BA (Hons) Accountancy with foundation year

Counting on a career in accountancy? Covering the latest practices and theories of accounting, our Accountancy with foundation year degree offers essential training for entry into this truly prestigious global profession, along with 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:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

48

UCAS code:

N410

Start date:

20/09/2021

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 include (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 in to the future, maximising your potential for success.

Highlights
  • Our accounting and finance courses are ranked second in the UK for student satisfaction, according to The Complete University Guide 2020.
  • 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 in 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).
  • We are an ICAEW accredited HEPiL (Higher Education Partner in Learning) and have links with AIA, IFA and CPA Australia.
  • Many of our graduates go onto study for the final year ACCA examinations at Bolton. The University is a Gold partner provider of this programme and regularly exceeds the global pass rate targets set by the professional body.
Key Features
  • Our tutors are all qualified accountants with experience of working in the profession and of teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and professional accountancy qualifications.
  • 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 use small group and tutorial teaching so that you have the opportunity to benefit from the excellent support offered by our teaching staff.
  • We regularly invite guest speakers who hold senior positions in industry and practice to share their experience with you and your classmates, so you can benefit from their knowledge and advice.
  • We enjoy excellent support from local employers and the Bolton Society of Chartered Accountants, maximising industry-related opportunities.
  • We offer two full-time undergraduate Accountancy degrees. The three-year BA (Hons) Accountancy course is for people who will achieve 104 UCAS points (for instance BCC at A-level). Alternatively, our four-year BA (Hons) Accountancy with foundation year programme is for students who will benefit from a period of extra preparatory study and support before making the transition to degree-level study.
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.
  • You may 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 6.0 with no less than 5.5 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.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

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.


An accountancy degree will develop your understanding of accountancy practices, commerce, industry and finance. Accountancy graduates will develop a variety of technical and transferable skills that are sought by a wide range of business sector employers and organisations. You’ll learn about commercial awareness and how businesses function, and gain numerical and quantitative skills 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 the skills of attention to detail and strong organisational ability.

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 of our 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 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 use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. They 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 year2021/222022/232023/242024/252025/26
2020£9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/252025/26
2020£9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600

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 2022/2023.

For 2022/2023 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2022/2023 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


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

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

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

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 are used to introduce the core course content, while seminars allow you to explore subjects in greater detail and to consider the policies and practice involved. Tutorials allow you to ask any questions you have to ensure you understand the topics covered in lectures and seminars. We 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 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 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 also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these do not 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 help to identify any areas which would benefit from extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutor.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Skills 101
  • Business in Practice
  • Financial and Legal Context
  • Skills 102
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Mooting and Interviewing Skills
  • Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Law for Accountants
  • Principles of Economics
  • Management Accounting Fundamentals
  • Accountant in the Business Environment
  • Quantitative Methods for Accountants
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Management Accounting and Decision-Making
  • Personal and Business Tax
  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Professional Accountant in Practice
  • Contemporary Business Management
  • Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Investigative Study
  • Financial Management
  • International Business and Finance
  • Financial Crime
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Advanced Auditing Practice
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Level twoCoursework 33%, Written exams 67%
Level threeCoursework 33%, Written exams 67%
Level fourCoursework 42%, Written exams 58%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 67%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 33%
Level twoGuided independent study 73%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 27%
Level threeGuided independent study 75%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 25%
Level fourGuided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%

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

Ian McDonald
Programme Leader

I.McDonald@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903687

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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