Professional Accounting (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)
Distance Learning: 1 Year
Distance Learning: £4,560
Distance Learning: £4,560
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This programme enhances the knowledge gained through professional studies by the development of analytical and problem-solving skills, critical thinking and social responsibility in a professional accounting context. It is a research driven programme focusing on contemporary issues in accounting and their implications for organisational performance.
The programme will enable partially qualified accountants to obtain an Honours degree by completing 120 credits of Level 6 study that extends their professional studies with coverage of analytical skills, problem-solving, critical thinking and social responsibility in a professional accounting context.
- Flexible online learning to fit around your schedule
- Top up your qualification to a complete a BSc (Hons)
The programme comprises of 120 credits; Contemporary Issues in Accounting (30 credits), Research Methods (30 credits) and Professional Accounting Dissertation (60 credits).
You will study:
- Examining emerging contemporary issues in accounting and finance such as corporate governance, environmental accounting, and Economic, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting, and their impact on business sustainability
- Exploring existing research methods skills to design an academic project.
The two 30 credits modules (ACC3028 and ACC3029) run in the first term allowing you to build critical analysis and writing skills. You will then progress to complete the 60-credit dissertation module (ACC4008).
The delivery and assessment design of individual modules are structured to meet distance learning requirements in terms of technology-enhanced and active blended learning. The first, Contemporary Issues in Accounting (ACC3028) will use a flipped virtual classroom and adopt a range of team-based and case-based learning approaches. The other two modules Research Methods (ACC3029) and Professional Accounting Dissertations (ACC4008) will adopt a technology-enhanced delivery approach, making use of state of the art techniques and technologies, with access to live data, and statistical software. There will be a strong emphasis on problem-solving and enhancing employability skills.
The modules use a variety of assessment methods and strategies. A combination of case-based reports, essays, dissertation and a research-based project to report your finding.
There is an emphasis on research, both of selecting relevant data and of determining the appropriate tools to assist with decision making. This is assessed often in the form of a case study enabling you to incorporate current issues and formulate and justify solutions.
Information about the modules for this course can be found on the award map:
Students who have successfully completed all papers up to the professional level (ICAP CAF 1-9, ACCA applied knowledge and applied skills levels, CIMA operational and management levels, ICAN foundational and skills levels) or equivalent will be admitted into this program.
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.
It may be possible to waive the IELTS requirement for students whose professional qualifications have been taught entirely in English or who sat those qualifications in a majority English-speaking country’.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- Distance Learning £4,560
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
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.
- Distance Learning: £4,500
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
Is there any additional support for students?
The University and the Faculty of Business and Law will organise an extensive Online Welcome Week Induction Programme awards with supplementary input for specific groups such as international students, mature learners and direct entrants. For Overseas Student, the university offers access to English Language Support.
In the Faculty of Business and Law private one to one online meetings/tutorials can be arranged when necessary. Tutors also respond extensively to email for simple queries. In addition to the Module Tutor and Programme Leader. All contact points are named in Student Guides and provide additional layers of support for the individual.
The use of a virtual learning environment is well developed within the Faculty of Business and Law, and makes good use of an electronic Managed Learning Environment called NILE, which is based on Blackboard. The NILE system will also be used to support staff in the dissemination of best practice and to facilitate discussion and the sharing of experience in the development and management of modules and programmes.
All students have a named personal academic tutor (PAT). For the final year of the undergraduate awards, this is usually the students’ dissertation supervisor. All dissertation students receive one to one support. Changemaker Hub is also the mechanism for additional input from subjects such as that for careers.