Understanding the financial world can lead you down many potential future career paths, and a degree in Accounting and Finance can give you the best start.
If you are interested in current financial issues and are considering a potential future career in either accountancy or finance, this course lets you sample the essentials of both disciplines to help you choose which interests you most.
Since almost every management job requires an understanding of budgeting and financial administration, this course can open up much broader potential future career options as, upon successful completion, it will equip you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in accounting and finance within a business context.
As part of our focus on your potential future career options, we will also aim to help you to develop the skills often quoted by employers as lacking in graduates including critical evaluation, self-direction and problem-solving, and IT skills.
You’ll also have the opportunity to work on our Trading Floor, which is equipped with 42 dual-screen Bloomberg terminals and a variety of industry standard software, allowing you the opportunity to explore how to put theory into practice.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
A key advantage of successfully completing this course is the flexibility that comes from gaining a wide breadth of knowledge across both disciplines of accounting and finance, with the opportunity to choose from a number of optional modules including Principles of Taxation, Audit and Assurance, Business Strategy or Portfolio Management.
As well as simulation and practical exercises, such as preparing financial statements or assessing financial investment options, you will have the opportunity to apply theory to real-life scenarios that you might encounter on a day-to-day basis as a professional. In the past, students have analysed financial statements from supermarket giants’ Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons; they’ve also looked at the competencies and skills of easyJet in comparison to its competitors to try to ascertain what has contributed to its financial success.
As an Accounting and Finance student at Coventry Business School, you’ll also have access to our Trading Floor, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. As well as being integrated into some of your modules, you will also have the opportunity to study towards professional certifications, such as the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate, in your own time using the Bloomberg terminals located in the Trading Floor (subject to availability). Such certifications could help develop skills that could be useful in any potential future career.
Why choose this course?
This highly practical course aims to educate and prepare you for a range of potential future career options within the accountancy and finance professions or as general managers. It will give you the opportunity to gain a solid grasp of accounting techniques, taxation, financial legislation, financial management and business strategy and demonstrate how these are being applied in today’s business world.
Our course is accredited or recognised by the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW), and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). The curriculum and assessment is designed to provide a significant number of exemptions from professional accounting exams, depending on which option modules you take. Please note this may be subject to requirements, competitive application, availability, meeting applicable visa requirements and additional costs. Please see more information on our Accreditations and Professional Recognition and Exemption tabs in the Overview section of this page.
You’ll be taught by lecturers, some of which are qualified accountants with substantial experience in practice and industry, many with active research interests in areas such as auditing, banking, stock markets and return on investments. They regularly bring contemporary practice into the classroom by, for example, monitoring relevant news stories like the furore around executive bonuses, to stimulate debate and discussion.
Throughout the course, teaching is designed to embed professional skills. You’ll have access to the one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe, which incorporates the best analytical, news and data platforms to give you first-hand experience of these industry-standard tools. You will use industry-standard business software packages, including SAGE and SAP.
You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities which aim to develop you personally and professionally. These include online phase tests, and mock graduate assessment days, interview techniques and telephone interviews.