accounts and the political processes around standard setting. The concepts of recognition and measurement, classifying stuff and then counting stuff, are fundamental to interpreting accounts and you will explore these two themes through theory and application. By the end of the module you will have enriched your accounting skills so that you critically discuss accounting decisions made by standard setters and by individual firms. You will be able to evaluate current and developing international financial reporting standards and apply them to key technical areas of financial reporting, in particular business combinations. You will have enhanced your ability to understand and interpret financial statements.

NBS-6001Y

20

FINANCIAL MODELLING

This module aims to build a bridge between the theory, application and practice of finance. It will enable you to analyse simulated and actual financial data and build realistic models to solve problems and support financial decisions. In line with practice, most of the models will be built using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and data from free online sources or specialized financial databases. Key applications include: time value of money, investment appraisal, firm valuation, equity and bond pricing, descriptive statistics, regression, forecasting, etc. The module will allow students to gain exposure to the application of statistical methods in real contexts through in-class case studies and practice in a PC lab environment.

NBS-6007Y

20

INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES

During this module you will explore why financial markets exist and how they operate to support firms and households within the local and global economy.

NBS-6004Y

20

INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

In this module, you will deal with the basic and advanced theories, models and techniques that have been developed and used in the financial industry and research for investment management. You will learn how wealth can be allocated optimally across various types of assets in order to meet different investor objectives. Emphasis will be placed on mainstream approaches which assume market efficiency. However, we shall also discuss arguments and evidence related to criticism of these approaches and the usefulness of alternatives, such as behavioural finance. You will cover both passive and active investment strategies (e.g. technical analysis, fundamental analysis) at a national and global level. Assets analysed will include basic traded stock and debt securities along with more complex derivative assets (e.g. futures, options) in the context of different investment portfolios (e.g. mutual funds, hedge funds, ETFs). As part of this module, you will also discuss issues related to performance evaluation and risk management. The material taught will be aligned closely to the curriculum of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

NBS-6016Y

20

PERSONAL AND CORPORATE TAXATION

How does the UK government raise money through taxes? There are several options available and in this module you'll consider the rationale behind the main types of tax and learn how to prepare tax computations. Some aspects of international tax will also be considered. You'll develop knowledge of income tax, national insurance, corporation tax, capital gains tax and VAT. For each of these taxes you'll learn how to set out computations and calculate tax payable. You'll develop your analytical skills by considering how to reduce tax payable through tax planning and will also look at the ethical issues around tax avoidance and evasion. You'll be preparing tax computations for individuals, sole traders, partners and companies and will learn through lectures, seminars and self-study. As you progress, tasks will increase in complexity and you'll compare different types of income and methods of taxation. You'll be assessed by coursework (20%) and final examination (80%). On successful completion of this module you'll be able to complete detailed tax computations, apply tax planning techniques and be able to explain the underlying principles of the UK tax system. This will give you a strong basis if you wish to progress in your tax accounting studies and may also come in handy for calculating your own tax liability in the future!

NBS-6003Y

20

Students will select 20 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Students are required to select at least 20 credits from Option Range B. Under Option Range C a further 20 credits maybe selected from Option Range A or B.

Name Code Credits

BUILDING STRENGTHS AT WORK

Why are some employees happier than others? What does it mean to be in the group of the "healthy and happy" employees? Find out the answers to these questions by taking this module. Throughout the module you will learn which strengths at work increase employees' well-being and performance. You'll think critically about the scientific literature on positive organisational behaviour. And last but not least: You'll know how to develop these strengths in yourself and in others. You will begin by learning crucial concepts and theories in the field of positive organisational behaviour. For example, you#ll learn why being proactive is a strength that helps people feel better at work. You#ll gain a deeper understanding of how different strengths at work operate until you get the complete picture: healthy organisations are the result of having healthy employees, teams, leaders, and organisational practices. You#ll be critical with the literature in the field by expressing your opinions through weekly discussions and through group activities. This will help you improve your communication skills. From a practical viewpoint, you#ll practice each of these strengths by thinking of your own experience, by solving work scenarios, and by proposing organisational work practices and policies. Some of the strengths that help employees deal with problems at work can be used to deal with problems in other areas of your life. This means you can put into practice what you learn while you are taking this module.

NBS-6019Y

20

COMPETITION AND CONSUMER POLICY FOR MANAGERS

This module gives a unique insight into competition and consumer policy in the UK and the EU. Awareness of these policies are indispensable to the prudent operation of any business. The module introduces you to the high-level research and policy work that NBS's Centre for Competition Policy is doing. The module is split into two parts. The first part focuses on competition policy, the aims of which is to promote competition in the marketplace; make markets work better and contribute towards improved efficiency in individual markets. You will examine the main components of competition policy and examine how they contributed to enhanced competitiveness of UK businesses within the UK, the European Union (EU) and the global economy. In the second part of the module you will look at consumer policy and how it ensures maximal consumer participation in markets. You'll explore how these policies affect businesses in the UK and globally. The module is practice-driven and builds strongly on NBS research. Students are expected to interact throughout the module, present case studies, and engage in the discussion of topical consumer and competition related issues. Throughout the module we rely on case studies that facilitate the understanding of the anatomy of business behaviour relevant to competition and consumer policy. The module also contains, as a key component, information on how business can comply with the relevant laws and regulations governing competition and consumer policies.

NBS-6026Y

20

CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR

Are you fascinated by the everyday activities of people and their decisions? Ever considered how much of our life as consumers is influenced by marketing? This module helps you explore, and explain some of the behavioural reasons behind consumer decision making. Throughout this module you will expand your awareness of the influences that shape consumer behaviour. Whether shopping, entertaining, agonising over what clothes to buy, or where to go on holiday, celebrating getting into university, anticipating passing a driving test, declaring undying devotion to a favourite football team, taking selfies and updating social media pages while lying on a beach or gazing upon a mirror reflection, this module will help you appreciate the complexity behind actions. Beyond shopping, you will learn about how possessions and experiences affect us, the way we feel about ourselves and each other. This module is ideal for those with a personal and professional interest in marketing and consumer insights. In this module you will draw upon theoretical perspectives in a range of knowledge disciplines, and from this melting pot, you will explore the concepts behind consumer actions, understand how marketers apply them in influencing consumers, and sharpen your critical thinking on how marketplaces and cultures are shaped. Through a mixture of lectures, seminars, audio-visual material, class exercises, and self-directed, independent study, you will appreciate and challenge conventional ideas about consumers and marketers, and broaden your understanding of consumption, market structures, and marketized society. This module makes you a more perceptive consumer and marketer. You will grasp the significance of marketing, its all-pervasive influence, the role of consumption in society. You will broaden your theoretical knowledge, disciplinary perspectives, and practical understanding of consumer behaviour and marketing. You will learn to think, critique, question, challenge, and reflect upon your own life as a consumer, marketer, and co-creator.

NBS-6008Y

20

DEVELOPING ORGANISATIONS CAPABILITY, ADAPTIVITY AND AGILITY

This module takes an integrative perspective to explore how organisations develop their capability, adaptability and agility to survive and thrive in a postmodern organisational context. You will develop skills and knowledge to understand and plan successful organisational development (OD). You will learn how to transcend organisations' functional boundaries and unite hard and soft approaches. With a strong practical focus throughout, you'll be equipped with the core tools and underpinning theories that are associated with OD.

NBS-6028Y

20

DEVELOPING TALENT; MANAGING YOUR CAREER

This module is about career management development. You will unite individual and organisational perspectives to help you manage your own career as well as other people's careers in a competitive global labour market.

NBS-6029Y

20

ORGANISATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS

You will explore the key assumptions surrounding the use of information in contemporary organisations. You'll examine these issues within a modern philosophical framework, while focusing on a critical reflection of the methodology and organisational models that form the basis of organisational systems.

NBS-6024Y

20

SHOPPER MARKETING

Shopper marketing is concerned with the factors that influence buyer behaviour where it matters most - at the point of purchase, in-store or online. These factors are referred to as situational factors and relate to the individual shopper, the environment (store or website), the buying goals (self or other-orientated), and the shopping mission (routine repeat purchase, or special occasion). You will explore the way in which retailers, manufacturers and distributors work together to influence, anticipate and meet the needs and wants of distinct shopper segments through the manipulation of the retail environment, the marketing mix and the supply chain. As such, it will appeal to business management students with an interest in marketing, retailing, operations management and consumer behaviour but also students from other disciplines with an interest in sustainable consumption and the design of interventions (policies and practices) that influence buyer behaviour.

NBS-6027Y

20

STRATEGIC BRAND MANAGEMENT

Look around you - how many brands do you see? On any given day, we encounter around 3,500 brand messages. Brands are all around us and are part of our lives. Some have even become cultural icons - think of Apple or Coca-Cola. But why do some brands stand out from the crowd, while others are quickly forgotten? Throughout the module, you'll be unlocking the secrets of successful branding. You'll gain in-depth and practical knowledge on how to create brands, communicate brand messages to consumers and establish meaningful relationships between brands and their customers. To develop thorough knowledge and understanding of brand management, you'll study the factors and strategies that contribute to building substantial brand value. By looking at numerous examples and case studies of real-life brands, you'll uncover how organisations successfully launch brands, maintain brand value, and how they manage brands over time and geographic boundaries. You will learn through a mixture of lectures, self-directed study and interactive seminars, which will give you the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice and test your understanding of the relevant theory. This module will enable you to develop your own branding ideas and communicate them effectively through written work and presentations to your peers. Studying brand management will be particularly useful if you are interested in a career in marketing, advertising or market research.

NBS-6023Y

20

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

Strategy is the most important subject for it is about future. And this module is about winning in the future. Strategy comes first; all other aspects of business will follow. Clearly, it is critical that all organisational leaders must understand strategy and the ability to craft and implement good strategy, irrespective of your working in a business, in the government or in a non-governmental organisation. You will use theoretical frameworks, along with investigation of the real world allowing you a clearer perspective of what strategy really is and why it is critical to your leadership and your success. Many real businesses do not understand strategy, but of course the successful ones do, as will you. Our module builds on management concepts developed during the first and second years, at its heart achieving sustainable competitive advantage. While looking at strategic management as a managed process, we also take account of differences in strategy perspectives, external and internal organisational contexts and the changing nature of strategy. As a third year module, you are required to understand strategic management within current debates and contemporary issues as they influence leadership and management in the global economy. One of the many joys of studying strategy is that examples of good and bad strategy are all around us making for our richer learning experience. In the 21st century we take strategy beyond planning into agility so creating organisational success in an unpredictable world. Importantly at this point in time, we debate the critical role of purpose in strategy and the role of society in shaping your strategy reflecting society's expectations for organisational success in responsible ways. Strategy is about how you think and the goal of this module is to help you think differently; to think in a more strategic way and for you to be a winner in your future.

NBS-6009Y

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Students are required to select a further 20 credits, which may be from any Option Range referred to above or from the defined choice of modules included in Option Range C.

Name Code Credits

AUDITING AND ASSURANCE

What do auditors do? When Enron collapsed in 2001 people asked where were the auditors? The same question was being asked when Lehman Bros collapsed in 2008. This module looks at the detail of what auditors do. You will learn about the tools used by auditors to plan and deliver a quality audit; tools such as risk assessment, documenting and analysing systems, testing details of transactions and using analytical procedures to understand where accounting errors may have occurred. You will start by going through the process of an audit, how the auditors use a risk based approach to develop an audit strategy and how that audit strategy is applied to different parts of the financial statements. You will look in depth at the audit of areas such as inventory. You will explore the specific issues thrown up by the pervasive use of information technology. You will consider how the audit field work is reviewed and comes together to produce the audit report. When you have competed this module you will be able to understand and use the technical language of audit. You will have developed your transferable skills of critical evaluation of arguments and evidence.

NBS-5021Y

20

BUSINESS AND COMPANY LAW

This module is highly vocational and primarily designed for those taking accounting and related degrees, who wish to satisfy the curriculum requirements of the accounting profession, as having a foundation in aspects of English business and company law. You'll cover in particular detail the Law of Contract and Company Law but also a wide variety of other subject areas, including the English Legal System, Partnership and Agency Law, Law of Torts, Criminal Law, Data Protection Law and Employment Law.

NBS-5004Y

20

BUSINESS ETHICS

How do we know what is morally right and wrong in business? Is it ever ethical to accept 'corporate gifts' or to be a 'whistle-blower'? What new and complex ethical issues are raised by the globalisation of business? Questions like these are central to this module. In this module you will learn about the nature, applications and consequences of ethics in business. You'll discover why individuals sometimes make unethical business decisions. You will learn to use theoretical tools that help you to identify and analyse key ethical problems associated with business practice. You will also gain knowledge of practical approaches for managing business ethics in organisations. This module is ideal for those with an interest in corporate responsibility and sustainability. You will begin with an overview of what business ethics is and why it is important. You will go on to master the major ethical theories and concepts that form the core of business ethics. You'll then build on these foundations to explore important business ethics issues - examples could include whistleblowing, environmental sustainability, corporate influence and/or others. You will discover how to use ethical theories to gain an in-depth understanding of whether, and to what extent, such issues are ethically problematic. You will also gain hands-on experience of applying ethical theories to business scenarios through a range of activities (e.g. role play, small group exercises, case study). You will learn through a combination of interactive lectures and seminars, and independent study. You'll be assessed through coursework and an exam. By successfully completing this module you will have new knowledge and skills that increase your ethical awareness and enable you to communicate your ideas clearly and systematically based on evidence. You'll also be equipped with theoretical tools that will help you to identify and analyse ethical problems and make ethically justifiable decisions.

NBS-5006Y

20

BUSINESS FINANCE

On this module you'll learn about the basic principles of financial management and how to apply them to the main decisions faced by the financial manager. For example, you'll consider why the firm's owners would like the manager to increase firm value, and how the manager will choose between investments that may pay off at different points of time or have different degrees of risk. Moreover, you'll explore how companies raise the necessary funds to pay for these investments and why they might prefer a particular source of finance. Overall, this module will present you with the tools of modern financial management in a consistent conceptual framework.

NBS-5008Y

20

DIGITAL MARKETING AND THE SERVICE ECONOMY

This module advances your understanding of strategic marketing by focusing on digital and service marketing. While strategy is about planning, developing and continuously creating the firm's future to ensure sustainable competitive advantage, today's firm must learn to adapt its marketing activities and ground its understanding in the reality of its chosen markets. We draw on digital marketing and service theories by highlighting different models, case studies and industry experience. We propose to develop strategic thinking for marketers in a highly challenging technological world, and to help lead firms in facing future challenges in a more connected economy.

NBS-5013Y

20

FURTHER MATHEMATICS

Further Mathematics will provide you with an introduction to the mathematics of counting and arrangements, a further development of the theory and practice of calculus, an introduction to linear algebra and its computing applications, and a further development of the principles and computing applications of probability theory. 3D Vectors and complex numbers are also studied. If you have taken Mathematics for Computing A or equivalent, this module is for you.

CMP-5006A

20

INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT

You'll discover the ways in which organizations acquire, implement, and manage modern information systems. You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of important topical applications of information systems, including Business Intelligence, the Human Computer Interface (HCI), Change Management, Information Systems Development, and Sustainable Technologies. You'll also explore and analyse the way new technologies are changing how organisations do business and interact with customers. You'll also address the changing role of information systems and technology in modern organisations. In particular, you'll examine the multiple roles and uses of information in organisations, meaning the emphasis of this module is on the 'I' in IT (information), not on the 'T' (technology).

NBS-5003Y

20

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

This module provides students with an introduction to core trade theory and principles in a business context. It combines basic microeconomic and macroeconomic principles with cases/applications in a teaching programme designed to help you understand current business and international business issues. What drives cross-border trade flows? Why is free trade better than autarchy and what is the cost of not having it? How does cross-border trade affect economic growth? And what are the most common challenges that firms have to face when operating across borders? The module will provide you with a set of technical tools and way of thinking to answer such questions, among others.

NBS-5016Y

20

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

How do businesses go about getting their messages across to their customers? This module will explain how modern organisations plan their communications with the people that matter to them. You will discover the range of activities and tools which is available to marketing managers from traditional advertising and public relations (PR) to the more up-to-date product placement and social media. You'll look at the issues that arise in planning, implementing and managing Integrated Marketing Communications - IMC - campaign. These include print and broadcast advertising, PR, sponsorship, product placement, sales promotion, experiential and event-marketing as well as direct and digital marketing. In this module you'll discover some communication theories and combine these ideas with your own creative side to produce a marketing campaign for a real live brand of your choice. You'll begin with some of the theory behind marketing communications and look in depth about how advertisers use both the Elaboration Likelihood Model and Narrative Transportation Theory. Later you'll look at each of the activities and tools which make up a modern IMC - campaign. Assessment is through an exam and a short written report and most of your seminars will be teamwork where you will build up your knowledge and experience to make your own campaign tools. You'll be given a crash-course in video-making and this will give you everything you and your team needs to create their own 30 second TV advert! If you work in a marketing department the chances are you will be doing marketing communications. In this module you'll have the chance to create your own marketing campaign and get a practical insight into the world of the marketing manager and a career in marketing.

NBS-5020Y

20

MEDIA, GLOBALISATION AND CULTURE

What role do media and communication play in processes of globalisation? How is an ever more global media creating cultural change? In this module you will explore the cultural implications of global media and culture by investigating audience practices and media representations. You will begin by being introduced to the main theoretical approaches to mediated globalisation, before examining how these work in practice. Indicative topics include the power of global branding, global celebrity culture, global publics and local audiences, transnational cultures, and representations of migration.

PPLM5003B

20

POWER AND SOCIETY

This module introduces students to key perspectives in 19th and 20th century social and political theory. Central to this module is an interest in the relationship between economic, social and cultural structures and individual agency and identity. Areas explored include the following: social conflict and consensus; conceptions of power and domination; Marxism and neo-Marxism; critical theory; structuralism; poststructuralism; ideology and discourse; postmodernity; the self and consumer society.

PPLX5159B

20

PRACTICAL LAW FOR MANAGEMENT

You'll be introduced to aspects of law which are relevant to your future careers as managers. It is an extremely practical module which is taught using a range of legal cases, practical scenarios, and problem questions. This approach enables you to learn the essentials of business law in a useful and engaging way, and introduces you to some of the key legal documentation you are likely to encounter in a managerial role. You'll learn where to find the law, the practical implications for managers, and when it is essential to seek legal advice.

NBS-5017Y

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

  • A Level ABB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDD excluding BTEC Public Services and Business Administration
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

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

A GCE A-Level in General Studies is not accepted.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)

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

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.
  • A Level AAB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate 33 If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 4 subjects at H2, 2 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDD BTEC Public Services is not accepted.
  • European Baccalaureate 80%

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

 

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 5.5 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

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

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School’s annual intake is in September each year.

Alternative Qualifications

Candidates with equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply, or contact the Admissions Office for further information.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International Students webpage.

Assessment

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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

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Admissions Office (Business)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

When emailing us please remember to include your full name, UCAS Personal ID or your UEA Application Number (if applicable) and the name of the course you are applying for so your query can be answered as quickly as possible.

Register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515