Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting and Finance

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Looking for a fast track to gaining a bachelor’s in finance and accounting? Combine relevant diplomas with this top-up course and gain a BA in just one year! You can also opt to study this course with a bachelor’s and gain the practical industry experience needed to thrive in the finance world after graduation. 

Bachelor of Arts Hons Accounting and Finance Top Up

Key Facts

  • Duration: 8 months (full-time), 12 months (part-time)
  • Intake date: Start in January, May or September
  • Delivery Mode:
    • Live Online
    • On campus
  • Fees: SGD $13,000 (local students) / SGD $15,000 (international students)

The courses will give you confidence in analysing and communicating information, so that you can explain concepts and manage new projects. This will develop your core skills, enabling you to take your career in any direction.

This CIMA and ACCA accredited degree increases your career potential within accountancy

  • Ranked 65th amongst the top Universities in the UK in 2020*
  • The University of Greenwich has been ranked Top 8 Globally by ‘Centre for World University Rankings'**
  • Top 10 in London for Graduate Prospects in Accounting & Finance subjects (Complete University Guide 2020)***
  • 1st in London for teaching satisfaction in the National Student Survey (Guardian University Guide 2020)***

Sources:

*Source: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-universities-uk

**Source: https://www.gre.ac.uk/articles/public-relations/university-of-greenwich-in-top-8-per-cent-in-world

***Source: https://www.gre.ac.uk/undergraduate-courses/business-school/accounting-finance-ba-hons

The aims of the Accounting and Finance (BAAF) degree are:

  • To develop theoretical and practical knowledge of accounting and finance in the context of the global economy
  • To equip students with the necessary skills to be able to function in a complex and changing business environment
  • To ensure that the students are equipped with the appropriate professional values, ethics and attitudes to function as professionals

Throughout the programme there will be an emphasis on a practical application to teaching of the subject to help prepare students for effective job performance in this area. A further important aspect of the aim is to prepare students for a career in this sector by delivering a programme that offers the opportunity of substantial professional exam exemption.

However, not all graduates will subsequently pursue an accounting and finance career and those will need an appreciation of other business areas. Therefore, the programme will develop skills which are generally applicable in a business context and include syllabus and learning outcomes which promotes a wider appreciation of business.

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • The main current technical language and practices of accounting
  • Organisational and business context in which accountants operate
  • Alternative technical languages and practices of accounting

By the end of the programme, graduates will be able to demonstrate the accounting and finance related knowledge, which will be further developed and integrated into broader business knowledge, skills and professional values and ethics.

The various components of knowledge and understanding are:

  • content, concepts, structure and meaning of reporting for organisational operations, both for internal and external use, including information relating to financial statements and the needs of decision makers and a critical assessment of the role of accounting information in satisfying those needs.
  • national and international accounting standards; financial reporting and analysis
  • the regulation of accounting.
  • management accounting, including planning and budgeting, cost management, quality control, performance measurement and benchmarking
  • a knowledge of the business legal environment and the institutional context
  • a knowledge of financial management, risk and the operational of capital markets
  • contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning the operation and awareness of others
  • ethical and professional considerations in the context of the wider public environment (Based on QAA 2016)

Intellectual skills

  • a capacity for the critical evaluation of arguments and evidence
  • an ability to analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured problems from a given set of data and from data which must be acquired by the student
  • ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including acknowledgement and referencing of sources
  • capabilities for independent and self-managed learning

Subject practical skills

  • numeracy skills, including the ability to manipulate financial and other numerical data
  • skills in the use of communications and IT in acquiring, analysing and communicating information
  • preparation of financial reports using a wide range of appropriate techniques
  • selection and application of appropriate management accounting, financial management and quantitative techniques for financial planning, decision making and control.

Transferable/key skills

In addition to the transferable intellectual and practical skills mentioned already, students should be able to achieve and demonstrate:

  • effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, motivation, self-starting, individual initiative and enterprise
  • effective performance, within a team environment, including leadership, team building, influencing and project management skills
  • interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation
  • self-reflection and criticality including self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues.

Graduate Attributes

Scholarship and Autonomy

  • Have a critical understanding of the study of finance
  • Be independent learners with the skills and experience to become lifelong learners
  • Be able to produce high quality written, oral and digital work that is appropriate for academic and industry audiences

Creativity and Enterprise

  • Have an entrepreneurial orientation to finance
  • Be confident in applying core business techniques
  • Be able to use financial skills to solve business problems

Cross-cultural and International Awareness

  • Be able to analyse the global marketplace for accounting and finance
  • Be able to manage across and within diverse cultures
  • Be able to apply principles of sustainable development to the finance industry

Advanced Financial Accounting

  • Exam - 60% weighting, pass mark 40% weighting 
  • 3000-word individual research essay - 40% weighting, pass mark 40%

Advanced Management Accounting

  • 3000-word research based essay on given topic: 40% weighting, pass mark 40%
  • 3-hour exam: 60% weighting, pass mark 40%

Finance

  • Closed in-class 1-hour test - 30% weighting 
  • Three-hour closed-book exam - 70% weighting, pass mark 40%

Strategic Financial Management

  • 2500-word Report 1 - 45% weighting, 40% pass mark
  • 3000-word Report 2 - 55% weighting, 40% pass mark
  • Students are not required to pass all summative assessments in order to pass the course.

Audit and Assurance

  • Two-hour exam 1 - 40% weighting, pass mark 40%
  • Three-hour exam 2: 60% weighting, pass mark 40%

 

Modules Credits Hours Lessons Teaching contact hrs
Advanced Financial Accounting 15 3 13 39
Advanced Management Accounting 15 3 12 36
Finance 30 3 22 66
Strategic Financial Management 30 3 13 39
Audit and Assurance 30 3 24 72
Total contact hours (full-time & part-time) 252

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Minimum Academic Entry Requirements:

Students who have successfully completed either of the following:

  • LSBF Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance
  • LSBF Higher Diploma in Accounting and Finance
  • Polytechnic or other PEIs Diploma in a relevant field
  • Students, who have obtained equivalent qualifications in relevant fields, will be assessed case-by-case and subjected to university approval

Minimum English Language Entry Requirements:
Applicants who have not studied prior qualifications in English requires IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Minimum Age:
18 years or above

Modules

The aims of the course are: to extend and consolidate prior learning (Level 5) by introducing current and more complex issues relating to financial accounting; to place students in a position to critically review, evaluate and contextualize advanced aspects of practical and theoretical financial accounting, controversial aspects and current issues; to understand and question concepts and practice of financial accounting in a broad context; to develop an understanding of issues that impact on the financial environment and reporting; to be able to present and communicate financial information using a wider range of accounting techniques that may be used by investors and other stakeholders.

Critically evaluate alternative approaches to management accounting and understand the factors that influence choice in management accounting practices. Understand the behavioural aspects of the management accounting and control process.

Finance as a degree subject requires the students to understand the main objective of the firm which is maximisation of shareholder value and the different internal policies undertaken by the firm to attain that goal. This requires students to study the risk, return and utility theories for investors and how investors construct portfolios of investments. Students will also study how firms make capital structure, dividend policy, risk management and other decisions aimed at achieving the primary goal of the firm. They will study valuation techniques of assets, businesses and projects as this is necessary in evaluating the attainment of the above stated objective. There will be an emphasis on a practical application of the knowledge gained during the course.

This course addresses the traditional conflict between corporate strategy and financial management. Business strategy deals with “creating the future”. The future is by definition uncertain. Corporate strategy is forward looking and focuses on choices between alternatives and deals in mainly, but not exclusively, qualitative issues. Financial management is by definition quantitative and seeks to be a more precise discipline. This course blends the two disciplines into the one course and applies both strategic and financial analysis to enhancing organisational performance. Throughout this course you will explore issues in the understanding of organisational strategic direction and fit, internal and external analysis, option generation and screening, option choice and finally implementation. The whole course will be developed through the use of case studies based upon real organisations and business situations.

On completing this course successfully you will have: An informed understanding of the concepts of assurance services and internal audit, audit testing techniques and rationale; including the process of recording, evaluation and presentation of evidence and the role that auditing plays in business and society. Developed your intellectual curiosity, responsiveness to challenges, and demonstrated initiative.

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