This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by July 2019 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

BA (Hons) Accountancy with foundation year

Counting on a career in accountancy? The University of Bolton’s BA (Hons) Accountancy with foundation year degree taught at our London Academic Centre by our learning partners Regent College London offers essential training for entry into this truly prestigious global profession. You’ll cover the latest practices and theories of accounting, and benefit from an impressive range of maximum exemptions from professional accountancy body examinations.

Accountancy with foundation year

Key information

Award:

BA (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Location:

Regent College London

UCAS points:

48

UCAS code:

N421

Start date:

28/09/2020

Course Details

Accountancy can trace its history back to the beginnings of civilisation. The necessity to keep track of goods and produce led to the development of writing and this ancient profession is a global necessity in the 21st century. Fundamental to planning and forecasting, budgeting and control, taxation and decision making, competent and resourceful accountants are essential to success in business and commerce.

Our BA (Hons) in Accountancy with foundation year is designed to give you the strong academic and vocational background needed for a professional career in accountancy.

The initial foundation year offers you an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of accounting and helps prepare you for degree-level study. As you progress through the degree, our dedicated and experienced team will draw on the latest practices and theories of accounting. We’ll guide as you explore the two key areas of management accounting and financial accounting and reporting. You’ll also be able to choose from a number of optional modules in your final year which includes (amongst others) taxation and audit.

Alongside developing your professional accountancy-related knowledge, we want to help you develop lifelong learning skills so that you can reflect on, articulate, transfer and take ownership of the development of your skills into the future, maximising your potential for success.

Highlights
  • The course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).
  • We offer an enviable range of exemptions from professional accountancy body examinations including ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS, CIMA and CIPFA, so once you have graduated you can join their professional development programmes at an advanced stage.
  • Our graduates are also entitled to exemptions from the Association of International Accountants (AIA) papers and are eligible to apply for associate membership of the AIA and the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA).
  • Our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic accountancy lecturers offer face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support, ensuring you can access help and advice when you need it.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support are offered by our team of highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers who have worked in a wide range of businesses ranging from multinational organisation to SMEs.
  • The London Academic Centre and Regent College London offer excellent library and IT facilities, as well as WiFi and well-appointed teaching, learning and study areas.
Key Features
  • We’ll encourage you to use mathematical and statistical techniques to solve general business and accountancy related problems – learning from case studies will give you a good grounding in real business situations.
  • We regularly invite guest speakers who hold senior positions in industry and practice, enabling you to benefit from their knowledge and advice.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Contemporary research findings are woven into our teaching. We offer a robust academic underpinning to your studies of accountancy.
  • A link tutor provides academic communication between our London Academic Centre at Regent College London and the University of Bolton’s academic school so that the experience you receive as an off-campus student is equivalent to that of an on-campus student. As an off-campus student you'll also have access to the support of the University’s dedicated off-campus team and resources, to help make you truly feel part of the institution.
  • You’ll also have access to the University’s e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University librarians.
Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).


  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics. If you didn’t study GCSEs or don’t have the required grade in English Language, please contact us for details of other acceptable qualifications.
  • If you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience, or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, then we will be happy to consider your application.
  • Every application will be considered on its individual merits.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Where we think you’ll benefit from English language tuition, we’ll support you to improve your English language skills as part of your foundation year. This will help you to succeed at degree level.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Studying towards an accountancy degree will develop your understanding of accountancy practices, commerce, industry and finance. As an accountancy graduate, you’ll possess a variety of technical and transferable skills that are sought by a wide range of business sector employers and organisations. You’ll have commercial awareness and know how businesses function, and be able to demonstrate numerical and quantitative skills that are linked to the business context. You’ll be able to solve problems, analyse data and statistics, and have the ability to present information both orally and on paper. You’ll also have good attention to detail and strong organisational abilities.

What can I do with this qualification?

After graduation, you may choose to enter industry and get a job as a trainee company accountant or internal auditor, or join a professional practice and train as an auditor or tax consultant. An accountancy degree will provide you with a platform to enter a range of sectors, including banking, investment and insurance, retail and sales, IT, recruitment and human resources, management consultancy, and government agencies such as HM Revenue and Customs. Many University of Bolton accountancy graduates have gone on to qualify as professional accountants, either with CIMA, ACCA, ICAS or ICAEW.

Accountancy graduates can also explore graduate schemes, which are long term employment contracts, often with the very large, multinational accountancy firms such as Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and EY. They use large-scale recruitment campaigns and assessments to attract the most promising graduates and have high-minimum requirements.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Purchasing
  • Tax and pensions advice
  • Law
  • Teaching, education and training
  • Transport and logistics
  • Stocks and shares
  • Charity work
  • Loss adjusting
  • Credit and investment analysis
  • Claims inspection
  • Advertising, marketing and PR
  • Investment banking
  • Insurance
  • Statistics and market research

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/242024/25
2020£8,100£8,100£8,100£8,100-£32,400

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you already have a UCAS application for September

If you have an application for September with UCAS and are applying through Clearing please ensure you have received a verbal offer from the University by calling 01204 903030.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

If you have not yet applied through UCAS

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


Lectures will be used to introduce the core course content, while seminars will allow you to explore subjects in greater detail and to consider the policies and practice involved. Tutorials will allow you to ask any questions you have to ensure you understand the topics covered in lectures and seminars. We’ll use case studies and practical scenarios to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life problems, allowing you to gain insights into accountancy practice in a working business environment.

Guest lectures/presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas and professional bodies will give you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

In terms of assessment, you can expect time-constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These will contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes whilst addressing the requirements of the professional bodies.

We’ll also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these won’t count towards your final module mark. During seminars, you’ll be provided with a series of structured tasks to complete that will test your understanding of the topics covered; for instance, quizzes and workshop exercises such as case studies. You’ll also receive feedback on assessment drafts. These will help to identify any areas that would benefit from extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutor.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Course Enquiries
Regent College London

info@regentcollegelondon.com

+44 (0)203 870 6666

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