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 - 2016 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 8th for Accounting and Finance by the Guardian League Tables 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

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, drawing on the experiences from your placement year.

Professional accreditation

Examination exemptions exist from professional accountancy bodies including ACCA, AIA, CIMA, CIPFA, ICAEW and ICAS.

4-year degree including professional placement or study abroad

Our Accounting and Financial Management course is a four year degree, including a placement year as an integral part of the degree. Our final year students regularly comment on how the placement year aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year and their employability. 

Whilst most students choose to undertake a professional placement, students can also choose to spend the year 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 plus a six month placement.

Recent placements for AFM 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

  • Accounting in Context 
  • Principles of Financial Accounting 
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis 
  • Micro and Macroeconomics 
  • Organisational Behaviour 
  • Introduction to Law 
  • Quantitative Methods for Business 
  • Business Modelling 
  • Skills for Study, Placement and Employment 
  • Organisations in the International Context

Year 2

  • 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, Data Analysis for Management, and International Economics.

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.

Year 4

  •  Financial Reporting Theory and Practice
  •  Strategic Management Accounting
  •  Financial Management and Corporate Policy

Plus seven modules from a wide range of options, including: Auditing, Corporate Governance, Corporate Reconstruction and Turnaround, Financial Risk Management, Behavioural Finance, Corporate and Wholesale Banking, International Negotiations, Technology in Business and Society, Strategic Information Management, Analysing Careers, International Marketing, Small Business Issues, Business Planning for New Ventures, Business Programming, Project Management, Business Forecasting, Business Ethics, Enterprise Resource Planning, Lean Operations.

Teaching and learning

Our extensive and regular interaction with major companies around the world ensures all our teaching is commercially relevant. Find out more about how you will be taught and assessed at Loughborough to give the very best learning experience.

Career opportunities for AFM Graduates

Our great all-round student experience develops well-rounded graduates. Indeed, our graduates are so highly regarded by a wide range of employers that in the 2015 Graduate Market Review (High Fliers) Loughborough was listed as the 15th most targeted university by recruiters.*

91% of our 2014 Business graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduating, and earning on average £26,800 as a starting salary (DLHE 2014/15). 

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 2015’, January 2015

Entry criteria – 2016 entry

Information about the entry requirements for this course are below. 
A-level AAB/ABB (General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture are not normally accepted). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects.
SQA AH AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB 34 points minimum
Other BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English (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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