During your first year you will explore different areas of business. You will be introduced to the two general branches of accounting, management and financial accounting; you will learn about the nature and complexity of business organisations; you will get a sense of how businesses design and control business operations. In addition, you will start understanding how economic factors affect business decisions and how different marketing concepts contrasts with alternative business philosophies. At the end of the year, you will have your first work placement.
In your second year you will learn how to prepare business accounts and you will practice different financial techniques to analyse investment opportunities and critically analyse financial decisions. You will also learn how to apply managerial and leadership models into your professional practice. You will study the areas of English and EU law that directly affect the legal structure and operations of businesses. You will select an area of expertise where you may want to make an original contribution to knowledge through a dissertation in your final year. At the end of the year, you will undertake your second work placement.
During your final year, you will get into more specialised areas of accounting. You will study how corporate governance works and you will learn how to evaluate the audit framework and regulation. You will also get a sense of the reasons and regulation for financial disclosure. At this point, you will be ready to integrate your business knowledge into the area of strategic decision management and you will study some highly current trends in business such as e-business and e-marketing. You will also have the option to specialise in other areas amongst them such as International Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Creativity, Business Ethics, International Marketing. You will have the option to undertake a project based on Professional Learning Through Work or Academic Research.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: