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Business and Management (Accounting) BSc (Brunel Business School)

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Mode of study

3-year full-time; 4-year thick-sandwich

UCAS Code

NN14, N2NL with Placement Year

Start date

September

Business and Management (Accounting) BSc (Brunel Business School)

Placement Offered This course has a Placement Year option

Overview

Business School of the Year 2013

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

About the course

Brunel Business and Management degrees will equip you with a broad knowledge and appreciation of business and management as well as the analytical, technical and interpersonal skills required to understand, analyse and address the problems that today’s companies face.

The accounting pathway gives students a broad overview of management issues with specialist knowledge of the applications of accountancy to the world of commerce.

The course offers:

  • A skills based element that is vocational in nature.
  • Hands-on experience using the industry software application Sage Accounting.
  • Offers professional exemptions from ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA and AIA.
  • Provides the opportunity to participate in industry business challenge initiatives from IBM and PWC.

Compulsory business modules offer you a range of skills in business and management (see Course Content), including an Introduction To Management; The Principles Of Marketing; Managing Information Technology; Organisation Behaviour, And International Business. Compulsory specialist subjects will include: Management Accounting - Decision Making, Accounting - Planning and Control, Business Law, Strategic Financial Management, Auditing and Assurance.

You will also learn valuable technical skills along the way: numerical methods and statistical software packages such as SPSS and EXCEL without the need for A-level maths or the overseas equivalent.

Once you graduate, provided you have passed certain modules, you will be exempt from some entry level examinations of all the professional accountancy bodies in the UK. For more information see Special Features.

Aims

  • You will learn about the world of business and management and develop the skills to get a good job when you graduate.
  • You will enhance your ability to communicate your ideas and to take responsibility for your learning.
  • The accounting pathway will help you to develop transferrable intellectual vocational and interpersonal skills appropriate for careers in accounting or financial management.

Enquiries

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Course Content

The BSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Level 1

Compulsory

Introduction to Management Enquiry

Managing Information with Technology

Organisational Behaviour and Analysis

Introduction to Accounting

International Business Environment

Principles and Practice of Marketing

Level 2

Compulsory

Principles and Practices of Financial Accounting

Introduction to Business Law

Management Accounting Decision Making

Management Accounting Planning and Control

Quantitative Methods in Business and Management

Accounting Information Systems

Level 3

Compulsory

Strategic Financial Management

Issues and Controversies in Accounting

Auditing and Assurance

Optional

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ventures

Taxation

Strategic Management

Business Ethics, Environmental Sustainability and Governance

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

Business School of the Year 2013

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

  • A year’s paid work placement (for those who undertake a work placement).
  • Includes a module on Management Enquiry to help you adapt to university study through active learning sessions on topics such as working in groups, report writing and time management.
  • Employability focused initiatives through the Business School’s unique Business Life Employability Programme (see Employability).
  • Student Pastoral Care that goes beyond the assignment of a personal tutor to offer continuous help and assistance on non-academic and social issues.
  • High quality teaching from lecturers with 'hands-on' experience in consultancy and training.
  • Tutors that are active researchers in one of the School's six centres of business research and who bring up-to-the minute findings to course content.
  • You will benefit from high quality teaching from lecturers with 'hands-on' experience in consultancy and training.

Accreditation

Current graduates of Business and Management (Accounting) who successfully pass relevant modules can look forward to professional exemptions from ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA and AIA. CIMA has also told us that Brunel graduates have a higher than average pass rate in both the accounting and management streams of their examinations. Accreditation attests to the relevance and rigour of our curriculum. Equally importantly, it also means our graduates are exempt from having to take a number of the examinations needed to qualify as an accountant - a asaving of time and money.

The following professional bodies accredit our Business and Management degree programmes.

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)

See details of the accreditations and exemptions.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

Staff expertise

Many of our lecturers are:

  • Internationally or nationally recognised for their innovative work and research.
  • Work as consultants for major companies worldwide.
  • Have practical and personal experience in business or have run their own companies.

Lectures

These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas. They provide a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.

Seminars

Small seminar groups allow students to make individual contributions. You will undertake in-depth analysis of issues as you exchange and explore ideas with other students.

Workshops

Workshops in the Business School labs give students the opportunity to obtain valuable hands-on experience of industry software, computing equipment, business design and multi-media packages.

One-to-one sessions with tutors

In your first year you will be assigned a tutor who will be available to help with academic or personal issues. In your second year this support will be continued through the Business School’s Pastoral Care programme – BBS Student Support – a team of specially chosen personal tutors who are available throughout the working week. Additionally, if you choose a four-year sandwich course, you will also be allocated an industrial tutor who will provide support during your work placement. In your final year you will receive one‑to‑one supervision for your major project.

Availability of tutors

Academic staff are available for a number of hours each week for students who need to get advice. Their availability will be displayed on their office doors so that students can make an appointment or drop by to see them if they have any concerns about their studies.

Web-learning and support

eLearning and knowledge management are now standard ways in which companies communicate with their employees. Students will be expected to participate in email discussion groups and engage with online material using the university’s web‑based learning facility, Blackboard.

Other

There will be email discussion groups, research talks on key management issues and presentations by outside speakers. Throughout the course, you will also be expected to undertake group work and individual projects and presentations.

Assessment

Each subject is assessed either by a combination of continuous appraisal and examination or by coursework or examination alone. As a rough guide, the split is approximately 50:50 exam to coursework but the exact ratio varies depending on the modules you select.

Your results from Level 1 do not count towards your final degree classification, but you have to pass the first year to continue with the degree. Level 2 is worth a third of your final mark and Level 3 - the rest. In your final year you will undertake an assessed project of around 8,000 words worth a third of your Level 3 marks.

Employability

Business Life

Business Life is a unique employability programme offered to all of our Business School students alongside their academic study. It was conceived, developed and is delivered in association with leading employers from business, industry and the public sector. The programme begins the moment you join us and lasts throughout your degree. By the time you graduate you will have an impressive portfolio of work experience, certificates, industry contacts and skills.

As part of the Business Life Employability Programme you will be invited to participate in events and training that will help you obtain job-ready skills, recognised certificates and to build up and valuable examples of your work that will give you a real employability advantage.

Sessions include:

  • High quality personal, technology, language and business skill training courses and workshops.
  • Career development and planning services, including mentoring, industry taster sessions and guest speaker series.
  • Sector leading work experience programme covering placements, volunteering, internships and vacation work.
  • Help with marketing your capabilities, through networking events, CV development, employer exhibitions and student showcases.
  • Lifelong continuous professional development, including short courses and Masters programmes at preferential rates.

As part of the Business Life Employability Programme you will be invited to participate in events and training that will help you obtain job-ready skills, recognised certificates and to build up and valuable examples of your work that will give you a real employability advantage.

Read more about employability.

Professional Development Centre (PDC)

Brunel’s award-winning Professional Development Centre (PDC) is your one-stop-shop when it comes to employment and career planning and is based at the heart of the university on the first floor of the Bannerman Centre. Business School students are supported by dedicated Placement Officers and Careers Consultants that work with you from the day you start until two years after you graduate.

Within the PDC is the Job Shop, which is visited by most students on arrival at the University. The Job Shop helps students find temporary or part-time work whilst studying for their degree which enables you to develop the transferable skills sought after by employers.

The Work Placement Year

One of Brunel’s most distinctive features is a commitment to include periods of work experience within 'sandwich' degrees – degree study that includes a year’s paid work placement as part of the course. Four-year sandwich degrees help students to develop the practical knowledge and skills required to succeed in the competitive graduate job market.

Placements are on offer at different sized organisations across the public and private sector, providing the opportunity to choose the type of experience most suited to you. In addition to providing a valuable opportunity to put what you have learnt in your degree into practice and to earn some much appreciated money, students find their work placement experience significantly enhances their employability when they come to graduate. In fact many students are offered employment with their work placement company upon graduation.

How the Placement Scheme Works

Students undertaking a work placement spend at least 44 weeks in an organisation working for a particular department, performing a role relevant to their studies. Work placements are carried out at the end of a student’s second year at Brunel.

Whilst a student is out on placement, an academic member of Brunel Business School keeps in touch and all placement students and their employers are invited to attend a tutorial day at Brunel. Most work placements are organised with companies based in the UK, but where a student has contacts overseas, it is possible to organise a placement outside the UK, subject to certain conditions being met.

Features

  • A sandwich placement is totally different from the kind of work experience you may have had whilst at school.
  • A work placement is a proper job with a proper organisation – quite often the organisation is a household name.
  • Work placement students earn proper salaries: currently students are generally being paid between £13,000 and £17,000 per annum, depending on the market sector and location – some have been known to earn considerably more than this.

Employers of placement students from Brunel include:

  • IBM
  • Adidas
  • Lloyds TSB
  • British Airways
  • Orange
  • Microsoft
  • Warner Bros
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Air France
  • Walt Disney
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • United Biscuits
  • Nissan
Read more about work placements.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Fees for 2017/18 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £15,750 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

2017/18

The Government has proposed changes to allow tuition fees for UK and EU students to rise by inflation. These changes are currently subject to approval, but if approved, would result in tuition fees of £9,250 per year from 2017/18.

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • GCE A-level BBB.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Business.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Business, with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Business with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 with Maths Standard Level 5 or Higher Level 4.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   .
  • Access to Higher Education Complete and pass Access to Business or related subject course with 45 credits at Level 3 Distinction. Applicants must also have 4 years Management or Managerial work experience.

All BTEC combinations must include an A-level.

5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade B and English Language at Grade C are also required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.