BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Optional Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad BA (Hons)

About the course

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This course is currently under periodic review, modules may change slightly for 2015 entry.

This course is designed to give those of you who want to pursue a career in finance and accounting, the core knowledge needed to enter into the profession.

You will study elements of both finance and accounting to prepare you for widest range of roles within the industry.

With exemptions from the professional examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the option to take a one year work placement, this course will give you the edge in the job market.

Why choose this course?

  • Develop skills and knowledge required to work within the accounting or finance fields.
  • Understand the role finance and accounting plays in analysing current problems and information policy.
  • Develop a firm understanding of key business functions and the basic principles of accounting and finance.
  • Study a subject that is most relevant and interesting during the current nature of the global economy.
  • Provide a foundation for further professional or postgraduate study.
  • Gives you the opportunity to take a placement year, working in the industry putting your skills and knowledge into practice.

Entry requirements...

2016 entry

You will need 240-280 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A levels (or their equivalent).

We assess each applicant individually based on all the information provided in the application and offers between 240-280 depending on your academic profile.

Plus GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C (or equivalent) or above.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
- GCSE English language grade A-C
- IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.

International Baccalaureate score: 28

Our offer for the International Baccalaureate (IB) is made outside of the UCAS Tariff and is calculated by dividing our tariff point offer by 10 i.e. 280 UCAS points equals 28 IB points.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English and foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

2017 entry

96-112 UCAS points 

IB - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above

Careers

In our most recent destination survey, seventy eight per cent of Business School graduates went on to full-time employment or further study. Graduates have found employment in roles such as: finance analyst, trainee accountant, estate accountant, accounts officer. These are with organisations of all sizes, but include major businesses such as:

  • PWC
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Costco
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • NHS
  • Price Bailey LLP
  • Mothercare
  • Cathedral Capital
  • Balfour Beatty Rail
  • Tui Travel PLC

Teaching methods

Alongside traditional teaching methods of lectures, seminars and tutorials, the University operates a web-based student support system called StudyNet where you can expect to find a range of material and communications about every module. 

The teaching method for most modules on the course is a one hour lecture followed by a one hour seminar. Typically, a new topic will be introduced in each lecture. The seminars provide an opportunity to discuss and obtain feedback on the topic introduced in the previous week's lecture. Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examination. Coursework may take a variety of forms and could be individual or group work.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

Find out more http://www.herts.ac.uk/international/exchanges-and-study-abroad/study-abroad

Work Placement

As with all courses at the Business School students have the opportunity to complete a sandwich placement, which will usually last for one year. During this time you will be employed by the company and will subsequently be paid; for students on placement is approximately £16,000.

In past years students have completed placements at organisations of all sizes, but major brands include:

  • Vauxhall
  • NHS
  • Disney
  • Computacentre
  • GE
  • Intel

Structure

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Accounting Principles

    To gain an introduction to financial accounting, management accounting and finance, suitable for those who intend to specialise in these areas subsequently.

  • Accounting in Society

    Business and Public Organisations exist in society to meet a range of different needs such as providing employment, investment opportunities, the production of goods and services including social services and much more. By virtue of having a licence to exist organisations owe society some form of accountability. Accounting occupies a key position in the functioning of our modern industrial society and is relied upon to provide us with the evidence of that accountability. In this module we examine the role of accounting, management information and ethics and see how these interact with the structure of different types of organisations and their leadership & management.

  • Analytical Techniques for Accountants

    This module introduces the student to a number of essential mathematical and statistical techniques that are used in business in general, and in accounting and finance in particular. Particular attention will be paid to the circumstances in which the methods considered should be employed. The following quantitative methods will be considered on this module: • Solving equations • Calculating probability • Summarising and analysing data • Relationships between variables • Forecasting techniques and how to apply them • Financial Mathematics • Understanding of measures of risk (such as measures of dispersion) There will be weekly lectures and tutorials. During the lectures, topics will be introduced and developed, and worked examples will be presented. The use of Excel will, where appropriate, be demonstrated. During the tutorials students will be given exercises to work through based on the material presented in the lectures. Some of these exercises may require the use of Excel. There will be a tutor present to provide individual support and guidance. Students will also be directed to additional quants support provided by the academic advisors of HBS and students will be expected to attend these sessions.

  • The Accounting Professional

    The module provides students with a series of academic skills and study strategies underpinning subsequent studies and successful graduation. The module is composed of several themes which will include communication, thinking and methods of enquiry, IT-literacy, numeracy and the nature of knowledge. Successful completion will allow students to effectively match problem-solving techniques to a range of differing scenarios. In doing so, students will be expected to operate in teams, reflect on their practice and recognise aspects for self-development and improvement. The module selects a series of issues that are pertinent to accounting and finance in practice, including - Accounting and finance and relevant ethical frameworks - Usefulness of accounting and the concept of profit - Analysis of Financial Statements - Financial markets and share prices - Decision analysis and control within accounting - Mathematical modelling of business operations

  • Economics for Accountants

    This module aims to enable students to understand the economic context of modern business in which accountants will operate by introducing and developing an appreciation of the utility of economic approaches in studying the business environment. The basic tools and approaches which economists use; demand and supply and industry analysis, among others; will be introduced and applied to help understand the economic issues involved and the public policy which can be derived. Economics, of course, provides one of the key pillars of a solid education in business and this module represents some first steps in this direction as well as highlighting some of the major contemporary issues in our society such as the financial crisis and recession.

Optional

  • Ethics, Governance and Law

    This module will cover the basics of the English Legal system as they apply to businesses and professionals. Typical content will be the English legal system, company formation, contract law, tort of negligence, ethics and corporate governance.

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Management Accounting

    This module develops students' prior understanding of cost and management accounting, budgeting approaches and performance management issues are introduced Indicative content may include: - Absorption costing - Marginal costing - Standard costing and variance analysis - Activity based costing - Total quality management & Just-in-Time - Strategic planning - Budgeting approaches - Performance management, measurement and evaluation

  • Financial Reporting

    Students will prepare financial statements (or extracts) in line with international accounting standards. These could include statement of comprehensive income, statement of changes in equity, statement of financial position and statement of cash flows. Students will study the analysis of financial statements using ratios and other techniques and be able to communicate their findings effectively. Students will explore and examine the sources of regulatory control (such as UK and EC regulation and the International Accounting Standards Board). Students will study and examine relevant asset and liability international accounting standards. Students will study the preparation of consolidated financial statements, for simple groups.

  • Business Life Cycle

    This module will focus on the critical role that the accounting and finance member of the team can play in the life cycle of a business. The role at each of the stages (Planning/Start Up, Growth, Managing and Maturity/Exit) of the life cycle will be considered. The module will cover the reporting, strategy and financial management of companies and link theory to practice through practical exercises and case studies. Indicative content may include: Start up Preparing business plans, Raising finance, Options over format (private, public, partnership), Taxation, Essential Accounting records, relationship with marketing, production, R&D etc. Growth Additional funding, Expansion and restructuring, Property aspects (lease v buy decisions), Mergers. Managing the business Cashflow management, Staff matters (tax and benefits), Credit control and debt recovery, Profitability and cost control, Exit Business valuation, IPO, Mergers

  • Corporate Finance

    This module covers the theory and application of corporate finance. To do so it will consider topics such as: The context and objectives of the corporation; The role of the financial markets and the theory of market efficiency; The nature and role of financial instruments; Investment appraisal techniques; Risk and return, rewarding investors and the cost of capital; Dividend policy and the distribution decision; Valuation of companies and financial instruments; Mergers and acquisitions; Treasury management and the risk to cashflow; Managing working capital;

Optional

  • Enhancing Employability in Accounting

    The module will enable students to research employment in accounting and finance and to develop an action plan to help them secure eventual employment. It will also help students to continue to develop their employability skills. Students will identify a potential career area, research relevant employment issues and analyse specific opportunities available in this field, before carrying out appropriate personal analysis leading to the formalisation of a career action plan. Module content will include: - The changing nature of the workplace and employer needs - Job search and career planning - Personal development planning - Recruitment and selection processes including the use of selection centres - identifying the needs of employers recruiting graduates - Contemporary issues affecting employability within accounting and finance Students will be directed to scheduled activities held by the employability champions, CAPs and academic skills advisors and will be expected to attend those sessions to which they are directed.

  • Professionalism in Accounting for Direct Entry Students

    The module provides students with a series of academic skills and study strategies which will underpin their subsequent studies. The module is composed of several themes which will include communication, thinking and methods of enquiry, IT-literacy, numeracy and the nature of knowledge. These will allow students to effectively match problem-solving techniques to a range of differing scenarios. In doing so, students will be expected to operate in teams, reflect on their practice and recognise aspects for self-development and improvement. The module selects a series of issues that are pertinent to accounting and finance in practice including - accounting and finance and relevant ethical frameworks - usefulness of accounting and the concept of profit - analysis of Financial Statements

Year 3

Core Modules

Optional

  • Industrial Placement Sem B only

  • Industrial Placement Year

  • Placement Study Abroad (South East Asia)

    The student will complete a period of study abroad at a partner institution following an appropriate programme of study, set out in a learning agreement, agreed by the student, the programme tutor at Hertfordshire and the international office at the partner institution. The programme of study in a placement year is less prescribed and can both reflect the interests of the student in their discipline area or to broaden their education.

  • Placement Study Abroad (North America)

  • Placement Study Abroad (Australia)

  • Placement Study Abroad A (Europe)

  • Placement Study Abroad B (Europe)

  • Placement Study Abroad (Europe)

  • Industrial Placement (Semester A)

Year 4

Core Modules

  • Advanced Corporate Reporting

    The module will provide students with an understanding of the international reporting framework and the techniques to be able to prepare financial statements for a group. Indicative content includes: - conceptual frameworks - advanced consolidations - current developments - relevant accounting standards

  • Strategic Management Accounting

    The module develops the role of strategic management accounting within the overall discipline of management accounting. Making use of relevant literature and case studies, the module explores strategic planning techniques in the context of the management accounting information required to support them. The module continues by considering performance management systems which have been developed to control the implementation of strategic plans. Indicative content may include: - The strategic process - The concept of management control - The balanced scorecard/tools of strategic management accounting - Value chain analysis - Product and brand analysis - Customer and competitor analysis - Innovations in management accounting - Innovations in performance management

  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance

    This module will bring together a range of theories across accounting and finance and consolidate students' understanding, while giving them the skills and opportunity to examine and evaluate alternative valid views of the role of accounting and finance. Students will be asked to use their research skills to develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary issues while being encouraged to examine and question the legitimacy of the status quo. It will also discuss alternative models for both the regulation and presentation of accounting and finance information. Students will look at a range of issues and examine what impact, if any, these could have on accounting and finance. Students who undertake this module will expand their knowledge and hone their ability to question currently accepted methods and approaches to accounting and finance information, and be in a position to propose and evaluate alternative methodologies.

  • Advanced Corporate Finance

    This module builds on the issues examined in previous studies in the finance area (typically at level 5) to provide students who are specialising in accounting and/or finance with a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of the finance function within an organisation and of the theories and techniques that would be relevant to finance specialists. Indicative areas covered could include: - The basis of corporate finance - Dividend policy - Risk and return - Corporate restructuring - Capital investment appraisal - Portfolio analysis

  • Financial Strategy

    This single semester module is designed to provide an insight into the area of financial strategy. The module begins by examining the life cycle and the various sources of funding available at each stage and moves on to the role of financial strategy in the overall corporate strategic planning process, and concludes with an analysis of major business changes, eg restructuring, mergers/acquisitions. The module will enable students to build on their business analysis and reporting writing skills, and the knowledge gained about business should significantly enhance their employability.

  • Advanced Financial Reporting

    This module provides an opportunity for students to obtain a broad awareness of the theoretical and practical influences on international financial reporting and the opportunity to prepare financial statements for groups. The module starts by examining the financial reporting environment: the International Accounting Standards Board conceptual framework and its impact on International Financial Reporting Standards. IFRS’s will then be studied to examine both how they have been influenced by the IASB’s conceptual framework and how they are applied in practice. The choice of standards to be studied will be influenced by current developments in accounting. The preparation of financial statements for groups of companies and related IFRS’s will also be studied.

  • HBS Placement

    This activity is self-directed by the student and carries no credits. Students will be supported by the Placement Visit Co-ordinator, The Placement Experience Module Leader, an Academic Mentor and the Centre for Academic Skills Enhancement (CASE). Successful completion of the placement leads to the award suffix ‘Sandwich’ on students’ degree title. Students who have been on placement are also eligible to apply for LCGI from City & Guilds, and should contact the Placement Experience Module Leader for more information on this.

Optional

  • Business and Commercial Awareness

    This module is essentially workshop-based, where students will role play members of an organisational management team as they develop plan and implement a new product or service for their organisation. The module will consolidate functional business knowledge and provide students with an opportunity to integrate theories and gain experience in a simulated business environment. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon that experience in preparation for their future business careers.

  • Corporate Governance

    The module begins by establishing the importance of effective corporate governance, moves on to an examination of the current roles of the main parties involved and concludes with a look at how this area may develop in the future. The following is a list of indicative content: - Theories of corporate governance - Framework of corporate governance practice - Specific codes relating to UK reporting practice, eg stock exchange combined code - Stakeholder analysis - UK and US comparison - voluntary and legislative approaches - Corporate governance in the major developing nations - Design of appropriate managerial awards programmes and their relating reporting issues - Risk management - Use of non-executive directors - Internal processes for the management of corporate governance issues (eg remuneration committee) - Corporate social responsibility - Organisational response to the increasing strictures of corporate governance and how they might exploit competitive advantages there from

  • Dissertation - Accounting

    The dissertation offers the opportunity to undertake an individual piece of work that is designed to develop research skills relevant to a specific area of study. Students will be allocated an academic supervisor who will meet with students on a regular basis. On completion of the research, students will be required to produce a dissertation of between 7,000 to 10,000 words. The dissertation will be assessed using the Business School dissertation criteria that cover the management of the dissertation, the methodology used, the intellectual quality and originality, and the structure and coherence of the report.

  • Dissertation - Finance

    The dissertation offers the opportunity to undertake an individual piece of work that is designed to develop research skills relevant to a specific area of study. Students will be allocated an academic supervisor who will meet with students on a regular basis. On completion of the research, students will be required to produce a dissertation of between 7,000 to 10,000 words. The dissertation will be assessed using the Business School dissertation criteria that cover the management of the dissertation, the methodology used, the intellectual quality and originality, and the structure and coherence of the report.

  • Information Systems and Knowledge Management

    This module recognises the importance of information and knowledge in the management decision-making process by exploring how organisations utilise information and knowledge management systems in their endeavours to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. Content is indicative and covers: - understanding information and knowledge; - a holistic view of systems; - business applications of information systems; - information systems and the decision-making process; - the role of information and knowledge in business strategy; - knowledge management and KM models; - culture and KM; - KM tools and component technologies; - KM metrics.

  • Islamic Banking and Finance

    The module intends to provide students with knowledge and understanding of Islamic banking and finance. The module will provide background and foundations of Sharia framework (Islamic code of life) in which the Islamic banking system claims to operate. The ideals of IBF with an emphasis on prohibition of Riba (interest) will be discussed. Students will gain understanding of various Islamic modes of financing and various financial instruments. The module will also provide knowledge and understanding of Islamic contract and Islamic commercial law. Students will learn and evaluate the latest developments and trends in this field with special emphasis upon the UK.

  • International Financial Management

    This module sets financial management within an international context, allowing students to explore the financial problems specific to multi-national corporations. It will examine the theory associated with these issues and the techniques employed by multi-national corporations in their financial management. Topics to be covered may include: the development of the international financial system; International financial theory; international capital budgeting; current issues in international finance; international taxation; international treasury management; multi-national corporate structures

  • Taxation for Non-Specialists

    This module provides an opportunity for students to obtain a broad awareness of the theoretical and practical influences on UK taxation and the opportunity to calculate basic UK tax liabilities. The module starts by examining the UK taxation environment: framework of UK taxation, principles of tax system design and the impacts of the UK tax system before considering individual taxes: income tax, capital taxes, corporation tax, VAT and other indirect taxes.

  • Strategic Cost Management

    The module develops a student's understanding of strategic management accounting tools that allow the management accountant to assist the long term development of an organisation. Indicative content includes: - The nature of uncertainty - Sensitivity analysis/'what if' analysis - Assignment of probabilities in decision models - Expected value tables - Decision trees - Value analysis - JIT/TQM/Kaizen costing - Learning curves - Activity-based management - Pareto analysis - Use of ABC to analyse costs.

  • Practice of Auditing

    This single semester module is designed to provide an insight into the modern audit process and to develop knowledge and understanding of the audit process and its application in the context of the professional regulatory framework. Indicative content: - The concept of audit, the role of the auditor and the assurance framework - Statutory audits and audit regulation - Professional ethics - Audit planning and risk assessment - Internal control - Analytical review - Going concern and audit reporting - Internal audit - Current issues in auditing

  • Management Decision Making

    The module explores the use of management accounting information to assist organisations in short and long-term decision-making. Emphasis is given to the use of various techniques in the formulation of management decision-making and, in order to emphasise the practical application of the principles and techniques, considerable use is made of practical examples. Indicative module content includes: information contents of financial statements, relevant costs and revenues for decision making, - cash flow analysis for long-term and short-term decision-making, decision-making within constraints for product mix analysis – absorption and standard costing, external and transfer pricing, performance measurement and market imperfections within decision-making frameworks (eg tax, inflation, etc).

  • Research Methods

    This non-credit bearing module of study is designed to provide students with sufficient research skills in order to successfully undertake a dissertation and/or research project. Key themes covered by the module, include: Defining the research question: students are introduced to the difficulties of defining the research question and objectives; the need for a theoretical underpinning is emphasised, together with the use of tertiary sources in conducting a literature search. Methods and sources of primary and secondary data: primary data acquisition focuses on (but is not restricted to) survey and interview techniques. The need to make judgments about data quality is emphasised as a determinant of appropriate methods of analysis. Quantitative methods: the use of parametric and non-parametric statistics is offered for data description, testing correlation and differences between sub-groups. Research findings: demonstrating the significance of the research findings concentrates on (but is not restricted to) the derivation of recommendations from those findings.

  • Placement Portfolio

    This activity is self-directed by the student and carries no credits. Students will be supported by the Placement Visit Co-ordinator, The Placement Experience Module Leader, an Academic Mentor and the Centre for Academic Skills Enhancement (CASE). Successful completion of the placement leads to the award suffix ‘Sandwich’ on students’ degree title. Students who have been on placement are also eligible to apply for LCGI from City & Guilds, and should contact the Placement Experience Module Leader for more information on this.

  • Financial Management in the Public Sector

    The module will expose students to the public sector management issues with a focus on financial management. They will learn about historical development of various financial management models in the public sector and appreciate similarities and differences between private and public sector financial management. They will also learn how funds are raised and investments made in the non-profit sectors. Emphasis will also be placed on emerging issues in the public sector.

  • Accounting and Finance in the Voluntary Sector

    The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the role of accounting and finance within the context of the voluntary sector. Indicative content includes: - the background of the development of the Charities SORP - relevant disclosure requirements - current developments - challenges faced by financial managers and management professionals within charities

  • Financial Strategy

    This single semester module is designed to provide an insight into the area of financial strategy. The module begins by examining the life cycle and the various sources of funding available at each stage and moves on to the role of financial strategy in the overall corporate strategic planning process, and concludes with an analysis of major business changes, eg restructuring, mergers/acquisitions. The module will enable students to build on their business analysis and reporting writing skills, and the knowledge gained about business should significantly enhance their employability.

  • Corporate Treasury Management

    Covers theory and practice underpinning the principal elements of corporate treasury management: Capital Markets and Funding Different techniques and sources for raising funds, from bank debt to equity finance. Cash and Liquidity Management Forecasting cash needs, managing cash flows and short-term borrowings efficiently. Corporate Financial Management Addresses fundamental questions on what assets the business should invest in and what capital structure should be put in place to raise the money. Risk Management Understanding financial and business risks the company is exposed to and if returns generated are sufficient to justify taking those risks. Treasury Operations and Controls Running a treasury function: necessity for policies, procedures, staffing, systems, controls and relationships with internal/external parties. Successful completion of this module will provide grounding in the technical skills necessary for corporate treasury management, skills which are also relevant in a variety of roles in accountancy and financial management.

  • Industry Practice in Accounting and Finance

    In this module students will assess, develop and evaluate their employability skills through work-based learning. Students will use the professional framework relevant to their specialism to demonstrate competencies. Through their work, students will have opportunities to apply and critically evaluate academic theories and current business school research. Work-based learning opportunities include: placement, part-time work, internship, project work, involvement in research or volunteering.

  • Behavioural Finance

    The module will typically cover: - An introduction to Behavioural Finance. Comparisons between behavioural and traditional finance. Key developments in Behavioural Finance. - Heuristics and framing. Reasons for using heuristics for decision making and associated problems. - Prospect theory. An introduction to key decision-making variables such as the differential treatment of losses and gains, reference points and loss aversion. - Disposition effect. A review of empirical evidence related to the disposition effect in trading behaviour and its implications. - Overconfidence and other behavioural biases. - Emotion and market bubbles. Exploration on how the subtle and complex way people's feelings affect their investment decisions and how markets periodically break down. - Familiarity bias, herding and trust. - The role of social influences in finance and investor behaviour. - Experimental economics/finance. A discussion of the basic methods and challenges of experimental finance, and its close connection to research in behavioural finance.

  • Governance and Auditing

    The module begins by establishing the importance of effective corporate governance and moves on to an examination of the current roles of the main parties involved. It then goes on to provide an insight into the modern audit process and to develop knowledge and understanding of the audit process and its application in the context of the professional regulatory framework. It concludes with a look at how corporate governance and audit may develop in the future.

  • French Mini Project

    This module provides students with an opportunity, under tutorial guidance, to choose a topic of interest to them related to an aspect of the social, political, economic or cultural life of a French -speaking country, to research a topic, using authentic materials to write an essay on the topic in French.

  • German Mini Project

    This module provides students with an opportunity, under tutorial guidance, to choose a topic of interest to them related to an aspect of the social, political, economic or cultural life of a German -speaking country, to research a topic, using authentic materials to write an essay on the topic in German.

  • Spanish Mini Project

    This module provides students with an opportunity, under tutorial guidance, to choose a topic of interest to them related to an aspect of the social, political, economic or cultural life of a Spanish -speaking country, to research a topic, using authentic materials to write an essay on the topic in Spanish.

  • German Project

    This module provides students with an opportunity, under tutorial guidance, to choose a topic of interest to them related to an aspect of the social, political, economic or cultural life of a German.-speaking country, to research a topic, using authentic materials to write a project on the topic in German. Students are encouraged to conduct interviews with native German-speakers, having completed the necessary University formalities to obtain Ethics approval.

  • French Route A - 6a

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken French. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • French Route A - 6b

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced French. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route A - 6a

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken Spanish. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route A - 6b

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced Spanish. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • French Route B - 6b

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of French. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student's linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex French. The module will be based on selected, more complex carefully graded texts and materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through Studynet. Students will participate in discussions on a variety of topics focusing on cultural issues, tourism and the world of work.

  • French Route B - 6a

    Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of French. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex French. The course will be based on selected, complex carefully graded texts, online and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through StudyNet. Typical themes of study will focus on social, economic and cultural issues. Student will be expected to take part in discussions on the various topics studied.

  • Spanish Route B - 6b

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of Spanish. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student's linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex Spanish. The module will be based on selected, more complex carefully graded texts and materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through Studynet. Students will participate in discussions on a variety of topics focusing on cultural issues, tourism and the world of work

  • German Route A - 6a

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken German. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route A - 6b

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced German. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route B - 6a

    Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of German. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex German. The course will be based on selected, complex carefully graded texts, online and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through StudyNet. Typical themes of study will focus on social, economic and cultural issues. Student will be expected to take part in discussions on the various topics studied.

  • German Route B - 6b

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of German. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student's linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex German. The module will be based on selected, more complex carefully graded texts and materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through Studynet. Students will participate in discussions on a variety of topics focusing on cultural issues, tourism and the world of work

  • Mandarin Route A - 6a

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken Mandarin Chinese. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be delivered via on-line materials including video clips and Chinese websites.

  • Mandarin Route A - 6b

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced Mandarin Chinese. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be delivered via on-line materials including video clips and Chinese websites.

  • French Route C - 6a

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online newspapers,magazines,websites. Students will acquire a better understanding of contemporary France through the study of selected events of great importance to French society in the first part of the 20th century. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points will be analysed through the study of texts.

  • French Route C - 6b

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online newspapers, magazines, websites. Students will continue to develop an understanding of the relationship between key aspects of contemporary France and historical facts which occurred in the second part of the 20th century. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points will be analysed through the study of texts.

  • Spanish Route C - 6a

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online newspapers,magazines,websites chosen specifically to illustrate contemporary issues in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points will be analysed through the study of texts

  • Spanish Route C - 6b

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online newspapers, magazines, websites chosen specifically to illustrate contemporary issues in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points will be analysed through the study of texts.

  • Italian Route A - 6a

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken Italian. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Italian Route A - 6b

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced Italian. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route B - 6a

    Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of Spanish. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex Spanish. The course will be based on selected, complex carefully graded texts, online and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through StudyNet. Typical themes of study will focus on social, economic and cultural issues. Student will be expected to take part in discussions on the various topics studied.

  • Italian Route B - 6a

    Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of Italian. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex Italian. The course will be based on selected, complex carefully graded texts, online and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through StudyNet. Typical themes of study will focus on social, economic and cultural issues. Student will be expected to take part in discussions on the various topics studied.

  • Italian Route B - 6b

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of Italian. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student's linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex Italian. The module will be based on selected, more complex carefully graded texts and materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through Studynet. Students will participate in discussions on a variety of topics focusing on cultural issues, tourism and the world of work

  • Japanese Route A - 6a

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken Japanese. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Japanese Route A - 6b

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced Japanese. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route C - 6a

    Emphasis w ill continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online news papers, magazines, websites chosen specifically to illustrate contemporary issues in the German-speaking world. Students w ill be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points w ill be analysed through the study of texts.

  • German Route C - 6b

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online newspapers, magazines, websites chosen specifically to illustrate contemporary issues in the German speaking world. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points will be analysed through the study of texts.

Fees & funding

Fees 2016

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,000 for the 2016 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged on a modular basis. The cost is £1,125 for each 15-credit module

International Students

Full time: £11,000 for the 2016 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

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How to apply

2016

Start DateEnd DateLink
27/09/201624/05/2017Apply online (Full Time)
27/09/201624/05/2017Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
07/01/201706/09/2017Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
27/09/201624/05/2017Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2017

Start DateEnd DateLink
27/09/201724/05/2018Apply online (Full Time)
27/09/201724/05/2018Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
07/01/201806/09/2018Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
27/09/201724/05/2018Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)