Kent Business School has expert accounting staff from the business world and our links with global businesses ensure that our teaching is always internationally relevant. Our academics in Kent’s School of Economics are exciting and innovative teachers who place a particular emphasis on making economics applicable to the real world.
Our teaching methods are varied; you take part in workshops, individual and team presentations, and use case studies to apply the theory to actual companies.
Our degree programme
In your first year, you are introduced to the fundamentals of financial accounting as well as economic theory and practice. You learn about different methods of analysis including statistics and econometrics which are relevant to all three subject areas.
In your second year of study, you further expand your knowledge in these areas.
In your final year of study, you can choose from a wide range of different modules allowing you to develop specialist knowledge on topics such as financial crises, monetary economics, taxation and auditing.
Year in industry
You have the option to take this programme with a year in industry. For details, see Accounting and Finance and Economics with a Year in Industry.
You have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format through Kent’s Templeman Library.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development.
Kent’s Student Learning Advisory Centre offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.
There are a number of student-led societies which you may want to join such as:
Economics Society Kent Investment Society Entrepreneurship and Start Up Society.
Kent Business School’s ASPIRE centre provides guidance and practical support on how to turn your idea into a successful business.
The School of Economics also hosts events that you are welcome to attend. These include: public lectures and seminars employability workshops networking events.
Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.
Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:
University of Technology, SydneyRenmin University of China, School of BusinessUniversity of Hong KongESSECNeoma Business SchoolFreie Universitat BerlinUniversity of FlorenceIE Madrid UniversityStockholm Business SchoolGeorgetown University
At Kent Business School, we pride ourselves on the strength of our global connections. These include links with: BBC Barclays Cummins IBM KPMG The Bank of England Kent County Council.Accounting & Finance
Most modules are taught by a combination of lectures and seminars and some have a number of workshops or sessions in computer laboratories. Most of your modules involve individual study using library resources.
Most modules have an end-of-year examination that contributes either 70% or 80% to the final module mark: your coursework provides the remaining marks. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count towards your final degree class (together with your marks from your year in industry, if applicable).
All of our modules are taught by a combination of lectures and small group sessions, which include seminars, computing practicals, problem sets, debates and role-play games.
On this programme, you develop transferable skills, including numeracy, analytical problem solving, data analysis, and written and oral communication, as well as subject-specific skills for further study at postgraduate level.
The modules are assessed by continuous assessment of coursework throughout the year and an end-of-year exam in the final term. A number of modules at each stage are assessed solely through coursework.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
- Some of the contexts in which accounting can be seen as operating.
- The main current technical language and practices of accounting in the UK.
- Some of the alternative technical languages and practices of accounting.
- Contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning accounting and the ability to critically evaluate such theories and evidence.
- Theories and empirical evidence concerning financial management, risk and the operation of capital markets.
- Theoretical knowledge integrated with business practice through a work placement or business start-up environment.
- Some of the areas specified for the compulsory modules or options from the perspective of a second European country or other country.
You gain the following intellectual skills:
- The capacity for the critical evaluation of arguments and evidence.
- The ability to analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and, to a more limited extent, unstructured problems.
- Numeracy skills, including the ability to manipulate financial and other numerical data and to appreciate statistical concepts at an appropriate level.
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- Skills in recording and summarising transactions and other economic events
- Preparation of financial statements
- Analysis of the operations of business
- Financial analysis and projections
You gain the following transferable skills:
- The ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and referencing of sources
- Capacities for independent and self-managed learning
- Skills in the use of communications and information technology in acquiring, analysing and communicating information
- Communication skills including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information, together with analysis, argument and commentary, in a form appropriate to the intended audience
- An ability to work in groups, and other interpersonal skills, utilising a variety of presentation skills
The programme aims to:
- Provide students with knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of accounting and finance within the economic, legal and social environment;
- Develop competence in applying the concepts, principles and regulations in the main areas of accountancy, finance and related disciplines to practical problems;
- Promote students’ ability to research and critically evaluate issues of contention and debate within the main areas of accountancy, finance and related disciplines;
- Cultivate the ability to organise and plan work both autonomously and as part of a team;
- Cultivate the ability to communicate both quantitative and qualitative information effectively;
- Provide teaching informed by research and scholarship;
- Meet the lifelong needs of a diversity of students;
- Support national and regional economic success;
- Produce graduates of value to the region and nationally, in possession of key knowledge and skills, with the capacity to learn;
- Prepare students for employment or further study;
- Provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable experiences, involve realistic workloads, based within a practice-based framework and offer appropriate support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds;
- Provide high quality teaching in supportive environments with appropriately qualified and trained staff; Meet the requirements for accreditation by ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CPA Australia and CIPFA on successful completion of the programme.