Understanding the financial world can lead you down many 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 career in either accountancy or finance, this course lets you sample the essentials of both disciplines to help you choose with interests you most.
Since almost every management job requires an understanding of budgeting and financial administration, this degree can open up much broader career opportunities as it will equip you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in financial management within a business context. As part of our focus on your career prospects, we will also help you develop the skills often quoted by employers as lacking in graduates – critical evaluation, self-direction and problem-solving – incorporating analysis, presentations and negotiation techniques into your studies.
It’s one of many reasons why our graduate employability levels are so good – with 87% in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15) ; and why student satisfaction is high, 96% in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
A key advantage of our degree 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 large range of optional modules on topics like corporate governance and ethics, auditing or pensions.
As well as simulation and practical exercises, such as preparing accounts or assessing financial investment options, you will 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 the detail of corporate accounts 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.
This highly practical degree aims to educate and prepare you for a range of careers within the accountancy and finance professions or as general managers; it will give you a solid grasp of accounting techniques, taxation, financial legislation, financial management and business strategies and demonstrate how they are being applied in today’s business world.
Our degree is recognised by the Association of International Accountants (AIA), Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW). The curriculum and assessment is designed to impart the knowledge needed to pass the professional qualifications, providing a significant number of exemptions, depending on which optional modules you take.
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, for example, monitoring relevant news stories like the furore around public pensions or 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 develop you personally and professionally. These include: online phase tests, such as ‘My accounting lab’ or BPP SCORM; and graduate assessment days, interview techniques and telephone interviews.
You will have the opportunity to take part in a number of overseas field trips, some of which have previously been subsidised by the University. In the past, our students have had the opportunity to visit universities in China and Malaysia to study alongside students, see how finance is taught internationally, appreciate the issues in different countries and broaden their perspectives.
Closer to home, you can participate in European field trips as part of the annual Tax Week initiative. We are also planning to introduce an annual Audit Week in partnership with universities in Germany, where students would work collaboratively on related projects.
Our degree is designed to give you the practical skills and experience so that you can enter employment with the confidence to give sound financial advice and make effective financial decisions.
You’ll also benefit from a wide range of desirable professional skills, including: team working; critical evaluation; self-directed learning; problem-solving; action planning and organising; written and oral communication; presentation; questioning and listening. The following personal qualities will also be addressed in each of the skills modules: achievement orientation; initiative and creativity; self-confidence; decisiveness; reflectiveness; adaptability and flexibility.
On successful completion, you should be well placed to pursue a wide variety of careers in finance, management, accounting, banking, personal and corporate finance, business, marketing, education or IT in private, public and third sector organisations. Alternatively, this degree could set you on the path towards professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant, if you decide to follow specialist financial roles as an accountant, auditor, business analyst, investment consultant, stock controller or tax assistant.
Alternatively, you may decide to continue your studies at postgraduate level to further enhance your employability. Here at Coventry, we offer the MSc Accounting and Financial Management.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
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