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Accounting and Financial Management BA

Management School

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Course description

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Accounting and financial management plays a major role in all organisations, and extends beyond just a series of mathematical techniques and processes. We want to show you the bigger picture, so you can take your career in any direction you choose.

Our course looks at the way in which accounting informs decision making and the impact of accounting information systems on organisations.

Socially-responsible financial management is also an important part of the course and you'll explore the impact of financial decisions on societal welfare, the environment and company shareholders.

This course is accredited by the following bodies for the purpose of eligibility for Associate membership and exemption from some professional examinations.

Modules

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

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Title: Accounting and Financial Management BA course structure
UCAS code: N420
Years: 2021

The first year of the course gives you a broad understanding of accounting and finance. You'll learn the underpinning knowledge and workings of financial markets in a classroom scenario.

Core modules cover the necessary accounting and financial management knowledge required by the profession. We'll also encourage you to start thinking about life in the workplace.

This structured, supportive process will help you to reflect on your own learning, performance and achievement in preparation for your first job.

Our students quickly become familiar with the challenges faced by professional accountants. As your confidence grows, you'll develop your own views on how to approach these challenges.

Core modules:

Foundations in Financial Management

This module aims to create a foundation of knowledge in the subject area of financial management, creating the required framework of skill and knowledge for financial decision making and to provide a base of knowledge for the related modules in levels 2 and 3. This module will achieve this by introducing the essential principles, theories and calculations within financial management. It will also introduce the contemporary issues and developments in financial markets. The module design and content expects to at least cover the contents of foundation level financial management related module syllabus of professional accounting bodies.

20 credits
Futures First: Professional Self Management

This module is intended to provide a structured and supported process for students to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement, and to plan for their personal, educational and career development. It is designed to ensure students are fully prepared to gain the most from their academic studies and to be better placed to continue their development throughout and beyond their degree studies.

20 credits
Introduction to Financial Accounting

Financial Accounting is concerned with the ways in which the financial transactions of a business are recorded and summarised in financial statements. This module provides an introduction to the construction of financial statements and an understanding and evaluation of the principles and concepts on which they are underpinned. Once the principles have been established, the module further develops the practical understanding of the preparation of financial statements and focuses on the preparation, interpretation and limitations of company financial statements and the regulatory framework in which they are prepared.

20 credits
Introduction to Management Accounting

The aim of this module is to establish a firm understanding of the basic techniques of management accounting. The selection of accounting techniques is conditional on purpose; the management accountant¿s role therefore includes attention-directing, score- keeping, and problem-solving.

20 credits
Business Economics

This module introduces the essential concepts of economics at an introductory level for non-economics specialists. Most of the module will focus on microeconomics, considering in particular the demand and supply model of markets, an analysis of production and costs within firms, profit maximisation and the firm's output decision, and the impact of market structure on price and quantity outcomes. The module will conclude with an introduction to macroeconomic analysis, focusing on key economic indicators such as the money supply, interest-rates, unemployment and inflation.

10 credits
Introduction to Behaviour at Work

This module is an introduction to psychological and behavioural approaches to the study of work and organisations. The major aim is to introduce students to some of the basic analytical tools and concepts from work psychology that encourage an understanding of the behaviour of individuals and groups in the workplace. The syllabus contains the following: Introduction to Organisational Behaviour, Individual Differences, Perception, Learning, Human Motivation, Job Satisfaction and Work Attitudes, Conformity and Obedience, Leadership, Groups at Work, the formal and informal organisation.

10 credits

Optional modules

Analysis for Decision Making A

This unit will enable students to develop competencies in those quantitative techniques and tools which are essential for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data in a business context. Focusing on a variety of business problems, the unit will demonstrate how quantitative techniques can be used to support effective business decision making.

20 credits
Analysis for Decision Making B

This unit will enable students to develop competencies in those quantitative techniques and tools which are essential for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data in a business context. Focusing on a variety of business problems, the unit will demonstrate how quantitative techniques can be used to support effective business decision making. The teaching is aimed at those who have not taken mathematics beyond GCSE or its equivalent.

20 credits


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

Learning

This course has been specially designed to enable you to follow a career in accounting, finance and wider business roles. We have worked closely with a range of professional bodies such as ACA, ACCA and CIMA along with leading global employers to develop a course that provides you with the knowledge and skills to excel.

Our multidisciplinary approach means that you will learn practical skills to help you land the right job, as well as gaining the rigorous academic knowledge that you require to progress throughout your degree.

Our innovative teaching approach sees you attend lectures, seminars, workshops and other programme level teaching with small group sizes and a supportive learning environment to see you achieve your full potential.

You'll be given reading or be asked to prepare work in advance and contribute to discussions and group work during the seminar.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

You'll be supported throughout your degree by your module leaders, tutors, personal tutors and our wider learning and teaching support such as the 301 Academic Skills Centre.

The Accounting and Financial Management programme provides you with access to a comprehensive collection of specialist business and finance databases that are used by global companies, analysts and top researchers.

These include Bloomberg, Refinitiv Eikon, Datastream, Thomson ONE, Compustat, MSCI, WRDS and CSMAR among others. These databases will give you access to market insights and the data that you'll need to complete your assessments, learn new skills and become work-ready.

Our courses are based on world-leading research and our staff, many of whom have extensive industry experience, produce impactful research that influences policy and informs public debate.

We were ranked in the top 5 in the Russell Group for our research impact and 14th overall in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), a periodic assessment of all university research in the UK. This gives you access to degrees that combine real-world application with cutting-edge business thinking.

Assessment

Your lecturers are here to support your development which is why you’ll be given extensive feedback on your work. We use a range of assessment methods including, exams, online tests, group/individual presentations and coursework. You will also get lots of formative and summative feedback to help you progress and reach your potential.

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
ABB

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
BBB

A Levels + additional qualifications | BBB + A in a relevant EPQ; BBB + A in Core Maths BBB + A in a relevant EPQ; BBB + A in Core Maths

International Baccalaureate | 33 32

BTEC | DDD in a relevant subject DDM in a relevant subject

Scottish Highers | AAABB AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AB B + BB

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits and Merits in 15 Level 3 credits 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with Distinctions in 24 Level 3 credits and Merits in 21 Level 3 credits

Mature students - explore other routes for mature students

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Management School

We are a leading business school with Triple Crown accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). These awards have been achieved through the outstanding quality of our programmes, research output, support for students and alumni, and links with industry. We have a world-class reputation for high quality teaching, ground-breaking research and cutting-edge thinking.

You’ll be part of a dynamic and engaging business school that puts you and your future at the heart of everything it does. We balance a rigorous academic foundation with practical skills to ensure you are ready for the world of work.

We want you to develop skills so you can apply course content in a company setting. Our close links with organisations keep us in tune with the changing demands of the workplace. We know what employers are looking for.

You'll learn from experts - many are former industry professionals and they work closely with businesses. Because our academics are world-leading researchers, your education will draw on the most current management theories.

We want you to engage with the academic content, be conscientious and take an independent approach to study. We want you to be informed, innovative and proactive and do everything we can to support and enhance your career, steering you in the right direction with all the knowledge and skills you require. You'll benefit from tailored on-site and online professional careers support, dedicated skills sessions and events with experts from world-leading organisations and professional bodies. These activities will help guide your personal and professional development to help you secure your dream placement, internship or graduate role.

Management School students are based in our building on Conduit Road which accommodates learning facilities such as lecture theatres, seminar rooms, trading and computer rooms, our academic and professional staff, the Courtyard Café, and our Futures First Employability Hub and Student Experience Office. Teaching takes place at various venues across campus.

Facilities

The Management School has invested in an impressive, fully-equipped financial trading room, built around Bloomberg and Refinitiv Eikon.

These terminals are used by traders, banks and multinational companies to trade financial securities, gain market insights and undertake research. Students will also have the opportunity to gain certification that demonstrates competence in these systems, which will add real value to your CV.

Students sitting at desks, using financial software in the Management School Trading Room
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Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017

  No 1 in the north for graduate employment
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020


Management School

Triple Crown accredited

AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS


Graduate careers

Many of our graduates work in traditional accounting roles as trainee chartered accountants or management accountants, but a growing number work in audit, insurance, banking, investment and consultancy roles.

Recent graduates are working for Barclays, British Airways, Ernst & Young, HSBC, Grant Thornton, KPMG and Santander.

Management School

We have a dedicated Employability Hub where you can access careers support, find job or placement opportunities, and develop essential skills through workshops with industry experts. You're supported throughout your course and for up to three years after you graduate. We work with businesses and organisations to ensure the content of our courses are up-to-date and relevant, and that the skills and experience you'll gain meet the demands of future employers.

Sheffield University Management School careers

Lars Kjøllesdal, Alumnus BA Accounting and Financial Management

Sheffield offers a top-notch degree in a city that is student-friendly, green and affordable

Lars Kjøllesdal BA Accounting and Financial Management

Alumnus Lars reflects on his time at Sheffield and how his degree was instrumental in helping him secure his role as a financial journalist.

Add a placement year

Placement years can be taken between the second and final year of your degree. You'll choose whether you want to do this after you begin your course with us.

We'll add 'Degree with Employment Experience' to the end of your degree title to reflect your time spent in industry. All of our undergraduate courses offer the flexibility to add a placement year.

A placement year is an excellent opportunity to apply what you've learnt in your course and gain invaluable workplace experience. You'll develop a range of transferable skills and become more commercially aware.

You'll be paid a salary on average £13,000 - £25,000. Some big corporates are starting to see it as an extended selection process for their graduate training schemes.

Previous students have undertaken placements at Accenture, Aldi, Boots, BMW, L'Oreal, IBM, Morgan Stanley, PwC, Rolls-Royce, Marks and Spencer, Microsoft, Nissan and Walt Disney, as well as less well-known companies.

Sheffield University Management School placements

Fees and funding

Fees

Additional costs

The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

Examples of what’s included and excluded

Funding your study

Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you're eligible for.

Visit us

University open days

There are four open days every year, usually in June, July, September and October. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

Open days: book your place

Taster days

At various times in the year we run online taster sessions to help Year 12 students experience what it is like to study at the University of Sheffield.

Upcoming taster sessions

Applicant days

If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our applicant days, which take place between November and April. These applicant days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

Campus tours

Campus tours run regularly throughout the year, at 1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Book your place on a campus tour

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