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Accounting and Finance with study abroad

Essentials

At a glance

BAAccounting and Finance with Study Abroad

Programme Code
N304
Course Duration
4 years
Mode of study
Full Time
Typical offers
A Level AAB
BTEC DDD
International Baccalaureate 36
Location
Durham City
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Gain an understanding of advanced and essential concepts in accounting and finance.

Course Summary

Course Summary

Description

Throughout the BA Accounting and Finance you’ll study a breadth and depth of accounting and finance subjects giving you the opportunity to take your knowledge to a new level. Areas of study may include accounting information, the legal, regulatory and social context within which accounting operates.

What’s more, if you choose the relevant modules, you may gain exemption from some of the ACA, ACCA and CIMA examinations once you’ve completed your degree. Just another small step that will help make your way up the career ladder a little easier. 

Flexibility – subject to optional module choice and successful completion of your first year – it may be possible to change your degree path to either Accounting and Management or Finance. (If you require a Tier 4 visa will need to check this in advance with the Tier 4 regulations which are in place at the time).

Year 1

In the first year, compulsory modules will provide you with an introduction to accountancy and the key fundamentals to examine and evaluate modern financial markets. Typical modules may include introductions to financial and management accounting, economics, finance and mathematics and statistics. This compulsory core will be complimented by an optional module from the areas of business, global economics or foreign languages.

Year 2

In the second year, compulsory modules allow you to continue your studies in accounting and finance with a choice of optional modules considering the broader financial context including economics, taxation and law and the opportunity to study a foreign language.

Year 3

In an increasingly globalised world, a period of international study is a major benefit and can help you to stand out in a crowded job market. All of our business degrees offer you the option of spending your third year studying abroad at one of our international partner universities. This is an opportunity to develop foreign language skills, experience another country and learn about its culture as well as adding an international dimension to your overall employability.

You may decide to study at one of our exchange universities for a full-year study placement period in your third year of study and this then effectively becomes the third year of a four year degree.

Opportunities for study abroad have in the past included Australia, Canada, Chile, China/Hong Kong, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands,  New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and USA. Funding opportunities (open to both EU and non-EU students) may be available through scholarships offered by the host institution, the British Council and/or other funding bodies.  For up to date information on locations and funding, please go to www.durham.ac.uk/international/studyabroad

The Study Abroad year fees are set annually by the University.  For the definitive amount of the Study Abroad year fees payable please contact our Study Abroad Team.

The offer of a place on a ‘study abroad’ degree does not imply that Durham University Business School guarantees to place you with one of our partner institutions, nor a partner of the your choice. All study abroad programmes are subject to approval by the Business School. Some partner relationships have restricted access and so are not available to everyone. The Business School, in association with the University, will assist you in applying for a study abroad place, but it is your responsibility to apply for such a place, and the right of the Business School/University to allocate you available places as it deems best. In the event that a you are unable to obtain a study abroad place, transfer to the equivalent ‘non-study abroad’ degree is guaranteed provided you are eligible to transfer on academic grounds. In line with Home Office rules, if you are from outside the EU you will transfer onto the ‘with study abroad’ degree only once you have successfully secured a placement (normally at the end of your second year of study). Therefore due to visa requirements, we recommend that international students interested in the study abroad year as part of your degree apply for this when making your application to us via UCAS.

Year 4

Moving to a more research-led teaching orientation in the third year, you are required to produce a double module Dissertation in an area of accounting and finance. Additionally, you will study two compulsory modules exploring the world of accounting. You will have the option to choose two modules from a range of business, accounting and finance options. You may also choose to continue your study of a foreign language.

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020.

 

Placement Year

You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

Learning and Teaching

Course Learning and Teaching

On this degree you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.

All of these are supported by a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO). Seminars and workshops are much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow greater one-on-one interaction with teaching staff. Workshops also allow hands-on experience of solving accounting and finance problems.

This emphasis on small-group teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as you move from your first to your final year.

Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for you when you start) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a dissertation – supported by one-on-one supervision – that makes up a third of final year credits. In this way the degree systematically transforms you from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. 

These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before you start and continue at key times throughout each year.

You can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting-edge research.

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Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A strong proficiency in Mathematics is required. If not taken as an A level, a grade 7 (or grade A) in Mathematics at GCSE is required. We welcome the Core Mathematics Qualification and accept a grade 5 minimum (or grade B) in lieu of our GCSE Mathematics requirement.

A level offerAAB.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended DiplomaDDD.

IB Diploma score36 with 665 in higher level subjects. If Mathematics is not taken at higher level, then it is required at standard level 5.

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We consider each application holistically, on an individual basis and against the other applications we receive. Whilst academic achievement is important, it is not the only factor that we consider when assessing applications and applicants who have achieved, or are predicted to achieve, close to our typical offer, but who have not met it exactly, will be welcome to apply if they have a strong application in other key elements, for example if they can demonstrate merit and potential through their personal statement or their reference.
  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications, please email us for more information.
  • We are willing to consider applications for deferred entry from those who have well- structured plans for work or travel, for example. We may, however, need to restrict the number of deferred entry offers we make because we have to be careful not to fill too many of next year’s places in advance. However, if you do apply for a deferred place and are unsuccessful, you are welcome to reapply the following year.
  • You are welcome to apply if you are taking resits; we do not make higher offers to students who declare resits.
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Programme offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses.

Science A levels

Applicants taking Science A levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A levels with an English examination board.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/country.information/

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £22,900.00 per year
Home Student £9,250.00 per year
Island Student £9,250.00 per year
International non-EU Student £22,900.00 per year

The tuition fees shown for home students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance 

Open Days and Visits

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place: www.durham.ac.uk/opendays

Discover Durham Tours

Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/live/visit/discoverdurham

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Career Support

Key to your career

Whatever subject you’re studying, you’ll find the University’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre is one of the most useful resources to support you on your way to the top. Now more than ever, it’s the skills you’re able to demonstrate – as well as your academic abilities – that will make you shine in a fiercely competitive jobs market.

That’s why our facilities and services are designed to complement your course and help you develop essential professional and practical skills – from CV writing and interview techniques to time management and communication. 

Support to suit you

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre can connect you with key events, organisations or individuals. You can also take advantage of one-to-one appointments with a specialist Careers Advisor to help you with specific issues, from interviews and applications to leadership training and applying for your dream role. 

Through careers fairs and industry-led presentations you’ll be able to connect on campus with many firms who recruit our graduates, including Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte, PWC, Rolls Royce, Lloyds TSB, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, IBM and Accenture. Their events are also a great opportunity to meet and ask questions of professional bodies such as CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).

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