Why study Accounting and Finance top-up at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Top up you knowledge and achieve an honours degree in just one year
- Awarded a CIMA Global Excellence Award of Global Distinction 2020 for Top Students/Top Student Pass Rates
- Rated 96% for student satisfaction (National Student Survey (NSS) 2019/2020)
- Professionally accredited by four of the main accountancy bodies in England and Wales
- Tutors trained at top accounting firms such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton
- Excellent business links with companies as diverse as Airbus, Matalan, Cummins, Volkswagen Group and NHS
About your course
The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance at Liverpool John Moores University offers you the chance to secure professional accreditation from the four main accountancy bodies in England and Wales.
You will join the existing BSc Accounting and Finance programme in their final year (level 6) and graduate with the same course title as those who have completed the three year BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree.
"The degree has proved to be an excellent starting point for my career. I graduated with a solid grounding in the subject that was reflected in my remaining professional exams. My average marks at the professional stage were the highest in the region."
The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance is professionally accredited by four of the main accountancy bodies in England and Wales: 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 the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
The number of exemptions you secure will depend on the professional route you decide to pursue (CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA or ACCA) and the option modules you study in the final year of the programme.
Professional accreditation reflects LJMU's commitment to continually updating our syllabuses in line with professional requirements and will help ensure that you are given a head start to becoming a fully qualified accountant after graduation.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
A degree in Accounting and Finance opens up a huge range of potential careers because the success or failure of an organisation is ultimately determined by its financial performance.
Liverpool Business School has historically had an excellent employment record with graduates securing graduate-level positions with leading employers in public and private sectors. These include Everton Football Club, Kellogg company, Santander and Deloitte.
Most of our Accounting and Finance graduates complete three-year training contracts with professional accountancy firms or private/public sector organisations while studying part time for their remaining professional accountancy exams. Many contracts enable you to specialise in areas such as audit/assurance, tax, corporate finance, and business advice/consulting.
Outside accountancy, graduates have forged successful careers within retail and investment banks, financial services, finance companies, building societies and so on. However, if you do want to work in investment analysis and financial services, we advise you to qualify as a professional accountant first. This respected qualification gives you a solid platform from which to build your career, and once you qualify, there will be plenty of opportunities to move between different roles and industries in the UK and abroad. Recent graduates have found roles within organisations such as Lloyds TSB, Barclays, MBNA, The Bank of New York, Ulster Bank and WGZ Bank.
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.
Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.
LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.
Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
To ensure this course maintains its high standards and relevancy it is currently undergoing a review, which may impact the advertised modules. Any changes will be communicated to interested parties to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Advanced Financial Accounting
This module will enable you to prepare group financial statements within the context of the prevalent regulatory framework and to demonstrate an awareness of the significance of accounting theory in contemporary and practical contexts. The module allows you to demonstrate advanced accounting techniques and to critically consider these techniques and their alternatives. The module also supports a critical evaluation of accounting theory.
Strategic Management Accounting
The aim of this module is to develop more advanced/complex techniques underpinning management accounting and to provide you with current technical and theoretical areas within management accounting. The module is designed to develop advanced knowledge and skill in management accounting theory and techniques.
The aim of this module is to provide an in-depth analysis of a firm's financing, distribution and risk management decisions. The module evaluates financial and risk management decisions within a corporate environment.
Managing People and Organisations
The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of management issues/decisions and their impact on individuals and the organisation as a whole. The module will provide an understanding of strategic management issues, to examine the competitive environment and the role of managers/leaders within the organisation. It will also provide an understanding of the relationship between culture and its impact on individual behaviour.
The aim of this module is to give you a sound understanding of the UK tax system.
Auditing & Assurance
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the audit process and its application in the context of the external regulatory framework and for business control purposes. The module studies in detail both the systems and risk-based approaches used by practising auditors. The differing roles of external and internal auditors are examined and also considers issues of ethics, independence and corporate governance, the regulatory framework of auditing, the impact of civil and criminal law on auditing and current developments in auditing.
This module will provide you with a rigorous framework of personal finance needed to make personal financial decisions.
You will learn about international finance and be provided with a understanding of how international finance impacts on the organisation.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and you can expect to have a minimum of 12 hours contact time during each teaching week. Plus you'll be expected to complete independent study, group work and participate in online activities and discussions using our virtual learning environment, Canvas.
Liverpool Business School's Employability Support Unit can help you find short internships for you to complete during your time on the programme.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
Liverpool Business School is a supportive environment in which to study and the 'student-centred approach' of your tutors will ensure that you are given the support and guidance you need.
When you start you studies, you will be assigned a personal tutor. They will set up one-to-one tutorials with you to discuss a piece of coursework or to work with you on your personal development plan.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
Assignments are designed to help you put financial theory into practice and demonstrate to future employers that you have the practical skills required to work successfully in your chosen field after graduation.
Your marks and feedback will be available within 15 working days of submitting a piece of work. That’s because we believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Mike Franco is an experienced academic and Programme Leader responsible for Accounting and Finance programmes at Liverpool John Moores University. Mike has been Programme Leader at Liverpool John Moores University since 2010. His recent publications are concerned with topics such as studentification, the future of cities, and diversification.
As Programme Leader for Accounting and Finance he takes an active role in teaching and his principle research interests are in the field of quality assurance and enhancement within higher education.
What you can expect from your School
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 112
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
Reduced Offer Scheme
As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
Applications are welcomed from students with the following qualifications
- A Higher National Diploma (HND) in a relevant Business subject. Applicants are expected to have achieved an average of merit standard
- Foundation Degree in a relevant Business subject. Applicants are expected to have achieved an average of 60%
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students must meet the following minimum English Language requirements
IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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