Accounting BA (Hons)
What makes Accounting at Worcester special?
As the universal language of business, commerce and finance, accounting is perfect for students with a good head for numbers and analysis, a driving interest in business and a keen eye for detail.
The course will teach you how to measure, process, analyse and communicate financial information about an organisation to a variety of concerned parties, including investors, creditors, management, regulators and the general public in order to facilitate improvements and adherence to established rules and guidelines.
You will leave with an excellent foundation for a career in banking, insurance, corporate or personal finance or financial analysis. The course is also ideal preparation ahead of additional training to become a chartered accountant.
- A highly specialist degree which gives you maximum accreditation from the major professional accounting bodies and more. Eligible for exemptions from ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA and CIPFA professional examinations and for Associate Membership of the IFA. ICAEW Partner in Learning study support. Opportunity to obtain CIMA Accredited Sage Certificate.
- Optional one-year paid work placement, which is likely to improve your final year grades and may even lead to a job offer when you graduate.
- Opportunity to study abroad in America, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand
- Real-world focus – taught by qualified accountants who are active business consultants with experience of working for a wide variety of organisations including Grant Thornton, KPMG and HM Treasury.
* Recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students
For full details of Accounting exemptions and accreditations, please download our booklet.
What qualifications will you need?
UCAS tariff points
112 UCAS Tariff points and Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics
From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.
I chose to study this course because it gives me a chance to develop my understanding of accounting, as well as the chance to learn about the different types of accounting that is used in industry and in everyday life.
Tyler Denton, Accounting student
Worcester students had the opportunity to present their business ideas to a panel of industry experts. Competing to win a six week space at a retail unit at CrownGate shopping centre.
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
It is great to be able to obtain maximum exemptions for professional qualifications whilst completing your degree.
Connor Tracey, Accounting student
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
You will learn how to:
Explore the real-life application of learning via tutors with business experience, via work placement, and via contact with local, national and international businesses – in the past these have included Shell, Barclays Bank and the BBC.
There will be opportunities to take part in projects for clients, visits to businesses, live and computerised simulations, case studies and exhibitions alongside the usual lectures, workshops and seminars. You will develop a range of skills, which you can evidence on your CV and talk about at job interviews
Worcester is a place where you will be supported to reach your full potential as a self-directed learner ready to make an immediate impact in the world of work. Tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible and virtual resources enable you to work flexibly to suit your own learning preferences and busy lifestyle.
You will progressively build your knowledge and expertise across levels of study through modules which are delivered in different ways, perhaps through traditional lectures and seminars as well as e-lectures, workshops and simulations. In a typical week, you will have 12 hours of scheduled contact time, which you will supplement with one-to-one tutorial meetings and around 20 hours of guided independent study.
There are a variety of assessment types – reports, presentations, projects, examinations – and sometimes you will even be able to choose an assessment style to suit you.
The lecturers go the extra mile to help students and ensure they know what they are doing. A great degree for anyone considering any career in finance.
Jamal Yafai, Accounting student
Meet the team
Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:
Jinning began her academic adventure at 24 and joined the University of Sheffield as a PhD candidate. During her PhD study, she was a Teaching Assistant at the Management School of the Sheffield University. Her research was funded by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and the Institute Chartered Accountant of Scotland (ICAS). She was awarded a Doctoral Degree after three and a half years. Prior to the completion of her PhD, she was appointed as a module leader at the Sheffield International College (Kaplan). Jinning set up her private education business after two years. As an entrepreneur, Jinning was engaging with teaching and management roles. Before Jinning joined the Worcester University Business School, she has been working towards professional qualifications with the Institute Chartered Accountant of England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).
Winner of 2015 Student-Led Award for Outstanding University Teacher and Outstanding Academic Tutor
Prior to taking up this position I was an assistant principal (head of sixth form) in a large 11-18 school. I also worked for 3 years at TAS (University of Leeds) teaching undergraduate management programmes and worked as PGCE mentor and sessional lecturer at Huddersfield University on the PGCE programme. Over 20 years teaching experience in the economics and business studies field.
Stephanie joined Worcester Business School as a lecturer in accounting in January 2014. Previously Stephanie worked for Grant Thornton UK LLP as an Audit Manager and she has 14 years professional practice experience, working closely with a wide variety of companies from small owner managed businesses to large international groups and listed entities. Stephanie was also heavily involved in graduate recruitment, the summer internship scheme, local induction and training as part of her role at Grant Thornton UK LLP.
Simon trained with a large firm Chartered Accountants in the areas of audit, accounts preparation, taxation and insolvency. Working in industry, his roles ranged from Group accountant, Project accountant and Treasury.
Since the move to lecturing, Simon has taught on a range of provisions, including ACCA, CIMA CIPD, AAT, HND as well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Jamie spent the past two years working at the in the accountancy team. Areas of teaching expertise are financial accounting and auditing. Before this Jamie spent three years in practice working for a large professional services accountancy firm specialising in forensic accounting and auditing. She also spent time working for HM Treasury within the Welfare to Work team as a member of the team responsible for the implementing the New Deal for Young People.
Where could it take you?
We recognise that optimising your future employment and earning potential are a key factor in selecting your degree. All of our courses:
- Are written and taught by business professionals who adopt a real-world approach to learning, teaching and assessment and are fully aware of what today’s employers are looking for
- Help you develop the skills required by graduate employers – Research and problem solving, Critical Analysis, Communication, Numeracy, Self-management, Interpersonal Skills, Team Working, Self-awareness, Use of IT, Enterprise and Creativity
- Offer the option of a paid placement year, which significantly increases your chance of getting a job when you graduate
- Include the opportunity to learn via live work-based projects, allowing you to ‘earn as you learn’ through paid part-time work
- Are accredited by, recognised by or mapped to professional qualifications and/or associations as appropriate
- Provide access to our broad network of business managers and employers (including our own Business School Advisory Board) who work closely with us to design courses, offer scholarships and prizes, host student visits, provide work-related projects and contribute to teaching activities
- Offer employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation (including access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool), mock interviews and meetings with employers
- Offer the option to spend a semester abroad at one of our exchange universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand to help you develop the intercultural skills that are so highly sought after by today’s employers
The University of Worcester’s accounting degree had all the attributes to help me become an accountant. They provide maximum exemptions for the leading accounting bodies and there facilities will definitely benefit me and help me reach my goals.
Brad Hendry, Accounting student
"We've had a fantastic time with the students from the University of Worcester Business School. The Business Challenge module is truly innovative, providing opportunities to be creative and work with a great group of people. The students have not only left Funny Blood with a lasting legacy of ideas, campaigns and contacts but they've also raised awareness of Platelet Function Disorders both locally and - literally - Worldwide as well as raising vital funds for the Haemophilia Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital. Their projects have provided us with some amazing experiences like playing the giant killers at Worcester City FC, being on court with the Davis Cup players at Pershore Tennis Centre and Worcester Wolves and saving lives via #giveblood with NHS Give Blood. As a result, Funny Blood's been featured in the local press and radio a number of times and our social media interaction has increased; at the project's peak, our reach on Facebook was over 57k. A truly fantastic experience, thank you!"
Founder, Funny Blood
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Part-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
If you decide to take up the optional placement year accommodation and travel costs may be incurred dependent on location of placement. As placements are paid by the employer at minimum wage plus these costs can be covered by the student’s wage. During this year you will pay 10% of normal academic fees to the University. You are provided with a placement tutor, and have access to the advice of the full placement team, as well as all University student support and services.
There are also occasional trips which may require you to incur travel costs.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Accounting BA (Hons) N400
Accounting (Placement Year) 4 Yr N401
For the latest information, check the UCAS website at www.ucas.com
N400 or N401