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Accounting and Financial Information Systems (Extended), BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four-year programme is identical to the three-year degree, but includes a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • This degree has professional accreditations such as CIMA and ACCA, increasing your career earning potential within finance
  • Study a degree ranked within the top 3 in London for student satisfaction for its accounting and finance subjects (Complete University Guide 2017).

Overview

Overview

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year BA Hons Accounting and Financial Information Systems degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff.

Degree structure

This course begins with a foundation year that will give you a solid grounding from which to progress to degree-level study. You will gain a thorough introduction to business and an understanding of ethics, enterprise and leadership. 

You will also strengthen your numeracy ability and learn essential computing, communication and academic writing skills, and how to manage your studies independently.

You will learn to use accountancy software such as MS Excel, MS Access, Visual Studio and SAGE 50. You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials, and in small groups using case studies, role play and student centred learning. You will also carry out a research project.

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • Essential and practical computing skills
  • Strengthened numeracy
  • Improved communication 
  • Academic writing skills
  • An understanding of ethics, enterprise and leadership
  • The ability to manage your studies independently.

Career development

Our degrees have been developed with input from professional accountancy bodies and financial institutions. When you complete this degree with the relevant courses, you will be exempt from a number of exam papers leading to professional qualifications from ACCA, AIA, CIMA and CIPFA. It will be a challenging and rewarding experience.

Ranking

We are proud to say that our accounting and finance degrees are ranked: 

  • Top 3 in London for course satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • Top 3 in London for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017).

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Outcomes

The aims of this programme are:

  • To prepare you for a career in the accountancy, finance and business analysis sectors with a strong emphasis on financial systems and models
  • To equip students with the necessary skills to be able to function in a complex and changing business environment.

Degree re-structure

This degree is currently being restructured in collaboration with employers, professional bodies and student feedback. This ensures we develop degrees that are aligned with latest industry trends and gives you the opportunity for subject specialisms. (This is standard UK practice across institutions).

The degree structure and courses listed will be updated once these are confirmed.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:


Applicants would normally apply with the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and maths grade C (or above). This might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐level background if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with 64 UCAS points including points from at least two AS in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an AS‐level background if the applicant has studied three/four AS subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects
  • Other qualifications, which will be considered on application.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system
  • Applicants who have the minimum English language requirement of an overall IELTS of 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will substitute 30 credits of the programme with English for Academic Purposes 1 and English for Academic Purposes 2 and study 120 credits
  • Applicants who have an overall IELTS of 6 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will not be required to study the English for Academic Purposes modules and will study 120 credits.

These courses are run by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities at the Avery Hill Campus.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Applicants would normally be a minimum of 17 years of age, but entry at younger age is a
    possibility for the highest quality applicants. We welcome applications from mature students
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability 
  • Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes.

Extra information

Assessment

Student will be taught through a mix of: 

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Guest seminars
  • Practical lab sessions
  • Video materials
  • Self‐managed exercises
  • Reflective reports
  • Computer based learning.

The programme will be assessed through: 

  • Examination
  • Individual and group coursework
  • Multiple choice tests
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies.

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the degree (with the relevant options) provides exemption from: 5 of 9 foundation-level papers of ACCA; all 5 certificate-level papers and 1 of the 6 managerial-level CIMA papers; 1 to 6 foundation-level papers of AIA; 4 out of 12 papers of CIPFA.

Careers

You will graduate from this degree with a valuable combination of accounting and business knowledge and transferable analytical, software and systems skills.

You may pursue employment as a business or financial analyst or work in financial modelling for large organisations. You may also consider undertaking a trainee accountancy position or pursuing roles in specialist finance or general business management.

Work placement

You can gain the insight and practical skills that employers seek in graduates. Our Employability Office will assist you in securing a placement before the sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies our team also offer a range of mentoring schemes and networking opportunities.

The sandwich year (work placement) will appear as a 30 credit course on your Diploma if completed successfully.

Internship

In addition to a placement, you can also do internships during your summer breaks. These will appear on your graduate diploma, showcasing your experience to employers.

Employability

You will connect with employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Team who focus on developing your employment skills. They also provide you with CV support and will invite you to employment fairs to network with employers and recruiters from industries.

Extracurricular activities

Our Greenwich Employability Passport scheme recognises and rewards your participation in additional activities such as part-time work, volunteering, student societies or industry guest lectures.

Business start-up

You will be encouraged to enter the university's Enterprise Challenge which rewards student entrepreneurship and innovation. Previous winners received a prize of £5,000 for their idea of developing an enterprise and study hub.

How to apply 

Full-time, UK and EU students

Full time, home and EU students must apply through UCAS. Please carefully consider the programmes available and apply as early as possible. For further information and UCAS deadlines, please visit www.ucas.ac.uk.

Part-time and international students

Part-time and international students must apply online at gre.ac.uk/apply.
For further information, international students can e-mail international@gre.ac.uk.

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Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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