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ABOUT THIS DEGREE
This degree covers F1 - F9 of the ACCA qualification and is closely aligned to professional body qualifications with a strong focus on students being able to apply the technical skills that they learn in a real commercial context. It's designed to enable you to fast track to becoming a fully exam-qualified accountant in as little as three years and develop the business skills required in professional finance teams.
You will be taught by Chartered accountants that have worked for sector leading companies such as Deloitte and PwC. Our degree is designed to give you the core professional skills needed for a contemporary career in accountancy, going far beyond the technical skills required. Best of all, you’ll learn at the heart of a successful FTSE 100 company and have regular contact with working professionals from a range of companies.
The integrated Masters option will enable you to become fully exam qualified with ACCA and gain a Masters qualification at the same time. By the time you graduate you will have been trained to pass the professional exam stage of the ACCA qualification.
If you choose the Integrated Masters programme you can apply for a student loan to cover the cost of your whole programme, which can help enormously with managing the costs of postgraduate education. There are also opportunities for students to accelerate their study and you could complete the Integrated Masters three years!
You’ll learn through industry-led classes, guest lectures, internships as well as traditional lectures and seminars. Our teaching focuses on giving you the knowledge, skills and experience to work as an accounting or finance professional.
All of our accounting students have the opportunity to work as an accountant with real companies during their second, third and final year.
You'll graduate with a degree from the University of Kent. Known as the UK’s European University, the University of Kent is ranked 23rd in The Guardian University Guide 2017, it is also ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity out of 122 multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and has the fifth equal highest score for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015, out of 115 multi-faculty institutions. It has also been voted one of the top five universities for teaching in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education (THE).
Why choose Accounting at Pearson Business School?
- The New Way to a Degree - We offer a new and exciting route to become an Accountant which is focused on learning by doing - you’ll graduate with the technical accounting skills and the business acumen needed to thrive in the modern industry.
- Guaranteed Internships - As a Pearson Business School student you will be guaranteed an internship in a finance role.
- Become either part or fully exam-qualified with ACCA - potentially saving you years of training and thousands of pounds of post graduate training costs.
- Learn by doing - work as a real accountant during your degree programme.
- Employability - Graduating with a degree plus work experience will help you stand out and make your CV attractive to employers.
- Fast-track - Exceptional students can accelerate their studies and you could complete our BSc in just two years or the full MSci in three years.
- Professional tutors - You will be taught by professional accountants who have worked in both practice and industry.
- Affordability - The MSci Integrated Masters offers an affordable route to become fully exam qualified. You will be able to apply for student loan funding to cover the tuition fees for the duration of the Integrated Masters.
The process to become a Professional Accountant
Our MSci Integrated Masters offers an affordable alternative compared to the traditional route of going to university and then applying to study a masters. We have combined these stages into a comprehensive four-year programme.
An overview of the traditional route to becoming a qualified Accountant
- Complete the professional exams for the professional body.
- Record sufficient work experience in a relevant role that demonstrates specific competencies.
- Demonstrate your commitment to ethical behaviour by completing the requirements of the professional body.
*Please note: It is not possible to apply for an accelerated programme; on completion of level 4, our full-time students have the opportunity to request to accelerate to a two-year programme on our BSc course and three year programme for our MSci (subject to minimum numbers). The decision to allow this is based on the student's performance in their assessments in the programme so far and you will need to satisfy performance criteria in the first two terms to be considered for it.
**Please note, those students studying our MSci will graduate fully exam qualified professional accountants, those studying our BSc programme will graduate part qualified professional accountants.
You’ll study a broad range of subjects to build core professional accounting skills:
All of our Pearson Business School students study a core module in their first year to provide a holistic introduction to business.
Core business module - Principles of Business
Our unique 60 credit module - Principles of Business - consists of four interlinked parts which are designed to show you the lifecycle of a business.
Part 1 of the module focuses on the overall purpose of business, including the set-up and infancy of organisations.
Part 2 gives a technical introduction to the pillars of business: finance, law, management, marketing and innovation.
Part 3 includes spending six weeks developing and running your own business and will be mentored by professionals. You’ll learn firsthand from successful accountants, lawyers, marketers and business leaders and then you’ll put the theory into practice.
Part 4 brings together each of the pillars of business in the context of strategy, governance, ethics, and leadership before concluding with the end of an organisation’s life-cycle.
Principles of Business is assessed in four parts over the course of two terms.
The other 60 credits of your first year are made up of four 15 credit modules which are designed to give you a practical grounding in accounting:
- Principles of Management, Reporting and Decision Making (15 credits)
- Principles of Corporate Reporting (15 credits)
- Introduction to Business Economics (15 credits)
- Business Mathematics (15 credits)
We aim to have more industry involvement than any other Higher Education institution and in your second year you’ll really start to focus on building connections and gaining experience. Facilitated by our Talent Development Team, you’ll be guaranteed a finance related internship.
In your second year the modules are focused on giving you the skill set to become an accountant. You will study technical accounting modules plus business modules to develop your professional skillset.
- Fundamentals of Corporate Law (30 credits)
- Corporate Reporting 2 (30 credits)
- Taxation for Professional Accountants (15 credits)
- Managing Organisational Performance (15 credits)
- Financial Assurance and Risk Management (15 credits)
- Business Ethics (15 credits)
You will also take part in simulated placements throughout the programme.This will give you the opportunity to apply what you have learnt by solving real world problems set by industry.
In your final year you will further develop your technical skills and then bring everything you have learnt together to solve real business problems. You will undertake two consultancy projects, such as a redundancy or restructure, to apply your knowledge to real life scenarios.
You will study three core modules and undertake a major project which will give you a prized workplace skill - the ability to research independently and present your findings.
This year focuses on a synoptic approach, to reflect the role of professional accountants in business, looking at real business issues from a variety of angles:
- Technical Consultancy Projects (30 credits)
- Advanced Financial Management (15 credits)
- Strategic Consultancy 1 (30 credits)
- Sustainability (15 credits)
- Final Project (30 credits)
How will your work be assessed?
Throughout your degree we use a range of methods, designed to reflect the kind of activities you may be asked to do in the workplace, either individually or as part of a team. For example, report writing, data analysis, preparing strategies and presentations. You'll also submit different types of coursework and sit written exams as part of the assessment for some modules.
If you study the integrated masters programme you will complete a fourth year. During your fourth year you will sit ACCA exams as part of your assessments, for which there will be APL for the first 90 credits. You will also study the following modules:
MSci core modules
- Strategic Consultancy 2 (30 credits)
- Advanced Corporate Reporting (30 Credits)
You can then select 60 credits from the following modules:
- Strategic Financial Management (30 Credits)
- Strategic Performance Management (30 Credits)
- Strategic tax planning and advice (UK) (30 Credits)
- Leading Assurance Engagements (30 Credits)
You will be able to apply for student loan funding to cover your tuition fees - this can dramatically reduce the cost of postgraduate study. Plus for exceptional students we offer an accelerated pathway where you can study over the summer and complete the full Integrated Masters degree in just three years!
Designed with industry
All of our degrees are designed through our unique approach which brings together leading figures from business and academic communities to design degrees that are relevant to employers. Our undergraduate programmes have been developed with input from an impressive array of industry partners, including Lloyd’s of London, Santander, Unilever, Lotus F1, IBM and Gowling WLG.
Employers get involved in the actual delivery of modules too, so there’s a wide range of industry activities and projects that you can be part of. You’ll visit the HQ of some of the biggest companies in London, be taught by professionals through industry workshops, attend a yearly conference weekend and have the opportunity to work with a mentor with an industry background.
Our fees are as follows, but make sure you read our fee waiver information below:
- Full time: £9,000 per year
All applicants who pass the Business Workshop will be offered a partial fee waiver.
Our fee waiver policy means that the cost of our degrees compares really well to other universities and because you’ll graduate career-ready, it’s a great investment in your future. The fees include registration, tuition and examination fees, all your reading materials as eBooks and full access to our online library 24/7 as well as much more.
Why do we offer a fee waiver?
Currently, the Government offers tuition fee loans of approximately £6,000 a year to full-time students studying with Alternative Providers on eligible programmes. As we are committed to ensuring that talented students with potential have the opportunity to undertake our degrees, we give this partial fee waiver to all successful applicants to take the fee down to the level available as a tuition fee loan for eligible programmes.
This means that our students graduate with just 70% of the level of student debt when compared to the average debt held by a graduating student from a Public Provider. The government reviews the programmes eligible for student loans for new students on an annual basis, so visit our website for up-to-date information on which of our programmes are eligible for loans. These loans are for UK or EU students living in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to help cover the costs of tuition fees.
The Government offers loans of up to approximately £6,000 pa to full-time students studying on designated courses at Higher Education Institutions like Pearson College London (see student loans section on Fees and funding page). As we are committed to ensuring that talented students with potential have the opportunity to succeed by undertaking one of our degrees, we offer all applicants who successfully complete our applicant day the opportunity to bring their tuition fees down to the level available as a tuition fee loan for eligible programmes.
For full details of Pearson College financial support packages including scholarship and bursaries, please refer to our fees, funding and scholarship page
We’re looking for students with lots of ability and a real passion for business and accounting, from all kinds of backgrounds. We want people with great potential, but we think A-levels are only one way of measuring that, so we use aptitude tests as well, and really value all sorts of experience, including work experience.
Our entry requirements are:
Typical offer: 128-120 UCAS points (ABB to BBB at A Levels) and interview.
Students who do not meet, or who are not predicted to meet, the entry requirements will be required to pass our Applicant Day as well as attend an interview.
English Language Requirements
If your first language is not English you will need to demonstrate sufficient fluency in English.
Pearson Test of English
BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting in Business
MSci Advanced Professional Accounting in Business
a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing
a minimum of 59 in all subscores
If you have been studying in English for the last two years and you meet the entry requirements for the degree, then you do not need to demonstrate your fluency through IELTS or Pearson Test of English scores.
*Please note: It is not possible to apply for an accelerated programme; on completion of level 4, our full-time students have the opportunity to request to accelerate to a two-year programme. The decision to allow this is based on the student's performance in their assessments in the programme so far and you will need to satisfy performance criteria in the first two terms to be considered for it.
New UCAS Tarriff for 2017
Only the numbers are changing.
|Qualification and grade||Old tariff||New Tariff|
|A level grade A*||140||56|
|A level grade A||120||48|
|A level grade B||100||40|
|A level grade C||80||32|
|A level grade D||60||24|
|A level grade E||40||16|
You still need to achieve the same grades.
How to apply
All applicants must follow the application procedure as shown on our how to apply page.
We encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, and we particularly welcome working students.
We’re sorry, but at the moment we can’t accept applications from overseas students to study in the UK, except from the EU.
- UCAS CODE
N400 (BSc) N401 (MSci)
- INSTITUTION CODE
Pearson Business School MidTown
- COURSE START DATES
- TUITION FEES
£9,000 p.a. (See fee waiver)
- MODE OF STUDY
- PROGRAMME DURATION
3 years (FT). Option to accelerate and complete the programme in 2 years(subject to minimum numbers)* It is not possible to apply for an accelerated programme; on completion of level 4, our full-time students have the opportunity to request to accelerate to a two-year programme. The decision to allow this is based on the student's performance in their assessments in the programme so far
- ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Typical offer: 128-120 UCAS points (ABB to BBB at A Levels) and interview
- CONTACT HOURS
Typically 10-16 hours per week (FT)