Are you looking to achieve a higher qualification to progress your career, or do you want to move into accounting and finance for the first time? If you already hold a qualification such as a BTEC, HND or foundation degree, this one-year course will earn you an International Finance and Accounting BA (Hons) degree.
With multiple exemptions from professional exams, you’ll also be well on your way to qualifying as an accountant. However, accountancy will be just one of your many options on graduating: your degree will also be excellent preparation for a wide range of professional and leadership roles in any industry.
You’ll study right here in London’s Square Mile, the heart of the world’s leading financial centre, surrounded by – and engaging with – some of the world’s biggest businesses and financial institution.
The skills you learn on this course will always be in demand, and could lead to a successful international career in business. When you graduate, you’re likely to go straight into a good job or into higher study, whichever you prefer. Throughout your professional life, you’re likely to take up stable, well-paid jobs with exciting career prospects.
This fascinating course will teach you the skills you need to become a detail-oriented, responsible and discreet professional – someone who can be relied upon to give reliable and trustworthy advice. You’ll learn how money is earned, recorded, interpreted, managed and communicated around the world as it makes its way through the hands of individuals, businesses and governments.
You’ll explore essential academic theory while taking practical advantage of the many learning opportunities on offer in London’s exciting financial district. The course is accredited by the leading accountancy bodies, so you’ll benefit from exemptions from ACCA and CIMA examinations.
Why choose this course?
This course is ideal if you have a lively and enquiring mind, and are interested in how business really functions and how strategic decisions are made. It opens up a potentially varied but stable and well-paid career, with excellent prospects: organisations will always need to manage their finances.
We have designed this course in collaboration with practising industry professionals and the leading professional associations. The course is accredited by ACCA and CIMA, and connects to their curricula, which means that when you graduate you’ll be exempt from several parts of the professional examinations with ACCA and CIMA, should you choose to sit them.
Our central London campus is equipped with excellent modern facilities, including ICT which matches the systems in use in industry. You’ll learn to use leading accounting, trading and research technologies including Bloomberg, Sage, SAP, Fame and S&P Capital IQ. As a result, you’ll graduate with the immediate advantage of knowing how to use these systems in the workplace. You’ll also have the opportunity to become certified with Sage, the world-leading accounting software.
This very practical course is designed to give you every possible employability advantage when you graduate. You’ll have opportunities to network with businesses in industry, hear from high-profile guest lecturers, and visit a range of employers and institutions (perhaps the Bank of England, Bloomberg and the London Stock Exchange). You’ll also be encouraged to pursue independent learning by making the most of all the events, exhibitions, conferences and museums which London has to offer.
You’ll benefit considerably by being taught by tutors who have had international careers in accounting and finance. Their experience spans ‘big four’ firms and other multi-nationals and some continue to serve on business boards. There are PhDs on the staff and some undertake research or consult to businesses. Several are published, and most are senior fellows of at least one professional association. They are, however, friendly, accessible and supportive, happy to offer their experience to help you better understand your studies and how your career might develop.
You’ll develop your ability to think critically and strategically – vital skills for anyone wanting to advance in, or begin a career in, finance and accounting. Your tutors will provide opportunities to develop these skills through interactive, problem-based learning using case studies, simulations, and business projects.
International experience opportunities
Global perspectives and approaches are built into every aspect of this course, so you’ll graduate with a sound understanding of how different cultures, regulatory frameworks and even faiths can impact on accounting and finance practice.
You’ll study within an international cohort, with students drawn from around the world. You’ll very quickly appreciate the diverse ideas and perspectives they bring with them and which your tutors will encourage them to share. Should you choose to do an internship for your final major project, you could arrange a placement overseas or, if you’re an international student, in your home country.
On graduation, you’ll be ready to begin or advance a high-flying career in finance and accounting, or a related business discipline, anywhere in the world.
You’ll have a range of options when you graduate. You might sit the professional exams required to qualify as an accountant, but this is only one of many routes you could take. You might go into further study, such as a master’s degree or a PhD. You might return to your former employer, using your new qualification to release new career possibilities. You could join a business in a named permanent role or on a graduate programme.
Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be a more confident and skilled individual, adept at problem-solving and decision-making, with a solid understanding of international finance and how to balance risk and investment.