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  • Objectives
    The BSc (Hons) Accounting provides a thorough academic grounding in the skills and techniques necessary for entry into the accounting profession. The programme incorporates an optional work placement year, and offers professional accreditation.
  • Entry requirements
    Selected entry requirements English language: IELTS 6.5. Minimum 6 in any component. 577 in the TOEFL written test, 233 in the computerised TOEFL (including 5 in TWE), or 90 in the internet TOEFL with a minimum of 20 in each component. A level: Grades AAA AS level: Two AS-levels accepted in place of one A-level providing at least one AS-level is studied at Year 13. Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer: General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted. Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes. GCSE: Grade B in English language and grade A in Mathematics. Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University. International baccalaureate: 37 points with 6, 6, 7 in the Higher Level subjects. Relevant work experience: Work-related experience is not essential but can provide useful evidence of your team-working skills and ability to take responsibility. Relevant work experience can provide evidence of interest in and commitment to the subject. Professional entry qualification: N/A Additional entry requirements Additional entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.
  • Academic Title
    BSc Accounting
  • Course description
    Special features
     There is a high demand for this programme and so entry requirements are correspondingly high. You will be taught by staff who are leading researchers in their fields, some of whom are also qualified accountants. The programme includes an optional (but not guaranteed) work placement year with a firm of accountants and provides substantial exemptions from the examinations of the main UK professional accountancy bodies. In particular, the programme has strong links with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

    Module details
    The course focus is on Accounting and Finance. Other relevant subjects, for example, Management, Law, Mathematics, Statistics and Economics are also covered. There is some scope for you to study related subjects to broaden your knowledge of the area of business and management, subject to the requirements of professional accreditation. You will receive a strong theoretical and practical grounding in the principles of Accounting and acquire appropriate transferable skills. 

    Course content for year 1
    In the first year you will take modules designed to introduce you to the foundations of accounting and finance. To ensure that you have a good understanding of the fundamental principles and issues that affect accounting you will also study other modules in mathematics, statistics, economics, introduction to English law, computing applications and a career skills course. Your remaining modules will be chosen from a range of options, for example in management.

    Course content for year 2
    In your second year you will take further compulsory accounting and finance modules, plus a business law module, which will build on your first year studies and provide the prerequisites for the final year of study. You will also take a specialist module designed to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for the internship year. You will then have a choice from further accounting, economics or management modules, which may depend on the requirements of professional accreditation.

    Course content for year 3
    Those successfully opting for the internship year will spend an academic year working at a firm of accountants before returning to Manchester for the final year.  Those who do not choose an internship year will proceed straight to their final year of study (see ` Final Year' below).

    Course content for year 4
     In your final year of study you will take a compulsory case study module, which will give those who take the internship year an opportunity to consolidate and apply what they have learned to an individual project. Those who have not taken up an internship year will be offered an alternative case study module. There is also a second module of business law, and a taxation module. Your remaining modules will then be chosen from a range of accounting, finance, economics or management courses, again depending on the requirements of professional accreditation.

    Accrediting organisations
    The BSc Accounting degree is a professionally oriented degree programme which has been developed in consultation with the ICAEW. Completion of the core modules on this programme will ensure you receive substantial exemptions from the ICAEW's professional qualification, the ACA (Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). Options you may choose within the degree programme will give you the opportunity to obtain further exemptions from the ACA examinations.

    As this degree programme covers core topics in accounting, a significant number of exemptions are available with from other professional accounting qualfications including but not limited to ICAS, ACCA and CIMA.

    Career opportunities
    This programme is designed primarily for those interested in a career in the accounting profession. The course will give you significant exemptions from the professional examinations of the main UK accounting bodies, and if you successfully elect for the work placement year you will gain relevant experience with a leading UK accounting firm. The programme is also suitable if you are considering careers in other fields of accounting, finance or banking, whether in industry or business management, in the public sector or in other parts of the financial world. 

    Graduates may also choose to go on to undertake post-graduate study.

    Course fees: Tuition fees for Home/EU students commencing their studies in 2009 will be approximately £3250 per year. These fees will be subject to change in the light of government announcements to all universities.

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