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COURSE OVERVIEW 

  • Accounting and Finance achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey

  • Develop a systematic understanding of current issues in accounting to meet the needs of a globalised profession in the 21st century 

  • Apply your advanced knowledge to real business scenarios

  • Gain practical skills and key contacts during a work placement while still graduating within three years 

  • Receive exemptions from selected professional examinations of the main accounting institutes, depending on the choice of modules studied 

Accountants are indispensable to every business; without them, a company would not know whether it was making a profit or a loss. But there’s so much more to modern accountancy than just balancing the books. 

Accountants are also seen as business advisers, providing strategic financial guidance to senior executives. Our Accounting and Finance course provides an excellent path to many varied professional careers in areas such as banking, insurance, financial services, general management and the not-for-profit sector. 

This hugely rewarding and highly useful programme develops your technical knowledge and professional skills and has been designed to give you a systematic understanding of current issues in accounting. 

You learn how to produce accounting information and deploy strategic advice. Learning and teaching takes place in small class sizes to prepare you to work in management teams, and modules focus on applying theory to real business scenarios. 

In Year 1, you are introduced to core modules in accounting, finance, management and economics. In addition, you gain a thorough understanding of business law, ethics and governance. 

In Years 2 and 3, you focus on more specialised study. You develop transferable skills in business and personal taxation, international financial reporting and strategic performance management. You then choose from a range of optional modules in Year 3 that focus on either advanced financial accounting, managing people and organisations or investments. 

You are taught by academics with professional experience as accountants, who support your personal development and help kick-start rewarding and fulfilling careers in multiple fields. 

Throughout the course, you develop a range of transferable abilities and professional practice skills highly prized by employers. These include critical evaluation, self-direction and problem-solving, as well as a sound grasp of analysis, presentations and negotiation techniques. 

Three or six-month work placements can be taken during the course. A number of our graduates take up well-paid trainee positions with large accounting firms such as Deloitte and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Others enter a wide range of business careers. Alternatively, you could study for an extra year and graduate with a masters degree in accounting. 

Accreditation

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) all offer graduates of this programme exemptions from some professional examinations.

Careers

Many of our accounting graduates take up trainee accounting positions with accounting firms or departments and go on to become professionally qualified accountants. Others choose to enter a wide range of business careers such as banking, insurance, financial services and general management. Recent employers of accounting graduates include Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers Britvic, Enterprise Rent a Car, Weird Fish, PMR Partnership and Inspired Gaming Group. Accountancy and related careers are particularly well paid, recognising the skills developed as a result of following a relevant degree and subsequent professional qualification.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Integrated Masters

An Integrated Masters is a four-year, full-time programme consisting of three years of study at undergraduate degree level followed by one year of study at Masters level, usually with increased emphasis on professional relevance.

For those programmes where an Integrated Masters option is available, you may exit the programme at the end of three years (full-time) and graduate with a Bachelor degree with Honours or, subject to reaching a suitable standard of achievement, may proceed to the fourth year studying at Masters level (Level 7).

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for Applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work Placements

You will have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme for three months, six months or one year.

Study Abroad

Our MAcc (Hons) Accounting and Finance course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA).

For more information see our Study Abroad section. 

Learning and Teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.                      

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars, you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 396 hours
Independent learning: 804 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
Independent learning: 1008 hours

Year 4 (Level 7): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
Independent learning: 996 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Key features of the student experience are the effective use of real world business applications in the classroom, including stock market simulations and accounting software packages. There are numerous talks given by guest speakers from practice discussing topical business issues. Students on the programme are encouraged to undertake year long work experience placements which are structured training programmes that are monitored and supported by the Winchester Business School. There are also opportunities for students to participate in national and international business competitions such as the Charted Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge and the Winchester Research Apprentice Scheme. The latter gives students the opportunity to work alongside an academic member of staff on a live funded research project.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester). 

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff. 

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

10% coursework
90% written exams
0% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

44% coursework
56% written exams
0% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

25% coursework
75% written exams
0% practical exams

Year 4 (Level 7)*:

59% coursework
33% written exams
8% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information 

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures. 

 

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate:   26 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent. 

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call
+44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

 

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1 Credits

Business Law, Ethics and Governance 20

This module introduces students to the foundational concepts, roles and complexities within the inter-related areas of law, corporate governance, ethics and CSR (in the context of contemporary issues facing business) that are relevant to accounting. Students’ knowledge and application of these four areas, as well as their skills in legal precedent, statutory interpretation and legal and ethical argument, will be developed.

Business Management and Economics 20

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of how businesses operate and how accounting and finance functions help businesses to achieve their objectives. Students will look at the relationship between an organisation and its external environment, including consideration of both the economic environment and the strategic and competitive environment in which the organisation operates.

Programme Focussed Assessment 20

This module is an assessment module which requires students to demonstrate some of the programme level learning outcomes at level 4 and some of the module level learning outcomes at level 4 in the context of an integrated assessment.

 

Management Accounting 20

Management accounting is a specialised service function primarily involving the collection, storage and recording of financial data, its conversion to useful information and the effective communication of this information. This information assists management in a complex and dynamic business environment to make optimal business decisions.

Financial Accounting 20

This module aims to provide an introduction to the main technical language and practices of financial accounting and to the application of this knowledge to different forms of business organisation. Students will gain knowledge of the concepts and conventions that underpin the accounting process and will develop their understanding of the main accounting terminology and the nature and purpose of financial reporting.

Finance 20

This module aims to introduce the core concepts and key topics areas of business finance and financial environment. It will enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of how the financial markets operate, evaluate alternative sources of finance available to a business, analyse the cost of difference sources of finance used by a company and the weighted average cost of capital. Students will also learn how to apply the cost of capital in the investment appraisal process and evaluate the investment projects using the main investment appraisal methods.

Semester 2 Credits

Finance 20

This module aims to introduce the core concepts and key topics areas of business finance and financial environment. It will enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of how the financial markets operate, evaluate alternative sources of finance available to a business, analyse the cost of difference sources of finance used by a company and the weighted average cost of capital. Students will also learn how to apply the cost of capital in the investment appraisal process and evaluate the investment projects using the main investment appraisal methods.

Business Law, Ethics and Governance 20

This module introduces students to the foundational concepts, roles and complexities within the inter-related areas of law, corporate governance, ethics and CSR (in the context of contemporary issues facing business) that are relevant to accounting. Students’ knowledge and application of these four areas, as well as their skills in legal precedent, statutory interpretation and legal and ethical argument, will be developed.

Business Management and Economics 20

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of how businesses operate and how accounting and finance functions help businesses to achieve their objectives. Students will look at the relationship between an organisation and its external environment, including consideration of both the economic environment and the strategic and competitive environment in which the organisation operates.

Programme Focussed Assessment 20

This module is an assessment module which requires students to demonstrate some of the programme level learning outcomes at level 4 and some of the module level learning outcomes at level 4 in the context of an integrated assessment.

 

Management Accounting 20

Management accounting is a specialised service function primarily involving the collection, storage and recording of financial data, its conversion to useful information and the effective communication of this information. This information assists management in a complex and dynamic business environment to make optimal business decisions.

Financial Accounting 20

This module aims to provide an introduction to the main technical language and practices of financial accounting and to the application of this knowledge to different forms of business organisation. Students will gain knowledge of the concepts and conventions that underpin the accounting process and will develop their understanding of the main accounting terminology and the nature and purpose of financial reporting.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1 Credits

Management Accounting and Financial Management 30

The module builds on the introductions to management accounting and business finance studied in year 1, and prepares students for advanced aspects of management accounting and finance in year 3. This module will cover the design, use, application and evaluation of management accounting systems and techniques in organisations, as well as covering aspects of financial management that complement the work of management accountants, such as investment appraisal techniques. There will be a focus both on the practical commercial context and the theoretical underpinnings of the planning, control and decision-making processes in organisations.

Accounting Research and Analysis 30

The module is designed to enhance students’ conceptual understanding of current research and developments within the accounting discipline and to develop their capacity for independent critical thinking and self-managed learning.  The module provides students with an appreciation of the issues involved in developing and designing an accounting research project, to enhance their understanding of published research and how to critique it, and to enable them to design, justify and defend their own accounting research inquiry.

Business and Personal Tax 30

This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the overall function and purpose of taxation in a modern economic context and the computations of tax liabilities for employees, sole traders, partnerships and companies. Students will be able to recognise the professional standards and ethical issues in relation to a tax practice.

International Financial Reporting 30

This module aims to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying IFRS in the preparation of financial statements.  This module acts as an introduction to corporate financial reporting and relies on and develops technical knowledge and academic skills acquired at level 4. Students will explain and apply IFRS to relatively simple specified scenarios and will present financial statements, or extracts therefrom, for single entities and groups.  Students will develop an understanding of the processes involved and the contexts in which financial reporting takes place.  The technical content of the module is based on IFRS and reflects the syllabus content of professional examinations.  Framework based teaching is used in order to enhance students conceptual understanding of technical material and to encourage the development of technical knowledge and critical analysis.

 

Semester 2 Credits

Accounting Research and Analysis 30

The module is designed to enhance students’ conceptual understanding of current research and developments within the accounting discipline and to develop their capacity for independent critical thinking and self-managed learning.  The module provides students with an appreciation of the issues involved in developing and designing an accounting research project, to enhance their understanding of published research and how to critique it, and to enable them to design, justify and defend their own accounting research inquiry.

Management Accounting and Financial Management 30

The module builds on the introductions to management accounting and business finance studied in year 1, and prepares students for advanced aspects of management accounting and finance in year 3. This module will cover the design, use, application and evaluation of management accounting systems and techniques in organisations, as well as covering aspects of financial management that complement the work of management accountants, such as investment appraisal techniques. There will be a focus both on the practical commercial context and the theoretical underpinnings of the planning, control and decision-making processes in organisations.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional Credits

Optional Modules
  • Advanced Financial Reporting - 15 Credits
  • Strategic Management Accounting - 15 Credits
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Professional Practice 1 - Personal and Professional Development - 30 Credits
  • Professional Practice 2 - Processes and Systems - 30 Credits
  • Investments - 15 Credits
  • Strategic Tax Planning - 15 Credits
  • Volunteering for Accounting; Business Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Managing Change - 15 Credits
  • Employing People - 15 Credits
  • Strategic Innovation Management - 15 Credits
  • Financial Risk Management - 15 Credits
  • Audit and Assurance - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Business Reporting - 15 Credits
  • Social Enterprise - 15 Credits

Semester 2 Credits

Financial Information Analysis 15

This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills in order to effectively appraise an entity for investment purposes. Specifically it seeks develop knowledge and skills in understanding both the theories and practice of Financial Analysis and appreciation of the influence of national/regional standard-setting and accounting choice on financial analysis. The module will allow students to develop the ability to undertake a comprehensive analysis of corporate financial statements from a critical viewpoint.

Strategic Performance Management 15

This module aims to expand and build on knowledge and learning outcomes from Strategic Management Accounting. Building on the prior knowledge and skills, this module focuses on decision making under risk and uncertainty, capital investment decisions and strategic performance management. Students with these relevant knowledge and skills will be able to apply and exercise professional judgement in decision making and performance management in different business contexts.

Module year choice 4

Semester 1 Credits

Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance 20

This module aims to provide students with a critical perspective and appreciation of contemporary theories and developments in accounting thought and practice. It seeks to highlight the substantive issues currently being addressed by accounting academics, thus enabling students to evaluate critically a variety of contributions to the development of the discipline. In addition to exploring theories and practice, the module seeks to assess the diversity of methodologies used by contemporary researchers working at the boundaries of the subject.

Principles of Responsible Management 20

This module introduces the principles of responsible management as presented in the United Nations PRME and Global Compact frameworks. The module draws on and engages with the ongoing debate concerning the role of business organisations as future generators of ‘sustainable value’ for business and society at large. Issues such as ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, globalisation, and stakeholder theory are considered. These are then placed in the context of functional discipline areas through topics such as accounting standards, corporate governance, green marketing, social entrepreneurship, employee wellbeing, sustainable innovation and global supply-chain management. The implications of these principles for student’s own leadership practices are considered, introducing the concept of ‘responsible leadership’ from different organisational, national, cultural and ethical perspectives.

Corporate Finance and Financial Strategy 20

This module aims to explore complex principles of corporate finance and examine the financial strategies relating to mergers and acquisitions. Students will comprehend the primary objective of corporate finance, appraise the range of finance available to a firm and evaluate critically the different capital structure theories. The module will guide the students through the systematic process of assessing the weighted average cost of capital of public listed companies using various financial models.  Students will also develop their critical awareness of the financial strategies in relation to mergers and acquisitions. In this module, students will be exposed extensively to the real financial data and this allows the financial theories to be seen in a “real world” context.

Financial Accounting and Reporting 20

This module allows students to acquire technical knowledge of accounting and develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the preparation of financial statements.  Students will understand and apply the basic principles and techniques of accounting, will explain and apply IFRS to relatively simple specified scenarios and will present financial statements, or extracts therefrom, for single entities and groups.  Students will develop an understanding of the processes involved and the contexts in which financial reporting takes place. 

For students without previous accounting experience, the first part of the module acts as a comprehensive introduction to basic accounting and financial reporting. Students thus gain a knowledge and understanding of accounting at a very early stage in their programme.  For students with previous accounting experience (students on an integrated masters programme and students who have an undergraduate degree in accounting), the material covered in the first part of the module provides a refresher course in basic accounting knowledge and the opportunity to update and/or revise (as appropriate) technical knowledge of financial reporting. 

Optional Credits

Optional Modules
  • Corporate Governance - 10 Credits
  • Investment Appraisal – 10 Credits
  • Global Investments and Portfolio Management – 20 Credits
  • Advanced Financial Analysis – 10 Credits
  • Business Consulting – 20 Credits
  • Strategic Management – 20 Credits
  • Entrepreneurship – 20 Credits
  • Management Control Systems – 10 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £37,000 (4 years) | £37,700 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £51,800** (3 years) 

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Core Text

It is recommended that students purchase the latest editions of all of the core textbooks. Many of these texts relate to extensive online material for which you require an access code supplied with the textbook. 

Cost: £350 approx.

Mandatory 

Printing and Binding

The cost of printing and binding the dissertations will need to be covered by the student. Cost: £10 - £20

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
06C2
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
Typical offer
112-120 points
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester