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    Gain a thorough understanding of accounting and take the first step into higher education with our Accounting with Foundation Year course.

    Accounting is at the heart of all business decisions and encompasses a vast range of careers, from traditional auditing to global management consulting.

    Our Business foundation year will help you take your first step into higher education, broadening your industry knowledge and enabling you to progress to a related undergraduate degree. It aims to help you develop a strong foundation of business knowledge, alongside academic and transferable skills, to ensure you get the most out of your degree-level studies.

    Christ Church Business School has strong professional links and offers great work experience opportunities to help prepare you for the future. Guest speakers are regularly invited to share their knowledge with our students, and offer you the chance to connect with businesses.

    Why study Accounting with Foundation Year?

    Our experienced team has created an engaging course that captures the diversity of accounting. You'll have the opportunity to learn the language of finance, discover the inner workings of the markets, and stand out to recruiters with "Bloomberg Certification" Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) on your CV. This is free for our students and you can take this during your studies.

    The course is designed to give you the flexibility to pursue roles requiring an understanding of accounting, without committing to a career as an accountant. After graduation you'll be able to pursue many different roles in industry, practice, the service sector or self-employment.

    We promote student interaction with businesses and accounting firms through employability events and talks from guest speakers. Our links with a variety of professional bodies mean you'll have opportunities for work experience to prepare you for future employment.

      All about the course

      You'll develop a broad understanding of the legal, business and social environments in which accountancy operates and you'll become confident in the technical languages and practices of the sector, including measurement and disclosure in financial statements; managerial accounting; auditing; taxation; business law and corporate finance.

      You'll develop knowledge, critical analysis and interpersonal skills through lectures, seminars, workshops and a variety of assessment modes.

      Areas you'll explore include:

      • financial accounting
      • management accounting
      • audit and assurance
      • taxation

      In the first year, you'll gain a solid grounding in the challenges of managing organisations and information technology, and you'll start to develop the analytical skills that are required by employers.

      In Years 2 and 3, you'll take a variety of core modules that prepare you for a professional career and you'll select optional modules so you can gain a broader understanding of the business world.

      You'll have the opportunity to spend a year on a professional work placement, supported by a dedicated placement officer. You can also take the Employability Skills module in Year 2 to help develop your skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points, although those without formal qualifications may be considered on an individual basis, however these students should still apply through UCAS.

      Business School students are also required to have GCSE mathematics at Grade C or equivalent.

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      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      We are committed to your development as a skilled and inquiring student, ethically engaged with the world and its future, and aim to use a variety of methods and approaches tailored to your individual needs in order to achieve this. For the Foundation Year the modules in the first semester employ a mix of lectures, tutorials, and online material provided via our virtual learning environment (VLE), as well as student-centred workshops and learning exercises. This provides you with a wide range of differentiated activities, and plenty of regular 1:1 feedback and support throughout the first Semester. Building on this, teaching in the second semester uses also includes individual supervision specifically to support your ‘Individual Project’. Study on all these modules is supported by the Communication and Academic Skills module. In this way, basic skills learned and developed in semester 1 are integrated and further developed in semester 2, with appropriate individualised support and scaffolding provided throughout. At the end of this process, you should be a more independent, self-confident learner ready to embark on degree level study at Level 4.

      Our teaching team will share with you their expert knowledge, experience and research insights during stimulating lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

      Teaching is structured to allow for flexibility, and blended learning is widely used to support both teaching, learning and student support. Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select. However, typically you will have around 12 hours of structured contact time per week. This may be in lectures, where the module leader delivers key material to you in a large group or seminars where you'll discuss and develop, in smaller groups, your understanding of topics covered in lectures. You may also experience workshops, which combine lectures and seminars when the class size is smaller. You'll also be supported by your personal academic tutor.

      Between Years 2 and 3 you'll have the opportunity to gain work experience on a year-long placement with an external organisation. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply to study for a year in one of our partner institutions in North America as part of your degree.

      You can opt to undertake a final year project that will be based on a live brief from a relevant industry.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you'll continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      Your lecturers will indicate specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. We will also provide reading lists for further study. Seminars are enriched when students have completed their independent reading, allowing everyone to interact with this learning and benefiting the whole group.

      The Individual Study or Dissertation in your final year is a significant piece of independent research, where you may select a topic of special interest. You will be guided by a supervisor, but the main direction of the work will be decided by you.

      Teaching is structured to allow for flexibility. Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select. However, typically you will have about 12 hours of structured contact time per week. For every hour of contact, you'll be expected to complete three hours of independent study.

      You will be taught by academics at all stages of their careers, from postdoctoral researchers to professors, including others with extensive industry experience.

      Every member of our teaching team is committed to innovative and engaging approaches to teaching, and members hold excellent teaching qualifications (Higher Education Academy accredited) and academic qualifications (PhDs in Accounting, Finance or other related disciplines).

      We are also research active, publishing our research in academic journals and books, engaging in work with academic and professional bodies.

      The landscape of accounting is changing rapidly. We equip our students with the practical skills in order to succeed in an increasingly global and competitive environment.

      Ahmad AlshehabiProgramme Director BSc Accounting

      How you’ll be assessed

      The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before completing the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module typically contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental, and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

      There is formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, reflective logs, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

      To progress from one level of study to the next, you must pass 120 credits (typically six 20 credit modules). The standard pass mark for a module is 40%.

      The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

      40% coursework
      45% written exams
      5% practical exams
      10% presentation

      Your future career

      Many graduates go on to study accounting at a professional level. However, this versatile degree can help open doors to a variety of roles in business. The mentoring offered by our experienced team will guide and prepare you for your first business or professional accountancy role.

      This degree is also a gateway to further study at the Master’s level in a range of areas such as financial services, and accounting. You'll develop a range of transferable business skills including communication, IT, research and team working, which are essential for any career in any organisation.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - placement year * £1,850 N/A

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 / £1,850 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Professional accreditation

      Our accounting course gives maximum exemptions through accredited modules. Accounting at Christ Church holds all available exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia, and the majority of exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).If you plan to pursue a professional accounting qualification post-graduation, the exemptions expedite your chosen professional qualification, and appeal to prospective employers.We also offer modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Management and Leadership, Project Management, Management Accounting and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

      Industry links

      A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as The Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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