Type of Course and Awarding Body
Foundation Degree, FdA (awarded by Plymouth University)
What’s it all about?
Knowledge of accounting and finance is an essential and useful business skill, both for those wishing to merely understand the function, and those wishing to progress to professional status. On this foundation degree you will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare and analyse financial information, in order to make effective business decisions in areas such as performance evaluation, capital expenditure and raising finance. You will also consider these issues and how they sit within the workings of the stock market and the legal constraints of the professional accounting system.
Students on this course will have the benefit of the College’s close working links with the progression programme (the BA Hons on Accounting and Finance) at Plymouth University. Students who study the foundation degree often acquire a higher average mark on completion of their full degree than those who chose the traditional degree route.
Teaching staff on this course are from industry and have high-level accounting qualifications and will equip students with the vital skills that will enable them to flourish in the work-place.
- the final year of the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance or Business Administration degrees at Plymouth University
- the second year of other business related degree programmes at Plymouth University
- the second or final year of business degree programmes at a range of universities
- a wide range of careers in business, management, personnel, marketing, finance, accounting and public administration.
- for international students with English as a second language, they can also progress onto the Business Management with Business English degree at Plymouth University.
For those students wishing to attain professional status the course provides some valuable exemptions from accounting exams awarded by professional bodies including ACCA and ICAEW.
- 80 UCAS tariff points
- a BTEC national award in a related subject
- a 14-19 advanced diploma
- an advanced Apprenticeship
- an NVQ level 3 in a related subject
- equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.
Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.
Are there any exams?
The course includes the following modules:
- Managing financial information – develop an understanding of systems for accessing financial information.
- Professional accounting – key aspects of financial accounting.
- Economic environment for business – national and European business environment.
- Managing in organisations – considers how organisational behaviour and attitude influence the behaviour of individuals and groups at work.
- Legal aspects – develops essential knowledge and skills relating to key aspects of law impacting business.
- Personal development.
- Financial accounting – develops knowledge and understanding of financial systems.
- Research and statistics.
- Management accounting for decision making – develops a critical evaluation of costing information required by businesses to facilitate decision making.
- Financial planning – examines the financial and budgetary planning used by organisations.
Possible module choices may include:
- macroeconomics issues
- strategy and innovation
- financial markets and investment
- investment and risk management
- business communications.
In previous years students have had the opportunity to visit local firms, hear from guest speaks including leading accounting professionals, and some have benefited from experience working in an accounting environment.
Please note, the following modules are also delivered as a Certificate in Professional Development and can also be studied as single, stand alone modules:
- financial accounting
- financial planning
- management accounting for decision making.
For more information please see the Certificate in Professional Development in Accounting and Finance web page.
When can I study?
Course Facts & Fees
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone reception on 01752 305300 for details.
Certain “part-time” courses may become “full-time” (if additional courses are taken), and “full-time” courses may become “part-time” to suit your requirements.
If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course (Please note: this does not apply to foundation degrees or access to higher education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding).
Please note that fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2012 / 13 (August 2012 – July 2013). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2013 / 14.
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