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International Accounting (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

The accountant has become a key player in the provision of management information, to enable successful decision-making, planning and control. To achieve this, you will consider the practical techniques involved in accounting and finance, and then continue to develop your skills to critically analyse the theory behind these techniques.

The business world is a fast-paced, ever changing environment that global, as well as local, organisations consistently try to analyse in order to stay ahead of their competitors. Financial components are vital for businesses all over the world as they allow them to come up with strategies based on the financial data, both internally and externally within their sectors.

Updated 27/07/2020

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    £9,250

  • Fees International:

    £13,750

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

  • Top-up your qualification to a full BSc Hons.
  • Supportive staff with specialist and expert knowledge.

Course Content

  • Our International Accounting top-up focuses on the global business environment and provides you with the skills you need to work in an international organisation. We will develop your ability to analyse and evaluate real organisations and effectively communicate your views and opinions. Our International Accounting top-up is an excellent foundation for entry onto a Master’s programme.

    This programme has been designed for holders of an HND or equivalent (Edexcel, ABE, NCC), a Foundation Degree in a related field, or a professional qualification up to level 5 such as AIA, IFA, ACCA or CIMA to upgrade to the full degree.

    International Accounting

    This module provides an appreciation of the key issues in international financial reporting and financial analysis, understanding the financial reporting challenges of multinational companies, comparing and contrasting accounting regulatory frameworks, the preparation and interpretation of consolidated financial statements, exploring and evaluating how different jurisdictions recognise, measure and disclose various items such as goodwill, and performing and deciphering financial analysis.

    International Tax Systems

    You will develop your understanding of the complexity of global tax systems and how multinationals plan and manage tax. The challenges of double taxation and the bi/multil-lateral agreements in place to reduce that are addressed in this module. Contemporary themes in international tax will include tax avoidance (passive and aggressive), tax evasion and the role of tax havens.

    Corporate Governance

    You will examine the practice and key issues of governance within organisations in the national and multinational context.  The module combines theories, codes and regulations, corporate social responsibility and ethics in addressing how modern corporations could adopt effective governance to manage their role and place in society.

    Financial strategy

    This module will introduce you to a strategic approach to critically analysing and evaluating financial information with a view to enhancing your knowledge and understanding of financial strategy.

    The module explores the interrelationship between dividend, financing and investment decisions of an organisations. It introduces relevant theory and models, with appropriate references to real life organisations.

    International Money and Finance

    This module addresses and appraises the increasingly important aspect of financial management in a dynamic international business. It critically analyses the  attractions and limitations of doing business in a global market, identifying the inherent additional risks that global market exposure produces.

    Accounting Project

    You will carry out a piece of independent research and demonstrate an ability to present, analyse and evaluate financial and non-financial information in a critical manner. This project gives you the opportunity to research an industry and three companies within it. The skills that you develop when completing your project will help you if you choose to progress to a postgraduate programme.

    • Module code: ACC3011
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to present a strategic approach to critically analysing and evaluating financial information with a view to enhancing knowledge and understanding of financial strategy. The module is designed to explore the interrelationship between the dividend financing and investment decisions of an organisations. The emphasis will be on how an entrepreneur or manager makes decisions at a strategic level. The module introduces relevant theory and models with appropriate references to real world organisations.
    • Module code: ACC3007
      Status: Compulsory
      This module appraises the increasingly important aspect of multinational financial management in dynamic international business. It critically analyses the attractions and limitations of doing business in a global market identifying the additional inherent risks that global market exposure produces and strategies in managing the global firm.
    • Module code: ACC4003
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to support the conceptualisation and development of a piece of independent research and an ability to present analyse and evaluate financial and non-financial information from an industry case study in a critical manner.
    • Module code: ACC3017
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to examine the practice and key issues of governance within organisations in the national and multinational context. The module combines theories codes and regulations corporate social responsibility and ethics in addressing how modern corporations could adopt effective governance to manage their role and place in the society.
    • Module code: ACC3024
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to explore the complexity of global tax systems and how multinational organisations plan and manage tax. It looks at the challenges of double taxation and bi/multil-lateral agreements in place around the globe. Contemporary themes in international tax include tax avoidance (passive and aggressive) tax evasion and the role of tax havens.
    • Module code: ACC3025
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to exlore the historical complexity global financial reporting standards and how the IFRS has helped in the harmonisation of reporting. This module provides an appreciation of the key issues in international financial reporting and financial analysis understanding the financial reporting challenges of multinational companies comparing and contrasting accounting regulatory frameworks the preparation and interpretation of consolidated financial statements exploring and evaluating how different jurisdictions recognise measure and disclose various items such as goodwill; and performing and deciphering financial analysis.
  • Are there any special features on this course?

    • Proven student support system
    • Specialised pathway
    • Modules tailored towards students coming from a wide range of previous qualifications
    • Significant exemptions from AIA exams

    Are there any study trips on this course?

    In previous years, International Accounting students have participated in optional study trips* to Bank of England, Cadbury/ Mondelez and Manchester United for essential first-hand experience of how global businesses function on a daily basis. We aim to provide at least one regional or national study trip annually. In some cases you will be required to contribute to the cost of entry; this would normally not exceed £25.

    *Future study trips are dependent on Government and local travel guides related to Covid-19.

  • If you hold a Higher National Diploma or equivalent (Edexcel, ABE, NCC) or Foundation Degree in a related field then you will be considered for entry onto this course. Alternatively, if you hold professional qualifications up to level 5 such as AIA, IFA, ACCA, or CIMA then you will also be considered for this course.

    If you have relevant work place experience then you can ask for that to be taken into account in your application. For more information please see the Policy for the Accreditation of Prior Learning.

    International students with Higher Diplomas or degrees from their own country will be considered.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £13,750

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,750

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Our postgraduate qualifications will give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    Accounting and Finance MSc

    International Banking and Finance MSc

    Corporate Governance and Leadership MSc

    Financial and Investment Analysis MSc

     

  • Siying Su’s Story

    The course has offered Siying vital experience for when she graduates and looks for a profession within the accounting industry due to the teaching methods and practical nature of the International Accounting top-up.

    “This is an international university with cultural diversity and offers an effective academic environment where you can communicate with teachers and classmates from different countries.”

Careers and Employability

There are excellent career opportunities available for graduates holding an International accounting degree, especially those that will be part-professionally qualified.

This programme will prepare you for work in any of the key accounting fields. A career in accounting offers you the flexibility to work in industry, commerce, the public sector or even private practice.

Is this course for you?