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Solent University (Southampton)

Accountancy and Finance with Business Foundation Year

UCAS Code: NN3K

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

From a minimum of two A levels GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)

D

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

AQA Level 3 Technical (720 glh)

MP

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)

PPP

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)

MM

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

In combination with other qualifications. GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

A

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

In combination with other qualifications GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

D*

In combination with other qualifications GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MP

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

PPP

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

MM

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

MM

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate

D,D

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

MP

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

PPP

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

M

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / grade 4 or above

UCAS Tariff

48

A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C / grade 4 or above. We will consider mature students who haven't recently undertaken a formalised course of study at A-level or equivalent, but who can demonstrate relevant workplace or voluntary experience, indicating their ability to complete the course successfully. We will also consider overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students (as outlined above) and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Accountancy

Finance

Are you passionate about business? Looking for an alternative route onto a full-time business degree? Southampton Solents Business Foundation Year will help you take your first step into higher education, broadening your industry knowledge and enabling you to enrol on a related undergraduate degree programme.Solent Universitys Business Foundation Year is a direct entry point to one of our business-related undergraduate degree programmes, such as marketing, business management or accountancy and finance.The foundation year is ideal for those who are looking at an alternative route into higher education, or who wish to update or broaden their knowledge before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree.The course aims to help students develop a strong foundation of business knowledge, alongside academic and transferable skills to ensure they get the most out of their degree-level studies.Want to build your business knowledge to progress on to a full degree at Solent? The Business Foundation Year will help you build your academic skills, providing you with a platform to pursue a business-related undergraduate degree.Successful completion of the Business foundation year will provide a pathway to the Accountancy and Finance degree.Whether you dream of becoming an accountant, investment broker or financial advisor, this full-time degree will help equip you with the skills youll need to get your career off to a great start.This programme aims to help students to take advantage of these graduate jobs by providing them with a solid understanding of the industry, the opportunity to pursue work experience and the chance to engage with specific areas of finance that interest them. Students on the BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance course study intensively, looking at both national and international markets to ensure a firm understanding of the global economy.The curriculum itself is partly based around first hand advice and real life examples of working in the industry. Not only does this better prepare students for their working life, it also ensures that staff and students are keeping up to date with the latest developments in this fast moving industry.Our accrediting institutions can provide students with support and guidance both during and after their degree. This support has helped past students to secure year-long work placements, which every students is given the opportunity to undertake between the second and third years of their degree.Solent is a place of study for students from all over the world. Learning with colleagues from a wide range of different backgrounds helps to emulate real working practises and brings new points of view to discussions and debates.

Modules

Following your foundation year, you will study: Year one: CORE UNITS *Accounting Systems *Business Contexts *The Accountant as a Professional *Introduction to Financial Reporting *Introduction to Management Accounting *Accounting Services. Year two: CORE UNITS *Financial Reporting *Accounting for Management Performance *Financial Management *The UK Monetary and Financial System. OPTIONS *Audit Principles *Business and Personal Tax *Audit Principles *Law in Business *Curriculum Plus. Year three: CORE UNITS *Corporate Reporting *Accounting for Management Decisions *Corporate Financial Management *The International Financial System. OPTIONS *Advanced Taxation *Capital Market Trading *Curriculum Plus.

Assessment methods

To prepare students for the range of assessments normally found on an undergraduate course, students will participate in a range of assessments and examinations.

This course is taught primarily through classroom-based study, with online support via Solent’s virtual learning environment. You’ll also be part of a mentor group, with a dedicated academic mentor to support you in your studies.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Bursaries and scholarships Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries or scholarship https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/scholarships has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Business, Law and Communications School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
low
Accountancy
76%
med
Finance

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Accounting

Teaching and learning

54%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

Finance

Teaching and learning

54%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
68%
Male students
32%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Accounting

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
low
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Business, research and administrative professionals
19%
Administrative occupations: finance
17%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

You don't have to be an accountant if you take this degree, but over half of graduates take a look at the rewards on offer for accountancy trainees and go into the job. Many others go into other parts of the finance industry as advisors or book-keepers, and some go into management or marketing. London is very popular for accountancy graduates going into their first job, but it's also quite common to work in Scotland, with Glasgow a perennial hotbed of Scottish accountancy recruitment. If you want to find a job in finance as an accountancy graduates, recruitment agencies were particularly important last year, so try to get in touch with one as soon as you can to improve your chances.

Finance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
low
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Business, research and administrative professionals
20%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
15%
Administrative occupations: finance
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Over 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2015, and a sign of the strength of the finance industry, numbers are on the up. Over half of finance graduates go into the finance industry, with accountancy and financial advice roles particularly popular. It's also quite common for finance graduates to go into jobs which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications — finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance. About a third of graduates start their careers in London - but Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham are other popular locations for finance graduates to work.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Accountancy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Finance

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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