Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics

Undergraduate study

Accounting and Financial Management student profile

Accounting and Financial Management student profile

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Accounting and Financial Management - 2017 entry


BSc (Hons) DPS/DintS* 4 years full-time sandwich UCAS code NN34

*Diploma in Professional/International Studies

  • About the course
  • Course structure
  • Career opportunities
  • Entry criteria
  • Next steps

Ranked 7th for Accounting and Finance in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, this course is not only accredited by the major professional accounting bodies in the UK but also informed by our links with industry and professional firms.

Relevant, practical and constantly updated, this course prepares you for a career in the accounting and financial management professions, or other management roles, including consultancy.

About the course

Accounting and Financial Management is a four year degree and includes a year on placement or studying abroad (or six months on each) as an integral part of the course. Our final year students regularly comment on how this experience aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year and their employability prospects.

In the first two years you will receive a thorough grounding in the major disciplines of accounting and financial management, together with the legal, economic and organisational contexts in which accountants and financial managers operate. A range of options enables you to study further subjects in the accounting and financial management discipline in more detail and to pursue selected broader business topics in substantial depth.

This course will assist in developing your cognitive skills (such as critical evaluation), practical skills (for example, the use of appropriate analytical tools) and transferable skills (such as team working) that will enhance your employability. In the final year you will study accounting and financial management subjects at an advanced level.

Professional recognition

This course qualifies you for examination exemptions from professional accountancy bodies including ACCA, AIA, CIMA, CIPFA and ICAEW.

Year on Professional placement or Studying Abroad

  • salaried Professional Placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Our dedicated Placements Office work with over 400 leading employers of all sizes around the world to help you secure a placement. Typically around 1/3rd of placement students are offered a job by their placement employer.
  • Studying Abroad at one of our partner universities around the world also boosts your employability and helps you develop intercultural skills highly prized by employers.

Satisfactory completion of either of these options results in either a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in addition to your degree.

Recent placements for Accounting and Financial Management Students

Abbott (Germany) (Financial Analyst)
Accenture (Analyst Consultant)
adidas (UK) (Financial Planning Analyst)
American Express (Financial Analyst)
BAE Systems (Assistant Cash Accountant)
Bosch (Customer Supply Chain Assistant)
Barclays (Senior Administrator in Finance)
DAF Trucks Limited (Business Intern)
Deloitte (Auditor)
Experian (Trainee Management Accountant)

EY (Audit Trainee)
Goldman Sachs (Operations Analyst)
HP (Finance Intern)
IBM (UK) (Finance Analyst)
Microsoft (Customer Satisfaction Analyst)
Morgan Stanley (Finance Controller)
NHS (Finance Management Accounts Assistant)
Renault (Assistant Fleet Analyst, Finance)
Walt Disney Company (Retail Sales and
Marketing Intern) 

The core subjects and options may vary from year to year. For the latest information please email us.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Financial Accounting
  • Accounting in Context
  • Micro and Macroeconomics
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Law
  • Skills for Study and Work
  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • Business Modelling
  • Organisations in the International Context

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Business Information Management
  • Company Law
  • Information Systems Development

Plus five modules from a list of options including: International Business, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Operations Management, International Economics and Data Analysis for Managers

Year on placement or studying abroad (or 6 months of each)

For most students your third year will be spent on a professional placement. This could be with a firm of chartered accountants (some of whom will allow students to begin their professional training contract during this period) or in an accounting or financial management position with a commercial, industrial or public sector organisation.

Alternatively, many of our students choose to take the opportunity to expand their horizons and enhance their employability by studying abroad at one of our partner universities around the world; either for a full year instead of going on placement or for six months in addition to going on placement for six months.

Final Year

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting and Control
  • Financial Management and Corporate Policy

Plus a number of modules from a wide range of options including: Auditing, Further advanced accounting subject, Financial management subjects, General management subjects including modules in international business

Please note that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.


Career opportunities for Accounting and Financial Management Graduates

Our great all-round student experience develops well-rounded graduates who are highly employable:

  • Loughborough was ranked joint 3rd in UK for Graduate Prospects in Business and Management Studies (Complete University Guide, 2017).
  • Loughborough is one of the top 15 universities most targeted by leading recruiters according to the 2016 Graduate Market Review (High Fliers Research).*

Most of our graduates follow careers and professional qualifications in accounting and financial management, either in industry, commerce, the public services or professional practice, whilst some move into other management areas, including consultancy. Our graduates hold senior positions in major companies and firms of chartered accountants.

Example graduate destinations: Goldman Sachs (Operations Analyst); EY (Tax Adviser); Aston Martin (Finance Analyst); PwC (Trainee Accountant).

*Source: High Fliers Research, ‘The Graduate Market in 2016’, January 2016

Entry criteria – 2017 entry

Information about the entry requirements for this course are below. 
A-level AAB (Excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects
SQA AH AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB 35 points minimum with Grades 6 6 5 at HL
Other BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English Language (or equivalent)

All applications must be made through UCAS. To find out what to do next, please read our how to apply section.

 = Scottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers 
IB = International Baccalaureate Diploma 
BTEC = Business and Technology Education Council (UK)

Next steps

If you are interested in studying our Accounting and Financial Management BSc please follow the links for further useful information:

Contact details

To enquire about any of undergraduate courses please contact:

Charlotte Connor
Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223393 
Email: sbe.ug@lboro.ac.uk 


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