An accountant is crucial to the running of any business. Accountants play an important role in interpreting, recording and communicating financial information about the business. To succeed in this field, you will need a mathematical bent of mind and a meticulous eye. A degree in accountancy can open the doors to a career in many fields.
Here is a list of the five best universities in U.K where you can study Accountancy and Finance. The ranking is based on latest information from the 2020 league table of the Complete University Guide, where universities are ranked on the following criteria- entry requirements, student experience, research options and career prospects for graduates.
Entry requirements: A*AB-ABB which should include Mathematics at grade B or above.
Course content: The Accountancy & Finance BAcc course includes both theory and practical knowledge of financial accounting. The first two years cover the accounting process and subjects such as business law, statistics, economics, and taxation. The final two years cover advanced topics in auditing and financial accounting.
Special feature: The University takes the help of professional accountants to teach the course, so that students can get a feel of the real-world work of accountants.
Entry requirements: AAA-ABB which should include an A in Mathematics; grade B/6 in GCSE English or an A- level in essay-based.
Course content: The course covers topics such as financial markets, financial statements, valuation of bonds, and statistics. It covers core topics in accounting such as law, economics, taxation auditing, etc. The course gives students the flexibility to try new subjects in the second and third years. Students will have to write a dissertation in the fourth year. The program has accreditation from the ACCA, CIMA and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS).
Special feature: In the first three years students can study topics in business and complete the Business School’s Management Development Program.
Entry requirements: AAA which should include Mathematics or Further Mathematics, and a GCSE grade A/7 in at least one humanities or social science subject.
Course content: In the first year, students have three pathways to choose from-Accounting, Finance or a combination of both. In the first two years they can opt for core modules related to their pathway such as Financial Reporting. In the final year, students should choose six electives and a core module. They also get an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real-life case studies.
Special feature: The university has tied up with firms such as JP Morgan and EY to help students.
Entry requirements: AAA with GCSE Mathematics at A/7 and English at B/6.
Course content: The course while giving an overview of the economic market also provides in-depth knowledge of accounting practices. In the first-year subjects like mathematics, statistics or economics are covered. The second year covers topics like management accounting, corporate finance, research methods and analytical techniques. In the final year students must write a dissertation based on what they have learned.
Special feature: Students can choose from a range of optional subjects in the second and third years that includes strategic management, forensic accounting or corporate social responsibility
Entry requirements: AAA which should include either Mathematics or an A/7 grade in GCSE Mathematics.
Course content: The course includes the core subjects of accounting and finance apart from economics, mathematics and statistics. Students learn topics such as financial management and regulation, risk, policymaking, and sustainability. The course has accreditation from ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CIPFA.
Special feature: The course also covers social science subjects.
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