Business and Economics
Accounting and Financial Management
Year of entry
This course aims to produce high quality graduates with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for an effective and valued career in the accounting and financial management professions, as well as management or consultancy.
Why Choose Us?
- 1st in the UK for Employability of Business and Management graduates
(Guardian University Guide 2013)
- 3rd for Finance and Accounting
(The Sunday Times 2013)
- Consistently rated as a Top-10 UK Business School
We develop teaching and learning in response to advances in academic theory and the needs of the business community. Our links with industry, professional firms and accounting bodies ensure that the course is relevant, practical and constantly updated.
The course is distinctive in that, alongside the in-depth coverage of accounting and financial management, it seeks to develop knowledge and understanding of the foundational disciplines of management and business in a variety of contexts.
This course is accredited by major professional accounting bodies in the UK and graduates of our course receive exemptions from various examinations of these bodies.
Teaching and Learning Methods
We are committed to helping you stand out in the increasingly competitive graduate job market and many of our graduates go on to enjoy rewarding careers with major international companies.
Our high quality courses develop skills valued by employers including independent learning and research, analytical skills, group work, presentation skills, project work, computer skills and numeracy. Our wide variety of optional modules enables students to focus on areas related to their career aspirations.
Lectures are supported by online resources, tutorials, workshops, seminars and discussion groups. Some tutorials are streamed according to prior qualifications in mathematics and economics.
In the first two years of the course, 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.
We also assist you in developing your cognitive skills (such as critical evaluation), practical skills (for example, quantitative and computing skills) and transferable skills (for instance, team working and communication skills).
In the final year, you will study accounting and financial management subjects at an advanced level, drawing on experiences from your placement year. 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.
The third year of the degree is spent on a salaried professional or business 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.
On successful completion of the placement year, you will be awarded a Diploma in Professional Studies in addition to your degree.
All of our students can also choose to develop their language skills with us and spend the year between their second and final year studying abroad at one of our partner universities around the world. This results in a Diploma in International Studies in addition to your degree.
Enterprise is a key part of the Loughborough experience and can really boost your job prospects. All our business degrees include a module to develop our students’ enterprise and employability skills. There are also specific modules in entrepreneurship for those with aspirations to start their own businesses.
Student Enterprise thrives on campus with a range of extra-curricular activities including business planning competitions, events, and support services for students with real business ideas.
Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination. Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, contribution in tutorials, group work, class tests, problem-sheets and computer-based exercises.
Selection interviews are not normally held, and offers of places are made on the basis of your UCAS form, particularly your referee’s report and previous examination performances. Candidates who are offered a place are invited to visit the School and meet staff on one of several Visit Days.
Most graduates from this course 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.
Graduates from Loughborough are in great demand and many are quickly given high levels of responsibility. Our graduates hold senior positions in major companies and firms of chartered accountants.
- Financial Accounting
- Accounting in Context
- Micro and Macroeconomics
- Organisational Behaviour
- Introduction to Law
- Skills for Study and Work
- Quantitative Methods for Business
- Business Modelling
- 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
- Operations Management
- International Economics
- Data Analysis for Managers
- Salaried professional placement
- Advanced Financial Reporting
- Management Accounting and Control
- Financial Management and Corporate Policy
Plus a number of modules from a wide range of options including:
- Further Advanced Accounting
- Financial Management subjects
- General Management subjects including modules in International Business
Please note that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.
UCAS codes and entry requirements
The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwichUCAS code: NN34
- AAB-AAA normally at the same sitting (Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture not usually accepted). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects
- SQA AH
- A2 B1, plus Highers at A2 A2 A2 B1 B1
- 36 points minimum
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile
- Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English (or equivalent)
SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies