About the BA (Hons) Business Management with Accounting programme
Business Management with Accounting is designed to equip students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge of accounting in business. Students will study some common modules on this pathway but will also study specialised accounting modules. It will provide students with an overview of accounting that will enable them to pursue a career in accounting in a variety of differing accounting roles and is aligned to professional accounting qualifications. In addition to the specialised accountancy modules, in the final year students will have the opportunity to choose to complete a dissertation or a small business plan as their level 6 project – the dissertation offering a more traditional route for a student who wishes to research a particular business area of interest, or the small business plan, which will enable those students wishing to start their own business to develop the skills necessary.
Inherent within the programmes is the theme of enterprise with an emphasis on employability, ensuring the student progresses through the modules developing and gathering skills that will enable them to graduate and move onto further education, employment, graduate schemes or self-employment.Personal development and self-management is also a common thread throughout the programme in order to allow students to develop in confidence and capability, accruing a range of transferable skills applicable to both private and public sectors and including business related professions such as accountancy, personnel, consultancy, business start-up, marketing and administration.
Applicants require 80 UCAS points. Students are also required to hold English & Maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade 4 or above.
Applicants with no traditional entry qualifications will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
Those students wishing to enter through advanced standing may do so through the APCL and APEL process.
What you will learn
At Level 4, students gain the introductory skills and knowledge essential for academic and professional achievement, with the following obligatory modules:
- Business Environment
- Business Research and Study Skills
- Organisational Behaviour
- Enterprise Project
- Financial Accounting
- Customer Focus and Marketing
The academic focus at level 4 is on research for writing, using data and analysing statistics, relevant academic theory and an introduction to critical business subject areas.
At Level 5, students build upon these level 4 skills and general knowledge and understanding to expand their aptitude to learn through practical research and student-led discussion. In order to specialise in, develop an in-depth understanding and practical application of business and theory students critically examine business theory and apply this to real organisations. Obligatory modules are:
- Managing the Self
- Career Planning and Progression
- Research Methods
- Management Accounting
- Operations and Strategic Management
- Financial Accounting for Limited Companies
At Level 6, the modules will enable application of knowledge and understanding. Building on previous years’ modules, students will be able to critically evaluate, problem solve and synthesise what has been researched, taught and learnt in order to assess and critique effectively the impact of business theory on business practice. The final focus for students is the choice of a dissertation element or small business plan, encapsulating the learned content across a significant themed project.
Modules at this level include:
- Financial Performance and Ethics
- Dissertation (part 1) or Small Business Plan (part 1)(option of 1)
- Global Economics and the Policy Environment or Business Analysis (option of 1)
- Sustainability for Business
- Financial Auditing
- Dissertation (part 2) or Small Business Plan (part 2) (option of 1)
Learning & Teaching Methods
Learners will benefit from smaller class sizes that will provide them with support and guidance in their studies often on a one to one basis. Students will further benefit from a range of guest lectures from industry experts, practical workshops and employability fairs to maximise the learning experience. The approach will vary between theoretical, analytical and academic pedagogies, and practical and experiential approaches.
The use of self-directed learning, as learner’s progress through levels 4, 5 and 6, will allow students to develop their independent study skills and increase their evaluation and analytical skills.
Across all modes of delivery traditional and digital, the following teaching methods will be deployed:
Lectures, seminars, workshops, field work, employability related learning, employer based case studies, ‘live’ or ‘real’ world projects. Guided learning, study trips, simulations, practical’s, discussion groups, virtual forums, business mentoring, business start-ups.
Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in business and management related roles within the private or public sectors and which have a specific focus on finance and accountancy.
The focus on employability is driven both institutionally and at programme level. As an institution, Grimsby Institute have designated employability officers, and an alumni association provides networking contacts for employment and internships.
Employability is inherent within the programme with all modules having an employability theme, ensuring that students are learning relevant knowledge that can be applied to the work place.
Business graduates are able to enter a range of professions after graduation. Graduate training schemes are encouraged and students are supported through applications; guest speakers and employers are invited in to provide information on opportunities that arise. Students are able to undertake administration roles, business analysts, finance, human resources, marketing, self-employment and consultancy roles.The ultimate aim of the programme is for students to enter the workplace fully equipped with the necessary skills to provide, most importantly, effective management and leadership within their chosen career environment.
Graduates wish to continue in education may progress onto a:
- Master’s degree
- Teaching qualification
- Professional course – CIPD, CMI, AAT