Accounting and Finance 1st & 2nd year of University (level 4&5)


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Accounting and Finance Course (level 4&5)

The Undergraduate (Accounting and Finance Course) Level 4 and Level 5 (Extended Diploma in Management) are a 240 credit course designed as a fast track course enabling students to complete the course in 1 year and enter the final year of an associated Undergraduate degree in Finance and Accounting, which can either be completed at a UK university on campus or via distance learning.

The Level 4 & 5 modules and assignments of this course are equivalent to the first and second year of a University Degree.

This course is made up of 10 Level 4 modules (120 credits) and 10 Level 5 modules (120 credits); each level also includes 10 written assignments. If a student decides to only study at Level 4, they will receive 120 credits and can apply for an exemption from the first year of a university Degree course.

Each module consists of approximately 40 guided learning hours of material with an additional 30-50 hours of optional learning material. These materials comprise recommended exercises, recommended readings, and internet resources.

Core combined Units (fast track)

1st year of University (Level 4 Units)

1. The business environment
2. Managing and using finance
3. Maximising resources to achieve business success
4. Quantitative skills
5. Basic accounting
6. Budgetary control
7. Financial performance
8. Financial ratios
9. Financial statements
10. Further ratios

2nd year of University (Level 5 Units)

1. The entrepreneurial manager
2. Organisation structures
3. Practical accounting analysis
4. Business planning and goal setting
5. Politics and business
6. Business law
7. Managing in today’s world
8. Performance management
9. Marketing and sales planning
10. Quantitative skills

Blended Learning (for students who are in the UK)

Online learning (International students who are abroad)

Fulltime:  If you are studying full time online or blended learning you can complete each level in 6 months duration.

Part time: if you are studying part time online or blended learning you can complete each level in 2 years from the date of enrolment.

Fast track full time: if you are studying full time online or blended learning you can complete each level in 3 months

Online: if you are studying online and studying at your own pace you can complete in 3 years’ time.

  • There are no written Exams, only written assignments it must be submitted after completing each module.
  • Overall Grading Type: Pass/Merit/Distinction
  • 16 module -10 credit each, 4 modules - 20 credits each, 240 credits overall
  • Overall Grading Type: Pass/Merit/Distinction

After successfully passing all core units assessment, you will receive a certificate or extended Diploma from the awarding body ATHE (Awards for Training and Higher Education.)

On completion of this course, students will have the opportunity to apply for admission onto the 2nd year of a degree program from a range of UK universities. Alternatively, students can opt to study our Business & Management

If not, you can also enter into employment.


The business environment

Explore issues outside of the business that may affect the business and its operations. Looking into economics, international dimensions, nature and competition.

Managing and using finance

This module covers key areas of accounting, as seen from a business perspective. It explains how accountancy can inform and guide management decisions.

Maximising resources to achieve business success

An organisation that fails to dedicate sufficient attention to its use of resources will prove to be unprofitable over time. By being observant and prudent, any organisation can achieve significant gains from the management of its resources.

Quantitative skills

On successful completion of this module, Students will have knowledge of numeric exercises and will understand their use within the context of the business.

Basic accounting

On completion of this module, Students will understand accounts and how they can be used to give insight into the health of the organisation.

Budgetary control

This module aims to explain methods of financial control using budgets. This includes development and implementation of departmental budgets, which are combined to form a master budget.

Financial performance

This module aims to demonstrate how financial performance can be assessed in organisations. This includes the use of financial statements, and accounting standards. It also examines ways for raising finance over different periods of time.

Financial ratios

This module aims to demonstrate the application and meaning of the commonly used financial ratio. This includes examining liquidity, solvency, gearing and profitability.

Financial statements

This module aims to describe the preparation and presentation of the three financial statements. This includes the accounting concepts used.

Further ratios

This module aims to demonstrate how to determine financial efficiency. This includes understanding debt repayment capacity and investment appraisal. Using this knowledge, Students will be able to assess the likely of future financial success.

The entrepreneurial manager

What is an entrepreneur? Examine the skills and qualities of entrepreneurship.

Organisation structures

Why are organisations structured in the way they are? What determines the optimum structure and how does it differ between organisations? In this module, Students will look at the numerous models and theories that make up organisational structure.

Practical accounting analysis

Students will complete exercises in accounts throughout this module to understand what they are telling us and the actions that analysis can precipitate.

Business planning and goal setting

What is the business trying to achieve? What will it do? How will it do it? This module focuses on the creation of clear goals and clear plans to achieve a clear objective

Politics and business

Impact of politics on business and how it may help or hinder business. This module will educate Students on economic impact, exports and government support.

Business law

Explore the statutory responsibilities of managers as Students look into the legalities of business and business executives.

Managing in today’s world

Business in the modern world. This module focuses on governance and equality as a means to do right in business.

Performance management

Understanding how your people and your business can continually improve together, Students will review reward structures, CPD, training and development to ensure high performance in business.

Marketing and sales planning

Students will analyse how markets, customers, competitors and products can come together in a cohesive plan.

Quantitative skills

On successful completion of this module, Students will have knowledge of numeric exercises and will understand their use within the context of the business.

Topics for this course

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Accounting and Finance Course