Kent Business School has expert accounting staff from the business
world and our links with global business ensure that our teaching is
always internationally relevant.
Our Accounting & Finance degree responds to the needs of the
profession and is accredited by the UK’s accountancy bodies. We also
offer a qualifying taxation module, which is not available at many other universities.
Kent Business School (KBS) is a top 30 UK business school for
academic teaching, student satisfaction and graduate employment
prospects. We provide a friendly, student-focused environment, which
helps you to make the most of your studies. Based in our brand-new
building, you also benefit from up-to-date teaching facilities.
Our degree programme
The programme begins with an introduction to accounting, including
computer-aided systems, economics and, if you choose, business law. You
then go on to focus in greater depth on subjects such as strategic
management, investments and the role of the accountant in international
You can choose from a wide range of accounting and finance options in your final year of study, allowing you to develop specialist knowledge.
Year in industry
You spend a year working between your second and final year – we have a Placement Officer who can give advice and guidance. In previous
years, students have spent their year in industry with:
British Energy BP IBM Sun Microsystems KPMG Lloyds TSB Unilever.
Spending a year in industry gives you invaluable workplace
experience, which greatly enhances your employment prospects and also
helps you in your final year at university, allowing you to put your
academic learning into a real-world context.
You have the option to take this programme as a three-year degree, without the year in industry. For details, see Finance and Investment BSc (Hons).
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
Alongside your studies, you can discover how to turn your idea into a successful business at our ASPIRE centre, which provides practical advice and support, and runs our Business Start-up Journey initiative.
Kent Business and Kent Enterprise are two of our student-run societies. Their activities have included events with guest speakers from industry and support for budding entrepreneurs.
Kent Business School also puts on special events and schemes. These may include:
workshops and seminars business challenges enterprise initiatives, including the Business Start-Up Journey networking events.
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.
Kent Business School also has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Finland and Italy.
Usually you spend eight hours in lectures and four hours in seminars each week. Some modules 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 70% 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).
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the subject in the context of the placement within a particular managed organisation
- contemporary practice and issues, deepening and/or integrating subject knowledge with practice, within the context of a year in industry.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- apply some of the skills specified for the main programme in practice
- analyse and draw reasoned conclusions about management problems and relatively complex situations by working in an organisational setting.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- applying learnt skills specified for the required core in practice
- identifying, formulating and analysing problems considering options and using appropriate subject tools
- communicating effectively, orally and in writing, about business, management and/or professional/technical matters.
You gain transferable skills to:
- identify and make effective use of information from various sources to assess ideas
- be an effective self manager of time, so as to plan and deliver required outputs effectively
- communicate effectively orally and in writing, using media appropriate to the purpose
- work in groups effectively and apply other interpersonal skills
- where relevant, apply numeracy and IT skills appropriately.
The programme aims to:
- offer a structured opportunity to combine appropriate developmental work experience with academic study
- use the placement experience to develop and reflect on managerial and/or professional practice in real and often complex situations, and to integrate this with the study of the relevant subject(s) of the main programme
- where relevant, develop, reinforce and apply professional and / or technical expertise in an employment context.