Our BSc Accounting and Finance degree is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in accountancy, finance or business, including those students going on to obtain professional accounting qualifications. A key benefit of this degree is that once you graduate you may be able to gain exemptions from certain professional accountancy exams, depending on the modules you studied and the marks you attained.
The programme itself gives you an understanding of the legal, business and social environments in which accountancy operates and enables you to be conversant in the technical languages and practices of the accounting sector in a market economy. These include measurement and disclosure in financial statements, managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, business law, and corporate finance.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
- Business Law for Accountants
- Management Concepts and Practice
- Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Introduction to Management Accounting
- Business Finance for Accountants
- Introduction to Statistics for Accountants
- Economic Principles
- Financial Accounting
- Intermediate Management Accounting
- Corporate Finance
- Advanced Management Accounting
- Advanced Corporate Finance
- Advanced Financial Reporting
Learning and teaching
Our undergraduate programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Lectures of either one or two hours in length are held once a week for the duration of each module. The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.
Seminars and tutorials
Seminars and tutorials are held either every week or every other week throughout the duration of each module. They involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments. Some modules do not have tutorials and others in the final year are taught solely by tutorials.
Timetabled contact hours, made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials, vary over the duration of programmes and between programmes and are on average between 11 and 14 hours. In addition, you will be expected to complete an average of 20-25 hours of independent or group study per week.
Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Coursework assignments are typically between 2,500 and 6,000 words in length and examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.
You must pass your first year assessments in order to proceed to the second year. There is provision for students to be referred in examinations in August/September if they fail any exam in any year. Degree classification is awarded on the basis of performance in assessments at the end of the second and final years.
A degree in accountancy from the University of Exeter will help you to develop a wide range of skills such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, research and organising and communicating information. The majority of graduates from the Business School follow their degree with graduate careers in economics, accounting, business, actuarial science, marketing, insurance, banking, finance or management both in the commercial and public sectors. A large number of graduate recruiters in these sectors visit Exeter to recruit our students. Some of our graduates pursue their interest in their studies to a greater depth by following a higher degree, often here at Exeter.
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC National DDD
GCSE Maths grade B or 5 or GCE AL/AS Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths or IB SL4 Maths/Maths Studies or Core Maths; GCSE English Language grade B or 5.
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