Accounting and Finance

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 12.5 k / Year(s) Deadline: Sep 1, 2023
StudyQA ranking:1104 Duration:36 months You need IELTS certificate

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Accountants are probably best known for checking the validity of company accounts – auditing – but they also devise and operate financial systems, conduct investment analysis, advise on business start-ups, company takeovers and company rescue schemes, and handle individuals’ and corporations’ tax affairs.

The BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance degree programme at Kent Business School is specifically designed to ensure it responds to the changing needs and expectations of today’s accountancy profession, with an international perspective on business.

Broaden your skills with specialist accounting teaching staff, many of whom hold professional accountancy qualifications and have experience in a wide range of management disciplines, all with an international focus. You will gain a grounded academic education with an emphasis on key skills such as numeracy, oral and written communication, group work and computing. We offer the opportunity to spend a year on work placement, or to combine accounting with related subjects. Our supportive and flexible approach to teaching gives you the confidence and skills you need to follow the path that most interests you.

You have the option of taking the BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance degree with a year in industry on a professional work placement, which is a great way to develop and equip you with employability skills. We have an excellent record of graduate employment with our graduates moving into a whole range of careers including professional training in public practice (chartered accountancy) or in industry, commerce or the public sector, or financial services or general management.

Our programme is fully accredited by all the professional accountancy bodies and allows you to obtain more exemptions from professional accounting examinations than at most other universities in the UK. For example, we offer a taxation module which confers additional professional exemptions; taxation is not offered at many other UK universities.

Independent rankings

In the Complete University Guide 2015, Accounting and Finance was ranked 2nd in the South East for Overall Performance.

Accounting and Finance also was ranked in the top 20 in the UK for graduating students' career prospects according to The Times/Sunday Times University Guide 2015 and The Guardian University Guide 2015.

Accounting was placed in the top 30 in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014.


With 93% of accounting students and 90% of Finance students being either employed or in further study 6 months after graduating, we have a top record for enhancing and developing your skills and employability.

We have an excellent reputation of graduate employment with recent graduates going into accountancy training with firms such as KPMG, Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers, other financial services with banks or private companies, or other types of management such as recruitment or marketing.

Kent Business School presents a wealth of opportunities for you to gain much more than your valuable business degree. We have strong connections with many global organisations and provide chances for you to network with them and acquire useful connections to enable you to enhance your student experience and increase your employability.

We hold events or activities with such organisations and associations that will also benefit your learning experience and enhance your future career prospects. We provide ideal facilities in an international learning environment for you to forge associations with friends and colleagues whilst at the School and after graduation, as part of the Kent Business School alumni, which will remain with you long after you graduate and may provide assistance in your future career.

Professional recognition

The single honours qualification is accredited for exemption from many of the major professional accountancy examinations. The number of professional exemptions available to Kent graduates has increased and is now larger than for most universities. For example, our optional subject 'Taxation' confers exemptions from the professional examinations in taxation. This subject is not available at most universities.

Graduates from the Accounting & Finance single honours programme will have access to exemptions from some of the major professional accountancy bodies in the UK.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1 September Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS

Total Kent credits: 360

Credits 360

Total Kent credits: 360

Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

  • Financial Accounting I
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Models and Methods for Accounting & Finance
  • Business Law

Stage 2/3

Possible modules may include:

  • Financial Accounting II
  • Management Accounting I
  • Principles of Finance
  • Strategic Management
  • Management Accounting II
  • Social Responsibility Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Business Finance
  • Futures and Options Markets
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • Taxation

In a typical week you spend eight hours in lectures and four hours in seminars. Some modules have a number of workshops or sessions in the micro-computer laboratories. You will also spend considerable periods of time on individual study using the resources of the library. Most modules have an end-of-year examination which counts for 80% of the final module mark; the other 20% is based on your coursework. Your second and final year marks combine to determine your final degree class (together with your marks from your year abroad or year in industry, if applicable).

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • develop an understanding of some of the contexts in which accounting operates
  • introduce aspects of the conceptual underpinning to accounting
  • provide knowledge, understanding and skills, predominantly from a UK perspective, relevant to a career in accounting or a related area and professional training in accounting
  • offer the opportunity for students to obtain a range of exemptions at the initial stages of professional examinations
  • develop cognitive abilities and intellectual and transferable skills
  • examine aspects of the roles and functioning of accounting from a range of social scientific perspectives.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • some of the contexts in which accounting operates
  • aspects of the conceptual underpinning to accounting
  • the main current technical language and practices of accounting in the UK
  • some of the alternative technical languages and practices of accounting.

Intellectual skills

You gain the following intellectual abilities:

  • critically evaluate arguments and evidence
  • analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured problems
  • numeracy skills.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • record and summarise economic events
  • prepare financial statements
  • analyse the operations of business
  • undertake financial analysis and prepare financial projections.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources
  • undertake independent and self-managed learning
  • use communications and information technology in acquiring, analysing and communicating information
  • communicate effectively
  • work in groups and apply other inter-personal skills.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 75(Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 85

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification, Typical offer/minimum requirement

A level

  • ABB


  • Mathematics grade B

Access to HE Diploma

  • The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

  • The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.

International Baccalaureate

  • 34 points overall or 16 at HL, including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL Mathematics (Mathematics Studies 5 at SL)

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.


Kent offers generous financial support schemes to support eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2015 entry support package has not been finalised. However, our 2014 financial support package included a £6,500 cash bursary. Find out more on our funding page.

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages. Please note that details of the scholarship for 2015 entry have not yet been finalised and are subject to change.


Our programme is fully accredited by all the professional accountancy bodies

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