The Foundation Year is a great opportunity for you to develop skills in order to succeed in your chosen degree, within a supportive environment.

Lorraine Duffy
Course Director

Key dates

Start date: 19 September 2022

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Welcome to Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and here’s to you beginning your BSc in Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year at Christ Church Business School! We have no doubt that you have made the right choice, and we will be with you every step of the way during the next four years of your study.

Christ Church Business School is a caring and supportive community. As your course Director, I will welcome you in person on your first day and with help from your lecturers will guide you through the course content. You will also make friends for life, as we make sure you have lots of opportunities to meet other students and have fun!

Find out more about making friends:


We care about developing your employability skills from day one. While your first graduate job may seem far in the future, it’s never too soon to start filling your graduate CV with social and professional activities and experiences. In your second year, you will spend a whole semester on developing your professional identity as an Accounting with Finance specialist (CV, LinkedIn, training for recruitment centres).

During your Foundation Year in Semester two you will study Personal and Career Skills module. This will include external speakers who will share their experience of attaining graduate employment and their personal experience of taking a placement year. For example, former CCCU Business School student Luke Duffy is now a manager at Babcock Engineering in London and is keen to share his personal insights.

Furthermore, all students have the option to do a 12-month placement between their second and final year.

The year I spent on placement not only gave me an insight into the reality of how businesses operate, but it has also given invaluable knowledge that I use every day in my final year studies.”

Support & Wellbeing

Importantly, we care about you as a person, your wellbeing, and your success. We make sure we have time for you, and we provide a large number of resources to support you with your finances, your mental health and your study skills. We will be with you every step of the way! Find out more about our support services here:

Here are some quotes from some of our students.

“Lecturers being very helpful and supportive giving guidance when you are unsure about a subject.”

“Communication with the tutor at each of the topics is of a high level."

“Learning new skills and new ways to help myself to do better, to write better and to be able to look for reliable information and make me want to give the best of me.”

Getting started

Starting university can be daunting but fret not as this is completely normal. We understand that you have made a big step to achieving your future goals investing time, money, and energy to this degree.

Your first year at Christ Church Business School is divided into two semesters and you will study three modules in each one.

  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • Contemporary Issues in Business, Management and Marketing
  • Communication and Academic Skills
  • Contemporary Issues in Law
  • Individual Project in Business
  • Personal and Career Skills

The students on the Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year are of all ages, from all backgrounds and from many places around the world. This makes us a rich, diverse, inclusive, tolerant and lively community.

Our campus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and we look after it with care. It has wonderfully maintained open spaces and gardens to stroll in and meet with friends. It is situated in the heart of the city and everything you need for a convenient student life is within very close walking distance.

On the Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year, you will have the opportunity to study and work directly with members of the Kent community and contribute to the development of this dynamic and enterprising region.

On the social side, the Student Union has a huge range of clubs, societies, and a student-run bar called The Lounge Bar – all of which have unique social calendars of their own and offer endless opportunities to make lifelong friends and discover new hobbies. And you can always create your own society and cultivate your own community!

Find out more about our community:

And the Student Union:

Learning at Christ Church Business School on the BSc Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

We care about you being at ease and confident about your studies and not worried. So, we have put in place a welcome week starting on the week of Monday 19th September 2022 with lots of activities for you to familiarise yourselves with the way we teach and the way we will mark your work and support you all the way through. Make sure you attend to start making friends!


Pre-course reading

Dyson, J. and Franklin, E. (2020) Accounting for non-accounting students (10th edition) Pearson Education Limited: Harlow.

Leatherbarrow, C., Fletcher, J. & Currie, D. (2018) “Introduction to Human Resource Management” (4th Edition) CIPD

Cottrell, S (2013) The Study Skills Handbook Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke

Gallagher, K. (2016) Essential study and employment skills for business and management students, 3rd Ed. Oxford: OUP

Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2016) Cite them right: The Essential Referencing Guide. 10th Edition. Palgrave Macmillan.


You are expected to keep abreast of news, both specific to people in organisations and general news as well as other information published in websites. Websites you need to use and be aware of are:

Arbitration, conciliation and advisory service


Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Office of National Statistics

Government Website Portal



How you can prepare

It is very good practice to understand the news and what is happening in the world. It will help with your studies and it will help you perform better at interview. Why not start by spending five minutes each day reading BBC Business News? Then, when you get to the Business School, you can make the most of your free subscription to the Financial Times.

Given that you have worked very hard to get into University, we recommend that you use the summer to prepare yourself for your transition to higher education and take some time to relax and rejuvenate.

Here are some examples of things to watch to ease into the world of Accounting.

8 Films Every Accounting and Finance Student Should Watch. Available here.

4 Must Watch Films and Documentaries for Accountants. Available here.

Movies Accountants must watch in 2020. Available here.

10 Business and Accountancy Podcasts You Should Be Listening to. Available here.

However, if you are keen to get started, you can contact your Course Director for a full or recommended reading list.