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Accounting demands a range of transferable skills, including quantitative, analytical and decision-making skills, and perceptive abilities. You will develop a good understanding of accounting and the environment in which it operates, and the ability to apply a wide range of accounting skills and competencies, from preparing financial statements to interpreting complex material and relating theory to practice. What’s more, you will learn supervisory and management skills that will give you the confidence to take on more challenges in the workplace.

This programme has been designed to allow you to focus predominantly on accounting modules. The number of compulsory management modules is significantly fewer than in the BA Accounting and Management, replaced instead by compulsory accounting modules. However, the study of management remains an important part of the course.

The programme attracts students from both the public and private sectors, including administrators, clerical workers and managers, as well as the self-employed. Because it is taught entirely by evening study, you are able to combine academic studies with your daytime commitments.

The majority of our students work or care for a family, so you will be learning with people from a wide range of backgrounds and with a wide range of experiences. This creates a stimulating and supportive learning environment. Our tutorial/seminar sessions give you a chance to interact with your peers and to develop insights into analysing and interpreting a wide and varied subject matter.

This course is also available for full-time evening study over three years in central London and in Stratford and for part-time evening study over four years in Stratford. 

Accounting demands a range of transferable skills, including quantitative, analytical and decision-making skills, and perceptive abilities. You will develop a good understanding of accounting and the environment in which it operates, and the ability to apply a wide range of accounting skills and competencies, from preparing financial statements to interpreting complex material and relating...

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Course Content

You take core and compulsory modules in each year and also choose a 15-credit option module in Year 2, a 15-credit option module in Year 3 and option modules worth 45 credits in Year 4, 30 of which must be Level 6.

You can choose any modules offered by the Department of Management. In addition, certain modules offered by the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics have been approved.

YEAR 1

  • Business Information Systems
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Management Studies I
  • Management Studies II
  • Personal and Academic Skills for Success
  • Quantitative Methods

YEAR 2

  • Commercial Law for Business
  • Financial Reporting (level 5)
  • Macroeconomics for Business
  • Microeconomics for Business

YEAR 3

  • Auditing
  • Financial Management
  • Management Accounting (30 credits)
  • Taxation

YEAR 4

  • Accounting Theory
  • Applied Financial Management

ECONOMICS OPTION MODULES

  • International Finance
  • Portfolio Management

MANAGEMENT OPTION MODULES

  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Applied Financial Management
  • Auditing
  • Brand Development
  • Buyer Behaviour
  • Commercial Law for Business
  • Employment Relations and Human Resources Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • International Business
  • Macroeconomics for Business
  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing Principles and Practices
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Microeconomics for Business
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Research Methods in Management (Undergraduate)
  • Strategic Management (Undergraduate)
  • Taxation
  • Work-Based Learning Module

You take core and compulsory modules in each year and also choose a 15-credit option module in Year 2, a 15-credit option module in Year 3 and option modules worth 45 credits in Year 4, 30 of which must be Level 6. You can choose any modules offered by the Department of Management. In addition, certain modules offered by the Department of Economics, Mathematics and...

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Entry Requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Applicants will normally be expected to have grade C or new grade 4 GCSE-level English and mathematics. Applicants who do not hold this level of qualification may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises English and mathematics. This audit assesses an applicant’s potential to cope with, and benefit from, a particular programme of study.

UCAS TARIFF POINTS

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The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES

The Certificate of Higher Education in Management offers an entry route to the Department’s undergraduate programmes. You must successfully complete designated modules to an appropriate standard. Please contact the Department for details of module exemptions.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. Applicants will normally be expected to have grade C or new grade 4 GCSE-level English and mathematics. Applicants who do not hold this...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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